10 books that have stuck with me

  1. Anne of Green Gables – L.M. Montgomery
  2. The Bronze Bow – Elizabeth George Speare
  3. Caddie Woodlawn – Carol Ryrie Brink
  4. All Things Bright and Beautiful – James Herriot (and series)
  5. Little House on the Prairie – Laura Ingalls Wilder (and series)
  6. The Silver Chair – C.S. Lewis (and The Chronicles of Narnia series)
  7. The Girl of the Limberlost – Gene Stratton Porter
  8. The Pursuit of God – A.W. Tozer
  9. The Cost of Discipleship – Deitrich Bonhoeffer
  10. The Hiding Place – Corrie ten Boom

Honorable Mention –
Cheaper by the Dozen – Frank Gilbreth and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
Sherlock Holmes series – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Betsy-Tacy – Maud Hart Lovelace (and series)

Lately on Facebook, I’ve seen people posting some of the books that have stuck with them throughout their lives and/or made an impact on them. This little list is kind of my own “top ten”. I cheated a bit because I posted some that are also one in a series. I couldn’t leave any of those out! And there are so many more I could post, but these have left an indelible mark on my life.

Some of these beloved friends had to be replaced with new copies in my teen years because they were so tattered and worn. Many of them I read annually. I will love reading all of them to my children!

Which books have left their mark on you?

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books for 2014

I’m totally stoked that i read (most of) 20 books last year! I’ve come a long way, baby. In 2011 I read 6 books. In 2012, I read 12 books. Last year, 20! So this year, I’m shooting for 25.

2013 Books (in no particular order)

  1. Real Marriage – Mark and Grace Driscoll
  2. The Explicit Gospel – Matt Chandler
  3. Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy – Eric Metaxas
  4. Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl – N.D. Wilson
  5. Give Them Grace – Elise Fitzpatrick
  6. The Hole in our Holiness – Kevin deYoung
  7. Peter and the Starcatchers – Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson
  8. Peter and the Shadow Thieves – Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson
  9. Peter and the Secret of Rundoon – Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson
  10. The Book Thief (skipped part of the middle) – Markus Zusak
  11. Fit to Burst – Rachel Jankovic
  12. Building Her House – Nancy Wilson
  13. Forgotten God – Francis Chan
  14. Power of Prayer – E.M. Bounds
  15. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas – John Boyne
  16. 100 Cupboards – N.D. Wilson
  17. I Am Half-Sick of Shadows – Alan Bradley
  18. Speaking from Among the Bones – Alan Bradley
  19. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet – Jamie Ford
  20. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Jonathan Foer

Books for 2014 (again, no particular order)

Multiply – Francis Chan (reading this in small group, started last year)
Standing on the Promises – Doug and Nancy Wilson (started last year)

  1. The Drowned Vault – N.D. Wilson
  2. The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches – Alan Bradley
  3. Praise Her in the Gates – Nancy Wilson
  4. Live Like a Narnian – Joe Rigney
  5. How People Change – Paul Tripp and Timothy Lane
  6. Gospel-Powered Parenting – William Farley
  7. Five Days in November – Clint Hill
  8. Songs of Willow Frost – Jamie Frost
  9. Code Name Verity – Elizabeth Wein
  10. The Boys in the Boat – Daniel James Brown
  11. The Monuments Men – Robert Edsel
  12. Call the Midwife – Jennifer Worth
  13. The Astronaut Wives Club – Lily Koppel
  14. Sarah’s Key – Tatiana de Rosnay
  15. Death By Living – N.D. Wilson
  16. The Grace Effect – Larry Taunton
  17. The Connected Child – Karen Purvis
  18. Thinking. Loving. Doing – John Piper, etc.
  19. Seabiscuit – Laura Hillenbrand
  20. The Kite Runner – Khalid Hosseini
  21. Same Kind of Different as Me – Ron Hall
  22.  Surprised by Joy – C.S. Lewis
  23. Parenting with Love and Logic – Foster Cline and Jim Fay
  24. My Life in France – Julia Child
  25. The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien

I think that’s a good mix of non-fiction and fiction, self-help and just for enjoyment. 🙂 I’m excited because as I read good authors, good writers, good words – I am grown, stretched and aspire to better writing and thinking and doing in my own real life.

