Reading was a pleasure in April, especially since we had a week of holiday during that time. There’s a healthy balance of fiction and non-fiction, and my top 2 books were M is for Mama by Abbie Halberstadt and Lad: A Dog by Albert Payson Terhune.

M is for Mama was just the encouragement and exhortation I needed. It prompted the beginning of a couple of changes I needed in my life. It may seem like the author, a mother of 10, has it all together. But Abbie Halberstadt speaks the truth in love through Scripture and experience. She emphasized that “mediocre motherhood” isn’t what God expects from us, and that God’s Word and the Holy Spirit are all we need to raise our children.

We listened to Lad: A Dog while on holiday. We like to listen to audiobooks while driving longer distances, and that means we all benefit from excellent children’s literature, not just the children. This book, while fiction, was based on the life of one of the author’s dogs. I never had a dog growing up, nor do we plan to get a dog now. However, the author told such a good story it made me want a dog. It was a story of a loyal dog and the adventures and mishaps he got himself into. Lad was, of course, very loyal to his master and mistress too.

Fiction Shelf

Down and Out in Paris and London

by George Orwell

Lad, A Dog

by Albert Payson Terhune

Little Women

by Louisa May Alcott

Non-Fiction Shelf

How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds

by Alan Jacobs

How to use a Planner without wasting Time

by Mystie Winckler

M is for Mama

by Abbie Halberstadt

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