recommended reading


Last week when my daughter and I were school shopping, we planned to go to a couple of stores before going to Target.  As we made our plans she said, ”But even if we find everything we need at the other stores, we can still go to Target.  I love going to Target and just looking at everything.  I could stay in there for hours.”

My heart swelled with motherly pride.  I’m raising my daughter right, y’all!

I just had to share that.  Now, on to this week’s Recommended Reading.

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I turned on my bedside lamp, and opened up the book I’d started two weeks before.

Eventually Mr. Hines, awakened by the light, asked if he could borrow my eye mask.  He put it on, turned over and was lulled back to sleep by the lavender-scented, leopard print eye mask.

After I quit laughing at him, (he was laughing too) I got back to my book.  Minutes turned into hours and hours into sunrise as I turned the last page of the book.

f you've ever felt down on your luck then you need to check out this week's Recommended Reading at www.mrshinesclass.comI think those were my favorite words in the whole book.   I’m so thankful that I have friends like Denver.

If I had to describe “Same Kind of Different as Me” in one word it would be incredible. The life and times of Ron, Denver and Deborah are nothing short of inspiring, heart wrenching and miraculous.  You cannot read this book and not be affected.

The book made me think about my own dreams, and the plans I have for my life.  Pursuing those things requires a confidence that I sometimes lack.

I wonder if my dreams are frivolous.

I question if pursuing them is a waste of time.

But then I read  “Is It Really Okay to Dream?” by Mary Mianecki on the blog, “God-sized Dreams.”  And I was reminded that,


” ‘My dreams point to the traits He created in me to accomplish the purposes for which He put me on this earth.’ “


I have dreams of writing a book.  I aspire to be an interior decorator. I dream of financial freedom.  I dream of my daughter’s future.

It’s easy to get frustrated when you have a dream that isn’t realized. Or when you face obstacles, which is why I could relate to The Nester’s post, “When the Dreams Come True But the Reality is Slow & Ugly.” 

I’m pretty sure her red barn is a metaphor for all of our lives.

It’s always encouraging to know that we’re not alone.  And it’s comforting when you feel like someone understands.   I think that’s why I found this quote by Christine Lemmon so encouraging.


f you've ever felt down on your luck then you need to check out this week's Recommended Reading at


I hope you find this week’s reading inspiring.


p.s.  If you’d like to buy the book, “Same Kind of Different as Me”, you can click on the book title in the post above, and it will take you to Amazon where it was ten dollars and some change.

This is an affiliate link which means that if you buy from Amazon, I’ll make a very small commission (at no cost to you.)

I don’t mind where you buy the book, I just hope you read it. 

See you in class,

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