Reading in 2010: Stolen Innocence

Snuck in this last one in December! I got it on my Kindle with a gift code-totally worth it in my opinion. I love memoirs, and I’m very interested in the FLDS (for some reason). They’re quite the fascinating cult. This one is about a girl who leaves the community, after enduring years of marriage to her first cousin (at the age of 14). In this book, she tells the story of her childhood, FLDS teachings and culture, and family life. And eventually, her escape from it all.

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Reading in 2010: Happiest Toddler on the Block

This one took me a long time to get through, mainly because I started it shortly after Sophie turned one and I didn’t really need to apply any of the strategies. So I read slowly. I just finished it last week, and I gotta say that I think I liked it. Sure, there were a few things that sounded strange to me (such as the Caveman-speak) but it all made sense.  If nothing else, it gave me a sneak-peak into the mind of my little toddler and has given me some tools to deal with the tantrums (which are starting and are getting worse!)

Right now, our main method of discipline is redirection. If she’s doing something she shouldn’t be, I tell her firmly “no”. If she continues, we just go and play in another room. This usually still works for us, but sometimes it leads to a tantrum. If she’s tired or hungry, I’m understanding and either give her a snack or put her to bed. But if she’s just being unreasonable, then I say something like “ouch! your loud angry voice hurts my ears! you find your nice voice and I’ll be right back”. This is basically the method that Dr. Karp advocates (kind ignoring). I withdraw my attention for about 30 seconds and as soon as she ends her tantrum I give her the attention again.

This is just one of the many items from the book. Some of the methods I see working better for older toddlers (like losing a privilege). Overall I was pleased with the book, and I feel like it was on-par with my own parenting instincts (I felt similarly to his Happiest Baby on the Block).

Tales of Beedle the Bard

Ahh, another J.K. Rowling. Refreshing to read her again. I read this one aloud to Kevin in the car on our vacation in Florida. On our way to and from the beach. It was short and sweet, and funny too. Great, quick read! Oh, and we’re seeing the newest Harry Potter movie tomorrow!

Amish readings

Like I’ve mentioned before, I enjoy reading about the Amish. These books were decent. Hide in Plain Sight was kind of weird. As far as suspense novels go, it’s not the greatest. I kept waiting for someone to get murdered or something serious, but that just wasn’t happening. When I think suspense, I think Grisham. Didn’t really compare. But I guess that’s what I get for reading a “Christian suspense”. The Choice was good. I really enjoyed it and will probably read other books in the series…that is, if they become available on the Kindle free list 🙂

Reading in 2010: A Voice in the Wind

As Christian fiction, I wasn’t expecting much. No offense to Christian fiction, but it’s just usually too cheesy to be my cup of tea. But this one surprised me! It is the first in a 3-book series (The Mark of the Lion series). The story takes place in about 40 AD, in Rome, after the Romans destroy Jerusalem. The main character Hadassah is taken from her home in Jerusalem in the seige and forced into slavery for a powerful Roman family. There’s also another story going on of another slave-this one is Atretes and he is a captive from Germania, forced to fight and kill as a gladiator in the arena. I’m onto the second book already!

Reading in 2010: Fleeing Fundamentalism

Very interesting. Fundamentalists freak me OUT.

Carlene Cross tells the story of her life-schooled at a fundamentalist Bible college, married a pastor, then her life and faith were shot and she left the faith. Very interesting and scary. It’s a great reminder to (normal) Christians that our emphasis should be on having a healthy and strong relationship with Jesus and other people. Our life should not be about following rules, but on being changed inside out by Jesus.