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faith + inspiration 6 years ago

summer reading list!

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I don’t know about you but I feel like there is not enough time in the day to read all of the books I want to read! Especially now that we’re pregnant, I’m wanting to read about natural childbirth and sleep schedules and all the baby things in addition to my normal reading! I’ve read some books recently that I’ve really loved – some fiction and some nonfiction, so I thought it would be fun to do a little summer reading list post for you guys today! I will break the sections up into Christian books and then pregnancy books! [I’m also reading one fiction book right now that I’m really loving called Still Me by Jojo Moyes! Highly recommend! I don’t read fiction often so I don’t have a lot of fiction book suggestions at the moment. But, if you do, definitely share in the comments below!]

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Christian books

If you follow me on Instagram (or IG stories) you already know how obsessed I am with the book Awe by Paul David Tripp. I read a lot of Christian books, and this has hands down been one of the most eye-opening, ‘re-awakening’ books I have ever read. I’ve read at least a chapter a day everyday since I bought it…and I feel like I’ve underlined about 90% of the book because it’s THAT good.

You can read the description of the book on Amazon, but essentially the premise of the book is about what has captured each one of our sense of ‘awe’ determines our life. We are all looking to be ‘awed’ by something. People can search for that in relationships or in food or their jobs…but ultimately, we all will end up feeling very empty and unsatisfied if we are not ultimately in awe of our Creator, who alone can satisfy every need. “Uncovering the lies we believe about all the earthly things that promise us peace, life, and contentment, Paul Tripp redirects our gaze to God’s awe-inducing glory—showing how such a vision has the potential to impact our every thought, word, and deed.” Believe me – this book is worth every penny and will rock your world! It did for me at least.

I just ordered a new Beth Moore Bible study called Quest that I’m really excited about. I haven’t started it yet but I’ve heard wonderful things from a few family and friends. It’s a study about searching for and finding greater intimacy with God. I’ve done a few other Beth Moore Bible studies and love how much time you spend in the Word with these studies. I’ll let you guys know what I think of this one as I get into it!

If you are looking more for a daily devotional (something that will take you 15 minutes or less to read in the mornings) I’ve been reading through Embraced by Lysa Terkeurst for a while and love it. This is a devotional that will give you daily scriptures and prayer prompts and it’s a great way to just spend time with the Lord each morning!

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Pregnancy books

I’ve shared some of these in my ‘bumpdate’ blog posts (17 week bumpdate here, 20 week bumpdate here), but in case you didn’t see those, I’ll share here as well!

I got the devotional ‘praying through your pregnancy‘ when I was in my first trimester and really like it! I just read it once a week (like, when I turn the next week of my pregnancy) and it gives you specific things to pray for for your baby. It’s pretty amazing to be able to pray for my daughter’s future spouse now, or her love for Jesus, or her sense of body image and security. There is so much power in prayer and I love being able to pray specific things for her. I’ve also heard great things about the pregnancy devotional called ‘Waiting in Wonder‘.

I’m also currently reading the book Ina May’s guide to childbirth and it’s been super helpful! Since this is my first baby, I legit was (am) clueless when it comes to childbirth. So this book has been really informative for me – just to start understanding the basics haha. But it’s also been helpful because I’m interested in doing natural childbirth, and this book really helps educate and prepare you for that!

Next on my list for pregnancy books: I want to start reading books about sleep training and schedules and all of that stuff. So that I’m not completely clueless when the baby gets here! I’ve heard great things about babywise, bringing up bebe, and happiest baby on the block ! Have y’all read any of these? Or do you have other good baby book suggestions? Please share in the comments below!

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Again, I would love to hear any of your book suggestions – Christian, fiction, or baby-related, in the comments below! I feel like 90% of the books I read are because someone recommended it haha so I’d love feedback from you guys! Thanks for reading!

xo Lauren

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