The Reading Corner- Reading Through The Winter

IMG_0320   It has been cold here in Texas (relatively speaking) which means it’s been “reading weather”.  This month I’ve read the following books:

1.  Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life by Crystal Paine  I must say this is the best book I’ve read on this topic.  Crystal gives practical advice from a Christian perspective.

2.  Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman’s Soul by John Eldredge, Stasi Eldredge  I began reading this book about a year ago, got distracted, and put it down.  I recently re-visited it and am glad I did.  I highly recommend this for all women and especially women in their late teens and 20’s.  I wish I had the truths they teach engrained in my heart when I was younger.  I think it would have saved me a lot of heart ache.

3.  A Thousand Splendid Suns  by Khaled Hosseini  (written by the author who also wrote The Kite RunnerA story about Afghanistan spanning from before the Russian invasion to modern day.  A real page turner that depicts the plight of Afghan women and the negative effects of war on this country.  WARNING:  This book has some disturbing depictions of spousal abuse and I do not recommended  it for young teens or sensitive readers.

4.  These High, Green Hills (Mitford Years #3)  by Jan Karon Book 3 in the Mitford series.  An easy, enjoyable read about the fictional town Mitford and the lives of Father Tim, his wife Cynthia and the quirky  townspeople of Mitford who become like family.   I read this book at bedtime.  It’s fun and fairly predictable so you can read and not get so caught in the book that you stay up all night.

5.  Living Beyond Your Feelings: Controlling Emotions So They Don’t Control You  by Joyce Meyer This book was o.k.  A good percentage of the material was covered in her previous works.

And Now for my February Reads:

A.  The Elements of Style  by William Strunk Jr., E.B. White (I began reading this book in Jan. and will finish soon)  A must read for all writers.  As a side-note, the co-author is E.B. White, the author of Charlotte’s Webb, one of my all time favorite books.

B.   Divergent (Divergent #1) by Veronica Roth I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book and since the movie is expected to be released in March, I thought I’d give it a try.

C.  Out to Canaan (Mitford Years #4by Jan Karon  #4 in the Mitford series.  A continuation of the “happenings” in the sleepy town of Mitford.

D.  What’s So Amazing About Grace? by Philip Yancey  I am wanting to delve into the topic of “grace” and how it applies to my life.  I yearn for a greater understanding so I thought I’d read this classic book.

E.   Lord, I Need Grace to Make It by Kay Arthur  This is a book I bought at Goodwill a while back and thought I’d read it in conjunction with Phillip Yancey’s book

F.    Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy  A time management book that is recommended on the Money Saving Mom web site.  

G.  The Prayer of Jabez: Breaking Through to the Blessed Life by Bruce Wilkinson I went to a prayer meeting recently and our pastor went through this quickly.  I read the book years ago and thought it might be time to re-visit.

I.  Jesus, the One and Only by Beth Moore, Dale McCleskey  I ordered this book on my Kindle when Beth Moore released several free book in December.  I look forward to this study.  I think this will mesh perfectly with the two books on grace since there would be no grace if it were not for Jesus.

Concerning Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, Not Food by Lysa TerKeurst, I started the study and go side tracked.  I’m going to put it aside and will continue at a later date.

This is a very ambitious reading list, 8 books in one month but I look forward to the wonderful hours spent reading.

Have you read any good books lately?  Let me know what you’re reading.  I’m always looking for a good read.



About pcobb0

I am a wife and mother to two wonderful adult children who I had the privilege of homeschooling from their pre-school through high school years. While homeschooling, I served in various leadership positions in local homeschool support groups including president. I also served as the Education Coordinator and Director of ENAACT Family Academy, a homeschool co-op in New Braunfels, Tx .Prior to homeschooling, I spent 11 years teaching elementary school aged children in both public and private schools. During my time teaching in the public school system, I earned a Master's Degree in Reading Education as well as a Reading Specialist certification. My hobbies include reading and cooking and I plan to take up scrapbooking and maybe photography in the near future. I am now an empty nester discovering what God has in store for me during this next season of life.
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One Response to The Reading Corner- Reading Through The Winter

  1. Rebeca Jones says:

    I am currently reading The Elements of Style as well. I absolutely loved the intro by EB White–I can just picture Professor Strunk emphasizing, “Omit needless words!” 🙂 I think I shall learn much there. I am also making my way through Mere Christianity, a classic I have long desired to read–loving it so far. And Ted Dekker’s Sanctuary for a touch of fiction at night. (Oh yes, and I am going through Growing Kids God’s Way–does that count?) I love seeing your lists. It is making me think of ones I’d like to get to…but I think I have enough for the moment to finish. Blessings to you, and happy reading!

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