What I’m Reading this Year

My Reading List for 2016 - Books for this year on An Island Family By Grace

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!

Karen Ehman, Teri Maxwell and Bob Schultz books - My Reading List for 2016 - An Island Family By Grace

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.

What I'm Reading this Year - An Island Family By Grace ~ Ann Spangler and Sinclair B. Ferguson books

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.

Think Outside the Classroom by Kelly Crawford- Reading List for this Year ~ An Island Family By Grace

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.

An Island Family By Grace Reading List for 2016- The Truth About Essential Oil Safety by Lea Harris

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!

Nourishing Traditions, Fallon, and The Polytunnel Book, Russell- What I'm Reading this Year ~ An Island Family By Grace

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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20 Comments on “What I’m Reading this Year

  1. What a great list of books! I found you today via link party – can’t remember which one 🙂 Anyway, Nourishing Traditions! Amazing! I have a healthy friend who does it all: kefir, sourdough,kombucha – she’s sucha blessing because she’s taught me some of these healthy ways to get back to the basics! Kefir is so easy and worked well to keep baby boy #1 healthy when he was an infant! I really, really, really want to learn to do sourdough because we go through so much bread at our house! I’ve clicked on your sourdough link and I’m headed there now to learn more! I always love learning about good suggestions for new books to read! Hubby and I are avid readers – we have our goals to read 6 marriage books this year and 6 parenting books this year (baby boy is 18 months and is starting to “find his personality”.) Hope you have a wonderful day!

    • Thanks Danielle, and it’s good to hear about your goals. I am also very interested to hear that your baby boy liked kefir- he is already off to a good start with an appreciation for healthy food! Thanks for your comment 🙂

    • You’re welcome JES 🙂 Yes, I am finding the Teri Maxwell book very encouraging again, and to be honest, now that we’ve been here almost a year, I thought it was about time I reminded myself about hospitality! I don’t know what that says about how I catered for all the people who’ve visited us up til now though…

  2. I am always interested to hear what others are reading. I was so excited to see a book about learning hospitality. It doesn’t come naturally to me either…I just put it in my amazon cart to learn how though! Thanks for the recommendation.

    • You’re welcome Sarah Jean – I hope you enjoy the book when you read it. Thanks so much for your comment 🙂

  3. I’m visiting from the Wise Woman linkup. I very much enjoyed Raising Real Men (I have 3 boys, all adults now), and read many of Bob Schultz’s books with my youngest son when he was a teen. I’d like to read A Life That Says Welcome some time.
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    • That’s good to hear you enjoyed Raising Real Men- it has arrived now, so I’m looking forward to reading it 🙂 Thank you for your comment Barbara!

  4. I like your stack of books. I have a few of those on my shelves. I am currently reading Awe by Paul Tripp and Finding Myself in Britain by Amy Boucher Pye.
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  5. Good morning, dear Gwen! First of all, thank you so much for joining Roses of Inspiration this week. It’s truly a joy to have you at the party 🙂

    And secondly, what a fabulous list of books. I was quite interested in #2 – Homeschooling With a Meek and Quiet Spirit. I am a homeschool mom so this book is right up my alley 🙂

    Thanks so much for sharing and have a blessed day! Hugs!

    • Thank you Stephanie 🙂 I am in the middle of re-reading Homeschooling with a Meek and Quiet Spirit at the moment, and definitely recommend it- it’s very encouraging. Thanks for your comment!

  6. I always love looking through people’s yearly reading list. Last year I gave this a try and didn’t end up reading very many on my list. I don’t think I could follow a list if I tried. When I finish a book I love wondering what I should read next. Picking a new book is part of the fun. I normally do read more than one book at a time, but the genres are different.

    • Thank you Kali. Yes, I like to see other people’s book lists too, although it just makes my list longer and longer! Thank you for commenting 🙂

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