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What’s on your nightstand?—May

What's on Your Nightstand at _5 minutes for Books_ It’s the 4th Tuesday, so Jennifer is asking, “What’s on your nightstand?

Kindle update:
Having completed several books on my Kindle now, I’m happy to report I’m LOVING it.

If you have a Kindle yourself, or are thinking about getting one, bookmark A Kindle World blog. Andrys Basten is most helpful in providing info and links to free books.

She also clued me in to Amazon’s Top 100 free digital books, many of which are now on my Kindle waiting to be read.

Finished from April’s nightstand
1. Plan B                                                                       ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
     by Pete Wilson
We’re usually not happy with Plan Bs. But this book helps you not only quit grumbling about them, but grow your faith in God’s will in the process. (Read Chapter 1.)

2. Forgotten God                                                          ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
     by Francis Chan
The “forgotten God” Chan talks about is the Holy Spirit. It’s a good “Holy Spirit 101” primer (even has a chapter by that title), and has Chan’s contagious enthusiasm and vulnerable honesty all in it. (Read Chapter 1.)

3. Radical                                                                    ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
      by David Platt
This one challenges you to go all out for God. Don’t settle for a dumbed-down version of Christianity. If you want to see God glorified, step out on a limb and watch what he can do. (Read Chapter 1.)

4. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin                   ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
      by Benjamin Franklin
It was fun to go back in time and read what Ben wrote about himself. You can see his wit, his intelligence, his can-do attitude. It took a little effort to read because of his vocabulary and writing style, but it was well worth it.I may even add it to Jenna’s reading list for next year. (Get the Kindle edition free.)

5. New Hope for People w/ Alzheimer’s & Their Caregivers ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
      by Porter Shimer
It’s a depressing disease, but if you have a loved one with it, you owe it to them and to you to educate yourself on how to make the best of it. I recommend this book as a helpful resource.

6. I Will Carry You: The Sacred Dance of Grief and Joy ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
      by Angie Smith
You will cry. I did. It hit very close to home for me (which is why I haven’t written a review yet…) Written by Angie Smith, wife of Selah’s lead singer, this book walks you through the pregnancy and death of their baby Audrey.

If you’ve lost a baby or have friends who have (and who hasn’t?), you’ll be blessed by reading this one. My counterpart-Lisa at “Lisa writes… posted a great review yesterday at 5 Minutes for Books.

Continuing May nightstand books
7. Worship Matters
      by Bob Kauflin
I just started Part 3: Healthy Tensions, leading in to nine healthy tensions related to worship. Chapter 19 is Transcendent and Immanent.

8. The Bruised Reed
      by Richard Sibbes
Next week I’ll finish this one with the Reading Classics group at I’ve been encouraged so much by grace through this Puritan writer’s sharing of scripture.

9. The Happiness Project
      by Gretchen Rubin
May’s goal on Gretchen’s blog has been mindfulness. I’ve used it for scriptures I want to meditate on. The goals for each week have been:
      Week 17: How mindful are you?
      Week 18: Meditate on koans.
(A “koan” is a question, story, or statement that can’t be understood logically.)
      Week 19: Create cues for mindfulness
      Week 20: Keep a food diary

Just started
. Sheet Music
      by Kevin Leman
This was a free download on Kindle, and because I’ve read other Leman books that have been good, I’m giving this one a go. So far, it’s been very interesting, and one that I might purchase for my daughters as a honeymoon present when that time arrives.

11. The Heart Mender
      by Andy Andrews
It’s the only fiction book on my list, but I’m learning a lot of WW2 history as I read. German U-boats operated in the Gulf of Mexico? It will lead me to Google; just a matter of time.

And because I’m about to finish up a few, I’m looking forward to starting these…
Next up
. A Severe Mercy
      by Sheldon Vanauken
I confess I don’t really know what this one is about, but I’ve been hearing it highly recommended for several years. And since I never could find it in my public library, I finally gave up and purchased it. I’m counting on it being good.

13. Broken-Down House
      by Paul David Tripp
I’ve been so patient with this on my shelf. I know it will be great because I’ve been reading excerpts for months. It’s about living holy despite living in a sinful world.

