Tuesday, January 28, 2014


Some of my favorite posts are those sharing peoples favorite reads. I'm a bit of a nerd and I love adding more books to the never ending stack to read. I need a second job just to support my book addiction. So, here are some of my recent or current reads. 

The Shaping of a Christian Family In the last year or so Elisabeth Elliot became one of my favorite authors. I love her beautiful descriptions mixed with her no nonsense way. This book gave me a glimpse into her family and is the next best thing to experiencing it myself. I was challenged and convicted as I read about her upbringing. I would recommend it, as well as anything else she's written. (I've read, 'Let me be a Woman,' 'Keep a quiet heart,' 'Secure in the Everlasting Arms,' and Caleb is reading 'Mark of a Man,' I've also listened to many of her talks. The next books I want to read from her are, 'Passion and Purity,'  (i read a long time ago and want to reread) 'These Strange Ashes,' 'On asking God Why.') 

A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael  This is another one by Elisabeth Elliot. I've just started it so I can't say much, except, Amy Carmichael, was one of the women Elisabeth Elliot looked up to the most. I'm anxious for time to dive in and learn more about her. 

The Bible. I'm trying to read through the Bible this year. I haven't done it in years and I really want to do it. The hard part isn't the desire to read, it's finding the time to read. I usually get up around 5:30 and can get a chunk of reading done, but the days I don't get a lot read and fall behind I struggle to make the reading up. 

Stepping Heavenward by Elisabeth Prentiss I finished this one a couple months ago and it quickly became one of my favorite books I've ever read. I started it once years ago and I never finished it. This time when I picked it up I didn't put it down. I'm sure I'll read it many times again.  

Books I'm reading to the Children

Susy's six teachers by Elisabeth Prentiss Elijah and Vanessa loved this book and the lessons taught in the book made an impact on both of them. And I enjoyed it very much too. 

God's Names by Sally Michael We read one name every morning during breakfast and each day review the names we'd done before. My children grew in their understanding of who God is and it's been good for me to remind them of who he is throughout our day. 

These are books on my list to read:

The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman 

Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret  by Dr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte 

Books I want to read to the Children

God's Promises by Sally Michael 

Charlotte's Web  by E. B. White 

I'd love to hear some of your favorite books....


Rebekah said...

I just finished What is the Mission of the Church by DeYoung and Gilbert

Isabella Macdonald Alden (Pansy)books are along the same lines as Stepping Heavenward. Originally written to be Sunday School material for young girls. Also, Martha Finley books are fabulous for both adult reading and reading aloud to children.
I also recently read some of RC Sproul Jr's children's books.

I am reading The Disciple of Grace by Jerry Bridges which I recommend. So many times I had to stop and pray. I can also see where it might not be so enlightening to someone who is more mature as a Believer than I.

I love Shepherd of the Hills by Harold Bell Wright. It is my favorite book which is odd considering its folk theology. I hated Jane Eyre but wanted to like it and have War and Peace on my tablet but haven't touched it in a month. I feel guilty reading a novel.

I just started Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands by Paul David Tripp.

I am such a slow reader that I don't get much in. It saddens me because I enjoy it.

Anonymous said...

I love running into people who also have a goal of reading the Bible in a year. I was thinking about trying to tackle the New Testament for the first time then go from there

Some of my favorite reads this year so far are Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan, and Wild: From Lost to Found on the PCT by Cheryl Strayed. I Am Malala would get an honorable mention in this blog comment as my 3rd place for the year

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