Tuesday, August 23, 2011

What's On My Nightstand: August 2011


What's On Your Nightstand


I love reading children's books to Jonathan and Grace-- but mommy needs some reading time too! It's hard to find the time sometimes, but here's what's on my nightstand. I don't generally review the adult books that I read, but let me know if you'd like to hear about any of these. I try to have books going in many different categories... so here they are (links are NOT affiliate links):


Faith 


The Message of Joel, Micah & Habakkuk by David Prior-- I'm studying Micah right now in my quiet time and I'm reading this commentary along with Micah. I've liked past books that I've read in The Bible Speaks Today series. I'm only on Micah 2, but so far, so good!

Treasures of Encouragement: Women Helping Women in the Church by Sharon Betters. I've been meaning to read this one for a while. I picked it up off of some recommended booklist somewhere. Encouragement/mercy is not one of my natural gifts, but it's one I would like to develop.


Family


The Blessing by John Trent & Gary Smalley-- This is a parenting book about giving your children the gift of unconditional love and acceptance.

Warrior Prayers: Praying the Word for Boys When They Need it the Most by Brooke McGlothlin-- I've been really burdened to be praying for both my children and I'm excited to join the 21 Days of Prayer for Sons in a few weeks. I'm praying for my son and future son-in-law. ;)


Home 


Taste of Home 2010 Annual Recipe Book- my mother-in-law just gave me this book. I love all the TOH annual books and am excited to try some recipes from here (esp hot fudge cake-- yum!)

31 Days to Clean: Having a Martha House the Mary Way by Sarah Mae - this one is on my iPhone waiting for me to finish. Is it bad that September only has 30 days? Lol.


Homeschool


Towards a Philosophy of Education by Charlotte Mason-- Also on my iPhone. I'm very interested in Charlotte Mason's approach. I just finished reading Home Education (her first book) this month and now it's on to her last book. I hope to read more of her after this.

Laying Down the Rails: A Charlotte Mason Habits Handbook by Sonya Shafer-- this one is about helping children establish good habits that will allow their lives to go smoothly. It seems like the early years are all about training, doesn't it? I hope this book is applicable!

For Fun


I need recommendations here! I tend not to like Christian fiction-- with the exception of Francine Rivers. I enjoy a good mystery, but nothing too gory or violent. It's hard to find well-written adult books. Any recommendations?

What are you reading?

3 comments:

Nancy said...

I like how you've broken down the books by category. I couldn't have that many books going at once! Thanks for linking up.

-Nancy@5M4B

Jackie H. said...

My nightstand is CLUTTERED with what I am reading! I love to see what other moms are reading too. I'll have to check some of these out...you know, once I read through the ones that are cluttering up my nightstand :)

Cassandra said...

I really want to read Charlotte Mason's books. I hope you enjoy the next one!

For Christian fiction - I've read a lot and continue to torture myself with mediocre books. There are only a few authors I really like, Rivers being one of them. ;)

Beaded Hope by Cathy Liggett was really good.

The A.D. Chronicles series by Bodie and Brock Thoene are amazing if you like Biblical fiction. Their WWII series are really good as well.

Just Jane by Nancy Moser was pretty good. How Do I Love Thee? by the same author was really good. I've enjoyed every one of the Ladies of History series I've read but don't really care for Moser's completely original stories.

Julie by Catherine Marshall - a favorite when I was a teen and just as good when I reread it as an adult. It's an old book by the same author as the Christy novel and television series.

I just read a really awesome secular fiction novel - When We Were Strangers by new author Pamela Schoenewaldt. The only warning about it is that it has a rape scene. It's short, not vulgar, but you still walk away feeling a bit shaken.

Hope that helps! Happy reading!

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