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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

January's Book

One of my goals for 2012 was to read a book per month (remember that goals post I wrote and talked about but never ended up publishing? Yeah, seems kind of like a wash at this point). I really, really love to read but I'm disappointed I don't get to books as often as I'd like. Especially considering I literally live across the street from our public library (which is one of the reasons we loved our house so much!). So I thought setting an easy goal of a book per month would give me a little motivation to get some reading done without a lot of pressure. In order to make it even easier, it doesn't matter what type of book I read each month. Fiction or non-fiction, life-changing or not, I'm just going with what I feel that month.

It seemed fitting to start the year off reading a book that may help us get closer to meeting our fundraising goals for our adoption. So the book Adopt Without Debt by Julie Gumm sure fit the bill. I really enjoyed the book. It was a quick read and was easy to get through. Although the ideas in the book weren't necessarily earth shattering (we've been doing certain fundraisers and researching fundraisers for a year now), I did get a few ideas I hadn't really thought about. I appreciate that there are specific details of how to plan and execute specific fundraisers and make what might seem overwhelming a lot more manageable. It's also pretty encouraging that there are families represented for each fundraising idea and that they really made money! People have gone before us and been successful! Sigh of relief. The best thing I got out of the book, though? MOTIVATION. I felt like saying "yes we can!" ha. Really though, I would recommend it if you're having a difficult time piecing through what might work for your family and how you can reach people (and share the story of adoption and how God has worked in your family) outside your circle, it's certainly beneficial. Hey, I figured if I get one idea and I make $12 off of it, the book paid for itself.

Have you read it? What did you think and what ideas are you excited to try?

1 comment:

  1. Glad to hear you're reading again, Kelly. You always loved to read. I have a few suggestions for books if you're ever at a loss for what to read next. Although I'm sure you have a long list and as you said, will decide as each month comes along, which makes good sense. The book you just described sounded good. I'm sure others will find it helpful as well. Love you. Take good care. (I finally figured out how to post on your blog again.:)