I’ve been reading as much as I can these days, especially books I can check out from the library and get on my Kindle. There isn’t a huge selection to check out from the library, but that just helps move me out of my comfort zone and pick books I wouldn’t normally choose. One of those books was Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of People by Condoleezza Rice. I hadn’t heard anything about it (and don’t read too many memoirs), but it was such a great book! Condoleezza Rice has an amazing story and her parents were some of the most devoted parents I’ve even heard of. Their dedication to their daughter’s education and life experiences was moving. There was so much love in that family, but there were also high expectations. That’s what John Medina says is the best combo for kiddos in Brain Rules for Baby (my favorite parenting book!). The other awesome thing about Rice’s book was that it helped me brush up on world history. What a great way to review history through someone’s awesome story (it reminded me a bit of the movie Forrest Gump 🙂 ).
The other book I checked out from the online library was The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Gary Chapman. I didn’t know much about this one either; I just remember a friend posting something positive about it on Facebook. This was another great book. Just after reading the first few chapters, I realized how blessed I am with my husband and that there are ways I could be a better wife. Chapman explains that we each speak a certain “love language” and it’s important that others know that language so they can speak it to us. The five love languages are listed as: 1) words of affirmation, 2) quality time, 3) receiving gifts, 4) acts of service, and 5) physical touch. The cool thing was that the book wasn’t just applicable to marital relationships. It could be read in context of all relationships; for example, I thought about my older daughter Mira and how her love language is words of affirmation. Of course, we try to speak all these love languages with each other, but Chapman says we respond stronger to one language than all the others. Definitely recommend this book, even if you just want some ideas on how to express love to family and friends.
I really appreciated that both books focused on love: sacrificial love, love without strings, fierce love, love as a choice. Both books gave me some ideas on how I can better love my little family and others. Hope you get a chance to check them out too!