February 8, 2013

January Reading Report

Back in January, I mentioned that I was working on a reading challenge this year. I'm becoming reacquainted with many of our family's long-packed-up books, and the challenge specified reading books I already owned and reading only real books for the challenge, not e-books.

No problem, I thought.

Just after that, it seems that new books started find their way into our home. In fact, just this past Sunday, the church we visited gave me a new book, and it's one I'd wanted to read.

And my husband was given a Kindle. And my daughter is discovering new books at the library and telling me I must read them.

Everyone is against me. Nonetheless, I shall persevere.

In January, I did manage to finish a few books, though.

Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books (Tony Reinke) is a book I'd actually been working on in 2012, but I was moving very slowly through it, making notes along the way. Whether you read a lot or not, this is a very valuable book that can shape your thoughts on both how and why to read. My teens will be reading this book, for sure.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn  (Betty Smith) -- somehow, I'd missed reading this book until now. My daughter enjoyed it and insisted that I try it. I'm glad I did. (fyi -- some profanity throughout)

From One Ministry Wife to Another: Honest Conversations About Ministry Connections (Susie Hawkins) was assigned reading for a seminary wives course I was taking. Hawkins approaches the role of a ministry wife as a series of connections and disconnections. While much of the material was helpful, I found One with a Shepherd: The Tears and Triumphs of a Ministry Marriage   (Mary Somerville) to be more valuable to me.

Currently reading:

Slave: The Hidden Truth About Your Identity in Christ (John MacArthur) is a book I'd been wanting to read since it was released in early 2011. I'd heard Dr. MacArthur discuss the premise in a sermon and I'd seen the trailer for the book, and I was intrigued.

How about you... Are you part of a reading challenge this year? What are you reading? Let me know in the comments

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  1. I read Slave last year. Definitely worth it.

    1. I always enjoy the challenge of Dr. MacArthur's books and love all the scripture woven throughout. Have you read anything else by John MacArthur?

  2. I've been wanting to read Lit. I think I need to move it up higher on my list so I have some chance to get to it this decade. :)

    1. It's a good one, Sheila, and it's written in an easy-to-read style. It's one I'll pick back up as needed for review, too.


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