The Books That Run My Life

Do you have books that you come back to over and over again?  Books that you reach for whenever you have a question or a problem you just can’t figure out on your own?  These are the books that run my life behind the scenes.  I could probably (and should probably) get rid of the rest and could probably rely quite easily on this small selection for quite a while.
In the kitchen I could probably survive a good long time with Simply in Season and More-With-Less Cookbook.  They’re the perfect combination of good, healthy,  easy to make meals.
In the Parenting sector I keep going back to Parenting with Grace: The Catholic Parents’ Guide to Raising almost Perfect Kids, The Discipline Book: How to Have a Better-Behaved Child From Birth to Age Ten and Today I Feel Like a Warm Fuzzy.  The Discipline Book covers it all.  Parenting with Grace ties it back to Faith and “why” I should makes certain choices and Warm Fuzzy helps me explain thing in a way a small child can really understand.
All New Square Foot Gardening is my go to gardening book, so far it’s had all I need for the amount of veggie gardening I do.
The Complete C. S. Lewis Signature Classics is pretty self explanatory, it’s just what it is (the Vatican website, with it’s catechism and other documents, is on the top of my list, but alas it’s not a book).  
The Catholic Home: Celebrations and Traditions for Holidays, Feast Days, and Every Day is simple and practical ways to approach faith in the home (I’d include The Little Oratory: A Beginner’s Guide to Praying in the Home, but I don’t have my own copy of that yet so I just get it out of the library on a regular basis).
And Anne of Green Gables?  Anne is there as a reminder of the beautiful things in life.  It reminds me to slow down, take a step outside and take time for what’s important in life.

What are the books that run your life?

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  1. I have the Meredith Gould book–I bought it before my Confirmation & First Communion, actually and it has been very helpful…but then I discovered Catholic blogs and, man, you guys come up with some awesome stuff that make me wish even more that I had a passel of youngin's to do crafts with. I love all things Anne & Montgomery in general. I read all of Anne & Emily every year. I also read Harry Potter around Halloween time–I can just get all 7 books in through the month of October. “Born Fundamentalist, Born Again Catholic” is my hands-down favorite-est Catholic-y book I have read though. For cookbooks, I love Trisha Yearwood's–simple and yummy and southern! To Kill a Mockingbird is the best book I have ever read, though. I have a Southern Living Plant Encyclopedia and A Country Living Encyclopedia that I could never do without for yard/house projects and general agriculture.


  2. Loved this post, Molly! I have heard of most of your list, but honestly I feel like I have this HUGE list of books in my mind or on Pinterest or on a running book list on my phone. I wish I could read by osmosis just by having them on my list, you know? I spend so little time reading anything but blogs when I do have time to read. If I'm really desperate about something like cooking, discipline or housework, I'll inhale a book about it when I need it. Maaaybe twice a year or so I'll stumble across a pleasure-reading book like “The Father's Tale” (so, so good! highly recommend Michael O'Brien!) and read it in a few days by basically losing lots of sleep.:) God bless you and yours today. Love your blog, Molly. Please keep writing and sharing your beautiful heart and words with all of us who are so blessed by it.


  3. In the kitchen: I *need* The Pioneer Woman's cookbooks. They are all loved and a smidge messy because they are used almost weekly.

    The Harry Potter series. My husband and I read them together through college and early into our marriage. I read all seven outloud to my oldest a couple of years ago and am ready to read them this summer to my second kid (the rule is you have to be seven years old because that's when I read them to my oldest and she loves making sure things are fair). Other series: Little House, Narnia, and Ramona.

    Mere Christianity be C. S. Lewis. I have multiple copies to give out, too.

    The Temperaments God Gave You (and Your Child and Your Spouse). Life altering reads! I can't stop talking about them!!!!

    (I love book talk. Thanks for posting this!!!)


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