January Book List

I like to read. I always have, ever since I was a young girl. I wish I had in one large pile all of the books I’ve ever read. It would most likely topple over, so maybe I could have a few high piles.

I do keep a running book list. I add to it titles that others recommend, books I want to read. I mark CHECK beside the books I’ve read. I guess instead of a pile, this will do.

Tyler and I started a book club with a few of our friends last year. We try to meet about every 6 weeks. Our book club consists of guys and girls who want to read theology, philosophy, and actually good literature. We meet, eat dinner together, and discuss the book. (Let me know if you want to join – you are welcome to!)

And every month I set out to read a good many books. It takes time, discipline, and books. Perhaps you like to drink coffee as you read. I like to have a pencil or something to write in the book. I love to underline, star my favorite quote, and write tiny, illegible notes in the sidebar. It makes me feel apart of the book. (And I know, all of you good book people, that you love the smell of the pages, too. At least I know I do.)

Here’s my January Book List – and by all means, join me in reading a few or all of these (that’s why I’m sharing them with you)

Gentle Rain on Tender Grass : Daily Readings from the Pentateuch by Sharon James

Sharon James wrote a couple of my other favorite books, including God’s Design for Women and My Heart in His Hands, a biography on Ann Judson. I’ve just started Gentle Rain and all I can think is, what’s there not to love!?

Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood : A Response to Evangelical Feminism ed. by John Piper and Wayne Grudem

In preparation for a bible study this spring, I am re-reading the excellent articles in this book. The topic of biblical femininity really excites me so I gladly pick this book up again.

Knowing God by J. I. Packer

For book club, I am also re-reading this book. I read it a few years ago while in school, and remember liking it a lot. I think it will be a good pace setter for the new year. (I do think there are a few things within the pages that I might differ with Packer on, but I certainly can appreciate his writing nonetheless.)

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