Monday, June 15, 2015

Quick Lit: June 2015

I'm linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy for this month's quick lit, where I share short and sweet reviews of a few books I've read in the past month. You can also find me over at Goodreads if you are interested in other books I've read or reviewed.

Introverts in the Church: Finding Our Place in an Extroverted Culture"Introverts in the Church:  Finding Our Place in an Extroverted Culture" by Adam McHugh. As an extreme introvert, I loved this book. His focus is primarily on how the church today has a bias toward the extrovert. A couple chapters, while still interesting, were not necessarily applicable as they were written more for pastors or other church leadership. Overall, this book helped me understand my personality a whole lot more and he managed to articulate things about the introvert personality that I've never been able to put into words, things that I've noticed about myself but never quite attributed to being an introvert. I found myself shoving the book into my husband's (an extrovert) hands and having him read certain passages--"please understand me!" This is a great book for introverts to read, as well as for extroverts who want to understand the introverts in their lives.

The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness"The Total Money Makeover:  A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness" by Dave Ramsey. I learned so much about money through this book. His plan includes seven baby steps, starting with saving $1000 in an emergency fund. The steps build on one another and, in context of the whole, make complete sense. While not everything is going to necessarily be for everyone, I think there are elements that can work for every family and income level. A great book on finance.

7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess"7:  An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess" by Jen Hatmaker. Completely. Blown. Away. By this book. She, along with a few friends, took seven months, identified seven areas of excess (such as food, clothing, spending, and waste), and fasted one area per month. Each chapter reads like a journal of her experiences and all that she has learned, both personally and from research that she has done. This book is not just about fasting, but it's also a call to action to help those in her community--to truly be the hands and feet of Jesus to a world who looks at our excess and can't believe what they see. Can't recommend this book highly enough.

Sparkly Green Earrings: Catching the Light at Every Turn 
"Sparkly Green Earrings:  Catching the Light at Every Turn" by Melanie Shankle. Written by the author of the Big Mama blog, this funny, quirky memoir of parenthood had me laughing out loud at parts and quietly nodding along at other parts. A light, quick read.


  1. I've heard a lot of people recommend the book Seven, I need to check it out! I think that I may be scared of being convicted...Visiting from Modern Mrs. Darcy.

  2. I loved Seven and Sparkling Green Earrings. Both made be laugh, cry and left me feeling challenged and encouraged at the same time. I'm an introvert too and sometimes I feel out of place at the church I love so much so it sounds like I need to check out Introverts in the Church, thanks for that recommendation! Visiting from Quick Lit :)

  3. Introverts in the Church and 7 both sound intriguing - thanks for the recommendations! :)

  4. I liked Seven, too! She's pretty chatty and dramatic, in a good way. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Enjoyed these reviews, even though I must be the one person in the universe who's not enamored of Jen Hatmaker ... I liked the Introverts in church book too, and felt (like you) that parts of it were more geared to leadership. I should read the Ramsey book. I like his style!


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