Books Read (Completed) in 2009

     This year, rather than trying to write lengthy reviews of all of the books I’ve read, I will offer just a few words here along with a rating of one to five stars (*).  As I finish each book, I’ll do a brief entry as a separate post, and then add that to this cumulative list.

      If at anytime you want a bit more information about a book I’ve read, just e-mail and ask!

common sense christian living

     1. Common Sense Christian Living, by Edith Schaeffer.  I have loved everything I’ve ever read by Edith Schaeffer, and this book is no exception.  I finished it this evening (January 21), and plan to put it back into the queue to be read again very soon.  Though it is dated in some respects (her mention of the countries behind the Iron Curtain, for example), her observations and advice for living the Christian life right now are timeless and spot on!  This one is not to be missed.
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     2.  I would so dearly love to open my home and invite you all for lunch!  Wouldn’t that be fun?  In truth, I’m really not a terrific hostess.  My guests are treated quite casually and are generally served family fare.  That’s often kept me from having folks over on a regular basis.  However, after reading Lora Lee Parrott’s Come over to My House, a Christian Guide to Hospitality, I’m feeling a bit more confident.  The author, the wife of a pastor and college president, recounts the years of her married life in eighteen chapters detailing her delight in keeping her home, raising her three boys, many moves and how she entertained in all those seasons.  The last third of the book is full of terrific recipes, interspersed with the stories behind them (which I loved!).  Long out-of-print, but available quite inexpensively  used, this was an easy, lazy afternoon and evening’s read.  (A special thank you to my friend Brenda for sending this book my way!)  (* * * *)


     3.  I started reading The Good Earth, by Pearl S. Buck, a week or so ago, wanting to preread it before giving it to my fifteen year old son to read for school.  I loved the book, but Aaron will not be reading it for awhile.  The story of a Chinese farmer, beginning with the day of his marriage and following the many years of his long life, was captivating.   The author’s familiarity with the Chinese culture helped make the story, set in pre-revolutionary China, come alive.  The brief chapters tempted me to always read “just one more” before closing the book for the night!   While there was nothing graphic contained in the story, there are references to the marriage bed, prostitution and polygamy that might offend some, and which have led me to set this modern classic aside for my son for another year or two.  However, I enjoyed this novel very much.  (* * * *)  


     4.  I have just finished reading Sally Clarkson’s The Mission of Motherhood: Touching Your Child’s Heart for Eternity and it was wonderful!  In this book, Mrs. Clarkson gives moms a true understanding of their calling as mothers and reminds us that our children really are our most important mission field.  No one can better meet the needs of our children, whether physical, emotional or spiritual, better than we can.  Her lovely writing style feels like a gentle conversation with a good friend over a cup of tea.  She shares freely from her experiences with her own four children, the good times as well as the rough spots.  Each brief chapter ends with a handful of pertinent Scripture references and a few questions for each verse, directing us to what God’s Word has to say, followed by a few practical suggestions for applying the ideas from the chapters to your own life. 

      I highly recommend any of Mrs. Clarkson’s fine books.  If you ever have the opportunity of hearing her speak in person, grab it!  (I’m still hoping for that opportunity some day.)     
      The Mission of Motherhood: Touching Your Child’s Heart for Eternity ( * * * * *)

5.  A Time to Play: Reflections on Childhood and Creativity, written by Miriam Huffman Rockness, was a book I’d long looked forward to reading.  Having previously enjoyed her, Home, God’s Design: Celebrating a Sense of Place, I looked forward to reading her book on children and creativity.  Though Mrs. Rockness writes from a christian perspective, I found her book contained far too many references to child psychology and far too few references to Scripture.  Mrs. Rockness is also decidedly pro public education and seemingly against homeschooling.  The two hundred page book, divided into quickly read chapters of two or three pages, contained some good practical ideas for providing a nurturing environment for your children that would inspire their creativity.  However, there are other books that do a much better job of this while at the same time promoting Christian home education and endorsing a biblical view of parenting and child training.  A Time to Play: Reflections on Childhood and Creativity (* *)

