Welcome to Title Tuesday, my favorite day of the week!
This day is dedicated to book suggestions and reviews. I write this portion of my blog because I am a big believer in the motivational speaker Charlie Jones' quote which says, "You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” I try to meet as many new people as possible and to read everything I can. This is my way of sharing that information with you. If you are interested in understanding my rating system for books you can read my Book Review Explanation here and What I Believe here.
I have been waiting for this day for an entire week! I have been just dying to share with y'all about the newest book I have read. Normally my reviews come out about six weeks after I have read the book partly so that I can edit the reviews if need be and partly as a buffer because life happens. But I am SO excited about the book that I am about to share with you that I am writing this on the Monday before I move across the country. My kids are playing, movers are packing my stuff all around me, but I just HAVE to tell you about this book.
Long Days of Small Things: Motherhood as a Spiritual Discipline by Catherine McNiel is the best book I have read in a very long time and let me tell you why. To start with it is from NavPress, I would have a hard time saying anything that came from NavPress is less than great. But this book takes encouragement and helpful advice to an entirely new level.
McNiel writes from a Protestant perspective but she also includes pieces that will speak to a Catholic heart as well. (1 Corinthians 9:19-23 anyone?!?) McNiel does a phenomenal job of explaining the trials of motherhood and how best to combat them with real weapons. The book is broken into chapters where topics like breathing, cooking, menstruating, and drinking water are discussed. (I don't know about you other moms, but I do all of those things.) She goes in depth in to each one of these topics explaining how you can make them a spiritual discipline and all of the advice is practical and usable. I found myself tearing up (and I am SO not a crier) during several different parts of the book thinking to myself, "Oh my goodness, someone else felt this way too!" I laughed during parts of the book, I cried during parts of the book, but all of it was valuable and useful.
Ovverall, I would have to give Long Days of Small Things: Motherhood as a Spiritual Discipline an A+ and then some. If you are a mom, if you might one day be a mom, if you know a mom, if you have a mom... go get this book immediately! This might also be a good book to go through with a Bible study or a ladies' group. Just have tissues ready!
Also, don't forget, Mothers Day is May 14th this year. That is 3 Sundays from now. If you order Long Days of Small Things: Motherhood as a Spiritual Discipline on Amazon you can get it in time even if you don't have amazon Prime. (Don't forget the gift wrapping!)