I'm belated in posting my Personal Reading List for 2009. In fact, I don't think I updated my 2008 reading list after February or so. I'm not sure how well I can remember what I read in 2008, as I struggled a bit to remember everything I've read thus far in 2009 (and probably forgot something). That's precisely why I try to record these things.
A Light in the Window by Jan Karon I'm a little behind the times in becoming acquainted with Father Tim having read the first book in the Mitford series in the summer of 2008. This is book 2 in the Mitford series; I didn't love it as much as I loved the first one. In fact, I thought it was (I know I'm inviting outrage)...boring. I finished reading it, and hoped that the other 5-6 I received for Christmas would be better.
These High, Green Hills by Jan Karon Book 3 in the Mitford series was much better, or maybe it was just my own mood when I read it. I fell in love again with the endearing characters.
The Wonderful Spirit Filled Life by Charles Stanley I think every. believer. should. read. this. book!! I began reading it in 2007 (my initial reflections are posted here), misplaced it for a while, and was tremendously nourished by finding and finishing it. Remarkably well-written, biblically sound, essentially foundational, immensely practical book on the Holy Spirit and living the wonderful spirit-filled life. Read it!
Holy Spirit Power by Charles Spurgeon Excellent, practical, solid treatise on the Holy Spirit by a classic theologian. I highly recommend it!
Living Water by Chuck Smith Written in Chuck Smith's (Calvary Chapel) lay-man style, fabulous, anecdotal, practical, and balanced view on the Holy Spirit. I gleaned so much from it! Are you beginning to see a pattern?
Secret Power by D.L.Moody This one was great too! It left me wanting to know more about D.L. Moody.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronté Dark, gruesome, lacking any redeeming value, and containing one of the most twisted, vindictive, and vengeful literary characters ever. I only kept reading so that I could say that I had. NOT recommended no matter how "classic" it is!!
A Garden in Paris by Stephanie Grace Whitson A cotton candy, modern, Christian romance set in Paris to compensate for all the deep, theological Holy Spirit books, and the horrible Wuthering Heights. It was okay. I kinda liked it. Generally well written and interesting, good character development, but it won't make my list of favorites by any means.
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers Raw, graphic, gripping, compelling story based on the biblical book of Hosea. I found the ending to be lackluster, but overall, I thought it was a remarkable book, representative of so many many women! Worth reading!
Emerald Windows by Terri Blackstone Another fluffy, pop-Christian novel. My first Terri Blackstone read. Eh. I definitely prefer historical fiction to modern.
The White Gypsy by Annette Lyster A new release from Lamplighter books, originally written in...a long time ago. Admirable characters, redeeming story line, beautifully written!
Konshaubi by Georgi Vins A re-read of a book that profoundly influenced me in 1988. The story of Russian/Soviet pastors who were persecuted and imprisoned for preaching the gospel. I posted more about it here. Read in preparation to perform in "Stalinism" and "The Vins Scene" from the play No Place to Flea.
Jungle Pilot by Russell Hitt The life and story of Nate Saint. Inspiring, challenging, excellent companion to Elizabeth Elliot's Through Gates of Splendor. Both books should be on every Christian's "must read" list!
Redwall by Brian Jacques Preview before my son read it. Immensely enjoyable tale! I loved it! Highly recommended for all ages (reading level average 9-12 years).
Revolution in World Missions by K.P.Yohannon Extremely challenging, eye-opening book! The American church would do well to read it, and make radical life-style adjustments in response. Unfortunately, that includes me. Praying!
Out to Canaan by Jan Karon Book 4 of the Mitford Series, and I have now drunk enough koolaid to be head over heals with Mitford. I'm not sure, but this may have been my favorite yet. Not on the Mitford bandwagon? Start reading!
Saving Levi by Lisa Misraje Bentley What an amazing, faithful, sovereign God we serve! There's no way you can read this book and deny that God is, and that He is a rewarder to those who seek Him. His intimate dealings to save a horribly burned and then abandoned Chinese baby, and to unite individuals from all over the world to accomplish His purpose completely overwhelmed me!
For a busy, homeschooling mom of 4, I'm pleased with the number of books I've managed to read this year. And of course, I'm always open to suggestions for more! What books do you think I should add to my "must read" list?
Grace and Peace,
P.S. If you click on the book titles, you can visit the Amazon page for each of the books. And if you actually purchase something while you're there, you'll be funding my habit. ;) Thanks! :)