Wednesday, June 27, 2012

How many books are you currently reading?

This is my current reading stack...yes, that means I am reading 4 books right now. There is a system to my reading madness which I will share with you.

1. Bible - this is the most important book for me to read. Since becoming a Christian 13 years ago, it has been the book I try to start my day with.

Since starting the Hello Challenge back in January, I have been working on being up before the kids so that I can start each day reading my Bible and soaking in His truth.

Along with my Bible reading, I have been working through a study of 1 Peter this summer. This study has challenged me to not just read His Word, but to observe the truths, promises, and commands are in each passage. Looking up key words in the original language has been my favorite part of this study though.

2. Christian non-fiction - after I finish my Bible reading and study in the morning, if I have time before the kids are up, I like to read at least one chapter in some type of Christian non-fiction book. These have ranged from homeschooling books, marriage books, raising kids books, learning more about extreme poverty books, etc. These are books I like to have in our home library as reference books when I need them.

3. Biography - a few years ago, since my kids are older, we implemented quiet reading time after lunch. Boy has it changed how my afternoons look! During the school year, we are constantly moving from one lesson/activity to the other in the mornings. Then after lunch, there always seemed like we were busy doing something. By taking a break after lunch, this caused all of us to slow down and be quiet for even a half an hour each afternoon.

During this afternoon time, I usually like to read some type of biography. There are so many people that have lived before us that have made great impacts on our world. I feel it is important for us to take the time to learn from them.

4. Classics and fiction - after eveyone has gone to bed for the evening, I love to pick up a classic title or some work of fiction to devour for a while. I usually don't buy many fiction titles since I read through them too quickly, but I do love to add classics to our home library.

Our local library does seem to stock quite a few Christian fiction books, so when our CBD catalog comes in the mail, I look through it to see what titles our library has in the system. A few authors that I enjoy are Francine Rivers, Beverly Lewis, and Karen Kingsbury.

So, how many books are you reading?


  1. Bible, Sacred Parenting by Gary Thomas, Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

    I haven't actually started the Piper book or the Austen book, but we are leaving for vacation tomorrow and these are the 4 books I'm taking. Makes me wish I had a Kindle!!

    I usually have more than one book going, but I've been trying really hard to stick to one and just read through it before starting another.

    I have two fiction reads from the library sitting on my shelf that i want to read. I wanted to take them along on my trip, but they are both pretty big books and hardback so that makes them harder to pack.

    1. Looks like you have a great list Jill! I love reading books by John Piper and finally read Pride and Prejudice a few years ago.

      I know the books take up a lot of space, but I am just not sure if I will ever be ready to read books on a Kindle! Let me know if you ever take the plunge... :o)

  2. In addition to my Bible and Holiness Day to Day (which I'm using as a daily devotional), I have seven books in my summer reading stack. I'm sharing them on my blog tonight, but Bonhoeffer is on the list.

    1. Looking forward to reading about your summer reading stack! :o)


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