Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Favorite books in 2013

Books are treasures in Cambodia!  Here are a few of the jems we've recently found:

The Hobbit

 While I read The Hobbit to Logan, he followed along in this fun, true to the original illustrated version.

 When Helping Hurts: Alleviating Poverty Without Hurting the Poor...and Yourself

True help is more than just good intentions. One of the easiest mistakes to make in helping the poor is providing relief in situations where rehabilitation or development are the actual need.  We appreciate the clear distinction of these approaches and the thought provoking examples showing how appropriate help is often the difference between long term and short term solutions for a community.

A must read for anyone with a heart to serve others!

 The Usborn Big Book of 1001 Things to Spot

Caleb is becoming a searching pro with this fun book!
We've enjoyed hours of looking for and counting the many things to find in these pictures.

It even has a few scenes familiar to our part of the world.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

A book about appreciating the understated strengths of the quiet people in our life. There's an interesting description of the rise of the "extrovert ideal" in North America and shares ideas for empowering introverted children.  Being an introvert myself, I appreciated the suggestions for discovering ways to enjoy activies like public speaking.  In the end, I liked this book so much because it reminded me to enjoy being myself and to appreciate the unique qualities of my quiet friends.

Thank you to my brother for sharing this book with me. Love you David!


Jane Lopez said...

Thanks for the book suggestion, Rene! I reserved it at my library; it sounds very interesting since I'm an introvert too. <3

barb said...

That would be a good book for Kristina too. In a world of extroverts, it makes you feel very different.