Sunday, May 27, 2012

Book Goals for 2012 Updated

Here's where I'm at with my Book List so far:

The New Testament of the Bible  (ongoing)

The MoneySaving Mom's Budget by Crystal Paine  EXCELLENT!

Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis

The Mission of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson   Our Pray and Play group did this from Jan-April
An incredible book!

Choosing to See by Mary Beth Chapman   Most inspiring book I've read all year!

Crazy Love by Francis Chan

Unplanned by Abby Johnson

Pocketful of Pinecones and Lessons at Blackberry Inn by Karen Andreola 
(Having an awful time finding copies of these to borrow or buy inexpensively.  If you have them and wouldn't mind shipping them to me, I'd ship them back!)

Entre Leadership by Dave Ramsey

Respectable Sins by Jerry Bridges

A Sweet and Bitter Providence by John Piper

Understood Betsy by Dorothy Cansfield Fischer

The Vine and the Trellis by Colin Marshall and Tony Payne

Heaven at Home by Ginger Plowman

A Stolen Life by Jaci Dugard   This book was the most heart-wrenching and horrifying book I've read all year, especially since I have daughters.  Warning:  Very, very graphic in nature and probably not a good read for most because she doesn't hold back at all in describing how she was tortured by her kidnapper.  Please exercise great caution/wisdom in whether or not you should read this memoir.

Somewhere More Holy by Tony Woodlief

A Charlotte Mason Companion by Karen Andreola   Half-done and LOVING it!

5 Conversations You Must Have With Your Daughter by Vicki Courtney

The Twelfth Imam by Joel C. Rosenberg skimmed this one.  The first one, The Tehran Initiative took so long to read and I didn't find it beneficial to my life in any way, so I just skimmed this one, to save time!

The Tehran Initiative by Joel C. Rosenberg

Already Gone by Ken Ham and Britt Beemer  Really interesting!

Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands by Paul David Tripp

Give Them Grace by Elyse M. Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson

The Persecutor by Sergei Kourdakov

The Husband Project by Kathi Lapp  Our Pray and Play group went through this in April and we LOVED it!  Our hubbies loved it even more and they asked us to continue doing it for the rest of our lives =)

Cool Beans by Erynne Mangum

Putting God in His Place by Matt Whitman (OUR PASTOR!!!), Matt Ostercamp, Aron Utecht, Mark Coddington  Reading now

The Art of Photography by Bruce Barnaum

Chasing the Light by Ibarionex Perello

On Being a Photographer by David Hurn

Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson

Photographic Composition by Grill and Scanlon

Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes

Portrait Photography Tips

Potatoes, Not Prozac, Are you Sugar Sensitive?    Half-done, but very interesting book on health issues!


The Worn-Out Woman by Dr. Steve Stevens and Alice Gray

Radical by David Platt

One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp

Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss

The Proper Care and Feeding of Husband by Dr. Laura  One of the best books on marriage...ever!!!

Don't Make Me Count to Three by Ginger Plowman

Have a New Kid by Friday by Kevin Leman  Read all the highlights, and while I took away some good from it and practical ideas for dealing with our kids, I much prefer the heart-focused mode in Don't Make Me Count to Three as a Biblical approach to child training

Once a Month Cooking by Mimi Wilson and Mary Beth Lagerborg  Skimmed

She's Gonna Blow by Juli Anne Barnhill     Half-done, love this book!

Mother by Kathleen Norris

Read-Aloud to the Kids

Treasures of the Snow by Patricia St. John    One of the best read-alouds for kids....ever!!!

The Tanglewoods' Secret by Patricia St. John  Reading now!

Star of Light by Patricia St. John

Stuart Little by E.B. White

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White

I'm sure many of you would benefit from various books on this list, but I'd like to gently encourage you to read this book, "Mother" by Kathleen Norris, if there is one book you read this year and you are a mom, or hoping to be a mom someday. It is so beautiful, simple, easy-to-read, and powerful in encouraging you as a mom. I have read it a few times in the last decade and plan to read it a few more. It only takes a couple of hours to read and it is WELL WORTH the time. If I could, I would buy one for every friend and blog reader I have!

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