     6.  I’ve had The Art of Romantic Living: Simple Touches to Enhance Everyday Life on my shelf for about a year.  I popped it into my reading basket when I last filled it late last summer.  I tend to save the lighter books for last, mostly as a reward to myself for muscling through the meatier stuff.  Yep, it’s true, I do sometimes bribe myself, but it serves a purpose!  The book was not quite what I’d anticipated, but I still enjoyed it very much.  The book is written in two parts.  The first section gives instruction and helps in decorating your home in a romantic manner, but don’t get the wrong impression!  Her ideas are very down to earth and do not resemble a lay out in Romantic Home magazine.  Instead, author Susan Wales suggests ways of working within our own decorating styles to bring a hint of romance to our home and garden with ideas for soft lighting, accessorizing, fragrance and color.  Part Two is brim full of wonderful ideas for living romantically!  While there are a few suggestions that are outside of normal daily living (taking a hot air balloon ride, for example), most of her suggestions are well within the bounds of things we can do on an almost daily basis for our spouses and other loved ones.  Copies are available for under a buck at Amazon,  making this a fun read with lots of doable decorating tips and suggestions for showing love to our husbands (and families).
     The Art of Romantic Living: Simple Touches to Enhance Everyday Life (* * * 1/2)

     7.  I continue to enjoy the Aubrey-Maturin series, written by Patrick O’Brian.  I’m pacing myself as I’m nearing the end of the series, not wanting it to end and yet anxious to see what will transpire next.   The Truelove, book 15 in the series of 20 (21 if you count the rough draft published after the author’s death), was one of the less exciting battle wise, but certainly went a long way in resurrecting a long running plot line.  Suspense!  My husband, Dani and I have all enjoyed this series, but be sure to read my cautions before deciding on the series for yourself.  The Truelove ( * * * *)
     8.  The Private World of Tasha Tudor, by Tasha Tudor and Richard Brown.  What a beautiful book!  Many of us have long been intrigued by the fascinating story of the late Tasha Tudor.  She was a spirited, independent sort, who very much loved living  in a quite old-fashioned manner.  This glimpse into her lifestyle is lovely, though by her own admission it is a lot of hard work!  Although she was not a Christian, I love her views on being a woman and femininity.  Beautiful photographs and a sweet peek into her life, home and gardens.  My copy will remain on the coffee table for perusing again and again. 
     The Private World of Tasha Tudor (* * * *  *)

     9.  Family Driven Faith: Doing What It Takes to Raise Sons and Daughters Who Walk with God
I’ve wanted to read this book for awhile, and found it tucked away in our church library.  I will definitely be buying a copy for our home library.  This is an outstanding book by Voddie Baucham, Jr., and I breathed, “Amen!” frequently while reading it.  Our family has attended family integrated churches for seventeen or eighteen years, and still this book has been a wake up call for me as a mom (and a homeschooling mom at that!).  How did I let myself drift off in this area?  Get your hands on this book.  Read it! 
Family Driven Faith: Doing What It Takes to Raise Sons and Daughters Who Walk with God (* * * * *)

10.  I graduated from a public high school in 1974.  I obtained my A.S. degree two years later.  Somehow, though, I never encountered Animal Farm in any of my classes.  When the book popped up as the first selection for Barbara Curtis’ book club, I jumped at the chance to read it.  The book, originally written to mirror what was happening in Stalinist Russia, is timeless.  The clever writing and biting humor in this story can just as easily apply today…..wherever freedoms are disappearing.  At just 141 pages, it is a quick, but compelling, read.  Aaron, my homeschooled high schooler, will find this in his own reading basket tomorrow.  (* * * * *)   (Note:  Several folks suggested that I might want to read  Atlas Shrugged , as well.  The fact is, I had already put that book into the reading basket for this year!)

