Apr 20 2017

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5 books I’m reading right now (April 2017)

books I'm reading april 2017

5 books I’m reading right now

I used to be a one-book person. As a slow reader, it takes me longer to get through a book—unless I’m listening to it on audio. Because I have many interests, keeping at one book means I have to neglect other things I want to learn. So, I’ve embraced both my slow reading and varied interests by reading more than one book at a time.

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Here are 5 books I’m reading right now:

  1. Your Teenager Is Not Crazy: Understanding Your Teen’s Brain Can Make You a Better Parent. I started reading this book a few days ago. I’m two chapters in and hooked. As a parent of two teenagers, I feel crazy at my teenagers’ craziness. The illustration in the introduction has helped me already breathe deep and keep my perspective on the long term.
  2. Keys to Successful Music Lessons (Barron’s Parenting Keys). As a Guitar and Ukulele teacher, I want to learn how to be a better teacher. The book was written primarily for parents, but I’m find it helpful. It reminds me of how important parents are in their children’s musical success.
  3. When Panic Attacks: The New, Drug-Free Anxiety Therapy That Can Change Your Life. I had a panic attack less than a year ago. In my desire to help understand what causes panic attacks and what can be done during an attack, I picked this book up at the library. “When Panic Attacks” is filled with many ways to calm anxiety. The main focus is on cognitive behavior therapy which, in essence, is changing the way a person thinks. When someone thinks differently, she will feel differently. The application of this book is broader than panic attacks. It provides tools to help anyone work through “distorted thinking” which all of us have at one time or another.
  4. A Confident Heart Devotional: 60 Days to Stop Doubting Yourself. After I finished Hungry for God … Starving for Time – Five-Minute Devotions for Busy Women, I looked through my Kindle library for another good devotional I could read first thing in the morning. These devotions have helped me center my thoughts on God’s truth—especially when it comes to how I think about myself. I struggle with insecurity, and this devotional is what I need in my pursuit of Biblically-based right thinking.
  5. Help Yourself: Celebrating the Daily Rewards of Resilience and Gratitude. I found this at 2nd and Charles, and the author’s name caught my eye. I’d read Dave Pelzer’s books about his incredibly difficult childhood, so learning how he overcame his past intrigued me. His conversational style of writing is easy to read. More than finding shockingly new ideas (so far, I’m two chapters in), I’m challenged by his “overcoming” life. If he can move forward after all he went through, I can move past any hardship I’ve faced.

If any of these titles look interesting, I encourage you to check them out.

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  1. Aimee Kollmansberger

    Another great one for Panic Attacks is the Anxiety and Phobia Workbook. Terrible name but absolutely helpful.
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    1. Cheryl

      Good to know. I’ll check that out.

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