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What’s on your nightstand?—January ‘11

the bottom bookshelf

This is my juicy stack for my 2011 theme “Depend and Delight.” Because I’ll be reading them sloooowly, I won’t include these 9 in my monthly nightstand list.

But I have to at least acknowledge them now—they’re so good!

1.Future Grace (again) by John Piper
2. A Praying Life by Paul Miller
3. The Fear Factor by Wayne Mack and Joshua Mack
4. Humility (again) by Andrew Murray
5. Humility by C. J. Mahaney

6. Pleasures of God
by John Piper
7. Pure Pleasure by Gary Thomas
8. The Happiness Project (again) by Gretchen Rubin
9. one thousand gifts by Ann Voskamp

But wait…there’s more!

These are my January nightstand books.

January nightstandJust started
1. Couples Who Pray by SQuire Rushnell & Louise DuArt
It preps you for this challenge: Pray for 5 minutes a day with your spouse for 40 days. I’ll let you know 40 days later if anything happens in my own house.

2. When Organizing Isn’t Enough by Julie Morgenstern
A re-read. This book is not just about your physical stuff. I need it to push through some mental clutter.

3. What’s So Amazing about Grace? by Philip Yancey
Grace should be a distinguishing characteristic of the church. So is it? How does grace work? What are we doing with it?

Still Reading
4. Crazy Love by Francis Chan
“Jesus, I believe You are worth it, that You are better than anything else I could have in this life or the next. I want You. And when I don’t, I want to want You.”

5. Trusting God by Jerry Bridges
“Not only do we sin against God when we complain…, we also deprive ourselves of the peace that comes from recognizing our heavenly Father is in control…”

Finished from December’s nightstand
6. Switch by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
A great book about how to change things. Written by the same authors as Made to Stick.

7. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
Such a fun story! I passed it down to Jenna, who got hooked and is now reading The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey. I’m now working on Jeff—I checked out the CDs for him.

8. In the President’s Secret Service by Ronald Kessler
Very intriguing to read the stories from agents who have protected our presidents. And also to hear which presidents were nice to them (both Bush families) and which were not (Carters).

9. The Shallows by Nicholas Carr
Another book to scare you about how the internet is rewiring your brain. But it has some merit.

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What books are you enjoying this month?


Janet said...

Such a good meaty list.

The Shallows was in my top 5 from 2010 reads. To me it was not alarmist, yet... still alarming.

Barbara H. said...

I hope to get to Crazy Love and the Benedict Society some time.

You have several weighty tomes there!

Anonymous said...

I loved the Mysterious Benedict books - so well written!

Sandra said...

You do a lot of serious reading. When Organizing Isn’t Enough sounds like something we all could benefit from. The Benedict Society books sound interesting too. I'm old now so most of my reading is for pleasure. I really enjoy doing the Nightstand posts. Have a good February.

Carrie said...

YAY! You liked Mysterious Benedict Society. Another family of converts. You make me happy. ;D

STILL need to pull Crazy Love off of the shelf. Sigh.

Kara said...

Fantastic list! I've got to get to Crazy Love soon...and I'm dying to read One Thousand Gifts as well! I've had Andrew Murray on my "want to read" list for awhile too. The Piper titles are both great, and Trusting God is my favorite by Jerry Bridges so far. A Praying Life is fantastic! I look forward to hearing what you think of it.

Melissa said...

I'm hoping to order One Thousand Gifts soon. And I'd like to read the Benedict Society books, too.

Too many books...too little time!

Unknown said...

My 12 year old is re-reading MBS now. It's at least her 3rd read-through, if not more. Fun book. I wonder what he'll do next??

Kate {The Parchment Girl} said...

Wow, amazing books on your list! A Praying Life was amazing. The best book on prayer I've ever read. One Thousand Gifts was incredible also. I recently reviewed both of those books. I wasn't wild about Crazy Love. Not sure why, I just didn't click with Chan's style.I read Trusting God a few years ago. I barely remember it now, but it's still on my shelf, so I think I might reread it.

Beth said...

I have A Praying Life on my TBR list. My daughter loves the MBS! She has listened to them all at least twice in the last year.


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