Books Read (Finished) in the Year 2008

     This is a list of the books I have read (or finished reading) in the year 2008.  Books will be added as they are completed.  I will do reviews of some of the books as time and inclination allow. 

     1.  Family Practice: God’s Prescription for a Healthy Home, edited by R. C. Sproul, Jr., with contributions by R. C. Sproul, Elisabeth Elliot, Douglas Wilson, Nancy Wilson, and many others.  Click here to read my review.

     2.   The Thirteen Gun Salute, by Patrick O’Brian.  My husband and I are enjoying this series very much, but they are not for everyone (and certainly not for your children).  Please read my review and cautions about this series.

     3.  Creating a SenseSational Home, by Terry Willits.  You’ll find my review here.

     4.  Right Ho, Jeeves, by P. G. Wodehouse.  My very first Wodehouse, but definitely not my last!  Dani’s a huge fan and she finally convinced me to give one a go.  I loved it!

     5.  Eternity in Our Hearts: Essays on the Good Life, R. C. Sproul, Jr.  I’ll not write a regular review on this book, but rather will just offer this.  This collection of essays by Dr. Sproul made me think.  That’s a good thing!  I loved the essays that affirmed what I already believe and hold dear, and I squirmed uncomfortably through those that contained elements that I found objectionable.  However, those that made me squirm, have also given me plenty to think and reflect on in light of Scripture.  Again, that’s a good thing. 

     6. Pickwick Papers, by Charles Dickens.  I developed a dislike of Dickens in high school.  Chalk it up to less-than-stellar teachers in my literature classes.  However, I’ve come to appreciate British literature as an adult, and am giving Dickens another chance.  Even I realize that Pickwick Papers is not the norm for Charles Dickens, but it is certainly a grand reintroduction to his works!  This book gives us all that Dickens is known for, and yet it is humorous as well.  In fact, there were occasions of laughing right out loud while reading this book, making me glad that I was reading it in the privacy of my own living room rather than in a crowded waiting room somewhere. 

     7. Pilgrim – A Biography of William Brewster, by Mary B. Sherwood.  Read my review here.

     8.  Teach Them Diligently – How to Use the Scriptures in Child Training, by Lou Priolo.  Read my review here .

     9.  Crunchy Cons – How Birkenstocked Burkeans, gun-loving organic gardeners, evangelical free-range farmers, hip homeschooling mamas, right-wing nature lovers, and their diverse tribe of countercultural conservatives plan to save America (or at least the Rebulican Party), by Rod Dreher.  Read my review here

     10. Creative Counterpart, by Linda Dillow.  A wonderful book for Christian wives, and one I re-read every few years. 

     11. Home Comforts – The Art and Science of Keeping House, by Cheryl Mendelson.  An extremely valuable reference book.  This should be on the shelf in every home!

     12. Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World – Finding Intimacy with God in the Busyness of Life, by Joanna Weaver.  The title of this book says it all.  Even if you think you are succeeding in this area, this book will open your eyes to areas you may need to work on.  Fabulous in helping to find and maintain the balance!

     13.   The House of Sixty Fathers, by Meindert Dejong (illustrated by Maurice Sendak).  A wonderful book to read aloud to your children.  Set during World War II, it is the story of young Chinese boy who is separated from his family during the Japanese occupation of his country.  Based on the story of a boy the author met while working in China during the war.  There are one or two racial slurs used in the book which will offer you a good discussion point with your children concerning people of other races and war in general.  If you put the book into the hands of middle elementary or older children, be sure to discuss this point with them.

    14. Excellent Women, by Barbara Pym.  Excellent Women is a British novel set in 1950’s England.  The novel centers around an unmarried woman, the daughter of a late clergyman.  She is, as explained on the back cover, “one of those excellent women who tend to get involved in other people’s lives”.  The story is well-written, and quite humorous, and I quite enjoyed it.  There is content that some might find offensive.  Dani  has read several of Barbara Pym’s books, but she says that Excellent Women is the best of the lot.  In fact, she felt that one or two of Pym’s books would be sufficient for anyone.

    15.  Keeping House – The Litany of Everyday Life, by Margaret Kim Peterson.  Excellent! You can read my review here.

     16.  Home, God’s Design – Celebrating a Sense of Place, by Miriam Huffman Rocknes.  You can read my brief review here

     17.  The Nutmeg of Consolation (Book 14 in the Aubrey/Maturin Series), by Patrick O’Brian.  A brief review, as well as a caution, about this series can be read here

     18. Affairs at Thrush Green (Thrush Green, Book 7) by Miss Read.  Oh, my goodness!  Brief review to come soon.

     19.  The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children, by Ross W. Greene, Ph.D.  Review coming, soon, Lord willing.

     20,  Laundry: The Spirit of Keeping Home, by Monica Nassif.  (Review coming soon!)

     21.   Mrs. Whaley and Her Charleston Garden, by Emily Whaley (in conversation with William Baldwin)  This book was given to me by a sweet, blogging friend from her own shelves.  It’s a delightful conversation with a spirited, southern woman in her 80’s.  While the book hints at being a gardening book, it isn’t really.  There are plenty of great gardening tips, both in design and maintenance, especially for southern gardeners, but the true value of this book is in the author’s recollections of her southern upbringing and adult years.  Gardens and gardening, of course, were a very important part of her life.  The book is written in the first person, making it seem as though you are sitting with this delightful (yet feisty) woman in her garden, with a cool drink in your hand, listening to her story firsthand.  A fun read! 

     22. Real Learning: Education in the Heart of the Home, by Elizabeth Foss.  I loved this book!!!  Mrs. Foss gives us a beautiful look into homeschooling with a Charlotte Mason approach, though there is much to be gleaned for any homeschooling parent here!  Her chapter on recovering from burnout is worth the purchase price.  The book is thoroughly Christian in its approach.  Mrs. Foss openly shares her Roman Catholic faith in this book, making it, I would think, indispensable to Catholic homeschoolers while still offering substantial wisdom, application and encouragement to those of us in Protestant churches.  This one’s a keeper on my homeschool mom shelf! 

     23. Praise Her in the Gates: The Calling of Christian Motherhood, by Nancy Wilson.  Over the years, I have read several of these wonderful little books on Christian living and family life by the Wilsons (Pastor Douglas and wife Nancy), and they have all been exceptional.  Their common-sense approach and biblical wisdom make their books easy to read, yet meaty.  I’m always challenged and inspired.  This particular title, on the calling of Christian motherhood, is no exception.  These are books to read and reread again and again.  If I could afford them, I’d buy a whole set of the Wilson’s books for each of my children when they married!

     24.  Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, by Barbara Kingsolver.  click here for review

     25.  The Ministry of Motherhood: Following Christ’s Example in Reaching the Hearts of Our Children, by Sally Clarkson.  Read it, it’s wonderful!

     26.  Everyone’s a Homemaker, by Beverly Nye.  I received this book awhile back from a sweet, bloggy friend.  What a treasure this book is!  Watch for it at garage sales and thrift stores.

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