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What’s on your nightstand?—July

July nightstandFinished from June’s nightstand
1. A Severe Mercy
                                                             ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
     by Sheldon Vanauken
It’s a slowly unwinding, true account of a love affair between Sheldon and his wife Davy, and how they came to know God, changing everything for them. It’ll make you think differently about life and death.

2. Pride and Prejudice                                                      ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
     by Jane Austen
If you haven’t already read it by now (originally published in 1813), just read it. It’s a sweet story of days gone by, and it gets even better the further you get into it. I didn’t want it to end. Now I’ll let myself watch the movie(s).

3. The Checklist Manifesto                                                 ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
     by Atul Gawande
I’m a list-maker from way back. Maybe that’s why I love this book. Gawande set out to see if using a checklist in surgery would prevent fewer mistakes. He was shocked at how profoundly it worked.

4. The DNA of Relationships                                              ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
     by Gary Smalley
I learned new things with this book that I’m putting to use. Smalley helps you identify your core fears so you can keep them from causing chaos in your relationships.

5. Broken-Down House 
by Paul David Tripp
I’m in Chapter 9, “Learn to Wait.” In it, Tripp gives these reasons we’re called to wait: because we live in a fallen world, because God is sovereign, because God is a God of grace, so we can minister to others, and for the increase of God’s glory.

6. The Happiness Project
      by Gretchen Rubin
July’s goal on Gretchen’s blog (roughly coinciding with the book) is Eternity. The goals for each week have been:
      Week 25: Imitate a spiritual master 
      Week 26: Cultivate gratitude  
      Week 27: Do good, feel good 
      Week 28: Put your values into everyday action   

Just started
7. Spurgeon: A New Biography
     by Arnold Dallimore
I just finished Week 3’s readings with the group at Challies. Not knowing much about Spurgeon, everything is new to me. It’s so delightful to read about such a man of God!

8. One in a Million
     by Priscilla Shirer
Approximately two million Israelites left Egypt, but only two of those made it into the Promised Land. This book is about how to be that “one in a million.” I’ve marked many pages so far.

9. The Last Ember
     by Daniel Levin
It’s fiction that Joanne recommended awhile back. I uncovered it on my “to read” list last week. It combines archaeology, mystery, and religion. So far, so good.

Up next
10. Buy Ketchup in May and Fly at Noon
     by Mark Di Vincenzo

11. Tribes
     by Seth Godin

12. Finally Alive
     by John Piper

What's on Your Nightstand at _5 minutes for Books_

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What book are you reading?
What would you recommend? 

It’s the 4th Tuesday, so Jennifer is asking, “What’s on your nightstand?”


TheBookGirl said...

I am totally intrigued by the title Buy Ketchup in May and fly at Noon...I'm going to look that one up now :)

Enjoy your month reading!

Brooke from The Bluestocking Guide said...

Did I mention that Dr. Tripp is one of the ministers at my church?

Here is mine

Stephani Cochran said...

Wow! How do you get this much reading done! I just finished "Inside Out" by Larry Crabb and am currently reading "Fidning God" by Larry Crabb.

Unknown said...

You are so right that P&P gets better as the story progresses. Be sure to watch the BBC version with Colin Firth. You won't want that to end either!


Carrie said...

I never know which book to comment on your Nightstand because I typically like them all!

I'm glad that you'll be able to watch the Pride & Prejudice movie now. ;) (Of course, I am speaking solely of the BBC version.)

=D Have fun!

Lisa notes... said...

I've never read a book of Dr. Tripp's that I didn’t totally enjoy and learn from. He really resonates with me.

“Inside Out” is one of my all-time favs! Don’t know if I’ve read “Finding God” or not… And I don’t know how I get so much reading done because I feel like I rarely read. Ha. 10 minutes here and there, early mornings, late nights…

Lauren & Carrie,
Totally unplanned, my daughter JUST walked in with the Pride & Prej DVDs from a friend’s house. Very weird! I hope it’s the BBC version. She’s said it’s 6 hours though…wow.

Love Bears All Things said...

You have a wide variety there...I have heard Priscilla Shirer speak and done a couple of her Bible Studies so I'm sure this is a good book.
I looked up The Last Ember, they say it is similar to DaVinci Code. If so, I would probably enjoy it.
This is my first time to join in and I am finding a wide variety of books are being read.
Mama Bear

bekahcubed said...

I could totally ditto your comment--I enjoy perusing your list each month to get ideas for mine. In fact, your nightstand posts were one of the things that first encouraged me to devote more reading time to issues of faith and theology. It's been one of my emphases this year and I've found it to be richly rewarding--so thanks!

Upstatemamma said...

I read Pride and Prejudice last month as well. I had never read it and I am sort of slowly making my way through the classics and it was first on my list. Very fun! And what a sweet story.

Susan said...

We must have similar tastes - your list looks really interesting to me. I would love the "Ember" book, and I love Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice as well - I also love reading a classic, then watching a movie of it to see if my impressions "match" the filmmaker's.


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