Well...I still haven’t finished the last three books on my Fall 2011 reading list. But so many great books keep jumping ahead in my stack. What can I do but read them?
Here’s what’s on my nightstand (or in my Kindle) for this month.
Doing Life Differently: The Art of Living with Imagination
by Luci Swindoll
I love the message. I love Luci Swindoll. But the book hasn’t captured me yet. Too rambling for my taste. Jenna and I started it as a read-aloud together, but she dropped out and I’m already heavily skimming (the final stage before I stop altogether).
The Resignation of Eve: What If Adam’s Rib Is No Longer Willing to Be the Church’s Backbone?
by Jim Henderson
So far, he’s caught my attention. Henderson interviewed women at varying degrees of contentment with the involvement allowed at their church. I’ll keep reading to see where he goes with it next.
Red like Blood: Confrontations with Grace
by Joe Coffey and Bob Bevington
Stories from Coffeey and Bevington on where they’ve seen and been given grace. It strengthens my intentionality to be more open to my own confrontations with grace.
Finished from December’s nightstand
Practicing Affirmation: God-Centered Praise of Those Who Are Not God
by Sam Crabtree
Such a refreshing and encouraging book! I highly recommend it. Crabtree does an excellent job laying out why AND how to affirm others to the glory of God. (And he sticks so tightly to his topic; I love that in a book.)
Why It’s Hard to Love Jesus: Moving from Empty Routine to Passionate Reality
by Joseph M. Stowell
I’ll give you one of the reasons: because we underestimate how much we’ve been forgiven. Stowell contrasts Simon the Pharisee with the sinful woman in Luke 7. I’ll do a review soon.
Unfriend Yourself: Three Days to Detox, Discern, and Decide about Social Media
by Kyle Tennant
I disagree with some of what Tennant says, but I do agree that we need to be intentional about our use of social media. I picked this book up as a free Kindle download at just the right time to help me with rethinking my blogging schedule.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6)
by J. K. Rowling
The bad thing about books in a series is you compare them to each other. So, I didn’t like this one as much as Book 5. However, the good thing is that it doesn’t really matter; I must keep reading now to see how it all ends.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking
by Susan Cain
Loved this one. If you’re not an introvert, odds are you live with one. This book confirms some things you probably already know, but it reframes (and explains) some things you probably don’t. I’ve sent out a few tweets from it already, and as soon as I can figure out how to sum it up, I’ll write a review.
Preparing for Jesus: Meditations on the Coming of Christ, Advent, Christmas and the Kingdom
by Walter Wangerin Jr.
Excellent little devotional. I read it during Advent. Wangerin has a way with words to prepare your heart for Jesus. The meditations begin on December 1 and go through Epiphany, January 6. I’ll pick it up again Dec. 1, 2012.
Divided We United: Practical Christian Unity
by Ed Cyzewski
Ed writes succinctly on why and how we can live out our unity that God has already given us. For a limited time you can download this eBook for free at Ed’s site. While you’re there, read his Women in Ministry series. He’s doing his part to actively pursue unity. (He’s graciously asked for my voice on February 24; I’m still chasing down my thoughts....)
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What’s the last good book you have read?