The books by my bed

*2006 post*

For the rest of the week we'll be on vacation to visit some very dear friends in Indiana! I thought it would be fitting to post an entry on books, as I always hope to get some extra reading done when I'm on vacation. Of course, with three small children on the airplane I do realize that it is probably pointless to pack any books in my carry-on! :)

I am an avid reader. I usually have about 4-5 books going at one time. Of those 4-5 books, one is usually a novel, one is a book on homeschooling or raising/training children, one is a book to encourage me in my faith, and the other is a book regarding a current interest/hobby.

I thought I'd share what's on my bookshelf (which resides right next to my bed). Currently, I'm reading:

Magdalene by Angela Hunt
(I generally really like Angela Hunt's books, but this one hasn't been my favorite.)

Teach Them Diligently: How to Use the Scriptures in Child Training by Lou Priolo
This is an excellent book. I'm only in 40 pages, but already I've been underlining and marking up the pages. Here's an excerpt from the first chapter:

Since the bulk of this book has to do with the practical use of the Bible, please permit me to ask you a few tough questions about the extent to which you minister the Word to your children.

-How well do you know the Scriptures yourself?
-How often do you refer to the Bible in the course of normal conversation with your children?
-How adept are you at teaching and relating the Scriptures to them in everyday life?

There are a few more questions in his list, but you get the point. Challenging and encouraging!

Experiencing Prayer with Jesus: The Power of His Presence and Example by Henry & Norman Blackaby
Also an excellent book, and probably one of the most insightful books I've read on prayer. From the introduction:

While there are many wonderful examples of prayer and passages on prayer throughout the Scriptures, we know of no better model and demonstration of what the heavenly Father desires for our prayer life than the life of our Lord Jesus Christ. And at this critical time in history, we don't need simply "more prayer" from God's people; we need specifically the kind of praying exemplified in the life of Christ. Therefore we'll be focusing especially in these pages on closely observing our Savior in prayer.

This book has been so refreshing. I heard Henry Blackaby speak on the radio a few months back and I was so encouraged by the few words he said that I purposed to read what he's written. He is best known for his Experiencing God book and devotional.

The other two books I currently have by my bed are The Riddle of Amish Culture by Donald B. Kraybill (because I've always been intrigued by the Amish), and The Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczyn (which I picked up for very cheap at a thrift store). But in truth, I haven't read enough of either one to comment.

So, what are the books by your bed?

1 comment:

  1. Jul. 17, 2006 - On my nightstand, in no particular order....
    Posted by kevmem
    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - pre-reading for daughter for Core 100 of her Sonlight Readers for this fall - EXCELLENT BOOK! Pulitzer Prize winner for 1960

    Leota's Garden by Francine Rivers - kind of depressing, but I will TRY to stick with it.

    The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw - I'm a WW2 buff in the making!

    Living the Cross Centered Life by CJ Mahaney - Very good, easy read on what exactly Christ accomplished at Calvary and what it cost Him

    Red Scarf Girl by Ji Li Jiang - another one of those Scholastic junior fiction that look inviting! A memoir of the cultural revolution in China, starting in 1966.


    Jul. 17, 2006 - I Always Love a Book Post!
    Posted by Joni
    What's on my nightstand:

    Crunchy Cons by Rod Dreher (haven't started it yet. It's "on deck"!)

    A Mother's Heart by Elise Arndt (sweet book by a mom who's been there)

    Practicing Greatness by Reggie McNeil (Helping me as a leader of children aka mom and a leader of women)

    Daniel by Beth Moore (loving this one!)

    Unofficial Guide To Disney World 2006 (We're going in September)

    Nave's Topical Bible (currently doing a study of God as Father)


    PS I love the Priolo book by the way. VERY challenging, but so good!


    Jul. 17, 2006 - Forgot to mention...
    Posted by Joni
    Ooooo, Stacy,

    I forgot to mention this. As I was reading your post about "Teach Them Diligently", I remembered another great parenting book I think you'd enjoy called "Everyday Talk". The author is Younts, I think. Check it out. I think it's right up your alley.


    Have fun in (very steamy and humid) Indiana!


    Jul. 17, 2006 - I love books too!
    Posted by Sandi
    I am reading Lou Priolo's book too. It has some great insight so far, especially being from a non christian back ground. Someimes I need help diagnosing my own sin much less that of my children.

    What I am reading (besides Lou Priolo's book)

    Lilttle Women by L.M. Alcott
    The Insulin Resistance Diet by Cheryle Hart
    The Busy Mom's Guide to Simple Living by Jackie Greenwood
    Home Comfort The Art and Science of Keeping Home (this is not a cover to cover read...more referencing it) by Cheryl Mendelson
    The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace

    Read alouds to my daughter:
    Rainbow Garden by Patricia St. John
    The Life of Our Lord by Charles Dickens

    Have a great time!


    Jul. 17, 2006 - Untitled Comment
    Posted by Corin
    Endangered Minds: Why Children Don't Think And What We Can Do About It by Jane M. Healy

    The Rainbow Resource Center catalogue ;-)

    I just finished The Invisible Woman which is why I named my xanga blog the way I did.


    Jul. 17, 2006 - the books I am currently working on are:
    Posted by reformingmama
    (does it matter how long I have been working on them?)

    The One Year Bible

    Nine Hills to Nambonkaha. My sil wants me to read this story about a peace corps woman working in the heart of an African Village I am not very far yet.

    A Charlotte Mason Companion. Yes Stacy, I will return it some day!

    The Last Days According to Jesus by RC Sproul. I have started this a few times and am hoping to finish it this time. I am just not quite as smart as this man!

    Exploring Creation with Botnay. A friend from church loaned this to me to peruse and see if I might want to use it for science. Has anyone else used the Apologia books for science?

    The Beth Moore study on the life and ministry of Paul. Thank you Stacy for such a great birthday present!

    Your Pregancy Week by Week. Even though it is my fourth, I love to read about all the goings on inside!

    With the boys we are reading Discovering Jesus in Genesis which is an excelent devotional type book by Susan Hunt.

    And also with the boys Heroes of America's biography on George Washington. This was Aidan's choice and it has been excellent and entertaining!

    So now I know why it's going so slow, its because that is a lot of books! Well that and as you know Stacy I am a very slow reader!


    Jul. 26, 2006 - For the thoughtful commenters...
    Posted by reformingmama
    ...thank you for listing the books you are reading! I love such lists, and I'm sure I will be back here to glean a few good reads when I'm done with my stack and my list of what-to-read-next!



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