Tuesday, February 4, 2014

What I'm Reading Link-Up: February 2014

Welcome to the What I'm Reading Link-up! Here's how it works:
  • I post my monthly reading list on the first Tuesday of the month.
  • I also let you know what books I loved from the previous month.
  • You can link a blog post of your reading list using the link-up feature, or you can just leave a comment with the books you're reading if you don't have a blog.
  • If you link-up your blog post, please acknowledge this link-up within your post. :) You can use the image included in this post.
  • I will leave the link-up/giveaway open for the rest of the month.
  • In the following month's link-up, I'll announce the WINNER of the book giveaway. The winner will get to pick a book from ANY of my reading lists - including Books I Loved in 2013.
My goal is to make this an excellent resource of book suggestions for you that will enrich your life! And, selfishly, I highly enjoy reading everyone's recommendations. :)

Thank you to those who linked up or commented on the last What I'm Reading Link-Up! The winner of the giveaway according to the random number generator is.... #1! Renee Green! YAAYYY! I will send Renee a book of her choice to add to her reading list. :)

Okay, so this month my list will be pretty short, because hey. It's February. And I'm not done with The Help yet so I still need to finish that. It's great so far! Again, I wish I had read it before the movie. But oh well. The other books from my previous list are wonderful, but I already talked about them because I had already been reading them for a while when I posted last time. 

My February 2014 Reading List:

1. 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker

This is a book I bought months ago but couldn't start until I finished a couple other studies. I asked my mom if she wanted to do it with me and she said yes, so we are about to start it! I'm excited! (I got the second one listed here, the member book.) Has anyone done this already? I'm kinda scared, but I know that I NEED to focus on this.

672965: 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess

By Jen Hatmaker

Disturbed by her family's comfortableness with American excess, Jen Hatmaker writes in 7 about their unique social and spiritual decision to live by a rule of seven - reducing material possessions and distractions in seven areas (food, clothes, spending, media, possessions, waste, and stress) in order to connect with a greatly increased God.

874189: 7 Experiment: Staging Your Own Mutiny Against Excess, Member Book 7 Experiment: Staging Your Own Mutiny Against Excess, Member Book

By Jen Hatmaker

2. A Love That Multiplies by Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar

Because their first book fascinated me, and because this one was approximately $2.97 at the time, my mom got me this book for Christmas. I enjoy reading about their habits and disciplines, even though our family has not multiplied yet. Haha. :) 

190630: A Love That Multiplies: An Up-Close View of How They Make It Work A Love That Multiplies: An Up-Close View of How They Make It Work

By Michelle & Jim Bob Duggar

America's popular "mega-household" shares the fundamentals that keep them focused on family, financial repsonsibility, fun---and faith. As you discover the parenting challenges the Duggars face and the simple life principles they teach their children, you'll realize that what works for them can work for you, too! Includes a special chapter on homeschooling.

3. A Woman After God's Own Heart by Elizabeth George

This book was highly recommended by a woman at our church whom I greatly admire (and her sweet daughter Paris who's in our youth group!) so I knew I must read it. My mother-in-law gave it to me for Christmas so I'm pumped to dive in!

918833: A Woman After God"s Own Heart, Updated and Expanded Edition A Woman After God's Own Heart, Updated and Expanded Edition

By Elizabeth George

This very popular selection for personal and group study is filled with rich advice, spiritual wisdom, and practical applications. With passion and personality, Elizabeth George shares how a woman can follow God and seek His heart in every area of her life including her husband, her children, her home, her walk with the Lord, and her ministry. There is peace and purpose for the woman who prepares her heart and mind to embrace God's plan every day. This new look complements other bestselling titles by Elizabeth George.

So that's it for the month! We have a little getaway for the two of us planned so I'll be happy to have some reading time. :) (Secondary to my time with Jordan of course...)

Link up below or comment with your reading list for the month and you could win a new book! 

Disclaimer: There are affiliate links in this post, but all opinions (as always) are my own. 
Also, I do not support everything each author mentioned says or writes. The only book that is completely all truth is the Bible!



  1. Ashley, you ever gonna finish that Q&A VLOG from last summertime? LOL. *crosses fingers* hope so! There were some good questions that I was looking forward to hearing some of the answers.

    1. Yes! :) Haha, I know, it's taking forever. I actually went to film one the other day but the lighting was terrible so it wouldn't work at that time of day. Hopefully soon!

  2. Hahaha, aw! You're too adorable! I just love your blog & your southern accent! :-P Oh, how I wish I had a southern accent!!!!!

  3. I am reading "Building a Discipling Culture" by Mike Breen & Steve Cockram. It is a great book about the basics of discipleship that are modeled by Jesus. I have only read 3 or 4 chapters but it has been really good and challenging thus far! For fun I am reading "Catching Fire." I know I am a day late and a dollar short but hey I said I would read them once I graduated so here I am. And of course it's great. Only have about 100 pages left.

  4. A blog post subject just came to my mind that would be perfect for you. Being a housewife. I will be getting married within the next year or two. I want to be a housewife. I definitely love the whole "50's housewife style". The cooking, cleaning, organizing, supporting the husband, etc. Tips on how you do this would be awesome! Maybe budgeting tips? How you're able to do this? Did you get any criticism over deciding to work in your home instead of an office? I'm scared I may get some mother-in-law pressure! Since she is very much a work-aholic.

  5. As a mother of an 8-month-old, VERY active boy, I don't get a lot of time for much reading anymore. However, I am trying to finish reading Genesis, Nehemiah, Matthew, Mark, and Acts this month. May not be as much as I use to read, normally being a voracious reader, but it's about all I can manage right now.

  6. This month I have finished several books from last months reading list. I am still in the process of reading Follow Me by David Platt and have begun Feathers from my Nest by Beth Moore and Sycamore Row by John Grisham.

  7. Hi Ashley! I recently stumbled across your blog and I am so glad I did. I am 17 years young. Only child. My parents are not Christians but I am. I have no one to talk to about The Lord or go to for advice every teenage girl should have. I would love for you to go in to more detail about your beliefs. I see a commenter on thus post said something about a q and a with you. I can't find your previous post about that or if more questions could be added?

    1. Feel free to mail me - clrewkowski@yahoo.com - I can relate to knowing how difficult it canbe living with loved ones that don't know the Lord. I'd love to talk to you more! :) My name is Tina, I'm married with a one-year old son. :)

  8. Nice to meet you, Ashley!
    You have a charming blog :-)
    May I invite you to visit me here...

  9. I'm currently reading a Woman After God's Own Heart too, right now! I'm about 3/4 of the way though and have been so transformed already by the biblical wisdom and guidance in here - I LOVE it, and I'm a TOUGH critic! Another great book is Trusting God by Sharon Jaynes - absolutely fantastic. :)

  10. This is a great book list. I just finished reading a brand new book called "The Wholehearted Wife: 10 Keys to a More Loving Relationship," by Erin, Greg and Gary Smalley. It's about effectively influencing our marriages in a positive way by changing what we can - ourselves - our attitudes, actions, decision, priorities and words; honoring, nourishing, communicating, etc. Biblical, inspirational, affirming. One of my favorite quotes is,"When we turn to God for help, he fills us with his love and enables us to see ourselves and our husbands through his eyes. Keep in mind that a wholehearted wife focuses first on her own heart!" I highly recommend it! http://www.tyndale.com/The-Wholehearted-Wife/9781624051463#.U6upS14Q7wI

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