Book review: why I love non-fiction best

Always, books have been my friends. When I was a teenager with a lot more time on my hands, I loved fiction– escapism at its finest.  These days I read almost exclusively non-fiction, and there’s nothing I love better than a book that meets me exactly where I am at a particular point in life.

The Successful Homeschool Family Handbook was one that I devoured back when we first began homeschooling. The Way Home was an encouragement to me when I was considering quitting my job as an RN and staying home with my kids full time. Book Proposals That Sell sat next to my bed for months as I learned skills essential to book publication. There Is No Me Without You spoke to my soul as we began our journey of adoption from Ethiopia.

This week I got a book to accompany me on a new journey.  It is called Run Like a Mother: How to Get Moving–and Not Lose Your Family, Job, or Sanity. I’m enjoying the book so much that I’m sad I’m halfway done with it.  I expected it to be a collection of stories about runner-moms, and it is.  But it is also a book chock full of running advice, covering shoes, clothing, injury prevention, motivation, and all sorts of other important topics.

I doubt I’ll ever be crazy ambitious enough to try a marathon, or even a half. 13.1 miles, people.  Yikes! But I’m incredibly inspired by the women who do find time and energy for such an amazing accomplishment in the midst of mothering.  And I’m feeling very motivated to continue on my own little journey toward strength and fitness.  If you’re a mom wondering if you could ever find time or energy or motivation to get fit, this book will inspire you as well.


  1. I wrote something just like that on my blog recently! lol I used to read more fiction, but at this stage of my life, non-fiction is where it’s at for me.

  2. I put the running book on hold at my library. Sounds like a motivating read. I am SO not a runner…even as a kid, I didn’t really like running long distances…but I secretly wish I could be. I enjoy walking, so that’s my “go-to” exercise, but I’d like to add in a little running because it works different muscles and because it’s more time-efficient (burns more calories in less time). Just recently I made the decision to finally buckle down and get fit, so I’ve been doing a lot of brisk walking and I cut out sugar (super hard for me).

    Anyway, keep up the good work in your own fitness journey. You are an inspiration.

  3. I think you might thoroughly enjoy my friend’s blog. She has four daughters who are grown and out of the house (one grandbaby!), is in the middle of training for (not her first) marathon, and is sharing what God is teaching her along the way. She is an excellent writer.

  4. Nonfiction for me too, I have 3 books stacked beside the bed (2 parenting books and one biography) and I alternate between them, depending on how much energy I have at the end of the day!

    I have been following your running story and on your recommendation, I downloaded “Run Like a Mother” yesterday….my youngest is 7 months old and I am feeling that pressure to shed the rest of the weight. After every baby I decide I am going to be a runner…..and find some excuse not to do it! Thanks for sharing your progress!


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