Booklist, January-April, 2015

I decided at the beginning of the year to keep a log of all the books I read this year. Some of the best books I’ve read have come onto my radar through one “suggested reading” list or another, so I thought I’d share mine with you and you can see if you find any that look intriguing. 

So here’s what I’ve worked through so far in 2015:

Loved this one. I highly recommend it for anyone, but it really hit home to me as a parent. So many opportunities present themselves for our family or our kids or for ministry and they all look wonderful. But then we realize we have no time to just be home and together as a family, enjoying an evening with no structure. And no smartphones. Stung a little, but well worth it.

On the left: a fascinating account of D-Day. I had never read military history until last summer in preparation for the school year. I never expected to like books like this, and this one was so dense with detail that I could only read a small section at a time. But I have a much greater appreciation and more realistic view of the men who risked and often gave their lives for freedom. And I’m planning on raiding my Dad’s shelf for more military history next time I visit.

On the right: Gloria Furman has a knack for putting a mother’s heart into words. This is the second book she has written just for me…and for all the other moms who need reminders of how we can show Christ to our little ones even in the midst of the chaos of raising them.

I had followed the progress of this one as Elyse Fitzpatrick posted updates and survey questions on Facebook, and was thrilled when it finally made its way to my house. Realizing God’s grace covers all my mom-failures is like stepping out of a black and white Kansas into a colorful Oz. And it’s something that I need to preach to myself over and over. And realizing that I don’t have to live up to the countless expectations placed on me by society, people around me, or even my own impossible standards is just as freeing. Thankful for another Elyse Fitzpatrick gem on my shelf.


Incredible. Hard to believe that someone could withstand all that he withstood, especially when he didn’t find Christ until after the war. We haven’t seen the movie yet, but the book is absolutely worth the read. 

I read these two because Abigail was supposed to read them this year and I had never read them. I’m glad I did–Around the World in Eighty Days was light, slightly humorous, and was promptly passed on to her for school. But Fahrenheit 451 didn’t make the cut just yet. Maybe she’ll read it later, but I just didn’t feel good about giving it to her right now. It was very thought-provoking for me, though. I love the fact that America still has many many intellectuals and readers and writers and thinkers, and is showing no signs of stopping. But we must be very careful with things like revisionist history textbooks in schools and media that put such crazy spins on the truth. We must recognize these trends and not just swallow every word we read without thinking it through and practicing discernment.

Clay and I actually started this one together several years ago and never finished it. I find it Providential that it caught my eye on my shelf again several weeks ago, and I was slowly making my way through it, to still be reading it when I came home from Ambassador training highly convicted of the need for a deeper, more personal prayer life. If meaningful prayer is a struggle for you, read this book. It is so helpful and clear, and filled with many lightbulb “duh!” moments, at least for me. Loved this book.
And finally, this little treasure that I flew through in a day this past Friday. I read just a synopsis paragraph of this book in the catalog that was in our tote bags at True Woman ’14. It is written by and about one mom who struggled to find time to read the Bible consistently and so decided to just sit down and read it through with her kids. This resonated with me because we have gone through Bible storybook after Bible storybook and I was longing for something more and something structured. So, after reading just the synopsis, we dove right in sometime late last fall. We began in Genesis 1 and have made our way into Deuteronomy. Every chapter, in order. Even Leviticus. Then at Ambassador training I found the book in our kits and I was thrilled! If you are looking for a way to feed your kids the Word of God, I highly recommend you read this book.

So there you go. My reads from January through April, plus The Help, which I reread but forgot to get a picture of it. There’s not one on the list that I wouldn’t recommend to someone, although they’re not all for everyone. 

What are you reading these days? I’ve got about four in my stack waiting for me, but I’m always open for suggestions!

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