Thursday, April 3, 2008

Spring Reading Thing 2008

I'm starting a few weeks late into this, but I decided to join because I always!! have books I want to read...some that I bought and are sitting on my bookshelf unread...some that I started and got distracted (or I misplaced the book)...some I've read before but really want to refresh my memory of the book.

I'll post a review for each book I complete. I am an eclectic reader so my books run the gamut of writing styles.


A Woman After God's Own Heart by Elizabeth George. She is one of my favorite Christian writers. I have about six of her books. This one is great. I've started reading it sort of as a daily devotion. That way I get time to chew on each chapter's wisdom before moving on to the next one.

A Wife After God's Own Heart by Elizabeth George. The next book in the series. Our most important role after being a child of God is this one.

A Mom After God's Own Heart by Elizabeth George. My daughter has started this one and I can already see that she's getting a lot of ideas about being a godly mother to her 3 year old son. I'm looking forward to my turn to read it.

A Woman Walk with God by Elizabeth George. The subtitle is "Growing in the Fruit of the Spirit." One great line I found from a quick scan of the introduction: "But we must never forget that all nine fruit stand together: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control make up our walk with God." She goes on to relate the idea this way: "They are like a string of Christmas lights--there is one string with many lights that, when plugged into the electrical socket, all light up at once. However, if one bulb goes out, the entire string goes out. That's how God's fruit is borne in our lives. No one of them can be missing, and all must be evident to be God's fruit." (emphasis mine)

A Woman's Secret to a Balanced Life by Lysa Terkurst and Sharon Jaynes. These ladies are leaders of Proverbs 31 Ministries. I've listened to the radio snippets and read the magazine for years. This book is their stories sharing how to find God's priorities in our lives.

A Christian Woman's Guide to Hospitality by Quin Sherrer and Laura Watson. I've had this book for years. I'm at a season in my live where I need to reread and again apply the principles in my home. We have 28 missionaries from Georgia coming in June to help with two church starts. My husband and I will be heavily involved with them during their week here. One highlight from last summer's trip was a barbecue we hosted in our yard, only last year there were just six missionaries. Since our home is a central location, it will be used the whole week. I want to make sure that I follow God's guidelines for hospitality and continue to use our home in that way for our own community even after the missionaries go back to Georgia.

The Four Loves by CS Lewis. My dear husband got this for me as a Christmas gift, knowing that the author is one of my favorites. I have read the Chronicles of Narnia completely through twice, once at 16 and again before the release of the Hollywood movie.

The Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis. After discussing what a great allegory this book was with the pastor of one of the small mission churches we are working with, I told him I gave my copy to someone years ago who, in turn, gave it to someone else. I've no idea how many people were blessed by my copy...but I got a blessing when the young pastor showed up one Sunday at the mission church his father leads (across from our home) and presented me with a new copy. He had also purchased himself a copy.


Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. I loved the Hollywood production of Pride and Prejudice. I happened upon the British version on PBS late one night and was hooked into staying up much too late for several Tuesdays to watch. The hook? Colin Firth plays Mr. Darcy in both productions! Now I want to add the PBS series to our DVD collection! I do note that Jane Austin's books are written with more period language than the theatrical versions. You can't skim through and expect to keep up with the story.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. My absolute favorite book of all time. I've read it so many times I've lost count. I've seen every theatrical version going back to the 1930s. I like to set aside a little time to curl up on the swing with a cup of tea and shortbread cookies to visit with my favorite characters. It's becoming a yearly event. (I own one ancient copy to brittle to read. ;-> )

Chosen by Ted Dekker. Christian sci-fi(?) author. I got hooked on his work when I read his Circle Trilogy. This is book 1 in a series corresponding to that trilogy.

Infidel by Ted Dekker. Book 2.

Renegade by Ted Dekker. Book 3.

Chaos by Ted Dekker. Book 4. Yes, I am one of those people who need to read every book in a series. And yes, I get fixated on an author or genre for a time before moving on. And yes, Ted Dekker is a long way from Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte!!

Danger in the Shadows by Dee Henderson. Great Christian mystery writer. She allows her characters to live their faith without seque-ing (sp?) into preachiness. This is a prequel to her O'Malley series. Gotta start at the beginning ;-> ! I read Before I Wake...looking forward to book 2 in the series.

Sweet Revenge by Diane Mott Davidson. Book 14 in the series!! I love a good culinary mystery. I own paperback copies of all her books. I store them with my cookbooks. And I have used several of her gourmet recipes. This one hasn't come out in paperback...I might not get to by it until summer. That's why it's last on the list.

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