Monday’s Musings #266 & A Summer Reading List

A Summer Reading List & Monday's Musings #265 | What Joy Is MIne

It’s officially June and summer is almost here. It’s the perfect time to share some books to read. Some are on my reading list and some I am recommending that I have read. Now I am partial to a book in my hand while I get lost in what I am reading. But audio books serve a purpose too. Well, let’s get to it!

Books I am hoping to read this summer…

                    

So, I have five books I hope to get through. We shall see if I do. It’s very ambitious for me. I picked three faith building and two fictional. Since I am finishing up Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie, I thought I would take on Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass. There is something to be said for reading children’s literature as an adult. I am certainly enjoying Peter Pan and am so glad I decided to read it.

The Little Paris Book Shop I saw and skimmed in the book store. It sounded interesting so I am hoping it is a good read.

Here are some books I recommend…

                   

Summer time is the perfect time to take J.R.R. Tolkiens The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. You will love the set! Bonhoeffer is a long book but a great summer read. I loved reading about Bonhoeffer’s love for the Lord. I am finishing up The Pursuit of God and learned so much from it. I didn’t list it but “The Imitation of Christ” by Tomas a Kempis is another awesome faith building read. I added in Peter Pan, of course, and The Lamplighter, both excellent fictional reads. If you desire, you can click on the book and it will take you to an opportunity to purchase it. Yes, they’re affiliate links.

So, what are you planning to read this summer?

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Monday’s Musings #249 & 17 Books To Read In 2017

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So, I am a fan of a good book. Although readers have really made an impact, I am so grateful books are still around. There is something relaxing about holding a book in your hands and getting lost in it. This year I am looking forward to reading some awesome books. I wanted to share some that are on my list and some that are not but I have read before. And if you have a book or two you’d like to recommend, please do so in the comments! I’m still looking for books to complete my list for the year.

Here are some books you should read this year. Even if you don’t read them all, pick a few to tackle.

1. The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer. This book aims to guide those who desire to follow Christ.

2. The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Drawing on the Sermon on the Mount, Dietrich Bonhoeffer answers these timeless questions by providing a seminal reading of the dichotomy between “cheap grace” and “costly grace.”

3. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien. Although the movies are awesome to watch, the books are even better.

4. Feminine Appeal by Carolyn Mahaney. Mahaney outlines seven feminine virtues given in Titus 2 that have transformed her life and the lives of countless other women.

5. The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey. Get your finances in order this year!

6. Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin. Offering a clear and concise plan to help women go deeper in their study of Scripture, this book will equip you to engage God’s Word in a way that trains your mind and transforms your heart.

7. Concise Theology by J.I. Packer. J. I. Packer, one of the premier theologians of Christianity, offers this summary of Christian teaching covers nearly 100 major Christian beliefs from a Reformed perspective.

8. Word-Filled Women’s Ministry by Gloria Furman & Kathleen Nielson. If you are involved in women’s ministry in any way, this book is a must read.

9. Missional Motherhood by Gloria Furman. Gloria Furman searches the Scriptures for the mission of God in motherhood. She opens our eyes to God’s life-giving promises—promises intended to empower each and every woman as she makes disciples in her home, in her neighborhood, and around the world.

10. The Hidden Art of Homemaking by Edith Schaeffer. Creative ways to enrich your home.

11. Shopping For Time by C.J. Mahaney & her three daughters. How can you keep up with all the demands of work, family, and ministry? Carolyn Mahaney and her three daughters offer biblical hope to women who truly desire to glorify God with their time.

12. Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas. A very good read on the life of Bonhoeffer.

13. Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp. Written for parents with children of any age, this insightful book provides perspectives and procedures for shepherding your child’s heart into the paths of life. Shepherding a Child’s Heart gives fresh biblical approaches to child rearing.

14. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas. Dumas’ epic tale of suffering and retribution, inspired by a real-life case of wrongful imprisonment, will grab you from start to finish.

15. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Enough said.

16. Green This! Volume 1: Green Your Cleaning by Deirdre Imus. Deirdre shows how cleaning house the environmentally responsible way can be as effective and often cheaper than the more traditional, toxic, means.

17. The Lamplighter by Maria S. Cummins. Infused with myriad moral and religious lessons, The Lamplighter is an uplifting and inspiring tale of one girl’s triumph against the adversity of her circumstances and those of a harsh wider world.

And there we are! 17 books to read in 2017! I’d love to hear of some of the books you’re reading this year.

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Monday's Musings #249 | What Joy Is Mine

Monday’s Musings Purpose:

To have others share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, motherhood, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.)

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1. Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo in the side bar.

