June is here already! I think I am making good progress with my 2019 reading goals, though maybe not with my actual reading plan. I keep adding new books to my original 2019 reading list and reshuffling my TBR shelf.
For my slow reads, I am steadily making progress.
I’m working through the Jewish Annotated New Testament and am currently finishing up 2 Corinthians. I’m in Numbers with the New American (Catholic) Bible. I continue to read a chapter a week (or more if I can) in Systematic Theology. And each day I read the daily devotion in Streams in the Desert.
While my morning reading includes scripture, I don’t classify it as my Bible study – I read the chapter and footnotes, but I’m not doing in depth word study or inductive Bible study. I do think this in depth type of Bible study is important though. I have just finished up reading 1 Kings following along with Good Morning Girls/Women Living Well – one chapter a day inductive bible study. For the summer, I have decided to try Kay Arthur’s The Key to Living By Faith: Hebrews – a 12-week inductive Bible study through the book of Hebrews. I’m also reading through Psalms 51-100 with Good Morning Girls/Women Living Well.
One book that I am excited to work through this month is Hints on Child Training by H. Clay Trumbull. Originally published in 1890, this book was mentioned extensively throughout Clay and Sally Clarkson’s Educating the Wholehearted Child. I particularly enjoyed this quote about will training versus will breaking in children:
Will-training is an important element in child training; but will-breaking has no part or place in the training of a child….. Every child out to be trained to conform his will to the demands of duty; but that is bending his will, not breaking it. Breaking a child’s will is never in order. (Hints on Child Training, p. 19)
I also started Introverted Mom by Jamie C. Martin – I’ve read so many wonderful things about this new book, and I definitely am an introverted mom, so this will be one of my fast reads this month. Two quotes early on really stuck with me:
Our kids cannot flourish in our homes if we constantly live on the edge of our God-given personalities. We are all connected within these walls. That means we must do whatever we can to recharge on a daily basis. (Introverted Mom, p. 31)
We aren’t attempting to make our lives calmer out of selfishness. We are mothers, called to lay down our very lives for our children if necessary. We are here because our families deserve our best. Because we deserve to understand ourselves, our strengths and our weaknesses. There’s nothing wrong with you, fellow introverted mom. And I hope that by the time you finish this book, you will have begun to believe that.(Introverted Mom, p. 32)