I'm realizing that I haven't read a novel since this Summer and I'm really missing a good story. I'm missing loving a few characters so much that you can't wait to open back up the book and see how they are doing. I've been reading a lot of books to enhance my knowledge on something, and memoirs. Which don't get me wrong, I love a good memoir. Hands down it's my favorite type of book to read. But I'm in need of a good novel. I'd love your suggestions. What should I dive into over Thanksgiving?

In October I read three books:

Dare to Love: The Art of Merging Science and Love Into Parenting Children with Difficult Behavior by Heather Forbes

I read this book as I was preparing to teach a breakout at the Lifeway Kids Ministry Conference. This book was helpful with my own kids in some of their struggles and thinking through parenting them. The book is entirely questions and answers, so there were lots of parts that I skipped and some that I devoured. As with any parenting book out there I always say take what you want and leave what you don't. There were a few things in her that I didn't entirely agree with for my kids, but there was lots that I took away nuggets of helpful information about.
In Defense of the Fatherless: Redeeming International Adoption and Orphan Care by Sara Brinton & Amanda Bennett

I was given this book from Jessica Honneger and have had it on my shelf forever and I admit I was a bit timid in picking it up. Since we've adopted two times internationally I wasn't ready to face some of the facts that this book presents to the reader about international adoption. But as I dove into this book I realized that the authors were never intending to make me feel guilty about what I might have done in ignorance, or shame anyone into feeling a certain way, but they were writing this book to educate us. To help us navigate the harsh realities of international adoption and orphan care.

There were parts of this book that were hard to read and caused me to look back into our journey and see things in a different light. This book is pro-adoption, and pro-orphan care. They are pro-educating people on the realities, dangers, and wonders that are involved in international adoption.

I highly recommend this book to anyone considering international adoption.

Every Bitter Thing is Sweet: Tasting the Goodness of God in All Things by Sara Hagerty

I have seen this book around for a while and the reason I remembered it is because of the beautiful cover. I absolutely adore this cover, and when I met Sara at Allume this year I loved her just as much. This book is a memoir diving into Sara's journey through mothering and adoption. I resonated with a lot that she shared about her motherhood journey. The book is beautifully written, and although it's not my normal style of reading (beautifully poetic words) I really enjoyed this book.

So, there's my October reading. I need to get moving because as of November 20th I have read ZERO books.

Jamie Ivey