What’s On Your Nightstand: October 2017

Nightstand82The folks at 5 Minutes For Books host What’s On Your Nightstand? the last Tuesday of each month in which we can share about the books we have been reading and/or plan to read.

I love when the last Tuesday of the month is the actual last day of the month! And I love talking about books, so I’ll get to it!

Since last time I have completed:

God Is Just Not Fair: Finding Hope When Life Doesn’t Make Sense by Jennifer Rothschild, reviewed here. The author lost her sight as a young women and shares wrestling with doubting God’s goodness, wondering why He didn’t heal her when He did heal others, etc. Very good.

Jane Austen: Christian Encounter Series by Peter Leithart, reviewed here. I’m sorry to say that I did not enjoy this book, but I did gain a few insights into Austen’s faith, which was my main reason for reading the book.

Me, Myself, and Bob: A True Story About Dreams, God, and Talking Vegetables by Phil Vischer, reviewed here. The creator of Veggie Tales shares how they came about, the rise and fall of his company, and what he learned from the death of a seemingly God-given dream. Excellent.

The Sandcastle Sister by Lisa Wingate, a novella sequel to The Story Keeper, reviewed here.

The Sea Keeper’s Daughters by Lisa Wingate, the end (I think) of the Carolina Heirlooms series, reviewed here. A woman sorting through the things left in a historic hotel handed down through her family finds an unusual necklace and a collection of torn-up letters from a great-aunt she never knew she had who had been part of FDR’s Federal Writer’s Project. Very good!

Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry along with a group led by Michele on Thursdays. I haven’t quite decided whether to go ahead and review it or wait for the online discussions to conclude in a few weeks. I am enjoying and gaining from those discussions so much. I will have a review up at some point in the next few weeks.

I mentioned last time finishing the ESV MacArthur Study Bible and shared some thoughts about it here.

I’m currently reading:

Love in Hard Places by D. A. Carson

To Be Where You Are, Jan Karon’s newest!

A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet: Southern Stories of Faith, Family, and Fifteen Pounds of Bacon by Sophie Hudson

French Women Don’t Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure by Mireille Guiliano

Up Next:

A Bell for Adano by John Hersey to finish out my Back to the Classics challenge

The Illusionist’s Apprentice by Kristy Cambron

My Father’s House by Rose Chandler Johnson

Drawing Near to the Heart of God: Encouragement For Your Lifetime Journey by Cynthia Heald

Going Like Sixty: A Lighthearted Look at the Later Years by Richard Armour. I’ve been telling myself for some time that I would read this book after this year’s birthday. I was just reminded of it lately.

And that’s it for this month! What are you reading?

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8 thoughts on “What’s On Your Nightstand: October 2017

  1. Most all of these sound interesting to me — the book about God not being fair does sound good. I respect such books even more when the author has some obvious “cred,” as this author seems to. I’m anxious to hear French women’s secrets! 🙂

  2. I love D.A. Carson, but haven’t heard of this book, so must check it out.
    Gotta say, these month end posts activate “book envy” in my like crazy! So many great reads on your list!
    And I’m happy to hear that you are thinking about sharing a review of Jayber. Your comments along the way have been so good that all you have to do is collect them all, and you’ll have it all written!

  3. I’ve got to get my hands on Karon’s newest! I agree with Lisa, Gos is just not fair sounds like a good one. I have a nephew questioning this very thing right now.

  4. Barbara, thank you for referencing the review you did of MacArthur’s study Bible. I hadn’t seen it earlier due to all that was going on in our family at the time. I did just go back and read it. I have been wondering about whether or not to order a copy because I did know that MacArthur is a Calvinist. Your review has helped me make a decision. xx

  5. There are several books on your list that look interesting to me! I’ve enjoyed several of Leithart’s books in the past, including his literary analysis of Austen’s work, but I haven’t read the biography. I’m adding the Lisa Wingate book and the Phil Vischer autobiography to my reading wishlist right now. 🙂 Here’s what was on my bookshelf in October: http://bit.ly/2xJlA1l

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  7. This is the second blog I’ve seen Jayber Crow mentioned. I’ll have to look it up. I must say “French Women Don’t Get Fat” sounds very interesting. I must put the God Is Just Not Fair on my book store list.

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