Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Book List for 2011

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So I didn’t exactly read all the books on my list for 2010, but I added several more throughout the year primarily through the reviews, according to my post I read 19 books, but there are several review books I forgot to add on there. So I don’t feel so bad, and now I’m just bringing over the list from last year to this year, plus more ;)

Finished Reading

Crazy Good Sex by Dr. Les Parrott
image A book written to men, was recommended by a speaker that came to my MOPS. Written in a straight-forward, but respectful way, Parrott displaces common myths that exist in our culture, churches and marriages regarding sex.
I actually bought this book for Tim, but of course I had to read it first, I wasn’t about to just turn over a book about sex to my man, I don’t care if it did come highly recommended :)
I was surprised by a few things that I learned and was comforted by a few others. And for the record, I did pass it along to Tim to read. ;)

Soul Print by Mark Batterson
Given to me to review. Amazon’s description of this book image“There  never has been and never will be anyone like you. But that isn’t a testament to you. It’s a testament to the God who created you. The problem? Few people discover the God-given identity that makes them unlike anyone else.”
I loved this book – To put simply, I found this book to be very motivational, and encouraging. It was also convicting and straight-to-the-point when it needed to be. What I realized through reading this book, is that I was made for more, through God’s grace I can be more, and that God is faithful and praise His name, He’s not done with me yet!
I was surprised how much I related to this book.
You can visit my posts on this book regarding Lifesymbols and the actual review, if you’re interested.

Circle Trilogy by Ted Dekker
My mom recommended these books to me and I borrowed the trilogy from my sister. I read this entire 1200 page book (Black, Red and White) in less than a week. Incredible!!
Read my review here

Hard to Believe by John MacArthur
image Popular perception of Jesus Christ is that of a tempered, genteel man who walked the earth, offering nuggets of wisdom to His followers. But what we sometimes fail to recognize is that although Jesus Christ offered a message of forgiveness, He also spoke challenging, demanding words about what being a follower of Christ requires.
This book is very challenging to read, it’s point-blank and to the point. I respect John MacArthur’s honesty and no apology truth, that carries a message to Christians and churches all over America.

The Missional Mom by Helen Lee
image“Numerous Christian mothers today are living missional lives, using their gifts and abilities to further God's kingdom by engaging the world around them.  They artfully, passionately, sometimes messily, juggle multiple callings and demonstrate in their modern day contexts how they are emulating the woman of noble character in Proverbs 31.”
An encouraging, yet convicting read. This book was a God-thing for me, He put it on my nightstand at a time when I was not only ready but needed to hear what the author had to say. I wrote more in my post about how it inspired me. 

Jesus Lives by Sarah Young
A devotional I started last year, and I carried over to this year.

A Thousand Tomorrows by Karen Kingsbury
A fiction read that I finished in 5 hours.... very good, be prepared to cry.

Cross Centered Life by C.J. Mahaney
This is the best book I've read this year by far. I recommend this book to everyone. It's powerfully, honestly written and is for both the mature believer, non-believer or new believer.


Luther Gold compiled by Ray Comfort
Quotes and segments from Martin Luther’s ministry, as well as a history overview put together by Ray Comfort.

The Discipline of Grace by Jerry Bridges
This book goes perfectly with some things God has placed on my heart so when I came across it I wanted to read it right away. It goes through God’s Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness. The quote on the back of the book, which I LOVE is “Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God’s grace. And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God’s grace.”


When the Brain Can’t Hear by Teri James Bellis, PH.D.
A book on Auditory Process Disorder, something that I suspect Treyton may have. This book was recommended by a fellow mom-blogger, it gave me some helpful insight into how Treyton thinks and helpful tips on how to teach and even communicate well with him.

Love Written in Stone  by Philip Carlson
A Review book that I really enjoyed. Written by a doctor, explaining why many of God's commands are not just commands but given for our well-being. He is a good Father and perfect God, this books just gives a few more "medical" reasons to trust Him.



Currently Reading:


"Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins we Tolerate" by Jerry Bridges
My sister and I are reading through this book together, it’s reallyimage  good. I just got through chapter 3 which is about the seriousness of sin, I’m now starting chapter 4 which has a little more about the good news :)  This book is based on the concept that though we, as Christians, believe that all sins are equal in God's eyes we often live our lives accepting some sins easier than other
My Post on: The Seriousness of Sin

Carried Over From 2010
"Sacred Marriage: What if God designed Marriage to make us more holy than happy?" by Gary Thomas
I had had this book on my "wishlist" for a while but decided to purchase it after I read Jess' review of it over at Making Home she image says "This is, bar-none, the best book on marriage I've ever read. Mr. Thomas clearly lays out God's plan of sanctification, maturity, blessing, and growth through a Christian marriage. I highly recommend it to any man, woman, married or hoping to be married. Happily married couples will find further encouragement; struggling couples will find challenge and hope; future married people will be informed about God's higher purpose. It really is the most solidly biblical portrayal of marriage and intimacy and God's plans that I've yet encountered. Read it."

"Grace Based Parenting" by Tim Kimmel
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Recommended by many (including Mark Driscoll). I've had this book for so long I don't know when I got it - I read something by Mark Driscoll recommending it and then saw it on the shelf a few days later... I figured it was a sign, so I took it off the shelf and put it next to my night stand.The synopsis off of Amazon says "Parents in our post-modern world tend to be committed to but anxious about their child-rearing responsibilities. They've tried the countless parenting books on the market, but many of these are strident, fear-based books that loving parents instinctively reject, while still searching for direction.
Now Dr. Tim Kimmel, founder of Family Matters ministries, offers a refreshing new look at parenting. Rejecting rigid rules and checklists that don't work, Dr. Kimmel recommends a parenting style that mirrors God's love, reflects His forgiveness, and displaces fear as a motivator for behavior. As we embrace the grace God offers, we begin to give it-creating a solid foundation for growing morally strong and spiritually motivated children."

 "Lord Teach Me to Study the Bible in 28 Days" Kay Arthur image
Kay Arthur, the beloved author that I can't recall reading a single book of!! I know it can't be so... but seriously, I can't think of any! This is a Bible/Study type book so I was hoping to read/complete this book in between the Beth Moore Study that I am currently in and the Beth Moore study I am hoping to take in the summer or next fall (if the one I want is offered!) 

"Say Goodbye to Whining" by Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller
On the back of the book it says at the top "Help Change Kid's Hearts -Nnot Just Their Behavior"
This book is based on "an honor-based" solution and claims to teach you (1) Six ways to teach honor to your children (2) A three-step approach to deal with meanness (3) Five helpful parenting skills (4) Three Biblical solutions to sibling rivalry and (5) Loads of practical family activities
.... sounds good to me!!....

New Books I’ve Added to the List

The Reason for God by Tim Keller
image “Why does God allow suffering in the world? How Could a loving God send people to hell? Why isn’t Christianity more inclusive? How can one religion be “right” and others “wrong”? Why have so many wars been fought in the name of God?”
This book seeks to answer age old questions in an age of skepticism.

Out Live Your Life by Max Lucado
image I received this book as a gift, and I’m very excited to read it. A book about making a difference with our one-of-a-kind lives!! Someone told me that it was a walk-through of the book of acts, centered around the early church, but I’m not sure if that’s true or not… I’ll find out and let you all know :)
So there you have it, a rough trail map of what I will hopefully be reading in the next year (or so). Of course in addition to these titles I will be adding in review books and books that come up and are must-reads.
So let’s talk about it!! What is on your to-read list? Which books are you most looking forward to?

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