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The Best Books To Give Teenagers For Christmas

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Yesterday, I shared some awesome childrens books to give your little ones for Christmas. Today, I am going to share some books for older kids aged 13 – 18 years. These are some of our favorites we’ve read over the years. I didn’t list them by age so be sure to check them out to be sure of the suitability for your child. For instance, Jane Eyre, The Portrait of Dorian Gray and The Screwtape Letters I would recommend for kids 17 -18 years.

         

          

     

    

         

       

          

I’ve listed the books in order below if you can’t read the titles. The list is the order of the books as they are above from left to right. Also, I want to pass on that you can find study guides for most of the books above at Progeny Press, whose studies are done from a Christian perspective. These studies help your teenagers get the most out of their book.

Little House Series, Elsie Dinsmore, The Two Bears, Jane Eyre, The Picture of Dorian Gray, What He Must Be (for boys), Across Five Aprils, Anne of Green GablesIsland of the Blue Dolphins, The Chronicles of Narnia, Redwall (the first book in the series), Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, The Secret Garden, Shiloh Trilogy, Swiss Family Robinson, A Christmas Carol, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, Pride and Prejudice, (Lamplighter) Ishmael (absolutely one of our favorite books!), The Lamplighter, Screwtape Letters, Hinds Feet For High Places, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Counte of Monte Cristo (one of my favorite books), The Hiding Place.

I’m sure you can think of a few more. Please share in the comments if you like.

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The Best Children Books To Give For Christmas

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I L.O.V.E books! I encouraged our children to read daily and often. They are still readers today. I also think books are one of the best gifts to give for Christmas. So, I compiled some of our favorite childrens books that we know will be favorites. (This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for supporting this site and our family.)

         

              

            

        

         

            

So there you have it. Pick one or two and put them under the tree on Christmas morning for your children. With the exception of the Boxcar Children set and Leading Little Ones to God, all of these books are under $10, some even under $5. One note here: Leading Little Ones to God, The Two Bears and Little Thoughts For Little People are books you read with your children because they will bring about discussion. 

Tomorrow I will pass on some of our favorite books for older kids up to teenager.

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4 Biblical Books You Should Have On Your Nightstand

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I think biblically written books have their place in our study of God’s Word. Mind you, I do not believe they replace the reading and studying of the Scriptures themselves. However, God enlightens others through their studies so that we may also be enlightened. They are moved to share the insight God gave them and I’m thankful for that.

So, today I wanted to share with you four books I keep by my bedside, along with my Bible, and I encourage you to have by yours. Let’s start with my favorite.

The Gospel Primer by Milton Vincent

That would be “The Gospel Primer” by Milton Vincent. I have read through this precious book a few times now. Mr. Vincent, uses scriptures to back up why we need to be preaching the Gospel to ourselves daily. In addition, he divides each section into small readings which helps with understanding. The Gospel message is not for the one time we received Jesus into our life but for everyday after! We need to learn to live out our glorious salvation by reflecting daily on what Jesus did for us and why. The Gospel Primer helps us to love the Gospel and embrace its truth each and every day. You WILL read this one more than once.

The second book is “Daily Light on the Daily Path.” I have been reading this one for a few years now. There is a morning and evening reading. All of it is Scripture. There is no narration or interpretation. Each reading points to a specific Biblical theme for that reading using only Scripture to tie it all together. A little history on this book – in the introduction, it says “Samuel daily gathered his family to read the Bible. He tested their knowledge by connecting the day’s verses with other passages. They were taught to think through how texts from all over the Bible can come together to make clearer meaning and application.”

Thirdly, I love to read “The Valley of Vision.” It is a collection of Puritan prayers and devotions that move the heart to focus on the one true God. The author stresses that this book is not to be used a prayer manual but as a springboard to strengthen and deepen your prayer life. I have found this to be true. How I’ve used this book is I find the particular prayer/devotion I need and read as a prayer, personalizing it. As I did this daily, I found that when I prayed at other times, certain phrases came back to mind in that moment. I really think you will find this book an amazing encouragement to your prayer life.

Lastly, “Daily Readings From All Four Gospels” by J.C. Ryle. I recently found this biblical devotional in a used book store and bought it since I am a fan of Mr. Ryle. I’ve only read a few days worth but I am really liking it. It is a morning and evening devotional. Each reading begins with a selected scripture reading followed by Ryle’s expository thoughts ending with a short meditation. With devotions like this, its easy to skip the scriptural readings and read the author’s words but I say don’t skip the scripture. It’s first and most important for spiritual growth.

Each one of these books is designed to draw you deeper into the Word of God and into a deeper understanding of our heavenly Father. They aren’t just someone’s interpretation but they lead you to read and think on the Scriptures. It’s nice to close your eyes at the end of the day or fix your heart first thing in the morning on the Word of God, meditating and thanking Him through prayer for what you have read and learned.

What biblical devotionals or books do you keep on your nightstand?

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