What We’re Reading – February 2015

February was a slow month for us. It was wonderful. We were snowed in for about a week, which meant Dave’s classes were cancelled and George and I got him all to ourselves. The slowness also meant that I was able to read frequently and for longer periods of time. Here are the books we tackled during the shortest month of the year.

Special note: Dave hasn’t been able to start a new book this month, but he wanted me to let you all know that he’s more than happy to make pediatric nursing or labor and delivery textbook recommendations for you 😉


The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst

The tagline for this tremendous book is: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands. It’s a companion for the modern woman. We are constantly pulled in one thousand different directions, and often times, out of our desire to give of ourselves, we spread ourselves too thin. In our desire to say “Yes” to God, we sometimes say “yes” to the wrong things, and give those most important to us a lesser version of ourselves. This book has already born so much fruit in my soul and in my life. It’s helped me determine which people and which activities deserve my “best yes”, and what I need to walk away from in order to protect that “yes”. This book is so, so good. Rooted in Scripture, it gives practical advice and tools for going against the grain of busy-ness and reveling more in what we are truly being asked to do.

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

This is my “for fun” book that I read at the end of my hardest of days when I don’t have much brain power left and just need a good laugh. I’m taking my time though this book, therefore, and so I haven’t finished it yet. So far, I’m really enjoying it. I’ve always loved Amy Poehler’s comedy and in her book, she seamlessly weaves humor and somber life lessons to walk us through the story of her life.

The Temperament God Gave You by Art and Laraine Bennett

Temperaments fascinate me, and I decided to finally dive into this book I’ve been eyeing for a long while. This is the most exhaustive book I’ve read on personality types, and I found it positively fascinating. The authors walk you through the common traits, virtues, and vices of each temperament, as well as secondary temperaments. Then, it discuses different spousal temperament matches, and gives advice and recommendations for every temperament pair possible. Finally, it does the same thing for the temperament of your children. Like I said, fascinating. And enlightening. And convicting. The Bennett’s also have more extensive books on the latter topics, appropriately titled The Temperament God Gave Your Spouse and The Temperament God Gave Your Kids.

I Love You Through and Through by Bernadette Rossetti Shustak

This book is George’s recent favorite. A classic, we read it over and over, and we pretty much have it memorized against our will. It’s such a sweet book. We are working on teaching George where his body parts are, so this book fits perfectly!

A Night Night Prayer by Amy Parker

We love this reading this book to George at the end of the night. It rhymes, talks about baby animals and family, and says night-night to God – so pretty much the most adorable thing ever.

How about you? What books did you tackle during February?


  1. I am reading The Temperament God Gave you, too! I am leading a book study with some young adults and none of them know about the temperaments, I’m so excited for them to learn more about themselves and others! Understanding these things is so great and leads to such freedom and self knowledge.

  2. The Temperament God Gave You sounds fascinating! I am adding it to my to-read list.

  3. I read “The Namesake” by Jhumpa Lahiri…it was good, but the end disappointed me. It was so exhausting to read, I just felt like a happy ending was in order, but the author thought otherwise. I am also reading “Everyday Sacrament” by Laura Kelly Fanucci, which is lovely so far. Amy Pohler is hilarious and the Temperment God Gave You sounds really intersesting. I love taking personality tests and stuff.

  4. I loooooved Yes Please!

  5. I recently finished the temperament book about your children. I think learning more about them helps me love the people in my life better, have better relationships with them, because I don’t think/feel the same way and I wouldn’t think to view it from a different angle without these helps.

    I’m about to start All the Light We Cannot See which I’ve been waiting for for MONTHS from the library. Can’t wait to get started! 🙂

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