Hello, world! I’m back. I enjoyed a one-month break from blogging, but more on that later. One of the things I did while away was set a reading goal for the year. I hope to read 48 books by December 31. Why 48? Seems like a random number. It comes to four a month, which seemed a little more forgiving than the 52 book challenge, which is one a week.
This is a big jump for me, since I read somewhere around six books last year, and maybe three the year before. But it’s been a great goal this semester. With Andrew under a much heavier homework load, I appreciate having my own “assignments” to work on at 11:00 at night when he’s still plugging away and I’m tempted to throw a pity party.
I can’t wait to review at least some of the following books that I completed in January.
Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem by Kevin DeYoung – This short book seemed like a good foot to begin the new year on, and I was not disappointed!
A Quest for More: Living for Something Bigger than You by Paul David Tripp – I appreciated this book, but realized partway through that it was largely What Did You Expect, but non-specific to marriage. A little redundant, but challenging nonetheless.
I Will Carry You: The Sacred Dance of Grief and Joy by Angie Smith – I cried a lot, but this story is well worth the read.
When God Weeps: Why Our Sufferings Matter to the Almighty by Joni Eareckson Tada – Coming from this woman, a book on suffering has a lot of credibility. It was definitely good, but fell a little flat theologically compared to similar books such as Trusting God (which I’m currently reading).
Creative Counterpart : Becoming the Woman, Wife, and Mother You Have Longed To Be by Linda Dillow – Watch for a review, this is a great book for any wife! I started this in the fall, so technically I didn’t read the whole thing in 2014 but I’m counting anything I finish in my list.
Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home by Gloria Furman – My sister-in-law gave this to me for Christmas and I’m looking forward to reviewing it. My copy is full of highlights!