“We need more shelves,” I tell my husband.
We’re on opposite ends on the couch, reading. The books are taking over — stacked in corners, jumbled in baskets, teetering on bedside tables, embraced in hands, rooting in hearts.
I could give the books away, but I can’t bear to part with some of these soul-stirring words away that I will surely return to again and again.
But … I also can’t bear to keep these good word-finds a secret. Below, you’ll find what our family is reading this fall.
Tell us: What one (or two) books has most impacted you in 2013? What book is next on your list?
Prototype: What Happens When You Discover You’re More Like Jesus Than You Think
I am the world’s slowest reader, but simply couldn’t put this book (by Jonathan Martin
) down. I inhaled it, underlined it, out loud “Amen”-ed, and drew smiley faces in the margins where this pastor made me laugh out loud. As Steven Furtick wrote, Martin is both “measured and unfiltered… searing and soothing… articulate and accessible. Jonathan has written a book designed to body-slam your presuppositions, bear-hug your insecurities, and shake the contents of your heart with a gentle violence. It’s not every day you get to meet David and Goliath and it’s the same guy.”
This book? Will help you rediscover — or discover for the first time — how beloved you are, and how that can really change everything.
Bread & Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes
This book is a feast, and I’m lingering a while at the gorgeous table set by Shauna Niequist
. Her book is a delightful collection of stories about food and fellowship, and the importance of the table. She found the words to accompany the way it feels when I invite best friends — or casual acquaintances — through my own front door, leading them to a candlelit table and finding that the main course isn’t what I pulled from the oven, but what came bubbling from our collective souls. (Hopefully, said bubbling is not a result of indigestion…) 🙂
The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas
has done it again, stewarding her God-given talents by writing this beautiful new book. But this book is much more than breathtaking writing. Readers will meet Jesus on these pages.
So many of us joined Ann when she led readers into a journey of counting blessings with her bestselling book, One Thousand Gifts. And now, in her trademark poetic voice, Ann offers up brand-new material, inviting us to unwrap the greatest gift of all — Christ Himself. I look forward to re-reading this book during the Advent season.
Next on my list:
A Million Little Ways: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live. For more details — and if you feel you have nothing to offer the world — please see Ms. Emily Freeman on her blog today.
My Favorite Farmer’s Pick
Dad is Fat
So. We love theology. And candlelit tables. And Christmas books about the coming Savior.
We also love to laugh. A lot.
This book? This is the one that had my husband howling with laughter on the other end of the couch. A Wall Street Journal headline called Jim Gaffigan “the king of (clean) comedy.”
Highly recommended by Mr. Scott Lee.
The Mysterious Benedict Society series
Lydia is 11 years old. She has returned to the pages of these books many times, lured by the dramatic plot twists and unusual characters.
T.J. and the Time Stumblers
Our friends at Tyndale Publishing gave this book to Anna, age 9, when we stopped in for a visit to meet my editorial team in July. And she is loving the stories, the mayhem, the characters, the time travel.
The series is written by Bill Myers.
And finally: Two videos.
The first made me ponder. The second made me cry.
Both made me grateful for the gift of this life.
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Have a fantastic weekend friends. I’ll be shopping for a new bookshelf. 🙂