Reading is one of my favorite ways to relax. These days it’s rare that you’ll find a fiction book in my hand, though I still enjoy a good escape every now and then. (My difficulty in reading fiction is that I get so caught up in the story that the phone could be ringing, the kids jumping on the furniture and supper burning on the stove while I still have my nose buried in my book!)
While I have set goals in the past as to a certain number of books I’d like to read in a year, I have never created an actual reading list. Below are twelve books that I would like to read over the next twelve months. I’m sure I will read others that aren’t on the list, but this is my starting point. I tried to select books that will help me in the four areas on which I’m concentrating my focus this year.
The second list are those books that I would like to read aloud to my daughters this year. We do most of our reading together at bedtime and, since most of these books are new to me as well, I look forward to enjoying them together!
- How to Pray by R.A.Torrey (I’ve already begun this one and will soon be sharing what I’m learning!)
- The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer
- With the Master on Our Knees by Susan J. Heck
- The Olive Plants: Raising Spiritual Children by Warren Henderson (thanks to Clara for introducing me to this one!)
- The Parenting Breakthrough: Real-Life Plan to Teach Kids to Work, Save Money, and Be Truly Independent by Merrilee Browne Boyack
- Grace-Based Parenting by Tim Kimmel
- Finding Your Purpose as a Mom: How to Build Your Home on Holy Ground by Donna Otto
- What to Eat by Marion Nestle
- Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think by Brian Wansink
- The Generosity Factor: Discover the Joy of Giving Your Time, Talent, and Treasure by Ken Blanchard and S. Truett Cathy
- Make Every Word Count by Gary Provost
- Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
Read-Alouds for My Daughters
- The Adventure of Missionary Heroism by John C. Lambert
- Alone, Yet Not Alone: the Story of Barbara Leininger by Tracy Michele Leininger
- To Have and to Hold: A Tale of Intrigue and Adventure by Mary Johnston
- George Mueller: The Guardian of Bristol’s Orphans (Christian Heroes: Then & Now) by Janet & Geoff Benge
- Dear Princess: A Book for Girls by Mary M. Landis
- On the Banks of Appletree Creek from Pathway Publishers
- The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
- The Bible Smuggler by Louise A. Vernon
Have you read any of these books? Did any of them become favorites? If you’re currently reading a great book yourself or have one to recommend for my girls, feel free to share!
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