Retail Therapy: Books Worth Buying

I used to read a lot.

Like all summer when I was in junior high and high school.

And then life happened, I went to college, then got a big-girl job and got really busy.

Well recently I have really missed the relaxation and brain stimulation that only reading brings.

(aka I think Real Housewives of Atlanta is killing my brain cells and I need to remedy that ASAP)

So I have been putting my brain to work with few new books.

Here is what I have been reading.

The Antelope in the Living Room: The Real Story of Two People Sharing One Life

This is the best book on marriage that I have ever read. And it’s not full of great theological musings (although Tim Keller’s book The Meaning of Marriage is great too). It’s just the real story of two people living under one roof, committed for life. You will laugh a lot and cry a little. Melanie Shankle is to me is what I think Erma Bombeck was to my mom.

I am considering gifting it to new brides from now on. Every woman needs to read it. It’s really that good.

(And if you want a real treat -listen to the audio version, I can’t get enough of the author’s Texas accent as she reads)

Seasons: A Real Story of an Amish Girl

My mom gave my sisters and I this book for Christmas.

I read the whole thing in one sitting. I love true stories. And I love reading about the Amish which made this book perfect for me.

It’s unique in that it’s not written about a successful Amish family with lots of land and crops, but its about a simple family struggling to survive during the Great Depression.

I thoroughly enjoyed it (as did my sister-in-law Holly). It would be a great book for the pool this summer.

Dorie: The Girl Nobody Loved

My mom also passed this book on to me a few weeks ago.

And while I was home sick from church with pink eye a few Sunday’s ago I read the whole thing.

There were two things I liked about it.

#1. It’s a missionary biography which I have always loved reading

#2.The trial and suffering this lady went through as a child and young adult is amazing. It’s very open and honest.

If you like biographies and need an inspirational book it’s for you!


All of these books are in the $10 range and most have Kindle versions for even more savings.

I hope you have a happy Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

We will be celebrating it at church and with family.

Have a great weekend!

4 thoughts on “Retail Therapy: Books Worth Buying

  1. Have you read Melanie Shankle’s first book on motherhood? It’s hysterical. I read it before I had a baby…you should too! :-) Didn’t realize she had another book, so I’m definitely getting this one.

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