To help me be more accountable to my 48-book reading challenge, every two months I am going to review which books I’ve read with a brief summary of my thoughts.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, Barbara Kingsolver’s essays, Grace For The Good Girl by Emily Freeman; Love And Respect by Emmerson Eggerichs
January Summary: I LOVED Little Women! I’m glad that I finally read it! I also LOVED Love and Respect! Excellent marriage book, if you’re looking for one. Barbara Kingsolver’s essays were a 50/50 for me. I love her writing style, but she is a little too left-leaning for me in some areas. Grace For The Good Girl had some gems in there; I’d give it 3 stars.
Helen Keller’s autobiography, A Crime So Monstrous by Benjamin Skinner, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Families by Stephen R. Covey, Cleaning House: A Mom’s Twelve Month Experiment To Rid Her House of Youth Entitlement by Kay WillsWyma, The Briarpatch Gospel by Shayne Wheeler
February Summary: Helen Keller’s autobiography was so inspiring. I definitely recommend her story to anyone. A Crime So Monstrous was an eye-opening introduction to modern-day slavery in many different countries around the world. Very sad book, but I am so glad I became more aware of this atrocity. Highly recommended. Seven Habits of Highly Effective Families- Loved most of it. Some of it I skimmed over. I liked the Emotional Bank Account comparison (making positive deposits into our children’s lives, like a bank account). Cleaning House was funny, but I’d give it between a 2.5-3 stars just because I didn’t get too much out of it in the long run. The Briarpatch Gospel was a definite bomb for me. Lots of unbiblical advice and examples. It was the first book review I had posted and the author even contacted me, with nice words, but I felt bad that I had to give it such a bad review…Maybe I shouldn’t have felt bad, but still, kinda awkward!
- March- Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan, Unplanned by Abby Johnson, Another Place at the Table by Kathy Harrison; Desiring God by John Piper
- April- John Paton biography, Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall, Living Water by Brother Yun; Today Matters by John C. Maxwell
- May- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, Wheat Belly by William Davis; The Love Dare by Alex Kendrick
- June- Ben Franklin autobiography, On Their Own by Martha Shirk,The Life You’ve Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People by John Ortberg; Grace-Based Parenting by Tim Kimmel
- July- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach To Intentional Living by Tsh Oxenreider,Praying Scripture For your Children by Jodie Berndt; His Needs Her Needs by Willard Harley
- August- Adoniram Johnson biography, An Everlasting Meal: Cooking With Economy and Grace by Tamar Adler; Ultimate Conversations by Charles Stanley, Just a Minute: In the Heart of a Child, One Moment…Can Last Forever by Dr. Wess Stafford
- September- Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, Under The Overpass by Michael Yankoski, Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal by Joel Salatin;Families Where Grace Is In Place by Joel Vanvonderen
- October- Surprised by Joy by CS Lewis, Small Town Big Miracle by W.C. Martin, Idol Lies: Facing The Truth About Our Deepest Desires by Dee Brestin; Making Disciples by David Platt and Francis Chan
- November- In His Steps by Charles Sheldon, Undaunted: Daring To Do What God Calls You To Do by Christine Caine, Orphans of the Living by Jennifer Toth; Submerge: Living Deep in a Shallow World by John B. Hayes
- December- Jonathan Edwards biography, Not For Sale by David Batstone, Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine by Max Lucado; Knowing God by J.I. Packer