What’s on your nightstand?—Nov ‘11

The good news: I’m making a dent (albeit small) in my Fall 2011 Reading List.
The bad news: I keep adding more books to it. Oh well. 

Here’s what I’ve been reading in November.

Just started

a million miles in a thousand years donald millerA Million Miles in a Thousand Years
By: Donald Miller
     I got hooked on Donald Miller through his Blue like Jazz. This one is about his journey with the film industry as they edit his life for a movie. And about the story that each of us are living.


the_unwavering_resolve_of_jonathan_edwardsThe Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards
By: Steven J. Lawson
     I’d already decided I want to read more biographies in 2012, so when this came up for review, I grabbed it and couldn’t resist starting right away. As God would have it, this is about Edwards’ seventy resolutions, so it’s perfect reading as I head into forming my own spiritual resolutions for 2012.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of FireHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
By: J. K. Rowling
     I’m too deep into the series to stop now. This is the fourth book. It may be the best yet. I know these books were written for kids, but I also love a good, clean action story.


Christmas-is-not-your-birthdayChristmas Is Not Your Birthday
By: Michael Slaughter
     When I get a free book on my Kindle like this one, I start it tentatively, not knowing if it’ll be worth my time or not. I’ll know soon. It’s about (can you guess?) approaching Christmas differently.


Preparing-for-Jesus-by-Walter-WangerinPreparing for Jesus: Meditations on the Coming of Christ
By: Walter Wangerin Jr.
     Advent begins this Sunday, November 27. Since I benefited from Walter Wangerin’s devotional for Easter—Meditations on the Suffering, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus—I’m trusting this will be the same for Advent.


Quiet-The-Power-of-Introverts-by-Susan-CainQuiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking
Susan Cain
     Because I’m an introvert myself, I like to keep up with what is discovered about us. For one thing, introvert doesn’t necessarily mean shy. (I’m reading the review copy; the official release date is January 24, 2012.)

Still reading

The-Faith-of-LeapThe Faith of Leap
Michael Frost, Alan Hirsch
     Loving this one! It’s encouraging me to keep stepping away from routine Christianity and instead live my faith more adventurously. (Not always natural for an introvert. {smile})


Finished from October’s nightstand
What-Women-Fear-by-Angie-SmithWhat Women Fear
Angie Smith
My daughter Jenna and I used this as a read-aloud with (in)Courage. We laughed with Angie, watched the video, and also had good conversations together about our own fears.



Going-DeepGoing Deep
Gordon MacDonald
     Disappointing. It didn’t go as deep as it promised, but it did contain nuggets here and there on how to grow in your spiritual walk (i.e., becoming a deeper person).


By: Ellen J. Langer
     Although not written from a Christian perspective, this book can still benefit a believer looking to enhance their spiritual awareness of Jesus, others, and themselves by becoming more mindful.


The-Cross-of-ChristThe Cross of Christ
By: John Stott
     Whew. This was a hard read at times, but worth it. John Stott explains how the cross is related to every aspect of our lives.


Spiritual-DepressionSpiritual Depression
By: Martyn Lloyd-Jones
     I hated to see this book end. The richness of spiritual thought and encouragement will have me returning to it over and over. I wonder what took me so long to read it. If you’re still waiting, there’s no time like now.

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