Books I’m most excited to read: Death By Living, The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches (Flavia was left hanging on a serious cliff at the end of the last book – very, very mean of you, Mr. Bradley), Live Like a Narnian and My Life in France.

Honestly, I’m really looking forward to each title on the list for various reasons. They all interest me, or are subjects about which I’m passionate, or are really needed in my life. Some will be easy reads, some will bend my brain and challenge my thinking. Some will be easy to flip through on my Kindle app while I watch the kids play outside, others will require undistracted silence and a hard copy to hold and underline. But all of them will shape me.

As Charlie “Tremendous” Jones said, “You’re the same today as you’ll be in five years except for the people you meet and the books you read.” Here’s to being a better person with more stories read and more stories to tell and the ability to tell them better in five years. 🙂

What are you reading or hope to read in this new year?

2013 Book List

one of my goals for this year was to read twelve books. One a month. No big deal, right? Well, considering over the previous 5 years or so, I’d not read more than 2 a year, it was kind of a big deal for me!

And I did it!

These are the twelve I picked out at the beginning of the year, but I didn’t read a few on the list and did a few that weren’t on the list.

  1. Give Them Grace – Elise Fitzpatrick
  2. The Power of Prayer – E.M. Bounds (started, but didn’t finish)
  3. Orthodoxy – G.K. Chesterton (read 2 more chapters)
  4. Don’t Make Me Count to Three – Ginger Plowman
  5. The Faithful Parent – Martha Peace
  6. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie – Alan Bradley
  7. Peter and the Starcatchers – Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson
  8. Peter and the Shadow Thieves – Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson
  9. Peter and the Secret of Rundoon – Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson
  10. *The Dragon’s Tooth – Ashtown Burials #1 – N.D. Wilson
  11. *Unbroken – A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption – Laura Hillenbrand
  12. Real Marriage – Mark and Grace Driscoll

Bonus Books:
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake – Aimee Bender
Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (read before but it is beloved)

Not on the list, but ones I read:
*Erasing Hell – Francis Chan
*The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag – Alan Bradley (sequel to The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie)
*A Red Herring with No Mustard – Alan Bradley
Adopted for Life – Russell Moore
*The Man Who Knew too Much – G.K. Chesterton

(*the asterisk denotes books that I read on my Kindle app, borrowed from our local library via free download. Half of the twelve books were read in such a manner – I found it to be a very quick and almost hands free way to read while we’re driving, while holding a kid, traveling on planes…etc.)

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For 2013, I’ve added a few books to my goal, kept some from the 2012 list that went unread and found some more that I wish to read. I’m excited! (Again, in no particular order.)

  1. Real Marriage – Mark and Grace Driscoll (Kyle and I are reading this together and discussing it.)
  2. The Explicit Gospel – Matt Chandler (this is for our church small group)
  3. Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy – Eric Metaxas
  4. Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl – N.D. Wilson
  5. The Connected Child – Karyn Purvis
  6. The Grace Effect – Larry Taunton
  7. Thinking. Loving. Doing – John Piper & David Mathis
  8. Peter and the Starcatchers – Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson
  9. Peter and the Shadow Thieves – Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson
  10. Peter and the Secret of Rundoon – Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson
  11. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
  12. Fit to Burst – Rachel Jankovic
  13. Building Her House – Nancy Wilson
  14. Forgotten God – Francis Chan
  15. Seabiscuit: An American Legend – Laura Hillenbrand
  16. The Kite Runner – Khalid Hosseini

Finish Orthodoxy & The Power of Prayer

Bonus Books:

  • Parenting with Love and Logic
  • Surprised by Joy – CS Lewis
  • Assassination Vacation – Sarah Vowell

What books are on your list for this year? Are there any I MUST add to my list? Have you read any of the ones on my list? Tell me!

