This morning I made a count of those books that I am actively in the process of reading. That means these are books that I pick up in the morning, during a coffee break, in the bathroom, for devotional reading, for learning, or for whenever. Truly, I don't think I have to create an excuse to read books, just create time for it.
So here's the books I have actively read in the past week
- Flunking Sainthood by Jana Fleiss (a lighthearted read about how hard it is to follow certain age-old spiritual practices)
- Lyrics Alley by Leila Aboulela (a book I picked up at the Festival of Faith and Writing. I like it, but can't articulate why, yet)
- Celebration of Disciple by Richard J Foster (This is one of those books that I have tried and tried and tried to read before but to no avail. I'm pretty sure God had to wait until this time in my life for me to even desire a life like Foster lays out. Wonderfully written, practical, and accessible--I am being moved and changed by the challenge of these words).
- The Mormon Mirage by LaTayne C. Scott (if you know much aout me, you'll know that I am fascinated by Mormon history and theology. I have been given an excuse to dive right it--and I have enjoyed re-learning! With this book, I truly appreciate the love and respect that she offers her handling of Mormon history and Doctrine.)
- The Soul Tells a Story by Venita Hampton Wright (This is my: why-is-my-writing-life-tied-to-my-spiritual-formation-and-what-do-I-need-to-do-to-grow-in-that-area book.)
- Crazy Love by Francis Chan (Hey, I got a free download of this book. And I respect Francis Chan. Only one chapter in, but I'm ready!)
- Elements of Style by Strunk & White (everyone needs to brush up on their grammatical rules. I use this book to do so. However, as I was reading a chapter last night I realized that I had no idea what the authors were talking about. Oh well.)
- and today I started reading The Girls who Went Away by Ann Fessler (This is a non-fiction book about what is called the Baby Scoop Era in the Us from the end of WWII until the passing of Roe v Wade where young women who became pregnant out of wedlock were essentially forced to hand their newborns over for adoption. Heartbreaking. Eye-Opening.)
This list does not include the books I am in the middle of with the kids (The Hobbit and The Secret Garden), nor the books on my bedside table or book basket that I have started and set down (Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxes [which only have one chapter left so it is inexcusable] and Don Quixote [which is truly hilarious] by Miguel DeCervantes) nor the many that are on the mental list of things I want to read.
So what do you think should be next on my list? I'm open to suggestions
P.S. Half the Sky is already on the Nook waiting for me.