Wednesday, July 21, 2010

On my nightstand...


My summer reading list needs a boost. These are the books I am currently reading or have just finished. From top to bottom...

1. What Your Childhood Memories Say About You and What You Can Do About It by Kevin Leman

I haven't started this one yet, but will be reading it with a small group of women... should be very interesting!!

2. Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream by David Platt

I just finished this one. Gary and I both read it. It is very overwhelming/convicting/inspiring... it is wholeheartedly what our hearts desire right now.

3. True Religion by Palmer Chinchen

This book was written by our Pastor and again, aligns with the values in the Radical book... as well as where we are feeling pulled. Palmer grew up in Africa in a missionary family. This book is full of great stories and a different world view.

4. Never Mind the Joneses by Tim Stafford

I am literally on page 5, but so far so good. This book gives ideas and guidance on how to incorporate teaching Godly character traits into your family culture, while realizing that every family is going to do it differently. This is the book I'm currently reading with a small group. I can't wait to hear how their families are doing it!

5. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

I just finished this one. Although I don't agree on most of the author's personal religious beliefs, I think it was good to read about how someone else believes in God. I really don't want to live in a Christian bubble, so hearing someone's opinion, as diverse from mine as it is, is beneficial. Besides the theological differences, the stories and images from her travels are amazing. It truly is inspiring to read about how someone can enjoy food, travel, sights, sounds, smells... and yes... the movie is coming out soon with Julia Roberts, and I always like to read the book first.

6. The Minds of Boys by Gurian/Stevens

Buddy Boy is starting kindergarten in two weeks. School always came easy for me, but I know that it can be a different ballgame for boys... especially boys as wild and impulsive (yet crazy intelligent!) as ours. I want him to have the best experience possible, so learning about how his little brain works is a good start.

7. Bend the Rules Sewing by Amy Karol

I bought this seven months ago with some very lofty intentions. I intend to become a self-taught sew-er, so I'm finally reading it. Plus, the pictures are cool.

Books I LOVED LOVED LOVED but had to return to their owners...

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (read this one before Half-Broke Horse)
Half-Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls

I need suggestions for a good read. Preferably one that you'd rather not sleep, but read, because it's so good. There's only so much non-fiction a girl can take.
Leave your suggestions in the comment section here, please!!!

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6 comments:

Erin said...

I just finished The Help and I loved it too! My next book to read is The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, I can't recommend it exactly since I haven't read it, but it sounds great. Have you read Shadow of the Wind or The Angel's Game? Both excellent! Then there is also Bitter is the New Black or The Hunger Games. I could go on an on. I have a book problem.

Glazed Earth said...

Haven't read "The Help" yet. It is on my list. I am reading "The Poisonwood Bible" by Barbara Kingsolver right now and I love it! Some of my other faves include: The Forest Lover by Susan Vreeland and The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers. Thanks for the titles!

Crysto said...

Those look like some great reads!
I've been curious about Eat, Pray, Love as well. As most people are with the movie approaching, I'm also a read-it-before-I-watch it person.
I think my hubber and I both would like the Radical book, although he's shoulder deep in books he's attempting to get through now.
I really love the look and title of your blog

Yellow Elm said...

I loved Eat, Pray, Love. My office ladies book club read The Help last month and totally peaked my curiousity...I didn't get a chance to read it before the book club meeting but I want to now!

I am currently reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society and it's enchanting.

I am definitely interested in Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream. I will have to look that one up!

Life With the Crazies said...

Thanks so much! Such great suggestions! I'm heading to the library today :)

Melissa said...

Our reading interests are so similar! I hadn't heard of The Book Thief and just placed a hold at our library. It looks so good!

Another book you might enjoy that takes place during the same period in history is Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay. It's heartbreaking, but I'm so glad to be more aware of what happened during that time.

I downloaded Radical from christianaudio.com last month when it was on special. I've listened to the first few chapters so far. Very challenging.

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