Big thanks to everyone who commented on my “wish list panic attack” post! I found all the comments to be very helpful, and have reorganized my wish list accordingly. In case you’re interested, here’s what I ended up ordering.
Hold On to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers by Gordon Neufeld – I got this one because I’ve heard so many good things about it, and because it’s a good fit with my decision to homeschool. Also, I think it will help me put to words something I’ve been feeling lately: when I drive around my neighborhood and see young people, they’re almost always alone or with maybe one other friend. They never make eye contact or smile, even if I wave, and always seem so sullen. This is exactly how I was as a teenager. I know that it’s normal for teens to pull away from their parents and rebel a bit, but something about these kids (and my own experience as a teenager) just doesn’t seem right. They just radiate frustration and depression, and I can’t help but feel like something is terribly amiss every time I see them. I’m hoping that Neufeld’s book helps me articulate what it is I think about all this.
Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis De Sales – I got this for two reasons. 1) Because so many of you told me I should, and 2) because I’m currently reading his book Finding God’s Will for You and it is simply amazing (a must-read!).
My Life With the Saints by James Martin – This one I got almost entirely because it was recommended by commentors. Also, as I’ve mentioned, I’ve been especially drawn to the saints lately and want to rely on them more, as sources of strength and inspiration for my life.
Thanks so much for all your comments! Every one of them was helpful.
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