I love when people on Instagram share the books on their nightstand – I get so many great recommendations! – so I decided to do the same. Here’s a peek at some of the books at my bedside.
Starting from the bottom up to the top:
KidPower Children Safety Comics: How to Use Your Power to Stay Safe: Do you know how to talk with your child about strangers, what to do if they get lost, boundaries when it comes to their bodies, and ultimately how to stay safe? Um, I didn’t. Or at least I didn’t feel like I knew how to teach my child in a way that was age appropriate and not freak the you-know-what out of her. Enter KidPower – an amazing nonprofit – whose vision is to “teach skills for safety, respect, confidence, and kindness for everyone, everywhere.” They have lots of resources. I especially love the comic books that can be read to kids to teach important concepts like consent and boundaries as well as strategies to stay safe, deal with unkind words, and more. These strategies are framed as “powers,” which every kid thinks is cool. My daughter likes reading the book and it’s given us things we can talk about, plus scenarios (e.g., what to do if separated in a store) we can practice in the real world.
Intuitive Eating Workbook: So, just because a book is on my nightstand doesn’t mean I’ve read it … or even opened it. This is an example of just that. I’ve read part of Intuitive Eating and it’s been really helpful, so I bought this workbook to help me put IE into practice. But sometimes, you need a little break from “self help” … hence, why I haven’t dug into it yet. But I love knowing it’s there when I’m ready.
Everyday Matters Bible for Women: I remember as a kid trying to reading the Precious Moments bible I got for my First Communion, and it was like reading a foreign language. After that, I didn’t pick up the Bible again until this version above. Honestly, the Bible still feels a bit like a foreign language, but that’s why I love this version so much. There are articles, Q&As, and reflections sprinkled throughout it and they help you make sense of the passages. There are also themes you can follow like “contemplation,” “acceptance,” and “celebration,” that make your reading feel more purposeful.
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: Scott’s read this. I’ve read it. My mom’s read it. You can borrow my copy if you want to read it! I mentioned it in my post Therapy is Cool, but I hadn’t read it at that point. Turns out, it was even better than I expected. It’s a true story about a therapist – Lori Gottlieb – and HER therapist. She also walks us through the therapy journey of a few of her clients, and – wow – they are powerful stories. As someone who has been to therapy, I was fascinated by the techniques/strategies she uses with her clients. Therapy has always just felt like a really productive conversation but it was cool to understand the skills therapists use in sessions. Bottom line, Gottlieb is a great storyteller, you might shed a tear, and you’ll learn a few things along the way.
Come As You Are: If a college friend hadn’t recommended this book on Facebook, not only would I not have read it but I wouldn’t have had the guts to promote it on this blog. That’s because sex – like mental health – isn’t discussed as much as it should be. Yes, sex is everywhere – in movies, on magazines, etc., but REAL conversations about sex, our genitals, and even what’s influenced our views of our bodies and sex, rarely happen. But I’m thankful to my college friend for that FB post. I’m thankful to podcasts like Marriage and Martinis that featured sexual communications coach Leah Carey (such a good episode!). I’m thankful to the author of Come As You Are. I’m thankful to all of them for helping make this topic less taboo. I wish I had read this book a long time ago. And I wish it were mandatory reading for all women (and men too!). Is that enough of an endorsement to make you want to read it? 🙂
Out of the Spin Cycle: You can tell this book is written by a mom because each story/devotion is just 2-3 pages. Hallelujah! Out of the Spin Cycle touches on all challenges of motherhood and provides religious guidance to help you “lighten your mother load.” The stories are relatable and often funny, and the reflections empower me. This book will help you feel less alone in motherhood and will encourage and inspire you.
The Immortalists (fiction): I’m reading this for book club and, so far, am really enjoying it. I’m only a third of the way through though, so I’ll let you read the Amazon description 🙂
2020 Prayer Planner: Prayer is relatively new to me. Yes, I’ve said pre-scripted prayers my entire life, but I haven’t really used prayer as an ongoing conversation with God until my time here in San Francisco. I heard about this prayer planner on the 5 Minute Mom podcast and have decided to give it a try for 2020. We’ll see how it goes!
So, tell me. What’s on your nightstand??
Amy (@belovedbody on Instagram)