What I’m Reading- November 2014

Firstly, I want to thank all my friend/readers for the overwhelming support I received on my last post about my loss in pregnancy and taking joy in the midst. You have touched me with your kindness and I love being a part of such a wonderful community of friends. Just thank you.

Secondly, As you may know I have a book problem. Not only am I a bibliophile and love collecting beautiful books, I like to read them simultaneously which means sometimes some books never get finished. I am trying to work on reading all my books from beginning to end. It feels like a big task. It is usually not a problem when I love a book and can’t seem to put it down even for sleep but usually this is an issue when reading multiple non-fiction titles. Which I do read a lot of. It probably is not a good thing for me to read multiple books at a time but that is habit almost thirty years in the making. I think I need to change the habit of not finishing books at least so I’ll list the books I’m reading now as a sort of semi-accountability and to keep track. This choatic Type-B actually really likes a good book list, usually I have more fiction than religious non-fiction in my list but this is a season for me to glean wisdom from wise believers (but, hopefully every season is too).

Right now I am reading:

The Stories We Tell: How TV and Movies Long for and Echo the Truth┬áby Mike Cosper – This book is about the culture of TV and movies and how those stories are a cry to something deeper and powerful than they may even know. I am really enjoying it so far and since the intro began with a 30Rock quote I pretty much am sold.

Daughters of the King– I love Instagram, I have met so many lovely women and IG friends (I like to call them) that live all over the world that are speaking truth into my life. Melissa Deming is one of those friends. I am going through her book Daughters of the King and it impeccably tells the gospel story by walking you through the Bible showing you your place in the story. I am thankful for this book, thank you Melissa for sharing it with me.

Stepping Heavenward– This book was a gift from my beautiful friend Wendy for my Birthday this year. Stepping Heavenward was written by Elizabeth Prentiss who wrote the Hymn; More Love To Thee, Oh Christ and this book seems to be just as lovely as that hymn. There is something special about following the character, Katherine, through her young life and on as she begins to understand the sweetness of God. It’s helping me to understand as well.

Shepherding a Child’s Heart– Do you want a book that lays out Biblical Parenting and Discipline? We have had recent struggles with Emma but I am trying to glean from the Bible and other biblical books good wisdom for how to tackle these times. We have started to implement a lot of the information and it has already been a big help. This book does deal with Biblical discipline in God’s design, now there is a lot of debate about what that design looks like, but there is no debate in our home so this book will be a mainstay. We like this book and what it extols and we are seeing fruit little by little from Tedd Tripp’s wisdom.

Good News for Weary Women- Read this book if you are a believer and a woman, no, I mean really, stop what you are doing and read this book. Elyse Fitzpatrick doesn’t even know how she’s touched my life with this book and other titles. This book tells us there is good news for us, weary women. I love that she just comes out and says what I need to hear, that people tell women a lot of dumb things but there is Hope. She speaks candidly in the way my ears and heart need and I appreciate that so much. This book feels like a good Godly girlfriend telling you sweet truth.
I honestly think this book will help undo some of those stupid things people have said to women, Thank God. It is so good to knowing the freeing love of Christ. I am thankful that Mrs. Fitzpatrick wrote straight to my heart in this book.

So, many of these titles I will probably post a review on once I have finished them. Have you read any of these, did you enjoy them? Also, what are you reading now?

Also, I am glad that many have mentioned how the love the new look of the blog and I am so glad, Thank you for the kind words.

I’ll leave you with a hymn of encouragement from Mrs. Prentiss:

More love to Thee, O Christ, more love to Thee!
Hear Thou the prayer I make on bended knee.
This is my earnest plea: More love, O Christ, to Thee;
More love to Thee, more love to Thee!

Once earthly joy I craved, sought peace and rest;
Now Thee alone I seek, give what is best.
This all my prayer shall be: More love, O Christ to Thee;
More love to Thee, more love to Thee!

Let sorrow do its work, come grief or pain;
Sweet are Thy messengers, sweet their refrain,
When they can sing with me: More love, O Christ, to Thee;
More love to Thee, more love to Thee!

Then shall my latest breath whisper Thy praise;
This be the parting cry my heart shall raise;
This still its prayer shall be: More love, O Christ to Thee;
More love to Thee, more love to Thee!