June Links: The Best Things I Read & Watched This Month

It’s been a little quiet here for the past couple of weeks, in part because I’ve been pretty sick. One of the ongoing challenges with my health is that the medication that keeps me feeling better most of the time also suppresses my immune system, so when I get sick, it can be a lot harder for me to get over. I’m finally feeling a little better today, and I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to go to a Nashville Sounds game with my family tonight (our first since moving here!)

While I’ve been laid up on the couch for several days, we’ve done a lot of reading and watching TV, so I’ve got tons of great stuff to share with you today. Happy reading and watching! *Note: some of the links below are affiliate links, which means I get a small commission if you purchase it using my link. Thanks for supporting Faith Starts at Home.


How to Raise a Pagan Kid in a Christian Home – I’ve been seeing this one all over social media the past few weeks, so you may have already seen this one, too, but if not, it’s worth your time.

Find You Here – The story behind the song I can’t stop listening to lately.

Why We Really Need to Stop the Blame Game and Turn Our Hearts Downriver – This is about Gary Moreland’s new book, A Family Shaped by Grace, which I can’t wait to read.

Father’s Day Thoughts While Jogging Through a Cemetery – Good words from my friend, Heather.

8 Reasons Why Happy Couples Rarely Share Their Relationship Statuses on Social Media – Fascinating.

On Family, Fatherhood, and Discipling Your Kids – If you only read one of these, read this one.

Books I read on my own

I read a bunch this month. You can always see everything I’m reading if you follow me on Goodreads, but here were a few of my favorites:

This Is Where You Belong: The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live – This was really eye-opening about proactive things we can do as newbies to the Nashville area to really fall in love with our new home. The Ozarks we just left were where Jason and I both grew up, and finding our footing in a new community is a brand-new challenge for me (Jason lived away a bit before we met). I still miss home, but I’m really excited to get involved in my new community and work at making it feel like home, too.

50 Women Every Christian Should Know: Learning from Heroines of the Faith– This collection of mini-biographies has given me just enough information to whet my appetite about a bunch of women I didn’t know about before. I see a lot more biography reading in my future now that I’ve finished this.

The Wedding QuiltThe Wedding Quilt – A friend introduced me to the Elm Creek Quilt series about a year ago, and I’m finally almost finished with the 20-book series. It’s definitely sparked and interest in quilting for me, and I love these sweet stories.

Books I read with my kids

Little Town on the Prairie – We aren’t done with it yet, but my boys have enjoyed this book just like they liked all the other Little House books we’ve read so far. I picked up the first one on audio on a whim, and even though I liked them as a child, I was surprised by how much my boys liked them from the very beginning. But I have to say, I love sharing the books that shaped my childhood with my own children!

Braving the Big Battle with the Baroness / Repelling the Ronin of Wrong – These flip-over Bibleman books are not my favorites to read aloud, but my oldest son, Caleb, absolutely loves them. And when he curls up next to me in the morning, and asks me to read him a story that teaches the power of Scripture for overcoming temptation, I don’t want to tell him no. Plus, flip-over books are lots of fun!

Movies we watched

Moana – Initially, I was hesitant to let my kids watch this movie, because of the ancient Hawaiian beliefs it portrays, but after hearing good things about it on the Rabbit Room podcast, and reading some reviews, we decided to give it a try. My kids really liked it, and it led to some great conversations about what we believe.

Bambi – It had been such a long time since I’d seen this. It was fun to share with my kids, who had never seen it before.

Cars 3 – We went to see this in the theater, and we were not disappointed. We are big fans of the first Cars movie around here, and this felt like a really good addition to the series. Also, why are there not more G-rated movies? It was so refreshing!