12 Books in 2012

12 Books in 2012

(Not necessarily in this order…)

  1. Give Them Grace – Elise Fitzpatrick
  2. The Power of Prayer – E.M. Bounds
  3. Orthodoxy – G.K. Chesterton
  4. Don’t Make Me Count to Three – Ginger Plowman
  5. The Faithful Parent – Martha Peace
  6. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie – Jamie Ford
  7. Peter and the Starcatchers – Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson
  8. Peter and the Shadow Thieves – Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson
  9. Peter and the Secret of Rundoon – Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson
  10. The Dragon’s Tooth – Ashtown Burials #1 – N.D. Wilson
  11. Unbroken – A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption – Laura Hillenbrand
  12. Real Marriage – Mark and Grace Driscoll

Bonus Books:

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake – Aimee Bender

Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (read before but they are beloved)

I have a nice mix of fiction and non-fiction, I think. And can you tell I’m a wife and mother? 🙂 What’s on your reading list for 2012?

the will of God

last week I finished a great book that Kyle gave me for Mother’s Day. It has nothing to do with motherhood – it was a novel set in China in the 1900’s about a missionary couple. The author based much of the book on the lives of her grandparents, who were also missionaries to China in that time period. When I reached the last two pages, I was totally blown away by how much I related to the main character’s feelings about the will of God and his life.

I went through this realization about 6 years ago when I wasn’t really sure what I was supposed to do next – where God wanted me or what my purpose was at the time. But I WANTED to follow God and I trusted that He had given me a brain and I could choose to do something that was perfectly good and right and He would reveal His will as I went along this path of life.

I was also completely undone (maybe pregnancy hormones came into play, I don’t know) by the last phrase of the last big paragraph – where he says how much God loves him. I needed that reminder because I tend to be very, very hard on myself and not rest in His unending and beautiful love for me.

Anyway – maybe it will bless you too. Happy Wednesday!

I pray that throughout the day God’s will, not mine, be done, whatever that may mean. When I was younger, I thought it meant traveling a road that was straight and confining and predictable, something to be done correctly, like finding my way through a maze where only one path is right.

I thought following that path would always feel true and safe and virtuous and that it would give me a surefooted, foolproof sense about life. This narrow thinking was mine, not His; I no longer believe it.

WHen I am in God’s will, sometimes i do feel comfortable and at ease, but I just as often feel anxious and unsettled, for He often leads me into unfamiliar waters. I do not let these feelings guide me. Over time I have come to believe that God’s will is a mystery, fluid and surprising. Following is like stepping out into something I cannot see, and am frequently unsure about whether I am doing God’s will until after the fact.

But I have learned that while I don’t always know when I’m doing something right, I always know when I am doing something wrong, and I rely on this as I go forward, trusting that He will use my mistakes as well as my triumphs and knowing that He does not ask me to be perfect, or even good. He simply asks me to be His, which to me is the heart of His Good News: that I am deeply and passionately loved exactly as I am, despite the faults that grieve me most, by a God who delights in me more than I can know.

With the gift of renewed certainty when I awake each morning, I rise to meet the day and to praise my dear Lord, and to finish my course with joy.

foto friday: reading list

I have a solid list of books in my mental queue, but these two are coming with me on vacation next week.

City of Tranquil Light is a novel about a missionary couple in China. Kyle somehow kept track of me asking for it, though I totally don’t remember doing so! He’s good. 🙂

Don’t Make Me Count to Three has been recommended by several mom friends as a good, balanced book on training and discipline. I’m realizing some habits I’m already falling into in my parenting that I want to nip in the bud and hopefully this book will have some good recommendations.

Did I mention a blissful week of vacation on the North Shore awaits us? Yesssssssss. Just the three (er, four) of us, a lake home, the lake, good food, time to rest, hiking and the sound of waves lapping on the shore. I can live with that for four days. 🙂

What’s on your nightstand or current reading list? Any recommendations for me?