     11.  The Apron Book: Making, Wearing, and Sharing a Bit of Cloth and Comfort, by EllynAnne Geisel.  What a pretty book!!  Dani gave me this book as a gift awhile back, and I really did enjoy it.  The author gives a short history of the apron, and then she shares the stories of various aprons and their owners.  It was delightful!  The book includes directions for making several basic aprons, and there are scads of ideas for embellishing and personalizing aprons, too.  There are a few recipes mixed in, but the stars of this book are the beautiful photographs of aprons!  Dozens of them!  This is a beautiful book, but please note – there is one photo of a gal wearing just her apron.  Just so you know.  
The Apron Book: Making, Wearing, and Sharing a Bit of Cloth and Comfort(* * * *)

     12.  I finished Daniel Deronda, by George Eliot Tuesday evening.  I love period literature, but this is the first novel by Eliot that I’ve read.  I was immediately drawn into the intricate tale, but the plot line troubled me a bit towards the middle of the book.  There was what I took to be an anti-Semitic tone to the tale, but I eventually learned that not only was the author accurately portraying the prejudicial sentiment of her time, she was also carefully weaving in a plot twist.  That plot twist (trying very hard here not to reveal too much) caused many of the characters in the book to at least begin to look at those of Jewish ancestry in a much different light.  This particular edition contains a great many notes, but I was glad to have them to refer to in explanation of many of the terms used by the author and to translate the many foreign phrases used as well. 
     Daniel Deronda, by George Eliot (* * * * *) 

     13.  Charles Dickens’ didn’t finish writing The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and more’s the pity!  I downloaded the audio version of this book, narrated by George Hagan, and spent several hours over the course of several weeks listening as the mystery unfolded.  Charles Dickens was not a favorite of mine in high school, but I am certainly enjoying reading (or listening) to his works now.  Though Mr. Dickens didn’t bring the mystery to a conclusion, the tale is still a good one and all the more fun in not knowing, for sure, “who done it”.  
 The Mystery of Edwin Drood (* * * *)

     14.  Arnold Pent III wrote Ten P’s in a Pod : A Million-Mile Journal of the Arnold Pent Family when he was in his early twenties, while his family was still traversing the country as traveling evangelists and nurserymen.  Interesting combination!  The audio book was recorded when he was in his sixties.  While the book would make a terrific read aloud for your entire family, I would suggest it as a good book for you to read as well.  The Pent family raised their eight children to be Bible readers and the amount of Scripture the family committed to memory is amazing.  (My complete review can be read here.)
     Ten P’s in a Pod : A Million-Mile Journal of the Arnold Pent Family (* * * * *)

     15.  I first read The Coming Economic Earthquake in the early 1990’s shortly after it was published.  It was, of course, quite the best seller at the time, and “everyone” was reading it.  Ah, but did we heed the advice given at that time?  I think some of us did and some of us did not.  Others of us, as time has passed, have forgotten what the late Mr. Burkett’s book was all about.  I fall into that last category.  While I was listening to the Money Life**  podcasts from Crown Financial Ministries a few weeks ago, host Chuck Bentley mentioned the book.  He spoke of how Mr. Burkett had thought that the economic “earthquake” would happen at the turn of the century, but how much of what the book spoke of is happening now in 2009.  I pulled the book off the shelf, added it to my reading basket and made starting it a priority.  (Click here for my full review.)
     The Coming Economic Earthquake , by Larry Burkett (* * * *)
     16.  When I first spotted this little book, the title grabbed me immediately:  Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross: Experiencing the Passion and Power of Easter.  The list of contributing authors was also appealing.  I had been longing for something that would point me to Calvary and remind me of the incredible, sacrificial death of my Lord and, even more, the glory and wonder of His resurrection and what that means for me.  This book did not disappoint!  (My full review can be found here.)
Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross: Experiencing the Passion and Power of Easter
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    17.  When I first started reading  Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand, I was rather intimidated.  The book runs an incredible 1,069 pages and this version is printed in a small font.  However, I was spurred on by Dani who had read the book before me, and she was itching to discuss it with someone.  This book, written more than fifty years ago, is haunting in it’s close depiction of what is happening in America today:  industry crippled by government standards, the serious consideration of nationalizing banking, health care and other industries, and the vilification of the wealthy.  Ayn Rand’s tale is skillfully written and I found it hard to put this book down on more than one occasion.  At the end of it all, though, I found the saddest fact to be that the characters, even the heroes, and the world portrayed in Atlas Shrugged were completely Godless and utterly lost.  Nevertheless, I enjoyed this book immensely, if “enjoyed” is the right word for a book so disturbingly reflective of current events.  Please be warned:  This book was written by a woman who misunderstood and shunned Christianity.  It contains profanity and adult content.
     Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand  (* * * * *) (Please note the above warning!)

