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What’s on your nightstand?—April

What's on Your Nightstand at _5 minutes for Books_ On the 4th Tuesday of each month, Jennifer asks, “What’s on your nightstand?marked pages

Finished from March’s nightstand
1. 66 Love Letters                                                           ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
     by Larry Crabb
Don’t be biblically illiterate. This book is a painless and personal summarization of each book of the Bible. I read it straight through, but now I’m re-reading one chapter at a time as I read the corresponding Bible ‘letter’ in my daily Bible reading.

2. Reliving the Passion                                                     ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
     by Walter Wangerin Jr.
Write this one down to read during Lent 2011, if you haven’t read it already. Short devotionals walk you through a reflective journey with Christ on the way to the cross.

3. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society       ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
     by Mary Ann Shaffer
If you want a clean, delightful, engrossing story, read this book (along with everyone else!). I started and finished it far faster than most books I read because it was so fun. And I learned a little history about World War 2 along the way. 

4. A Hunger for God                                                          ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
     by John Piper
Reacquaint yourself with the timeless discipline of fasting so you can deepen your hunger for and satisfaction of God. This book doesn’t make my all-time favorite list of Piper books, but it’s still worth reading. (Download a free copy here.)

5. Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s                                       ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
     by Joanne Koenig Coste
You may think you don’t need this one, but odds are you either know someone with Alzheimer’s, or know someone taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s. An insightful book, the author teaches how to manage the hard situations that accompany Alzheimer’s, and to do so with dignity for everybody involved.April nightstand

6. The Happiness Project
     by Gretchen Rubin
The focus for April’s resolution is money. The subgoals from Gretchen’s blog aren’t necessarily what they seem:    
    Week 13: Buy some happiness
Week 14: Beware the expensive gym membership effect
Week 15: Are you an over-buyer or an under-buyer? 
Week 16: Spend out

7. Charity and Its Fruits
     by Jonathan Edwards
I just finished reading Lecture 8, “The spirit of charity the opposite of a selfish spirit” on 1 Corinthians 13:5:
     “…Love does not insist on its own way…”

Just started
8. Forgotten God
     by Francis Chan
Subtitle: “Reversing our tragic neglect of the Holy Spirit

The point is not to completely understand God but to worship Him. Let the very fact that you cannot know Him fully lead you to praise Him for His infiniteness and grandeur.

9. Plan B
     by Pete Wilson
Subtitle: “What do you do when God doesn’t show up the way you thought he would?
I’ve got tons of pages marked so far. Look for a review once I finish and can narrow down my notes.

10. Radical
      by David Platt
Subtitle: “Taking back your faith from the American Dream
This one is challenging me to rethink how comfortable I’ve become with my Christianity.

11. Worship Matters
      by Bob Kauflin
Subtitle: “Leading others to encounter the greatness of God
Oh, this one is such a pleasure. When I read about worship, I find myself worshiping more. And this book is not just for “worship leaders” as we typically define them. According to Kauflin, “Anyone who encourages others to praise God can be referred to as a ‘worship leader.’” That includes you and me!

12. The Bruised Reed
      by Richard Sibbes
Written by a Puritan in the early 17th century, this book is a slower read. I’m following with the group at because I get more out of the classics when we read them together. In other words, I need help!

13. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
      by Benjamin Franklin
So far, it’s been fun! He tells his life stories well, and I keep getting glimpses from even tiny things he says that help me understand why he was a great man.

Next up
NOTHING! I’ve got too many books going at one time, even for my taste. So I won’t even think about the next one until at least…June. Or…until I see your list. Why is a good book so hard to resist? 

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What’s a favorite book that you are reading this month? 


Upstatemamma said...

What a great list of books. I need to read more worship books. It never even occurs to me. I will have to add these to my list. Because I cannot resist books - any books - ever. :)

Holly said...

Aaauugghhh! As if I don't read enough, now I'm making a new list from your list! :-) Some of your titles sound really intriguing. I'm challenged, too. Sometimes I tend to just blur through a lot of fiction, without carefully choosing non-fiction to go with. Off to my library's web page...

DanaB said...

Love your post-its--I do this, too!!

You've got some great books on that list--thanks for the ideas :)


Barbara H. said...

I need to put Reliving the Passion down for next Lent. I read Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross during that time this year.

I've been meaning to get to The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society for some time -- I keep hearing good things about it.

Anonymous said...

I am really going to have to pick up The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society soon - everyone seems to be loving it! Great list!

Carrie said...

I look forward to your review of Plan B with much anticipation!

bekahcubed said...

I'm enjoying your post-it pic as well.

Like you, I just started on Forgotten God--but I'm taking it slow and trying to blog my notes on it on my way through. I tend to be a speedy reader--which is fine for novels and "for my information only" books--but not so great for the books that I really want to let impact my life. Like you commented with The Bruised Reed, I find that I get more out of the books I take the time to interact with (and interact with others over).

Reeve said...

OH, this is funny- I love A Hunger for God- such a great book! I live near Piper and attend his church on Saturday nights. And I'm reading Forgotten God - I LOVE this book- mostly because it's so true! I'd love to know what you think of it once you read it. :) Good luck with all that reading!

morninglight mama said...

I really enjoyed Guernsey last year, and I've been so intrigued by The Happiness Project, too. I'd be interested in knowing how much of the not-so-upright stuff Benjamin Franklin put in his autobiography!

Fonda said...

I was so proud of myself for not adding any new books to my overcrowded list last month...but after reading your list and a few others around here...I don't think I am going to make it this month. Great list!


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