Note: You will find my current book list at the bottom of this post...hope you make it all the way to the end!I have loved reading ever since I was a little girl. I used to get in trouble for reading in my closet when I was supposed to be in bed...I would get in bed with the lights off, lay there for a few minutes, and then when I thought the coast was clear, I'd grab a book and hide in my closet and read until I got tired or got caught.
As a young girl I loved Nancy Drew, the Anne of Green Gables series, The Secret Garden, and the Mandie Books by Lois Gladys Leppard.As a teenager, I began to read more Christian fiction and books on Christian Living. Some of my favorites were The O'Malley Series by Dee Henderson and Passion & Purity by Elisabeth Elliot.
In college I went through a phase of wanting to read some of the classics in literature that I was supposed to have read in high school, but didn't really enjoy because they were an assignment. I also continued to read various Christian fiction and non-fiction books. Favorites were The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, Humility by Andrew Murray, A King's Rhapsody by Hester W. Chapman, and The Celebration of Discipline by Richard J. Foster.
Lately my taste in books have centered more around women's roles...books on marriage, being a godly wife, discipling, mentoring young girls, and parenting. For the last few months I've had a stack of books on my nightstand that I'm trying to read through in the midst of my busy life and being a good wife to Stephen. Thankfully I've been able to finish a few of them and inevitably find two more to add to the stack with each one I finish.
As I continue in the God-given roles of wife and discipler to teenage girls, I have a huge interest to learn from others who have gone before me and have godly wisdom to share. I love reading insights from others and gleaning bits of wisdom and truth from their experiences. I thought I'd share my current book list incase anyone might be interested. I'm hoping to write a brief review of each book as I finish it. Nothing scholarly or in-depth, just my takes from the books.
I want to make a point to mention that none of these books replace the importance and necessity of personal time in God's Word and prayer. God is the ultimate source of wisdom, and everything I read in a book must be weighed against the truth of Scripture. The compass for my life is found in the Bible - it is there that I learn the importance of loving and respecting my husband as well as the importance of teaching younger women.
"Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything...Each one of you [husbands] also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband." Ephesians 5:22-24, 33.
"Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored." Titus 2:3-5
So in light of the preeminence of God's Word as the source of truth and wisdom for life, here are the books I'm hoping to read over the next few months for edification and sanctification in my life.
My Book List
Treasuring God in our Traditions by Noel Piper, wife of John Piper
Shepherding a Child's Heart by Ted Tripp
Love That Lasts: When Marriage Meets Grace by Ricucci & Mahaney
Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas
Sacred Parenting by Gary Thomas
Knowing God by JI Packer
The Holiness of God by RC Sproul
The Cross of Christ by John Stott
When I Don’t Desire God by John Piper
The Discipline of Grace by Jerry Bridges
The Gospel for Real Life by Jerry Bridges
Holiness by JC Ryle
Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands by Paul Tripp
Love & Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs
Heaven by Randy Alcorn
Too Small To Ignore by Dr. Wess Stafford, President of Compassion International (I know him!)