     18.  Please read my complete review here.

Don’t Think About Monkeys. Extraordinary Stories Written by People with Tourette Syndrome (* * * *)   

     19.  Living a Beautiful Life: 500 Ways to Add Elegance, Order, Beauty and Joy to Every Day of Your Life, by Alexandra Stoddard, is filled with wonderful, doable, lovely ideas to enhance our everyday lives.  You know that I always encourage you not to save the china and pretty dishes for company, but rather to enjoy them with your family.  Alexandra Stoddard takes this even further and looks at the three areas of our homes that we spend time in every day – the kitchen, the bedroom and the bath.  Many of her ideas are quite practical and doable, even on a tight budget.  The heart of the book centers on those three rooms, but other chapters challenge us to create something special out of the ordinary and to share our lives with others.  Each chapter ends with “Grace Notes”, which are lists of practical ways to implement the ideas found in the chapter. 
     Living a Beautiful Life inspired me in many ways.  I’ve already implemented a few ideas, and I’m looking forward to using even more!  
      Living a Beautiful Life: 500 Ways to Add Elegance, Order, Beauty and Joy to Every Day of Your Life, by Alexandra Stoddard (* * * *)

     20. An Excellent Mystery: The Eleventh Chronicle of Brother Cadfael, by Ellis Peters.     You can read my review here.

     21.  Infidel, by Ayaan Hirsi Ali.  I listened to this as an audio book, read by the author.  Infidel is an autobiography chronicling Ms. Ali’s experiences growing up in the Islamic culture of her native Somalia and the more radical Islam of Saudi Arabia.  The book is graphic and depressing.  I wanted to cheer the author on as her story progressed, but her lack of integrity as an adult made that impossible.  While I learned much from the inside look into the tragedy and horror that befalls the women of Islam, this is not a book that I would recommend.  (Definitely NOT for younger or sensitive readers.) 
     Infidel (***)

     22.  Confessions of a Happily Organized Family, by Deniece Schofield.  Mrs. Schofield does a superb job of helping moms organize their homes and families to keep life flowing smoothly.  The goal is to set up systems that work in your home, reducing stress and giving you more time for other pursuits.  This was my second reading of this title, and I was pleased to pull out three or four ideas to adapt for use in our home.  A family’s needs grow and change over time, which makes having books like this available on my shelf a real help.  It’s a great resource to head to for quick problem solving, too. 
      Confessions of a Happily Organized Family, by Deniece Schofield (* * * *)

     23.  French General: Home Sewn: 30 Projects for Every Room in the House, by Kaari Meng.   French General: Home Sewn is a beautiful book and a great concept that, in my opinion, falls just a wee bit short.  The photographs are gorgeous, as would be expected from French General fans, and feature projects crafted from beautiful, mostly vintage french linens.  As a lover of all things red, the book provided an hour or two of visual feasting.  The projects vary from simple lavender filled cushions, to elaborate duvet covers and pleated curtains, and each project is classified as being for the beginning, experienced or advanced sewer.  The book is wire bound, which allows it to lie flat for easy reference while working, and all of the patterns are secured in a sturdy pocket on the inside front cover.  My only disappointment is with the written instructions.  The directions for most of the projects are quite plainly illustrated and written, while a few are poorly done.  I found that the instructions that were less clearly written were those written for the “advanced” sewers, so perhaps the author felt her illustrations and instructions need not be as detailed.  I’m certain that both Dani and I would be able to make all of these projects even given the difficulties with a few of the instructions.  I’ve earmarked a few projects for my own home, and a couple that would make nice gifts. 
     French General: Home Sewn: 30 Projects for Every Room in the House (* * * *)

