Friday, January 18, 2013

Book Review 2013... The List

I like to read but don't do as much of it as I'd like to. I am not a fast reader and am easily distracted by my own thoughts so I tend to forget what I've read at the first by the time I get to the last. With that in mind, coupled with the fact that I do much better with external accountability, I thought it might keep me on track to write reviews of the books I am reading.

So now I have a line of books on my shelf that I'd like to read this year. Some I've never read, some I've read and want to read again, and some I've read but NEED to read again. Very few are light. They are mostly soul-searching faith-based books. That is the season of my life... The time where I've looked within and recognized how utterly wasteful I've been with what I've been given. I sorrow over that. Deeply. But if sorrow doesn't lead to growth then it isn't doing its job, so soul-growing books it is!

I've seen a lot of bloggers make a disclaimer when it comes to product and book reviews so this should be an appropriate spot to make my own. Unless otherwise stated, I am not paid in any way shape or form for reviewing these books. They have either been purchased by me at sticker price or been given to me as gifts from friends or family who have purchased them at sticker price. And by sticker price I mean "whatever the sticker says", be that full price retail all the way down to yard sale yellow dot!

There is no set time that I've given myself to read and review the books as they are of varying length and substance. The posts will be hit-or-miss. Following is a list of the books that I intend to read this year in no particular order (I will rearrange them as I go along). If you've read any of these please leave your always-welcome comments about them until I've reviewed them so that the discussion about a particular book is all in one spot. I like things orderly, you know. If you have a word of doctrinal caution for me about a particular book on this list BY ALL MEANS contact me privately. I will appreciate your loving attention to wisdom and truth!

So Long Insecurity by Beth Moore

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

The Applause of Heaven by Max Lucado

When God Is Silent by Charles R. Swindoll

Crazy Love by Francis Chan

Thoughts and Feelings by McKay, Davis, and Fanning

No Permanent City by Harry Loewen

Prayer by Philip Yancy

Mourning Song by Joyce Landorf

How to Love Someone You Can't Stand by Milton Jones

The Secret Things of God by Dr. Henry Cloud

Why? by Anne Graham Lotz

How Now Shall We Live by Charles Colson and Nancy Pearcey

He Speaks to Me by Priscilla Shirer

Completely Blessed by Shannon Ethridge

Essentials for Life for Women by Marcia Ford

Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver

Earthen Vessels by J. Oswald Sanders

A Godward Life by John Piper

Radical by David Platt

The Shelter of God's Promises (DVD study series) by Sheila Walsh

Whew! I'd better get crackin'! That's a lot of books for me. Yikes! Pray for me that I will stay on task, absorb what is good and reject what is not-so-good, please.


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    1. I will be posting a review of "So Long, Insecurity" tomorrow. The next book I'm reading is "Mere Christianity". I've been reading "No Permanent City" for a couple weeks. It is a collection of short stories so it is GREAT for me to have on my nightstand to read a few pages before going to sleep.

  2. Wow, that looks like some heavy reading. Would love to have a couple of them passed my way, when you are finished with them. I also have one that I would love to pass on to you, but don't want to add to your stress. Maybe next year, ok?

    1. I am more than a little curious to see if I actually read them all in a year's time. I certainly will share! Some of them may be heavily marked up but if you don't mind reading around my scribbles then you are welcome to them :-)