What’s on your nightstand? - October

What's on Your Nightstand at _5 minutes for Books_ My experimental book-reading philosophy for the Fall into Reading challenge — only 2 books at a time — has been a nice change of pace.

  • Less decisions about which book to pick up
  • Start to finish each book much quicker
  • More focused due to fewer topics
  • Less cluttered nightstand (nice!)

For now anyway.
It’s hard not to crack open a new book before I finish two, but I’m resisting. Even though a few are really singing to me from my bookshelf.

However, I exempt “reading group” books from my experiment. They’re only one chapter (or less) per week. So they don’t count. (I can make up my own rules as I go, right?)

 October Nightstand

Reading now
1. Come to the Table
. . . by John Mark Hicks
. . . about enriching and renewing the Christian practice of the Lord’s Supper

2. Kabul24
. . . by Henry O. Arnold and Ben Pearson
. . . about the unwavering faith of twenty-four humanitarian workers kidnapped by the Taliban in 2001 in Afghanistan

Reading groups
3. Spiritual Mothering
. . . by Susan Hunt
. . . halfway finished
. . . with Joanne at The Simple Wife
. . about the Titus 2 mandate for older women to mentor younger women

4. Charity and Its Fruits
. . . by Jonathan Edwards
. . . just starting
. . . with Laurie at Beauty for Ashes
. . . about what real Christian love is, from sermons preached by Edwards on 1 Corinthians 13

5. Redemption Accomplished and Applied
. . . by John Murray 
. . . will start mid-November
. . . with Tim at Challies.com
. . . about how redemption is accomplished through Christ, and its progressive application to your life

Next in line
6. Sacred Pathways
. . . by Gary Thomas
. . . about nine ways to improve your devotional and personal-worship life with God

7. Recalling the Hope of Glory
. . . by Allen P. Ross
. . . about all the major biblical passages on the subject of worship to discover patterns and principles for improving your worship

8. Just Do Something
. . . by Kevin DeYoung
. . . about settling down to make choices, then doing the hard work of seeing those choices through

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On the 4th Tuesday of each month, Jennifer at 5 Minutes for Books asks, “What’s on your nightstand?” So, what’s on yours?

My monthly nightstands


Janet said...

What a rich-looking reading list! Food for mind and soul.

I read Sacred Pathways earlier this year and really liked it. None of the others are familiar to me.

Susan said...

Wow- "only" 2 at a time? One at a time is all I can keep straight; go you! You have a really interesting looking list; the online book groups sound intriguing as well ;)

Carrie said...

I hear you about it being hard not to crack open books! ;)

I want to read Just Do Something. My brother read it and pushed it in my general direction, declaring it's awesomeness. I hope to get to that one at some point.

I recently read Spiritual Mothering and loved it. Thought it was fantastic!

Love your list! Thanks for linking up and sharing what you're up to!

elizabeth said...

Deep unto Deep-The Journey of His Embrace
by Dana Candler. Oh so challenging.
And for light,relaxing, bedtime reading, the Mitford series by Jan Karon. I've read them so many times they are falling apart.

Karen said...

Amazingly enough... nothing right now.

I read "Come to the Table" several years ago. Need to reread it. I remember I liked a lot of the things he had to say, especially about it being an inclusive event, rather than exclusive. Where we currently attend, it is stated every week before communion that it's "only for believers." I don't get it. If they're worried about the verse that says not to eat/drink unworthily, if a person isn't a believer, does it make them even less saved than they were before they took communion??

Unknown said...

I agree with Janet. This looks like a very "rich" list. I am sure you will be challenged and feed by the books on your list!

Anonymous said...

Wow, those first two are really intriguing!
Jessie at Blog Schmog

Laurie M. said...

"Just Do Something" is fantastic. I read in some months ago and keep meaning to do a review of it. It should be handed out to a Christian early on in their walk.

I think I'll borrow Redemption Accomplished...from my brother in law. I've been meaning to read it for a long time and this may be the motivation for me to do it.

You've got an interesting list there.


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