    24.  The Wine-Dark Sea (Aubrey/Maturin Series), by Patrick O’Brian.  The is volume 16 in this wonderful series set in the time of Nelson’s Royal Navy.  This is historical fiction at its best!  (This is not historical fiction suitable for children, and sensitive readers will want to avoid it, too.)  Personally, I find the main characters very likable and the story lines captivating.
The Wine-Dark Sea, by Patrick O’Brian(* * * * *)

     25.  What to Do on Thursday: A Layman’s Guide to the Practical Use of the Scriptures, by Jay E. Adams.  This book is outstanding.  The basic premise is this.  While we might have the ability to read a Scripture and apply it to our lives, what we lack is the ability to go to the Bible in time of need to find the Scriptures we need to help us with the problems we face in our daily walk.  To really put this book to its best use, it would need to be read through once to get a grasp of what is being taught.  Then, a more thorough study (the author outlines a year long study) would enable the reader to put all of the book’s content to good use.  Be advised, though, that the author advises the purchase of multiple suggested resources to assist in this study.  While these additional resources would be a terrific investment, they are also very expensive.  (* * * *)

     26.  Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God, by Francis Chan.  I’d had this book on my “to be read” queue for quite awhile.  When I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Georgene in real life, she had so many wonderful things to say about this book, I immediately downloaded it in audiobook format.  The audiobook is read by the author, which I very much like.  However, this book has a lot to say and it was too easy for me to let Mr. Chan’s voice go in one ear and out the other.  I ordered a copy of the book and read it through, with the added benefit of being able to “hear” Mr. Chan’s voice as I read.  Crazy Love will be on Aaron’s reading list this spring, and I’m hoping to read it again before then.  The book gave me a lot to ponder and consider, and that’s a very good thing! (* * * * *)

Back to Basics: Rediscovering the Richness of the Reformed Faith, by Douglas Wilson, Douglas Jones, David Hagopian, Roger Wagner.  Copper and Aaron read this book as part of a book study with a group from our church.  The book does a pretty good job of outlining the basic principles of reformed doctrine, though I found a couple of the contributing authors a bit harder to read than the others. (* * * *)

     28.  Teach Them Diligently: How To Use The Scriptures In Child Training, by Louis Paul Priolo.  Excellent!!!  We parents tend to think we need to attend child training seminars and read book after book about raising our children.  While these may be helpful, God has already given us everything we need in His Word!  Lou Priolo does an excellent job of explaining how every parent can use the Scriptures in training their children.  (* * * * *)

     29.   The Commodore  (Aubrey/Maturin Series #17), by Patrick O’Brian.  Mr. O’Brian died before finishing this epic series.  The series ends, really, with book 20.  There is a #21, but it is an unfinished manuscript.  I am almost dreading that there are only three “real” books left in the series.  I’ve enjoyed it that much!   (Be sure to read my caution about the series above.)  (* * * * *)
     30.   Sanctuary: Creating a Blessed Place to Live and Love, by Pamela J. Bailey.  I’m not sure where, or how, I first heard about this book.  I purchased it last year, used, for $0.32.  I loved the promise that the title held.  The thought of our homes being a place of sanctuary for our families was certainly appealing.  Mrs. Bailey’s book is set up in fourteen short, easy to read chapters.  Each chapter deals with an idea to apply to our homes – Love People, Use Things (an idea dear to my own heart!); Have a Charitable Home; Make Your Home Your Family’s Haven; Build on a Foundation of Integrity; Stand Guard at the Gate – and so forth. The author uses examples from her own experiences, those of her friends and family, as well as the Bible to explain her principles.  Though her points were, for the most part, wonderful and many of her examples helpful, this little book really just scratches the surface in each of the given areas.  It would provide a good foundation for those that are new to these ideas.  The book is written from a Christian perspective; but you might find some of the author’s doctrine/theology to be not quite your cup of tea.  In these sorts of instances I find it valuable to chew the good meat offered and just spit out the bones quietly.
      Sanctuary: Creating a Blessed Place to Live and Love (* * * 1/2)