14. ? ? ? 
      by Jane Austen
I need YOUR help! I’ve got these on my Kindle. Which do you recommend I read first?
              Sense and Sensibility or  Emma  or  Pride and Prejudice

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


Brenda said...

Pride and Prejudice. My all-time favorite. :-)

Abi @ the Princess Diaries said...

Pride & Prejudice, of course! :-) I'm reading Sheet Music as well and I hope you enjoy it as much as I have so far. I'm gonna check out Benjamin Franklin's autobiography. Thanks for the review!

Upstatemamma said...

I have never read any of Jane Austen but I have always wanted to read Emma.

Barbara H. said...

Wow, that's a lot of non-fiction! It usually takes me so much longer to get through those (except biographies) that I don't complete them very quickly.

A couple of years ago I determined to read through all of Austen's books, and I was surprised that I didn't like P&P and S&S as well as Northanger Abby and Mansfield Park -- maybe because I had seen films of the former two, and expectation were high. I had read Emma in college, so I didn't revisit it then, but I want to now after a recent PBS production of it. All that said, I think I'd go with P&P first. That's classic, quintessential Austen.

Susan said...

I heard about the Smiths' story with their baby - honestly, I'm not sure I'm up emotionally for reading that book! I would enjoy the Franklin autobiography, I think - I find him fascinating!

Seccionista said...

I have Gretchen Rubin's book on my WL and now I think I'm going to add the Alzheimer's book you mention too. Having had a family member with it it's definetely a disease I want to know more about.

Regarding Jane Austen my favourite is Persuasion followed by P&P.

Happy reading!

Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

Okay, you've made me think about getting a Kindle (again). . .

Sounds like you did a lot of good reading!

I would definitely pick Pride and Prejudice. :-)

morninglight mama said...

I've got P&P on my list for this month, and since I've never read any Austen (except for a lame attempt at S&S which didn't work), I'm hoping that I don't flunk out again! :)

bekahcubed said...

Is this your first foray into Austen? If so, I'll agree with the majority and say to read Pride and Prejudice. If you've read Austen before, then I'd start with Emma this time around. In my opinion, Pride and Prejudice is the most accessible (and remains one of my favorites)--but Emma and Persuasion have an additional maturity of style that I appreciate quite a bit.

Susannah said...

Wow, chock full of good things! Been chasing your links all over the place. Thanks esp. for the Kindle links.

You've listed several titles that are familiar to me... Francis Chan, plus Radical and the Selah's story. I've also read elsewhere about the FREE download of Sheet Music. (Don't have a Kindle yet.)

You will enjoy A Severe Mercy... read it years ago. It may seem dated now, but it puts C.S. Lewis in some sort of friendship context.

Thanks for visiting today,

e-Mom @ Chrysalis :~D

Beth said...

I read the Heart Mender years ago when it had another title (An Island of Saints??). It was a fabulous story and has been my favorite Andy Andrews book. He is an awesome story teller!

I recently got a Kindle and now I'm constantly checking out all the freebies. Kind of addicting!

denise said...

I'm going to say S and S because for me it is a story of sacrifice for the good of those we love. Plus it has a happy ending.

denise said...

Oh yeah, the recent BBC production is even better than the Emma Thompson/Hugh Grant movie. Caution: the more recent Mansfield Park movie is not at all like the book. The main characters are portrayed totally different, the plot is changed and some nudity is involved. I think Jane would be rolling over in her grave.

Unknown said...

Thanks for the insights into the Kindle, I have to admit I've been curious lol. I like the portablity and all, but I think I'd miss the pages and feel of a book. Still is an interesting bit of technology though. Thanks for stopping by my post, I enjoyed my visit to your blog.

Martianne said...

What a wonderful and rich list. I am going to have to come aback when I have more time to click links!

Windows Wide Open said...

I've no need for a Kindle at this point, but I am seeing lots of book junkies that enjoy a Kindle as well as the 'bona fide' copy of the book.
You've got alot of great stuff on this post--I want to read the Happiness Project and Sheet Music, just to name a couple.



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