Thursday, February 17, 2011

2011 Book List

I've been meaning to post this for weeks.....I've edited my list a bit and I think I'm ready to go now.

My 2011 book list includes new books. Recommended books. Books I've borrowed and haven't yet returned to friends. 

I need to read. I love to read. It's good for my heart. Good for my soul. Good for my relationship with Jesus. While I love reading, due to having two babies enter my world in the last two years I have not read as much as I would like. And a lot of what I have read has been baby/parenting related.

So I need some accountability in reading...I need to start some of these books. I need to finish others. I'm going to strive in 2011 to dust off some books piled (literally.....growing cobwebs) next to my bed.

They are in no particular order. I plan to (hope to?) share things I'm learning from my book list.

If any of you want to join me in reading any of these books, please let me know! I'd love to read them with you.

1. Pray Big for Your Marriage - Will Davis Jr
2. Plan B - Pete Wilson
3. Bittersweet - Shauna Niequist
4. Love and Logic Magic for Early Childhood (birth to six years) - Jim and Charles Fay
5. Growing Grateful Kids - Susie Larson
6. When God Doesn't Answer Your Prayers - Jerry Sittser
7. I Promise: How Five Commitments Determine the Destiny of Your Marriage - Gary Smalley
8. Celebration of Discipline - Richard Foster

I do not own these two, so assuming I purchase them at some point this year, they'll complete my list:
9. If God is Good - Randy Alcorn
10. Shepherding a Child's Heart - Tedd Tripp

I've got some fun fictional reading I'll be doing as well (hello Hunger Games series!), but the above 10 books are sure to impact me more as a mom, wife, and woman of God.

If you recall this post back in December, I wanted to kick of 2011 by reading Bittersweet. Well I finally ordered it last week with an Amazon gift certificate and it came in the mail today.

I read the first two four chapters today (read two more while trying to write this post....) and I think I could ponder the content for weeks. So many good nuggets of truth and words of wisdom.

Clearly, Shauna Niequist has dealt with some tough things and yet she's growing and being challenged by them. She is sharing the lessons she learned and what she is still working through.

Most of all, she's open and authentic and vulnerable.

And if you can't be those things, then go to your room, shut the door and come out when you're ready (as one might say to a two-and-a-half-year-old when he's being unkind).

Shauna writes about change - how it's good, how it's incredibly painful and how God uses change to bring us to the place we need to be.

"I wanted an answer, a timeline and a map."

Oh, that sentence could have been penned by my hand. These words, these pages...they speak to my heart because it's right where I'm at.

I knew my friends were recommending a fabulous book. I just didn't know how fabulous it was going to be. Or timely. Or relevant.

As I said back in December, won't you read it with me? I'd love it if you would journey along with me through the pages and stories of Bittersweet.


CRSte said...

I have Shepherding a Child's Heart. When you're ready for it, let me know and you can borrow it!

WoRds/WoNDer said...

celebration of discipline is a great classic. you'll come back to it again & again & again.

The Oppold Family: said...

Hi Stacey-
I started Bittersweet on Sunday after your recommendation. It's been very powerful and causing me to think a lot. Thank you for the suggestion.