     31.  Ken Ham’s book, Already Gone: Why your kids will quit church and what you can do to stop it, would be beneficial reading for all Bible believing parents,  church elders, youth/children workers, and pastors (youth pastors most especially).  Ken Ham teamed up with researcher Britt Beemer on this book, and what they’ve discovered about why young adults leave church will amaze you.  I was amazed!  Believe it or not, the young folks are not looking for better music or more entertainment.  They are not being led astray in college because they are “already gone”, at least emotionally, before they leave for college. 
     The authors have done a fabulous job of presenting their statistics in an easily readable format, breaking down all of the reasons why young people leave the church and why almost half of them plan to never return.  The researchers did not skew their results by polling kids from the more liberal churches, either.  Nope!  Their research was done among 1,000 young people who were regular attenders in Bible believing, conservative churches. The fact of the matter is, we are not preparing our children for the world they will leave our homes to live in.  Most amazing to me was the fact that the statistics were the same whether these kids were educated in public schools, private schools or homeschooled.  (Ardent homeschooler that I am, I’ve said many-a-time that homeschooling is not a panacea.)  From the book (added emphasis is mine):

“But even if they agree to come back, unless the church is standing on the authority of the Word of God in an uncompromising way, teaching them how to answer the skeptical questions of the age, and challenging them to build their thinking in every area on God’s Word – they will probably not stay.”

     Read this book, and read it soon.  Then pass it along to your pastor.
Already Gone: Why your kids will quit church ….   (* * * * *)

      32.  I’m a little behind the curve when it comes to reading new releases.  I usually have so many books in my reading queue that when a new book that appeals to me is released I just can’t add even one more to the stack.  Passionate Housewives Desperate for God was released at just such a time.  Good things are worth waiting for, though, and this book is no exception to that rule.  Stacy McDonald and Jennie Chancey have done a tremendous job of outlining what true Biblical homemaking looks like, dismissing silly stereotypes and debunking feminist myths in the process.  The authors split up the chapters of the book between them, and each lady’s writing style really shines.  Jennie Chancey’s chapter looking back at her feminist past was a highlight.  The final two chapters, “Show Me What a Keeper at Home Really Looks Like” and “Aspiring to Great Heights”, authored by Mrs. Chancey and Mrs. McDonald, respectively, closed the book magnificently! 
     While many books of this nature might leave a woman with a non-believing husband, or a Christian husband who abdicates his role as family leader, feeling defeated, these two women have done a wonderful job of reminding all women of their role and standing before the Lord through Scriptural examples.
     Passionate Housewives Desperate for God (* * * * *)

       33.  I try to read a book about Tourette Syndrome every few months for the benefit of my son.  Books written by Touretters are always my favorites.  Brad Cohen’s Front of the Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had was an interesting read for me for just that reason.   It’s good for me to get a glimpse into what goes on in Will’s brain when he is experiencing tics.  I am amazed at what a good student Will is despite the multitude of distractions that Tourette Syndrome throws in his path.  Not a book for everyone, but for this mom of a Touretter, a good read! 
     Front of the Class (* * * *)

