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What Are You Reading? January 25, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — sandra @ 1:34 pm

I am currently reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin.  I am about half-way through the book and have been enjoying it.  Here is a review from Amazon:

Rubin is not an unhappy woman: she has a loving husband, two great kids and a writing career in New York City. Still, she could-and, arguably, should-be happier. Thus, her methodical (and bizarre) happiness project: spend one year achieving careful, measurable goals in different areas of life (marriage, work, parenting, self-fulfillment) and build on them cumulatively, using concrete steps (such as, in January, going to bed earlier, exercising better, getting organized, and “acting more energetic”). By December, she’s striving bemusedly to keep increasing happiness in every aspect of her life. The outcome is good, not perfect (in accordance with one of her “Secrets of Adulthood”: “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good”), but Rubin’s funny, perceptive account is both inspirational and forgiving, and sprinkled with just enough wise tips, concrete advice and timely research (including all those other recent books on happiness) to qualify as self-help. Defying self-help expectations, however, Rubin writes with keen senses of self and narrative, balancing the personal and the universal with a light touch. Rubin’s project makes curiously compulsive reading, which is enough to make any reader happy.

I really like the author’s premise of having specific, measurable goals each month.  I think it’s a good idea to look at your life and decide what’s really important, then work at attaining those things.  The one thing that saddens me about this book, is that there is really no mention of God (so far).  If nothing else, though, it has really made me think about my own happiness and where/how God fits into that.  I have really been thinking about the difference between happiness and joy, so stay tuned for a post on that!!

In the meantime, I’d love to hear what you’re reading this week!!!


2 Responses to “What Are You Reading?”

  1. susan Barber Says:

    I just finished The Whistling Season (recommended by my friend John Orr) which was pretty good. Now I’m reading Frankenstein (so wonderful and creepy all at the same time) and Eat, Pray and Love because I have some nonbeliever friends read that book and want to talk about the spiritual aspects of it. It’s going to be sad I think because the woman is on the right path in her seeking but instead of trusting Jesus as her Savior, she takes the parts of Christianity she likes and adds it to the parts of worldliness that she likes along with the aspects of eastern religion that appeal to her etc. My next read is Generous Justice by Tim Keller and can’t wait to read that one! Scott’s reading Decision Points by Bush.
    That’s about it at the Barber house.

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