Oooooh, is there anything better than snuggling with the kiddos under a blanket and getting lost in a book on a grey winter’s day?

Well, Tracey and I don’t think so, and so we’d like to share with you a list of our current favs we call “irresistible winter reads” 😉

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Check out these irresistible winter readsPat’s picks –

It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way, Lisa Terkeurst – If you’re living through disappointments in your life, your homeschool, your marriage…hey, can we talk about the elephant in that room? This book talks about Lisa’s healing from her husband’s affair, and how the Lord saved their marriage.

Standing Strong, Alli Worthington – This is a terrific book to use to lead a book study. Talk about getting authentic! If you can get a small group of women together that are willing to “be real” and grow together…this is the book to use.

Pinnacle of Truth, Book 1, The Wilson Series, Tracey Hagerman – Tracey’s books are fiction, but based on true events in her family’s journey, which make them all the more relatable. I just love the heart behind the stories…

What Color is Your Parachute for Teens, Carol Christen | No Parachute Required: Translating Your Passion Into a Paycheck, Jeff Gunhus – These books are great to help your teen as they figure out what to do after graduation (high school or college, because some folks take a bit longer to figure things out). And speaking of that, if you’re anticipating a struggle with your next step after you’re done homeschooling, you might find either or both of them helpful yourself, momma 😉

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, Bryan Stevenson – I could not put this book down! Described as “an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice,” it’s also been compared to a modern-day To Kill a Mockingbird.


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Tracey’s tomes –

The Bailey Flanagan Series, Karen Kingsbury – Tracey has read almost all (49, to date!) of Karen Kingsbury’s books, and just loves the realism and readability of her writing. Who knows? You may, too!

Seeing Beautiful Again: 50 Devotions, Lysa Terkeurst – You’ll love the encouragement that Tracey shares in this episode about this book. If you like devotionals, we’ll be doing an episode where we discuss the value of devotionals. So make sure you follow us to hear it first-hand.

1000 Gifts, Ann Voskamp – If you’ve never read anything by this author, you’re in for a treat! Ann Voskamp is truly a gifted writer and reading this book, or any other of her other ones, are a combination of beautiful “word candy” combined with deep thought and substance.

The Mouse and the Motorcycle, Beverly Cleary – This particular book is part of a series that’s just terrific as a family read-aloud. And you may be surprised to discover this is one your tweens and teens may even enjoy being around for!

Puzzle Books, Ken Ken, Will Shortz, and Jumble Gymnastics – Who says a book has to be a long read? Try some of these out for mind benders and thought stretchers!

Other Resources –

Link to the Sunday Puzzle, with Will Shortz on National Public Radio (NPR)

Piano Puzzler, with Bruce Adolphe – a music-related puzzle segment, also on NPR

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