Reading List Update


I know. It’s been dead quiet around here, but it has been anything but quiet in my house.

Who knew an 8 month-old would be so screechingly loud? Love my little ball of personality, but MAN she is a lot of work. I’m not saying anything earth shattering here, except to acknowledge that this ideal of “having it all” and “doing it all” is a pretty big myth. I can give 100% to what’s in front of me, but that means something else isn’t getting done. I don’t want to multi-task my whole life, I’m not very good at it. So my working windows are really when my child sleeps – but that’s also my window for cooking, cleaning, showering, e-mails, lesson prep, and blog writing. Something has to give everyday, and as you could probably tell, the blog tends to get the stiff arm. My goal was to write once or twice a week. I want to hold to it, so thanks for your grace in the midst.

That being said, I HAVE been making reading a priority this year. We turn off the T.V. earlier or keep it off, and spend more time reading. Thus, I have a quick roundup of the goods thus far. Check out the video update on the 2014 reads below and I’ll catch you afterward.

Good Reads from Ginger Ciminello on Vimeo.

So, here’s my original booklist for 2014 if you want to see the titles. I don’t know if I could really rank the books, because they’ve all been so good for different reasons. My husband and I are still reading “Dad is Fat” and I just started the Jeff Shinabarger book. So looking forward to vacations this summer to also get caught up on some fiction and memoirs!

What about you? Any good ones you’ve read this year? DO TELL.

Happy Wednesday!


True You: Friday Finds

I will always, always recommend God’s Word as the first and foremost resource when it comes to centering ourselves in truth. So many of you ask for resources to help as you struggle through your own journey to be the True You – and I want to speak as clearly as I can: The Word of God is the ONLY book every written that will span the test of eternity!

“God’s word is living and active. It is sharper than any two-edged sword and cuts as deep as the place where soul and spirit meet, the place where joints and marrow meet. God’s word judges a person’s thoughts and intentions.”  Hebrews 4:12, GWT

But I also know that God can and does speak through His people to encourage our hearts in other ways! That’s why I wanted to give you some books to pick up or put on your Christmas list! Those that are starred are more geared for teens, the others are for any age. I hope they continue to encourage your heart.

*God Girl by Hayley DiMarco

Grace for the Good Girl: Letting God of the Try-Hard Life by Emily P. Freeman

You’re Already Amazing: Embracing Who You Are, Becoming All God Created You to Be by Holley Gerth

*Redefining Beautiful: What God Sees When God Sees You by Jenna and Max Lucado

*Authentic Beauty by Leslie Ludy

A Confident Heart by Renee Swope

Do You Think I’m Beautiful by Angela Thomas

TrueFaced by Bill Thrall, Bruce McNicol, and John S Lynch

Jesus Calling by Sarah Young

Please feel free to add your suggestions to the list!

Happy Reading and Happy Friday!


Friday Finds: Mmm Mmm Good

 It’s been over a month since I last had the opportunity to share some of my favorite bits from the interwebs. My google reader was filled with great starred material to choose from. So this Friday I ask you… have you read these?

1. A post titled “God With Us” from the blog Fast. Pray. How can you not want to keep reading an entry that begins with, “Two weeks ago I went on one of the worst dates of my life”? Trust me, you should keep reading.

2. A powerful reminder from Thoughts from Fabs in her “Satisfied: be okay “entry. She writes, “This desire will control the destiny of every single one of us.  It will either lead us to trust in our Creator or trust in created things.” If you care to know which desire she happens to be talking about, you really should just follow the link and find out.

3. Renea’s post about A One-Size-Fits-All Modesty had me nodding my head in agreement. Great reminders as we head into the midst of summer wardrobes… “Rules alone won’t better our relationship with God; it’s what’s behind the rules.”

4. I actually printed out Kevin East’s post about the kind of applause worth desiring: Perspective- Lessons from a standing ovation.  It’s tucked into the back of my journal to remind me that I serve an audience of One.

5. And finally delightful chocolate therapy from my own sister, Valerie. She blogs with a great group of witty and caring people at The Corner Booth. Her post, With a Little Help From My Friends is tender and lovely and shows one of the many reasons she has a life filled to the brim with friendships.

Happy reading, Happy Friday!