Thursday, March 3, 2011

Books I Like

Well my friends we are already well into 2011 and I meant to do this book post at the beginning of the New Year but life takes me by storm many times.

So first for the books I hope to enjoy this year.   For Christmas dear Jay bought me 2 books by Francine Rivers.  The first is Her Mother's Hope and the second is an anthology called A Lineage of Grace.  The first book I am currently reading at it is very thought provoking and enjoyable.  It is a multi-generational story based on the author's own family.  The second book is a compilation of novelas written by Rivers on the 5 women in the lineage of Jesus.  I know they will not disapoint.  In case you were wondering who the five ladies are--Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba and Mary.

In this photo you can see A Lineage of Grace plus several others on my "hope to read list."

Character Sketches--This is put our by The Institute for Basic Life Principles.  It is a great book incorporating both character, nature study and bible. We will be using this in our morning breakfast time.

Amon's Adventure--This is an Easter book.  The children and I are very much looking forward to reading this later in the month.  We read one of the Christmas books in this series, Jotham's Journey, and were amazed at the twists and turns in the story, it was beyond excellent (can I say that?) for a children's book.

Elizabeth George books--I am currently rereading A Woman After God's Own Heart.  I read this for the first time when Emry was a baby and it is still as wonderful. It covers the topics of homemaking, marriage, children, spiritual growth and ministry.  A Woman Who Reflects the Heart of Jesus, is the new George book for the year.  It is a study of 30 character qualities Jesus exhibited throughout his life that we are to display in ours.

Sally Clarkson--Sally is another one of my favorite "mom" authors.  Her ministry is all about being a mom.  Her blog is called I Take Joy and is always full of encouragement.  In the photo is the book called Season's of a Mother's Heart.  I have been awaiting this one for several years.  It is about the changing seasons in the life of a wife and mother.

Photoed below are some of my favorite reads of 2010

Real Learning--When I read this book last summer, I could not put is down.  Jay and I were in Napa and I kept reading him passages and he said "it's as if you wrote this book."  So many of Elizabeth Foss's words I have said, thought or felt.  If you are on a homeschooling journey I cannot recommend this book enough.  I was just so stunned to read my heart flowing from someone else's words.  Elizabeth also has 2 great blogs Serendipity and In the Heart of My Home.

The Privilege--Kay Smith is the wife of Pastor Chuck Smith, founder of Calvary Chapel.  I have been attending Calvary Chapel since 1995 and December was the first time I ever read a Kay book and wow was I blessed and encouraged.  This book fed my heart time and time again.  Many of the chapters I have read 2 if not 3 times.  Kay wrote this book for pastor's wives but the ministry of a PW stretches all the way to us homemaking mama's and wives.  Get this book, read it, underline it and reread it over and over again, you will be blessed to be in the presence of Kay in your very own home. One of my "life manuals."

Raising Godly Tomatoes--I did not by the book but read it online.  I have printed it out and bound it, yes it was that good.  Strange title but read it and you will understand.  This is a child training book that will challenge you in raising your dear ones. It will encourage you to think about heart issues rather than just behavior.  I also like this book because a bush is never beaten around, just frank talk on child raising and discipline. Another "life manual" that hasn't left my bedside.

Snowmen at Night--a cute story of what snowmen do at night and why they can look all slumped over in the morning.  We first borrowed it from the library but now we own it.

Enough for now, I hope you enjoy a little bit of what makes me tick.

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