My 2012 Bookshelf

I stole this idea from Kim, who does lots of book reviews on her blog (though she is blessed to make it through many more than me!)

But thought it would be fun to keep track of all the books I’ve read this year (check out last year’s bookshelf post)

Here goes:

The Scent of Rain and Lightening Nancy Pickard: interesting and suspenseful, but wouldn’t recommend based on a couple sexually explicit scenes – that the person who recommended it to me did not forewarn me about!

The Room – Emma Donague: definitealy a page-turner, I would recommend for it’s fictional account of a very realistic way sin infiltrates our world

Heaven is for Real – Todd Burpo: enjoyed this story, was an easy read! Not my favorite, but I’m sure (and I know) many would enjoy it too

Every Woman’s Marriage: Shannon Ethridge – so good! Definitely recommend for any woman desiring to enhance her marriage God’s way

The Hunger Games: Suzanne Collins – MUST READ. Yep, we joined the bandwagon.

Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins: see above

Mockingjay – Suzanne Collins: see above 🙂

The New Eve – Robert Lewis: Ok.  This man developed the Men’s Fraternity series that has helped change my husband, our marriage, and our lives into looking more like how God desired them to. I LOVE what God is doing through Men’s Fraternity!  This book has great insight into what God desires for the woman’s role – however, it is written from a man’s perspective.  A very intelligent and well-meaning man…but I fear that could turn women off from reading it.  I’m on the fence about recommending it.

Enemies of the Heart – Andy Stanley: This book has and continues to change me life. I am an angry person. I didn’t realize this until this book slapped me in the face with it.  I parent angry, I am an angry wife, I am a mean daughter, and can be a spiteful friend.  I am a sinner saved by God’s grace and the remedy for anger: forgivenessYou MUST read this. And totally follow his podcasts!

Divine – Karen Kingsbury: Another great fictional story of how sin can wreck our lives.  This has the redemptive power of Christ in it! I would recommend for any of you who have time for fiction!

Forgotten God – Francis Chan: I enjoyed his challenges, though I still cannot fully digest this book, nor fully understand the Holy Spirit (which is what this book is about).  Enjoyed it, but I think you gotta read it in a group.

Kisses from Katie – Katie Davis: I want to be used by God like Katie is.  She is inspiring. Read this.

Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen: Totally interesting! Beware again of a few explicit sexual scenes (seriously, I don’t ever read books with sex scenes so I don’t know how I stumbled across two this year).

Made to Crave – Lysa TerKeurst: I love how Lysa pinpointed our God given desire to crave, but how our sinful selves screw it up and crave the wrong things instead of God. Highly recommend for anyone struggling with self-discipline!

Babywise – Gary Ezzo: Agree with most of this and HIGHLY recommend any parent, especially of young kids, to at least try out his theory, if not totally adopt it.  I am serious when I say that everyone I know who tries this theory just as he outlines, sticks with it.  I’ve never heard a horrer story yet of how this didn’t work for a family…but I’ve heard dozens of success stories how this books changed lives!

Toddlerwise – Gary Ezzo: I really enjoyed this ‘sequel’ to Babywise.  I agree with a lot of it, though the discipline we choose in our household is not represented in this book….and we feel that it is the biblical way to discipline.  However, we have used some other behavior and sleep tricks from this book!

The Gluten-Free Good Health Diet Cookbook: I downloaded this free on my Kindle one day.  It is interesting! But I’m not jumping totally on this bandwagon.  God designed a lot of foods to be naturally occuring and creating a well-balanced diet – I’ll choose to eat from all the food groups 🙂 It did teach me some really interesting things about having a compost pile which is something I’d love to do!

Not a Fan – Kyle Idleman: Yep, just hit me in the face with the reality of my Christian apathy.  Haven’t read this yet?! You should!

7 – Jen Hatmaker: Ok, if I could only recommend 2 books on this entire list to you, this would be one of them!  This mindset has changed my life and it could change our culture for the better if we all adopted even an ounce of what she does.  Tired of being in the machine of our American instant-gratification, self-serving, more more more culture?  Read this, be inspired, and starting changing the world in ways you can control

The Well-Trained Heart – Ray & Donna Reish: This would be the other book I would highly recommend for you to read off this list.  This is changing the way we parent and preparing us for homeschooling.  This book is dynamic and so is the couple!  Here is their blog (or find them on facebook).  You can also come to the parenting seminar we are holding at Life Church in March with the Reish’s! Let me know if you want more info on that.

1,000 gifts – Ann VosKamp: Another popular book of late in the Christian community.  I am finishing this book currently and have been inspired by it.  It is a bit controversial (here is a post by someone I admire and respect that does not completely agree with the viewpoint of this 1,000 gifts ‘culture’ – read it here) but I am enjoying it 🙂

Enemies of the Heart (again): I read it again because I did it with my Late Night Girls Bible Study gals

Give Them Grace (again) – I read this last year and then Joel and I began reading it (slowly) together this year.  Who knows if we’ll continue with it together or switch to something else.  But I really recommend the point of this book: to take every instance and use every opportunity to preach the gospel to our children!

The Christmas Blessing – Donna VanLiere

The Christmas Hope – Donna VanLiere

The Christmas Promise – Donna VanLiere: these last 3 have been fun Christmas themed easy reads.  I did some Christmas reads last year in December and loved them! I decided to take a break from my deeper thought-provoking books and enjoy some light-hearted stories 🙂  These are cute and mostly well-written 😉

For 2013 I have a few books in mind to enjoy…

7 (again) for Late Night Girls Bible Study!)

Respectable Sins by Jerry Bridges

The Shofar Blew by Francine Rivers

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

The 5 Love Languages of Children by Gary Smalley

The Shack by William P. Young

She’s Gonna Blow by Julie Ann Barnhill

And most importantly THE BIBLE!

I need more of it in my life and so easily squeeze it out and replace it with…stuff.

What was your favorite book this year?

What is on your must-read list for 2013!?

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