What books are you reading?
I read everyday. At some point during the day, usually in the morning, I read a portion of Scripture and pray. Throughout the day I read news articles online or in the newspaper but at night I read fiction or non-fiction and I enjoy biographies as well.
Currently I have a stack of books on my nightstand, “Here Burns My Candle” by Liz Curtis Higgs , “So Long Insecurity” by Beth Moore, “Dramatic Encounters with God” by Nicole Johnson, “The Shack” by William Young, “The Carpenter’s Journey – To the Cross and Beyond” by Sigmund Brouwer, “A Life Well Lived” by Charles R. Swindoll and “Fatal Harvest” by Catherine Palmer.
I’ve already read “The Shack” and “Fatal Harvest” but the others I am working my way through. They are all very different books and depending on what I need at the time, I pick one up and read until it is lights-out and sometimes beyond if it’s a real page turner.
“Here Burns My Candle” is a much anticipated novel by Liz Curtis Higgs – there have been several years between her last series and this novel – so it is much anticipated by those who were fans of the “Lowlands of Scotland” series. This latest book takes place in 18th century Scotland and is “A timeless story of love and betrayal, loss and redemption” according to the novel’s description. I’m only on chapter 18 so I’m in no position to review it just yet but I am enjoying it thus far.
“So Long Insecurity” is something different from Beth Moore. It is hard to categorize it but if I had to I’d say it’s a self-help book but that’s not really the right term either. This is how it is described on the Barnes & Noble website…
Moore uses personal essays, women’s true confessions, expressive prayers, and lots of commonsense suggestions to jar women out of their insecure rut. Readers will delve into this work and find themselves comfortably uncomfortable, and this is a very good thing.
This is the synopsis from B&N…
Perhaps one of the biggest issues all women face is their own insecurity. Beth Moore, one of today’s most admired and trusted Christian writers, wants women to be free from the insecurity trap. So Long, Insecurity will strike a chord with women everywhere, as Beth speaks truth into the lives of readers, showing them how to deal with their innermost fears, rediscover their God-given dignity, and develop a whole new perspective—a stronger sense of self. Women of all ages and backgrounds will resonate with this message of security and discover truths that will free them emotionally and spiritually and lead them to a better life as they walk with God.
I’ve read a few chapters and followed along on the Living Proof Ministries Blog – there are questions for each chapter and a post for each “week” – example – Week One you are directed to read the introduction and chapters 1 & 2 and questions follow for each reading assignment. I think it is awesome that they work through the book with you online at the blog and on the Facebook fan page for the book. I’m looking forward to really getting into it more this week.
The other books on my nightstand have either been read or are in the process – whatever I’m in the mood for at the time.
I’ve joined a couple of reading groups online. One is through Zondervan and it is called “The Breakfast Club” and each week there is a featured book and each day you get a portion of the book to read online. This week the book is “Edge of Apocalypse” by Tim LaHaye, Craig Parshall. Today’s reading is chapter one.
The other one is called “Book sneeze” and it is a great opportunity to get free books, if you are a blogger. The way it works is that if you are a blogger you can sign up and they will send you a free book to review, free – no shipping fees, all you have to do is write a review of the book on your blog and on any book site like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Christian Book.com. There are books available for you to select from, I chose “Friendship for Grown-Ups, What I Missed Along the Way” by Lisa Whelchel. I’m just waiting for my book to arrive. I’ll let you know how it works out and watch for my review of Lisa Whelchel’s new book.
So – what’s on your nightstand or bookshelf? Read anything good lately?