Posted on January 11, 2016
What I’m Reading this Year
As I looked through what I’m hoping to read this year, I found that I have more than ten books so far that I want to cover. Some of these I have read before, and I am looking forward to re-reading them this year. I like to have 2 or 3 books on the go at a time, but I try not to have more than that, otherwise I will not finish any of them! I usually read a chapter or two from each at a time, particularly when my husband is driving, (he is quite willing to put up with me reading out the interesting bits to him!) You can see my reading list from 2015 here, if you’re interested.
The books I am looking forward to this year are in roughly the same categories as last year’s list; Christian living, devotional, homeschooling, and parenting, although both the parenting books on this year’s list are specifically about boys. Enjoying books as I do though, it is quite likely that I will get a one or two additional parenting books, as I earn more vouchers for completing surveys! I also have some health and gardening books to look forward to.
What I am reading this year:
1.A Life That Says Welcome: Simple Ways To Open Your Heart & Home To Others, by Karen Ehman. I have started re-reading this book which I bought a couple of years ago. Karen Ehman writes about hospitality from the perspective of someone who is not ‘ a natural’ at it, which is an encouragement to me!
2. Homeschooling with a Meek and Quiet Spirit, by Teri Maxwell. Another re-read, I thought this would be encouraging to read at the start of the new year, and new term. I am becoming a lot more organised now than when I first read this book, but I am still finding it helpful in getting my priorities straight. It is available from Rainbow Books in the UK and titus2.com elsewhere.
3. Grow in Grace, and Ichthus: Jesus Christ, God’s Son, the Saviour, by Sinclair B. Ferguson. My father-in-law gave me these for Christmas. Grow in Grace is about the continuing spiritual growth of Christians, as opposed to stagnation, and Ichthus talks about about nine key events in Jesus’ life that help us to understand who He is.
Sinclair B. Ferguson was previously a minister in the US, and is now preaching in Scotland again, in addition to teaching in an American theological seminary. I am looking forward to reading a Scottish author again, and hopefully growing in my understanding of Scripture too.
4. Nourishing Traditions, By Sally Fallon and Mary Enig PhD. I talked about this book in my Sourdough Success post, as I had had it out of the library for several months. My brother- and sister-in-law generously gave me Nourishing Traditons as a Christmas present, so I have been gradually going through it again, to see which recipes I want to make. It is much more than a cookbook though, and contains a lot of references to medical journals and research studies backing up the authors’ ideas, and quotes from many other health authors. Two of my health goals for 2016 are to learn how to make kombucha, and also kefir, which are included in the book, so I am eagerly anticipating doing that!
5. Practical Happiness: A Young Man’s Guide to a Contented Life, by Bob Schultz. This is a book written by the same author as Boyhood and Beyond, which we already have, and I mentioned in my Preparing for the Teen Years post. It is a book aimed at boys of 12 years and over, and their parents. It discusses the idea that real happiness and contentment can be found not in possessions or experiences, but in seeking God alone.
6. Think Outside the Classroom, by Kelly Crawford of Generation Cedar. I am really looking forward to this e-book (it is available in paperback too). The subtitle is ‘A Practical Approach to Relaxed Homeschooling’, and I am keen to read about ways in which we can implement a more relaxed style of homeschooling in our family.
7. Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle e-books. I have previously mentioned that one of my health goals for 2016 is to learn more about essential oils, fermented foods, and herbal remedies. I am currently reading The Truth About Essential Oil Safety, by Lea Harris, from the bundle, which I have found very helpful with regards to dilution of particular oils. I intend to read Wardeh Harmon’s Lacto-Fermentation e-book next, which goes along with her mini-course which was included in the bundle.
8. Raising Real Men, by Hal and Melanie Young. This is a book that I have been wanting to read for quite a long time, and have just ordered it using a survey voucher. I have found Hal and Melanie Young’s Biblical parenting podcasts very helpful, so their book should also be a blessing.
9. Praying the Names of God, by Ann Spangler. This is another book which I have had for several years, and it provides six month’s worth of devotions. I blogged in September 2015 about becoming a more organised person, and while I have now got used to the habit of getting up an hour before our children (mostly!), and reading my Bible first, before doing other things, I do not really make enough time for personal prayer at the moment. I hope that reading Praying the Names of God will therefore get my focus more onto Whose word I am reading each morning, and less on marking off ‘quiet time’ as a kind of tick box exercise.
Teri Maxwell, in her book that I mentioned in number 2 above says,
‘I am not saying these private hours with Jesus are some kind of “magic pill” that will ward off all my troubles”, Rather, it is that special meeting with my God where I learn of Him and pour my heart out to Him. It is the key to growing close to my Lord and having my spirit renewed each day.’
In the same way, I would also like to pour out my heart to Him in prayer, rather than just rushing to the next thing on my list.
10. The Polytunnel Book, by Joyce Russell. This book that I got along with my polytunnel in July 2015 is full of excellent information and good colour photographs, which are taken by the author’s husband,. I am currently using it to plan which seeds I will grow on the windowsill, to plant out into the tunnel in February and March. I want to be more pro-active and less haphazard in the garden this spring, in comparison to last year, so I am trying to remember to look at the Polytunnel Book each month to remind me of which sort of tasks I should be attempting next!
These books are what I am reading this year so far, but no doubt I will add more throughout the year, as usual! What are you reading at the moment, and do you also like to have several books on the go at a time?!
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