Back in January, I joined the Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge and set a goal of 50 books, to be completed by the end of the year. These monthly reading reports serve to keep me accountable and give you a peek into what books I am currently enjoying!
Happy Reformation Day, everyone!
I never intended to take a break from blogging this month, but I had some personal issues to work through and it turned out to be a good thing. Now I’m back refreshed and more excited about blogging than ever! 🙂
Without further ado, here are the books I finished this month:
“Boundaries” by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend
This book is very, very good. There is a reason several friends recommended it to me. I must admit that the first half or so left me skeptical and slightly bored – it does take a few chapters to really get going, but it is so worth your time. I don’t necessarily agree with everything they said, but the core principles are extremely helpful. I highly recommend this book to anyone who deals with people. If you have a family, any friends, or just happen to encounter a fellow human being every once in a while, read this. 😉 I would especially recommend this book to young people around my age who are having to navigate that weird period of moving from high school into adulthood. This is the type of book you want to have on hand even after you have read it all the way through, just as a reference book for the Christian life.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
“Why Isn’t A Pretty Girl Like You Married?” by Nancy Wilson
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
“Blood Bought World” by Toby J. Sumpter
Y’all, I read some GOOD books this month. Quality over quantity, right? At least, that’s what I keep telling myself. 😉
I have expressed my frustration with “sappy Christianity” and its “sappy Jesus” before, in this post. Right now I am really enjoying books, articles, and sermons that boldly proclaim the real Jesus and “tell it like it is”. This book delivers a good, swift, satisfying punch in the gut. You should not read this and leave feeling comfortable. You will either throw it across the room in annoyance or fall on your knees in repentance. This book made it onto my top 5 favorite books list within the first chapter. Read this, and then read it again and again whenever you need a reminder of the kingship of Jesus Christ and what that means for every person in every area of life.
From the back cover: “God’s undiluted sovereignty demolishes every false human claim of autonomy. Men and women who know Jesus have no patience for a polite social club with religious jargon. The real Christian faith, delivered to the saints and driven by the Holy Spirit, is a wild, rambunctious, healing force set on the redemption of the world. That is what “being Christian” means: Hello, World! Jesus bought this place with His blood. Deal with it.”
Rating: 10 out of 5 stars
Bible Reading Progress
I am on track with the Bible reading challenge! I have fallen behind a few times, but a dedicated half hour or so is all that I usually need to catch up on a few days of reading. I am really enjoying the community that the ladies of Christ Church have built around this challenge, as well as the set up of the reading plan. It’s pretty awesome to read some about some obscure law in the Old Testament, and then immediately read a chapter in Hebrews that addresses that very passage. You can find out more about the Bible reading challenge that I am participating in here.
Currently Reading: Numbers and 1 Corinthians.
2017 Challenge Progress
33 Books Completed
8 Books Behind Schedule (Yeah, I know. I’m hoping to make it to at least 40 books by the end of 2017. As long as I am reading consistently, I’m happy! 🙂 )
To view my 2017 challenge books and follow my progress, click here.
November Reading Goals
- Finish “True Spirituality” by Francis Schaeffer, which I started at the beginning of October and have barely touched since.
- Read 3-4 books, in hopes that I can reach 40 books completed by the end of 2017.
- Keep up with the Bible reading challenge.
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What books did you enjoy this month?
What are you currently reading?
Do you have any reading goals for the rest of 2017