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What’s on your nightstand?—September ‘10

My Shelfari books_Sept

Just started
1. The Holiness of God   
     by R. C. Sproul
I’ve always wanted to read it, but I have extra reason now: it’s the Reading Classics Together choice at Will you read and discuss with us, beginning Oct. 14?

2. Emma
     by Jane Austen
I’ve assigned this for Jenna to read, so I’m reading along with her (and want to be able to ask her questions when I get confused on who’s who).

3. A Shelter in the Time of Storm: A Meditation on God and Trouble
     by Paul David Tripp
Trying to read slowly and reflectively. Good reflections here on Psalm 27.

4. Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Raising Teens
     by Paul David Tripp
I need the reminders that it’s not primarily about the behavior; it’s about the heart.

5. The Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux
     by St. Therese of Lisieux
It’s interesting so far to hear this young girl from the 1800’s tell her faith story.

Finished from August’s nightstand
6. Same Kind of Different as Me
     by Ron Hall & Denver Moore
It ended up not being a scary read after all. Yes, it challenged my prejudices, but in a good way. I hope I’m the better for reading it.

7. Finally Alive
     by John Piper
Oh, this is good. Even if you think you understand what being born again is all about, read this anyway. You’re bound to learn more and appreciate it even more.

8. Outlive Your Life
     by Max Lucado
If you already like Lucado’s books, you’ll like this one, too. Not much new stuff, but much good inspiration to make your life make a difference.

9. Curious Case of Benjamin Button
     by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Short. Clean. Nothing like the movie, which is perhaps a good thing. But it’s so hopeless, like Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Still, the backwards growth thing is an interesting concept to consider.

10. The Happiness Project
      by Gretchen Rubin
A delightful book. Part autobiography, part how-to. I’ll start it anew in January and stick closer to the book for a year’s worth of resolutions. This year I’m sticking closer to Gretchen’s goals on her blog (which are great, too).

11. I’m Still Here
     by John Zeisel
A bittersweet read for me since my mom died with Alzheimer’s before I finished this book. But it’s an excellent book, and I still plan on using things I learned.

12. Bound and Determined: Christian Men & Women in Partnership
     by Jeanene Reese
Bound to be a little controversial, but needfully so. Reese does an excellent job exploring how men and women should and can work together.

13. The Last Ember
     by Daniel Levin
It reminds me of Raiders of the Lost Ark, except here they’re looking for the menorah that disappeared from the Jerusalem temple in A.D. 70. It’s exciting and fast-paced fiction. And also painlessly teaches some Biblical history along the way.

* * * What's on Your Nightstand at _5 minutes for Books_
What books are you enjoying this month?


bekahcubed said...

I can't wait to hear your comments on The Story of a Soul. Old biographies and autobiographies are a class of books I've wished I read more of--but they're just so darn intimidating to me!

Carrie said...

I was debating whether or not to read The Holiness of God along with Challies but figured I'd best not tackle any additional reading projects until the end of this year. I read the book years ago though and I'm looking forward to hearing his thoughts on it. Yours too! =)

Barbara H. said...

You got quite a lot read!

I just finished Emma a few weeks ago and loved it.

Same Kind of Different is one I hope to get to this month.

I'll be looking forward to hearing your thoughts on some of these.

Nancy said...

I've been wanting to read Benjamin Button but haven't gotten to it. Same with Emma. I haven't heard of most of your list but they all sound great. Thanks for sharing!

Lisa Spence said...

Some great titles here! You know I love "Emma" and I've got "Same Kind of Different" on tap for our book club at church. I've read "The Last Ember" and enjoyed it and of course "Finally Alive" was great! And the Tripp book too; like I said good stuff here! Happy reading, friend!

Cassandra said...

Emma was good, but Pride and Prejudice is still my favorite! :) I hope you have a great reading month!

Lynn Severance said...

I just got moved back into my remodeled apartment yesterday.

I am looking for my nightstand!

When I find it - will fill it up and include some books.

As always, you astound me with how much you can read. We all benefit from your great reviews, Lisa.

Thank you!

Joshua Song said...

You have a lot of reading resources in your language! I tried to find translated version of 'Age of Opportunity' but not available in my language. And it costs $150 to buy this book and ship to my country.

Liz said...

Okay, I'm gonna try to read The Holiness of God. All the men received a copy at church on Father's Day, so I just happen to have my husband's on my shelf. I've got so many other books going on right now, but I sure would like to join in with others who are reading at the same time. I think I can handle 1 chapter a week.

Lisa notes... said...

Good, Liz! I'm so glad you'll be joining us with The Holiness of God. I already read chapter 1 to whet my appetite. This is gonna be good...

Becky said...

Lisa, I am ready to read along with you(@Challies) The Holiness of God.

Looking forward to hear your voice and read your great summaries.

Blessings from around the corner,

Lisa notes... said...

So glad to hear from you again, and I'm so glad you'll be reading with us at Challies. I do hope you'll be writing summaries, too. You always had a way of making the lessons hit home.


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