Okay, to be honest – I have no nightstand. My husband has one on his side of the bed (which I like to usurp from time to time!), but my “nightstand” is more like a stool and a basket that I drag over to serve my purposes which they were not exactly made to do. BUT ANYWAY, now that I got THAT off my chest…
I have been so pumped lately to have such great reading material just waiting to be delved into! Alas, I haven’t had time enough yet to really enjoy, but I wanted to share with you what is on my “Reading To-Do List” currently!
Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas
A book that blends thrilling and inspiring story with historical accuracy and theology?! Count. Me. In. Bonhoeffer was an incredible man, and this book is such a poignant piece, particularly because it has so many parallels to our own times! Bonhoeffer’s biographer, Eric Metaxas is an incredible man in his own right (NY Times Best-Selling author of “Amazing Grace”), and when I heard him talk about A Legacy of Courage & Integrity on the radio, I immediately ordered this book because I was so inspired (and needing more inspiration!). So far it is great. It’s an amazing factual account that reads like a novel.
Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
I’ll admit it. Bonhoeffer is a hero of the faith to me. This is considered one of his truly great works and has come highly recommended by many Christians who I respect. Something crazy about this book – it was written while Bonhoeffer was part of an underground seminary in Nazi Germany. I am looking forward to reading this one!
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Genre shift! LOL! Have you seen the movie? Nels and I never get to go, but when we finally did we went and saw this one! The book has rave reviews as well. My grandma gave it to me at Christmas and I can’t wait to read it. I think this will be a quick and fun read.
Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp
This book is radical. A main focus of this book is that parent’s should be concerned the heart of their child and not just the external behaviors. I think his gospel-centered ideas are excellent, but I will be interested in his practical applications and real-life examples to help flesh it out. This book has been very highly recommended by many God-fearing friends and I am very hopeful to glean good advice from it. Parenting is one area in life that I’d really like to just not totally screw up! It’s all new to me and I love it and I’m terrified by it.
Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry
I have been reading this book forever it seems! The pace is very slow…and somehow I love it that way?! In a very simple and unassuming way, Berry weaves themes of country living, faith, modern “progress”, human struggle and love all in a tale of “Jayber Crow” – the town barber. Wendell Berry is an author I have never read before, but I am inspired by his precise, perfect sentences and pithy proverbial lines woven in as hidden gems. This book really is a quiet work of art.
Hurrah! I am loving these books. The only thing is that I also have required reading for school and am only just keeping my head above water with two little children and running our home sooooo…these books may be on my make-shift “night stand” for the next year.
Anyway, have you read anything good lately? Are you reading through the Bible this year? It’s only February, you’re not too late if you haven’t started yet!