34 Days of Favorites: Books

If you read this blog somewhat regularly, I’m sure you’ve figured out by now that I love books.

I really, really love books.

I used to love fiction books, but have given up that obsession, because obsessions are exhausting.

I can’t stop reading fiction. I get really into a good book, and before you know it, it’s 3:00 am, my book is done, and I’m in for a grumpy day as a result of a very short night.

Since I find non-fiction much easier on the self-control, and am capable of reading it in small chunks, I’ve decided to stick to that, except when on vacation.

This last January, I had a very small, secret desire to make a New Year’s Resolution. Except that I don’t like New Year’s Resolutions at all. They seem as though they’re usually made to be broken.

But deep down, I wanted to quietly and secretly commit to reading one non-fiction book a month. I had no idea how I would do this, despite my great love for books. Since Kaylia was born, I have read books verrrrrry slowly. I just haven’t taken the time to do something I love a lot, and I decided it was time to change that.

So each evening, I would read one chapter. Before I knew it, I had finished my first book. And it wasn’t even the end of January! So I started my next book. By the end of February, I had read three books, and was feeling a lovely sense of accomplishment.

By now, I’ve stopped keeping track, because reading has become a habit, and I feel like my life is much broader and richer because of it. I like having other people’s thoughts in my head, besides just my own.

To pick only one favorite book would be extremely difficult, because I’ve read some really good ones, including:

One Thousand Gifts, by Ann Voskamp

Enemies of the Heart, by Andy Stanley

Loving God With All Your Mind, by Elizabeth George

Finding Freedom From Your Fears, by H. Norman Wright

365 Thank Yous, by John Kralik

Oh, how to pick a favorite?

I really loved Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts, but my current favorites would have to be A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, by Donald Miller, and Expecting Adam, by Martha Beck. I wrote all about my thoughts on the Donald Miller’s book in these posts, but that second one…Oh, my goodness, what to say about the second one?!

It’s amazing. I laugh out loud, and then I cry, and I list it as my favorite when I’m not even finished reading it. It’s just SO GOOD.

It’s a true story about a woman at Harvard who finds out the baby she’s expecting has Down’s Syndrome, and everyone around her thinks abortion is obviously her only choice.

But she doesn’t, and she writes about how her son teaches her the magic of life in the everyday. She writes,

In his strange, not-quite-human way, he is constantly reminding me that real magic doesn’t come from achieving the perfect appearance, from being Cinderella at the ball with both glass slippers and a killer hairstyle. The real magic is in the pumpkin, in the mice, in the moonlight; not beyond ordinary life, but within it. (p.74)

I love that.

It is absolutely beautiful, and I’m sure you’ll hear more from me about that one yet. It is not a Christian book, and she describes things so strange, there’s no way I could begin to explain or understand them, but it’s reminding me of how God can work in people’s lives is such a variety of ways, whether they call it that or not.

Don’t you love a good book?! There are so many more on my list that I hope to enjoy before the year is over!

Can you think of any I should add to my list?

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18 thoughts on “34 Days of Favorites: Books

  1. So I have been thinking about this for a little bit and I have come up with a book that has most recently impacted me – The Holiness of God by RC Sproul. We read it for our small group and it really has changed my thoughts on God’s holiness, my unholiness, how slow-to-anger God really is, and many other things. It is a book I would read over and over again to absorb the wealth of knowledge in it (and this coming from someone who prefers fiction!). So if you haven’t read it before I would suggest you give it a go!

  2. I agree that “One Thousand Gifts” is excellent – especially the 1st chapter. Ann is so eloquent.

    I recently finished “Half The Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.” http://amzn.to/OT11pF It’s a heartbreaking, but also worthwhile read.

    • Thanks for the book suggestion! It sounds like a good one. And yes, Ann Voskamp is amazing! So enjoy reading her stuff.

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  4. I like your idea of only reading non-fiction. I think I’m going to try that for awhile. I too get caught up in a fiction book and can’t put it down. I’d love to try reading the book by Elizabeth George but the public library doesn’t have it. Currently I’m reading “Disciplines of the Beautiful Woman” by Anne Ortlund. I’m really enjoying it and how it is challenging me in my walk with Christ.

    • Oh, I enjoyed that one, too! She made some great points. I still remember some of them, even though I read that book a few years ago! Hopefully you can track down a copy of Elizabeth George’s book. I borrowed mine out, but you could read it once I get it back!

  5. I was given “Finding Freedom from Your Fears” from a fellow blogger a few years ago, but have yet to read it. Perhaps it should be next on my list…

    • If you ever have issues with worry or anxiety, I highly recommend it! It’s practical, and uses a lot of Scripture. It made a big difference for me with controlling my thoughts.

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