Reading

I’ve never been an avid reader and I’ve never been a good reader. Until recently.

My birthday falls right at the end of the cut off for the school year made me the youngest in my class and considerably damaged my confidence level. That’s not how it works out for everyone with a late birthday, but that’s how it worked out for me. Factor in attention issues and highly sensitive hearing, I get distracted easily. This makes reading for me and arduous journey and quite the adventure.

My favorite books growing up were The Golden Books. My mom said my favorites were Peter Rabbit, The Three Little Bears, and Cinderella. I remember one of my favorites being Where the While Things Are. I still have my childhood copy in a box somewhere. I bought another copy recently and I still love it just as much. It’s also available on AudibleKids. This version includes automatic page turns and music to add to the drama. It’s very well done!

I either took a break from reading in my middle school/high school years or I blocked that from my memory. I’m thinking maybe I was forced to read so I refused to enjoy it. I’m a rebel that way. I do recall reading Of Mice and Men in high school. That was the first time I remember being impressed with the actual writing process. Oh, and I remember reading Gone with the Wind. Interesting that those are the two I remember. They couldn’t be more different from each other.

As an adult, my busy mom life didn’t do anything to help with my distraction issues. I was proud of myself for reading a “big book”, Les Miserables while raising littles. That book rekindled my love for stories. I read Keith Green’s biography, No Compromise, as well. These are still two of my favorite written stories today.

I really enjoy participating in book launch teams and beta reads. I love the perk of being able to read a book before it’s released but I especially love to support my author community. Some of the books in my lists are from book launch teams I’ve been on. I tell you that only because some might seem like a Sesame Street game of “which one of these books doesn’t belong”. Some of them don’t fit what I would normally be interested in but reading them to support authors has broadened my horizon and I’ve found a few that I really enjoyed that I would not have been enticed by.

Consider this page my personal Goodreads listing. I do have a Goodreads account but it’s easier for me to keep up with and share it with you from here.

Books I’m currently reading:

Sex, Jesus and the Conversations the Church Forgot, Mo Isom

The Living Cross, Amy Boucher Pye

Trivium, Amber Nguyen

Wingbound, Heather Trim

A Place to Land, Kate Motaung

 

Books I’ve read and highly recommend. I’ll add more as I read more.

Children:

The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name, Sally Lloyd Jones

Where Did My Sweet Grandma Go?: A Preschooler’s Guide to Losing a Loved One, Lauren Flake

Where Did My Sweet Grandpa Go?: A Preschooler’s Guide to Losing a Loved One, Lauren Flake

It Will be Okay: Trusting God Through Fear and Change (Little Seed & Little Fox), Lysa TerKeurst

What Do You Do With an Idea?, Kobi Yamada and Mae Besom

What Do You Do With a Problem?, Kobi Yamada and Mae Besom

What Do You Do With a Chance?, Kobi Yamada and Mae Besom

 

Fiction:

The Alchemist, Paolo Coelho

People of the Book, Geraldine Brooks

The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver

Wonder, R. J. Palacio

When I’m Gone, Emily Bleeker

Nor Forsake, Julie Presley

Stones of Remembrance, Julie Presley

The Book Thief, Markus Zusak

Redeeming Love, Francine Rivers

The Help, Kathryn Stockett

Les Miserables, Victor Hugo

Snowflower and the Secret Fan, Lisa See

The Viscount of Maisons-Laffitte, Jennie Goutet

 

Non-Fiction:

Let Your Life Speak:  Parker J. Palmer

Still Waiting, Ann Swindell

A Passion for the Impossible, Miriam Huffman Rockness

Love Does, Bob Goff

Choosing to See, MaryBeth Chapman

People Are Good, AnnaMarie McHargue

The Time of our Lives, Peggy Noonan

Table Mentoring, Sue Moore Donaldson

No Compromise: The Life Story of Keith Green, Melody Green and David Hazard

Twirl: A Fresh Spin at Life, Patsy Clairmont

Stars Upside Down, Jennie Goutet

Overwhelmed: How to Quiet the Chaos and Restore Your Sanity, Kathi Lipp & Cheri Gregory

Giddy Up, Eunice: (Because Women Need Each Other), Sophie Hudson

*No More Faking Fine, Esther Fleece

*Bloom in the Dark, Paula Wallace

The Gift of Second, Brandy Lidbeck

His Comfort of Silence, Eriko Valk

Through Waters Deep, Erin Shafer

The Best Yes, Lysa TerKeurst

Embrace Grace, Liz Curtis Higgs

Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine, Max Lucado

Marriage:

Boundaries in Marriage, Henry Cloud & John Townsend

Sheet Music, Kevin Leman

Unfaithful: Hope and Healing After Infidelity, Gary & Mona Shriver

Shattered Vows, Debra Laaser

*Mingling of Souls, Matt Chandler

Love & War, John & Stasi Eldridge

*Cherish, Gary Thomas

The Book of Romance, Tommy Nelson

*Saving Your Marriage Before it Starts

Beyond Ordinary

 

Bible Related:

The Bible Project Coffee Table Book: Illustrated Summaries of Biblical Books, Timothy Mackie

She Reads Truth Bible, Holman and Raechel Myers

Inspire Bible NLT: The Bible for Creative Journaling, Tyndale

 

Devotionals:

31 Days of Prayer for Your Marriage, Jordan Harrell

Being Brave: A 40-Day Journey to the Life God Dreams for You, Kelly Johnson

Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals, Shane Claiborne & Jonathon Wilson-Hartgrove

 

 

*Haven’t finished but needed to make the list for reference

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