I like to scour Amazon on Fridays for some cheap weekend reading, usually picking up a great book or two for a few bucks that I can read through in a few of hours.

As I spend my week reading Christian books for my teaching and preaching, I’m usually on the lookout for something a bit different, often a biography about someone I’d like to know more about, perhaps a popular history book, or maybe something on leadership/time management/study techniques. If I buy a duffer, well, it was only a couple of bucks. Some of last week’s books are still on offer.

First up this week, a couple of books for the “Mom” in your life. I bought the first one for Shona and The Kindness of Strangers for myself.

Balancing It All: My Story of Juggling Priorities and Purpose ($0.99) by Candace Cameron Bure.

“Come along and dig into Candace’s story from her start in commercials, the balance-necessitating years on Full House, to adding on the roles of wife and mom while also returning to Hollywood. Insightful, funny, and poignant, Candace’s story will help you balance it all.”

The Good Wife’s Guide: Embracing Your Role as a Help Meet ($2.99) by Darlene Schacht.

“In The Good Wife’s Guide New York Times best-selling author Darlene Schacht encourages women to joyfully serve their families. In doing so she offers reasons for achieving a well-managed home backed by scripture and gleaned from experience. As well she provides readers with detailed cleaning and organizing schedules for practical application.”

College Unbound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students ($5.99 reduced from $15.60) by Jeffrey Selingo.

“Incisive, urgent, and controversial, College (Un)bound is a must-read for prospective students, parents, and anyone concerned with the future of American higher education.”

The Kindness of Strangers: Penniless Across America ($0.99) by Mike McIntyre.

“”Could you survive a cross-country trip relying only on the kindness of strangers? Well, Mike McIntyre did. He put our country to the test, and what he found out sure surprised me.”–Oprah Winfrey

The 100 Thing Challenge ($1.99) by Dave Bruno.

“In The 100 Thing Challenge Dave Bruno relates how he remade his life and regained his soul by getting rid of almost everything. But The 100 Thing Challenge is more than just the story of how one man started a movement to unhook himself from consumerism by winnowing his life’s possessions down to 100 things in one year. It’s also an inspiring, invigorating guide to how we all can begin to live simpler, more meaningful lives.”

Digital Disruption: Unleashing the Next Wave of Innovation ($1.99) by James McQuivey

“You always knew digital was going to change things, but you didn’t realize how close to home it would hit. In every industry, digital competitors are taking advantage of new platforms, tools, and relationships to undercut competitors, get closer to customers, and disrupt the usual ways of doing business. The only way to compete is to evolve. James McQuivey of Forrester Research has been teaching people how to do this for over a decade. He’s gone into the biggest companies, even in traditional industries like insurance and consumer packaged goods, and changed the way they think about innovation. Now he’s sharing his approach with you.”