I have a list of growing books that I've bought and haven't dove into yet. The Spring Reading Thing is about to begin and I thought this would be the perfect time to dig into some of these books!
Now, mind you, this list might look large, but really? If I just read one chapter a day, I can get through each of these by the beginning of summer. If I can't manage to do that much, I am still doing more than I was! But, this is my goal. Maybe it will change if circumstances change. But for now, we'll aim for this:
The Bible - Book of Colossians (over & over again) Currently, I am working (and slacking) on memorizing the book of Colossians. Along with this, I am reading through the book of Colossians over and over again throughout the year: for greater depth, greater understanding, and familiarization.
One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are I have been squeaking through this book a little at a time and am adding it to my list to finish. I am currently in chapter 6. With only 11 chapters, I can finish this book in five days, reading one chapter a day. This book is changing my soul and I do want to drink it in and highlight; take notes and count gifts. Have you read this? You can visit the author's blog and be drawn closer to Jesus through her poetic writing.
The Mission of Motherhood: Touching Your Child's Heart for Eternity Author and speaker Sally Clarkson has been a gem in my life. I had the privilege of meeting her at the Relevant Conference back in October. She practically gave away her books, so I snagged all the ones I'd been wanting! I just haven't made time to really dig into them yet. Now is my chance!
Grace-Based Parenting I admit, when I first heard of this book, I judged it by it's cover (I know. Classic no-no). But somewhere down the road I ended up borrowing it from the library out of curiosity [and perhaps the need for grace]. I only got a few chapters in, but I really liked what I read. It wasn't at all what I thought. It was better. I look forward to reading it in it's entirety and applying it to my life and that of my children.
Dancing with My Father: How God Leads Us into a Life of Grace and Joy Yet another title by Sally Clarkson. I am on a joy journey and thought it was only fitting to learn about "how". Joy and Grace have become my best friends this year. :)
Good and Angry: Exchanging Frustration for Character in You and Your Kids! This book may speak for itself, ahem. Not something I'm proud of, but something that is very real and needs immediate addressing. It's one of those things that [obviously] I don't like, but it happens. It is something I need to get a handle on. It has been on my list and I just received it for my birthday (per my request).
Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God This book my husband picked up in a book store based on it's excerpt. At the time we hadn't ever heard of Francis Chan (just bought the book like 6 months ago). Now my husband is reading his second book, "The Forgotten God". We have also watched his sermon Lukewarm and Lovin' It and it has begun to transform us. I look forward to seeing what He says in this book.
Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends Well, I think this one speaks for itself. Besides the fact that it has come highly recommended, I have 5 children--'nuff said.
Six Ways to Keep the "Little" in Your Girl: Guiding Your Daughter from Her Tweens to Her Teens (Secret Keeper Girl) Now this book--well, after skimming the table of contents, I realized much of it I know. However, I thought it would be a good idea to read it anyways in order to get insights I may not receive from the headings alone. My eldest daughter is 8 years old (8 1/2 to be exact). She is on the brink. I also have a 2 year old daughter and want to be sure I don't forget anything vital through the gap. Based on what I did see, though, I already recommend it, just to be sure you know, too. :) The Prodigal God Yet another book that came highly recommended by a few close friends. Not really sure what it's all about yet, but I look forward to digging in.
Now, whether or not I read in this order depends upon the need at the time. If I finish one book and feel the need to begin a book I could really use insight on, I will probably do that. The order isn't important anyways. :)
I will also post reviews of the books as I finish them. :) I'll create a page that will have all my favorite recommendations.
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