I’ve got five books going that I read when the kids play in the backyard. I use to strictly be a one book at a time woman, until kids came along and now I need a variety to choose from depending on my mood and the amount of coffee I’m consuming.
Walden on Wheels: On The Open Road from Debt to Freedom– The minimalist in my snatched up this book when I saw it on display at the library. Drowning in debt from college loans, the author sets off on a relentless pursuit to pay it off as quickly as possible during the recession, working in remote Alaska and post Katrina Mississippi and (no spoilers but as cover obviously suggests), living in a van through part of his journey (though not down by the river like the SNL sketch).
Exploring Nature with Children– A really reasonably priced downloadable book that offers weekly guides for (like the title says) exploring nature with children along with poems and pieces of art to study alongside. This can be used for small groups or as a family. Great outdoors + quality time together + learning = a win in my book!
The Living Page: Keeping Notebooks with Charlotte Mason– Laurie Bestveter has compiled a great resource for anyone trying to decipher all the different notebooks CM recommends keeping. Not only does she delve into the how to be a noticer, but why being a noticer is important. Here is one of my favorite bits: taking time to write by hand slows us down and allows truth to seep in.
Groups: The Life-Giving Power of Community-Real irony here. I’m reading a bible study about community, by myself 😂😂😂
The Simplicity Project– I purchased Corie Clark’s Purposeful Planner last year after researching LOTS of planners and picked her book up the same time. This little resource is a great concise book full of ideas to help make your health, home, finances and time organized and simplified. There is also a 28 day simplicity project at the end of it to kickstart creating margin in all the areas listed above.
It wasn’t until I laid all the books out together, that I noticed a theme of simplicity, nature and community. If anyone else picks up any of these feel free to let me know what you think about them!