-Guest post by staff member, Jolene Barto.
Want to share the reading experience with everyone? There are tons of great books that you can share with the little ones that you’ll love too! It’s a great way to both get some reading done and spend time with your family. For example, Love Does for Kids has the luminous Bob Goff as the narrator and the devotional content is great for kiddos to grow and feel empowered to do things that will make a tangible difference in the world.
Being a mom requires your attention to be diverted in a million different directions.
For example, on any given day I may be:
- Making sure that the little ones aren’t putting themselves in eight million precarious/dangerous situations.
- Reading and responding to approximately one million emails.
- Trying desperately not to have my house look like a disaster zone at any given minute.
It’s a lot.
And this is just my basic version of a checklist (and totally does not include the plethora of items that I should be doing but can never seem to accomplish…like the semi-violent reminder in my gut that I have a gym membership that is gathering dust!).
As a book lover at heart, I’m always trying to find a way to fit more books into my life while juggling, work, family, kids, and more!
One thing that I still cling to in between sippy cups and laptops is my TBR List (or “To Be Read” list). However, it’s not always easy to be holding a book, let alone reading it, at any given time during the day. Discovering the world of audiobooks was the perfect solution. They allow me to read books AND be hands-free to conquer the day! Translation: Mopping the floors because my toddler has mercilessly smashed a handful of grapes in between numerous kitchen tiles. Not to mention they can be lifesavers on long road trips.
Never tried an audiobook? Here are a few of my recent favorites:
- Annie Downs 100 Days to Brave: A kickstart for every day to start facing challenges, tackling goals, and embracing the courage inside of you. Annie Downs narrates this audiobook herself and is like the life coach you’ve always wanted.
2. Shauna Niequist Savor: if you’re needing a little reminder that busy and frantic does not the person make, then Shauna Niequist invites you to sit down with her and savor the day, rather than rush through it. We all need a little slowing down, especially in the breakneck pace of everyday life.
- Daily Devotionals: If you’re like me and need a spiritual boost, a daily devotional is a must. But sometimes it’s tough to find the time to really read and meditate on each daily read. Some amazing devotionals are available in audio, so you can listen to today’s devotional while you’re getting your coffee ready or while you’re driving into work. One of the devotionals I’ve been really loving is Lysa TerKeurst’s Embraced:
If you’re looking for something else, here are a few places you can find audiobooks (both paid and free). It’s super easy to find a title that you might love.
- Audible: https://www.audible.com
- Free audiobooks with apps that work with your library membership: Try browsing from your library for free through various apps, like Overdrive’s Libby or Hoopla.
- Podbean: https://www.podbean.com/free-audiobooks
- LibriVox: Snag free, public-domain audiobooks read by volunteers around the world. https://librivox.org
- Open Culture: http://www.openculture.com/freeaudiobooks
- Lit2Go: https://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/
- Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/audiobooks-com
- Bandcamp: https://bandcamp.com/?g=audiobooks
I see you, Mom, trying to juggle dinner, finish up a presentation, and get in some spiritual growth all in the same evening. Just know that you have someone on your team, and that “someone” is a great audiobook. Listen to one from your favorite author using one of the options above or check out one at your local library, and start knocking out that reading wish list—plus get that laundry folded, the budget balanced, and kids to summer camp (because you = Superwoman).
Get more free audiobooks and samplers at the Harper Audio_US channel on Soundcloud here.