Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Book Lists

I love reading, honestly, I love books, I wish that I had more time to read and more resources to purchase them. I try to use the library as much as I can but I have a small fetish with germs and I like to mark in my books as I read them.... which creates a small problem with the library system :) This means that any extra spending money I have goes to books. I am a bargain shopper which helps, but my hubby has now began to add a surcharge on all book charges for the cost of shelf space, which is sad, but true, good shelves are hard to come by and they're not cheap!!

Anyhow, I didn't keep record of all the books I read this year, but when I started looking back at the past year I could see where so many of the books that I read impacted my life and heart. I've decided to share with you (at least what I can remember) the books that I have read in the past year.

~ Walking with God John Eldredge (My number one pick for this year - GREAT book)
~ The Shack William P. Young - contoversial, but in my opinion very good - my recommendation would be to focus on the relational aspect of the story and not theology (it is FICTION)
~ Faith and Doubt John Ortberg - incredible author, I read two of his books this year and I can't recommend him enough.
~ A Woman's Heart God's Dwelling Place Beth Moore (this was actually a study, but I count it as a book, lots of reading and as always excellent)
~ Lord I want to Know You Kay Arthur
~ Captivating John Eldredge
~ The Life You've Always Wanted John Ortberg
~ The Beloved Disciple Beth Moore (a study turned book - VERY good)
~ Intimate Issues Linda Dillow and Pintus - sure to affect your marriage!
~ Dawn's Light Terri Blackstock (This is the last book in it's series, excellent fiction series, I was actually waiting for this book to come out!)
~ Family Driven Faith Voddie Bauchum - great book on family disciplship, I am not as "strict" in some areas but I agreed with so much in this book including the overall concept so I have to recommend it.
~ Boundaries with Kids Cloud and Townsend - another good one - has a lot of really practical great parenting tips
~ Lord Foulgrins Letters Fiction book by Randy Alcorn - I only thought this book was "okay" but it was an easy read and fairly short
~ A Time to Dance Karen Kingsbury - fiction
~ Between Sundays Karen Kingsbury - fiction
~ 3:16 Max Lucado
~ The Splitting Storm Ruth Gutteridge - fiction
~ When you rise up RC Sproul (a book on homeschooling)
~ The Bible: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekial, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Nahum, Zephaniah, Habakkuk, Lamentations, Joel, 1 Timothy, Galatians, Acts, 1 & 2 Corinthians - can't go wrong with the Bible - I got stuck on some of the prophesy books and I wish I would have read more but every book has a message to offer - incredible!!

I know that I am forgetting some, I know for a fact there were a few library books I read and they are not on here. And I have several books that I started and didn't quite finish (I can think of 4 homeschooling books that are mostly finished but didn't quite get to the end.... ugh... disappointing). My top 3 recommendations from this year, (excluding the Bible - which is always my number one recommendation) would be "Walking with God" "Faith and Doubt" and "Initmate Issues" very good... but seriously.... all of them are great.

Must read authors, in my opinion, are John Ortberg and John Eldredge --- sooo good.

I have a big hope for the coming up year and my goal is to read even more books:

~ When God Weeps Joni Earackson Tada & Steven Estes (I've read a little bit already and I have already bawled my eyes out ---- looks sooo good and came highly recommended by a friend I trust)
~ Living Beyond Yourself The Beth Moore Study I am currently going through with my mom and sister, it's taking us a little longer, but we're getting through it
~ Intimacy Ignited Dillow and Pintus (couples)
~ Foxe's Book of Martyrs John Foxe - I started last year but took a break to get through some of my other books
~ Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World I bought this book forever ago and it's just been sitting on the shelf - I'm going to read it this year
~ Lies women believe and the truth that sets them free Nancy Lee Demoss - I bought this book a while ago as well, but I signed up for a study that is going to be going through this book which should be the motivation I need to get through it!
There are so many more, but this is it for now. I am ALWAYS taking book recommendations so any thoughts please share!!

What about you guys? What are some of the books that you read this year? Which ones affected you most deeply? What books are on your list for the next year?


Tara said...

www.goodreads.com is a good way to keep track of everything you've read.

I read less this year than any year because I've been doing so much knitting on my spare time.

When I think back though, the book that stands out from this year was A Year of Fog.

Lex0307 said...

I just stumbled across I think it is "Night Light" anyway from the best I can tell it is the middle book of the Terri Blackstock series - would love to read the first and the last!!!
Think it is a great idea to keep up with the books I read this year and to have a goal of the books I want to read. Will add that to my to do list - seriously where do you people find all this time to blog, and read and make goals and . . . am working on a goal list, and now a book list and will have to check out that web site in the other comment - think I have found my verse for the year but now I am rambling.
Anyway, my top book for '08 and carrying over to '09 which I am really doing as a study is "Sacred Romance" by John Eldridge. I haven't gotten very far but so far EXCELLENT study. "Walking with God" looks good for the coming year, too.

KarenW said...

Sadly, I haven't read much at all this year. I love reading and want to do more. I read A Woman's Heart God's Dwelling Place a few years ago. That is the best Bible study I've done in a long time.

Tami Jo said...

Hey Amber...just so you know I did get that email that you sent me. I have been thinking about it a lot lately and you said a lot of truth in it. I plan on responding to it, but I'm just trying to collect my thoughts first. Love ya!

Anonymous said...

Hey, has anyone done or read the study 'Fingerprints of God' by Jenniger Rothschild. Looking for any kind of input on the author and/or study.

Better yet, if no one has... Amber can you read it and let me know what you think? Just kidding; I think.