Thursday, May 26, 2011

My summer reading list

I used to read at least a book a month in high school and college, not including my school books. I no longer do so and it makes me kind of sad. However, I am hoping to remedy that this summer. Here are a few books on my reading list:

Yes, it's true. I've been reading this book for several months. However, I never read through any Elliot writing very quickly. It's one of those you read for a bit and then put it down to write out some quotes and think about what you just read. (Or at least that's what I do.) I'm about half way through and I already have so many quotes highlighted. It's probably one of the best Christian biographies I've ever read.

Yep, this is another one I've been "reading" for quite a while. I'm on the last section of the book, but I can't seem to get myself into it again. It's not my favorite of Lewis’ works, but I’m determined to finish it. It is very thought provoking. Lewis delves into all the possible ways we can love. It's intriguing, but certainly not one that you are dying to get home to read.

I haven't read these since I was a kid. I know I'll enjoy them even more so now! I started “The Magician’s Nephew” the other day and I already finished it. Sometimes it’s just nice to escape the real world for a while. This time around I am scouring the pages for all the symbolism I can find. If you are at all familiar with the scripture it isn't hard to discover.I literally put on a Nancy Drew - like outfit and pull our my magnifying glass as I read these books. Ok, ok...I don't do that. I really put in a tobacco pipe and a Sherlock Holmes - ish hat. What? You don't believe that either? I'll stop now. Nonetheless, you should pick them up if you've never read them!
Oh my! I am so excited about this one! Has anyone read it? I read Radical last summer in just a few days. This one already proves to be very thought provoking. I love it when a book makes me want to put it down to read the Bible. I'm only on the second chapter and I have done so several times.

I read this in High School and it impacted my spiritual walk greatly. I’m excited about reading it again. It was very influential in growing my faith. It goes over lots of foundational theology. I love how he uses the term "ordinary" in this book. His "ordinary" Christian is just about equivelent to David Platt's "radical" Christian. It should be ordinary for us to be radical for Christ, to live in the Spirit and be used for the Kingdom. This is not a book for the faint of heart! It will be refreshing to once again turn the pages that helped me understand the Spirit and many other things.

So that's my reading list for now folks. Do any of you have some great summer reads you might suggest? I’m always on the hunt for a good book!


Christina said...

I just blogged about my summer reading list too! Here it is:

monster cakes said...

Same Kind of Different As Me
One Thousand Gifts

Those are two amazing ones I've read recently. : )

stephanie said...

Thanks for the list! I'm still working to get my summer reading list together, and you've given me a bunch of great ideas! :)

Haley K said...

What you shared seems like a great list Jennifer :) Here are a couple books that I love:
"The Last Lecture" by Randy Pausch
...a wonderful (and rather quick) read about a husband, and father of 3, who's a was a professor at Carnegie Mellon...he was diagnosed with terminal cancer...and he shares what he taught at his "Last Lecture." It made me laugh and cry...very inspiring :)

"The Wednesday Letters" by Jason F. Wright
...a great, sweet read. Reminds you that family is most important, and of the power of forgiveness.

"The Fearless Mind" by Craig Manning husband is reading's about how to "beat mediocrity and embrace greatness." He loves it so far :)

Can't wait to read about your book reviews. You will share, won't you? :)

Annie said...

i recommend bittersweet or cold tangerines, both by shauna niequist, or the swan house by elizabeth musser. all fantastic reads.

Leslie @ top of the page said...

i love love love books. i read the magicians nephew to my daughter last year when she was 7 and during the chapter called the hammer and the bell, it was so intense for her that she pressed her hands to her ears when the boy rang the bell! i really want to re-read the play Cyrano de Bergerac this summer. i found a cool old copy in an antique store the other day. and i like to think eliz. elliot is my own personal mentor.

Jessica said...

That's a great list! I love C.S. Lewis books, especially the Chronicles of Narnia and the Screwtape Letters. I've read the Chronicles of Narnia more times than I can remember and I never grow tired of them. Just recently I heard of Radical, and now I really want to read it! It sounds like such a good book!