      34.  This book began as a series of radio broadcasts by C. S. Lewis.  Later, Mr. Lewis changed the transcripts up a bit to make them more suitable for publishing; and so, Mere Christianity was born.  Mere Christianity comprises three books in one – The Case for Christianity, Christian Behaviour and Beyond Personality: Or First Steps In the Doctrine of the Trinity.  It is an intelligent, brief look at the Christian faith, explaining many concepts folks struggle with.  (How can God hear the prayers of millions of people all at the same time?  Why are there so many unkind Christians? What is the “great sin”?, etc.)  It is a superb introduction to and/or defense of the Christian faith!
     Mere Christianity is a classic book of the faith which I highly recommend to all readers, keeping in mind that Mr. Lewis touches upon adult themes.  However, please remember that Mr. Lewis was writing for a post World War II audience and some of his language will be offensive to modern readers.  It also seems that Mr. Lewis had some slight Darwinistic leanings.  I found it quite worthwhile to just read past these infrequent problem spots and enjoy his insight and wisdom. 
     Mere Christianity, by C. S. Lewis (* * * * *)

     35.  Women and children first!  This was, of course, the rallying cry for those aboard the Titanic, but the real example for this practice was set at the time of the sinking of the Birkenhead.  The Birkenhead Drill, authored by Douglas Phillips, is a quick read recounting not only the historical facts of the sinking of this British troop transport, but also sounding afresh the cry for men to put “women and children first”.  The history of the tragedy is well told, and the book ends with first hand accounts from several of the survivors.  This would be a terrific book to put into the hands of your sons or to read aloud to the family. 
     The Birkenhead Drill, by Douglas Phillips (* * * * *)

     36.  Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus: Experiencing the Peace and Promise of Christmas  This is a fabulous devotional-type book for Advent.  Twenty-two readings, from twenty-two noted pastors and/or authors, each selected by editor, Nancy Guthrie, because they met her desire for readings that “reflected a high view of Scripture, and that put the incarnation in the context of God’s unfolding plan of redemption”.  It was doubly exciting to hear excerpts from the pulpit of my own church as my pastor and his family worked through the same book during Advent.  Quite suitable for family devotions, though the younger ones may have trouble following along.  This will be read annually here. 
Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus ( * * * * *)

       Please read this post for more information and to understand why I think it is so vitally important that you are reading!

God bless you as you look well to the ways of your household!
Proverbs 31:27

Disclosure:  All of the books reviewed are books that I have chosen and purchased with my own money, or books that I have received as gifts from friends.  I do not receive free books from authors or publishers, nor do I receive any sort of compensation for the reviews I write.  I do maintain an affiliate relationship with  This arrangement allows me to receive a very small percentage (pennies on the dollar) of any purchases made when readers click through to Amazon from my blog.  Though I see a list of what has been purchased, Amazon never discloses their customer’s names or other personal information.  For those of you that make Amazon purchases through my blog, thank you.  Your doing so is a tremendous blessing to my family.  I use the credit I receive through Amazon in three ways:  To help offset the cost of maintaining this blog, to purchase books for our home Heritage Library, and occasionally to purchase prizes for drawings offered to readers of this blog. 

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5 comments to Books Read (Completed) in 2009

  • I first read this book when it was first published and reread it a few times since.  I don’t know why it doesn’t have the popularity of Hidden Art of Homemaking and What is a Family.  Perhaps because it is just a little deeper?

    I’m back on a reading program.  Even though I love to read, I realized this year that without some kind of a plan, my reading gets “off”.  Much like eating.  🙂

    There will be times library books and others will be inserted into the plan, though.

  • @BrendaKayN – Good for you, Brenda!  I hope you’ll share your plan with us on your blog….what you’re doing and how. 

  • I had commented on “Teach Them Diligently” when you wrote on that book. I am now reading Lou Priolo’s “Heart Anger”. It is a well written book along a similar line as the former. My son is only 2. It isn’t that we have great issues with anger and rebellion at this point, yet this book is very applicable to me as a mama – teaching me how to help my children deal biblically with not only anger but their (and my own) sinful nature. I really appreciate Lou’s insights.

    Thank you so much for all the reviews you provide. I appreciate the time you take and use your lists frequently.

  • What an excellent list!  I will be adding several of these titles to my reading list this year.



  • @TheUnaverageJoesWife – @Niki497 –   Thanks, ladies!  Your encouragement in this is helpful to me.