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 Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (Third Edition) gives me goals and Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child reminds me why.
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?