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What’s on your nightstand?—January

What's on Your Nightstand at _5 minutes for Books_ On the 4th Tuesday of each month, take an inventory of your nightstand.

Join Jennifer at 5 Minutes for Books to link your list, and to get more ideas from others.

Just Started

1. Getting Things Done
     by David Allen
This book’s reputation precedes it as a classic that gets you moving. We’ll see. 

2. The Happiness Project
     by Gretchen Rubin
Gretchen breaks down a year’s worth of resolutions, one per month, into weekly, easy-to-do chunks. So far in January—the month to boost energy—the goals have been (1) Go to sleep earlier, (2) Exercise better, (3) Toss & organize, and this week (4) Tackle a nagging task

3. On Writing
     by Stephen King
Michael Hyatt, CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, says this is one of his favorite writing books ever. I’ll let you know if I agree after I’m finished with it. Because it’s a library book, that should be soon.

reading now


4. Charity and Its Fruits
     by Jonathan Edwards
Laurie’s reading group has left its hiatus behind, so I’ll be delving deeper into the first book I’ve read by this spiritual giant, Jonathan Edwards.

5. Recalling the Hope of Glory
     by Allen P. Ross
Starting with Genesis, Ross is chronicling worship through the Bible. I’m nearing the end, Part 8 of 10, “Patterns of Worship in the Early Church.” Interesting stuff.

Up Next reading next

6. Redeeming Love
     by Francine Rivers 
A book that everybody says is “so good!” Who can resist that?

7. Forgotten God
     by Francis Chan
Because my 2010 spiritual focus is on breathing deeply, I want to read this book on the living Breath—the Holy Spirit. The subtitle is “Reversing our tragic neglect of the Holy Spirit.” I loved Chan’s Crazy Love, so I anticipate being enlightened by his writing here as well.

Finished from Dec’s list

The Language of Love and Respect                        ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ 
If this book wasn’t so repetitive of Love and Respect, I’d have given it 4 stars. It is great material, but I read it in the first book. 

Redemption Accomplished and Applied                  ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ 
I’ve been reading this with Tim Challies group in “Reading Classics Together.” The theology in this book isn’t exactly what I’m used to, so it made me think. That’s a good thing. Some things I agreed with in the end; some I didn’t. That’s probably a good thing, too.

Life of Pi                                                                ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
I’m not a big fiction reader, so take my piddling two stars with a grain of salt. This book has won many awards and many more fans. I won’t be counted among the avid ones, but it was an interesting read and it still hangs around in my mind. 

So, what’s on your nightstand?

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Carrie said...

Good to catch your opinion of Life of Pi. I've kind of been avoiding it. Everyone raved about it but I'm not quite sure.... I see opinions like this and I back peddle (again).

Can't wait to hear your thoughts on Redeeming Love (now that I finally read it myself and throw in my recommendation with everyone else, of course).

Love your list!

Brooke from The Bluestocking Guide said...

You have some good one. Here is mine

bekahcubed said...

Your list is inspiring. I'm thinking maybe I need to read 4...and 5...and 7. I don't do as much theology/doctrine/applied Christianity reading as I'd like (difficulties with not having it as accessible at my local library)--but maybe I'll have to just find some of these with Inter-library loan.

Unknown said...

I agree with your assessment of Life of Pi. I liked it, but it definitely "hangs in your mind."

I also agree with your thoughts on Redeeming Love and plan to read it sometime this year.

And a book that helps you "get things done"? Sounds lovely to me.

morninglight mama said...

I've been intrigued by The Happiness Project, but haven't picked it up... yet. :)

I really like your organization of the categories here-- it looks great and I can relate to the many stages of reading!

Kay said...

Mackenzie had to read Stephen King's "On Writing" last year for her English class. She really liked it, so I'll be interested to hear what you think of it. :) ... and I have to chime in on Redeeming Love and say yes, that is a really awesome book! Forgotten God sounds like a good book - I may have to check that one out.

Lisa notes... said...

Mackenzie and I will have to have a book chat then. And I'll let you read 'Forgotten God' when I finish it (well, that means I have to start it first).

Nise' said...

Honestly, drop everything and read Redeeming Love, you won't be sorry! Enjoy.

Laura at By the Bushel said...

Several non-ficion Bible books, but non-fiction, reading 'Gilead'. Trusted reading friends highly recommend, but I can't get behind. Similar to what you said about 'Life of Pi'. I want to read that one too, but I think I need to be in another frame of mind to read fiction. I do read it tho and can get lost in it, but it's another facet of seasons I guess. Still a favorite, 'Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.' great topic, but also excellent, humurously, educational. I still laugh at some of the things she included in the book. Don't have to be a food guru to appreciate her humor. Best-

Barbara H. said...

I should read King's book some time. I read Redeeming Love years ago and liked it. Most of these I haven't heard of. I've heard of Love and Respect but haven't read it -- it is one I have heard so much about that I feel like I've read it. :-)


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