I recently read Stormie Omartian's autobiography and that had a huge impact on my life. She was physically abused as a child and suffered through many other injustices. When she hit rock bottom, Christ saved her and turned her life around. I highly recommend the book. Stormie has written many books that start with "The Power of a Praying...". I read The Power of a Praying Teen and that was excellent.

Right now I'm reading A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers for the second time. I've read many of her books and enjoyed them thoroughly!

Jessica said...

I forgot all about Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis until now. That one was also really good!

SavedthruLove said...

I love reading. Today some of my co-workers asked me what is the point of reading and I then proceeded to ask them the point of watching television, going to live sport events, hanging out with friends...etc. In the end I just find that reading is the equivalent to doing all of those things for me. An amazing book can take me out of my life, can break my heart, can change my mind and open me to new worlds I have never known or fathomed. PLUS, I think anyone who enjoys writing will enjoy READING as well. Don't the two go hand in hand a bit? I dunno.

Right now I am reading JANE EYRE by the lovely CHARLOTTE BRONTE. I never read it in highschool so it is all new to me and I love it. I just finished SENSE AND SENSIBILITY BY JANE AUSTEN and that was amazing and pretty fun to get into.

I love your list. I want to read RADICAL and eventually the CHRONICLES OF NARNIA but I just haven't been able to get into a groove with that one. Maybe in a year or so Lord willing. hahaha

I'm glad your taking care of yourself and getting into some good books. I love reading :).


Chels said...

@monster cakes - I read both of those this year and they are fantastic!!

These are really great Blair!
Shadow of the Almighty and The Four Loves are two I really want to read as well.

annie said...

i always love to see what people are reading! i second One Thousand Gifts and Cold Tangerines; i'm currently reading The Supper of the Lamb, which i love, and if you're looking for something fiction, Little Bee is still on my mind. :) happy reading!

Lori said...

thank you for sharing! i am looking at reading radical -- what did you think about it? i am curious as to how Christians feel about appealing to the mass media to have more people saved by Christ or following Radical and only having "true" Christians in seats at church

Jennifer said...

Thanks guys! These sound great! Now I have more to add to the list! Austen and Bronte...who couldn't love them!

Jennifer said...

In regard to Radical...I would whole-heartedly recommend it. God moved in my heart to start "The Difference Project" because of the scriptures it revealed to me. It's not so much about the church or being's more about living according to scripture and looking at our lives based on the Word instead of our American culture.

Bethany G said...

These books sound fabulous.... I've been needing a good read!

Denise Pacurar said...

I have The 4 Loves on CD and listen to it in my car! I love it so far!! I'm so glad I came across your blog! It's so wonderful!!!

I am following :)

Follow me too please!!!!

Be blessed!!
xoxo Denise

hannah singer said...

great list! i plan on re-reading narnia, too!!
also re-reading:
pilgrim's progress, john bunyan
the thought of god, maurice roberts
sacred marriage, gary thomas
watership down, richard adams

i want to read radical together! radical was amazing!!

xo happy weekend!

Jessica said...

thanks for sharing! I love love love hearing about new books. i'm kinda obsessed with reading.

Alison said...

just found your gorgeous blog, lady, and let me just say, i. am. charmed.

also "radical together" is fantastic! i'll be curious to hear your thoughts if/when you read it!

Warren Baldwin said...

Good list. I'm partial to a devotional book on Proverbs called, "Roaring Lions, Cracking Rocks and Other Gems from Proverbs."

Corrie Anne said...

I've read the Lewis & Elliot, but not the last two. They sound like good reads! I'm moving near a public library... so exciting! :)

Delaney said...

The chronicles are on my 2011 book list. I love C.S. Lewis, he was a brilliant man who made amazing work and gave glory to God!

That last book you have on there sounds really good. That has been on my heart lately all the time. I keep feeling and thinking, my life should look different. My love for Jesus should radically change the way I live daily so that it becomes ordinary! That is awesome :)

The Soul Anchor said...

I read "the four loves" by cs lewis in college for a literature class centered around the theme "love and friendship." It's fantastic.


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