The Stack

I love books.  I love looking at them, smelling them, perusing them, buying them, and, of course, reading them.  One could say I’ve even been doing a bit of collecting them over the past several weeks, as the stack of books by my bed has sort of taken on a life of it’s own lately.

I have posted a summer reading list the past few years.  But the months of January and February often rival summer in my ability to burn through books.  The cold weather makes me want to just crawl in bed and read.  This year is a little different, in that the weather hasn’t really been cold and February may not lend itself to much reading.  Nevertheless, I’ve got to do something about this pile.  🙂  Here’s what’s in it:

The Winter of Our Disconnect – I started this book (ironically enough) in early November on the very same week we turned our cable back on.  🙂  It is entertaining and humorous and very interesting.  However, it also seemed a little long.  I made a note on my iPhone (also ironic) of what page I stopped at and finally ended up returning it to the library because there were other books that I wanted to read more.  Perhaps I can finish it this summer.  Or…maybe not.

Choosing to See – A really good book about the Chapman family, their loss of Maria and their navigation of the process.

The Family – recommended by a friend who has some really incredible children, I’m planning to read this to see what wisdom can be gleaned.

Kisses from Katie – I am reading this one right now.  It’s a very quick, easy read.  My favorite quote so far (and I’m fully intending to use it in the future; in fact, I’d love to print it, frame it, and hang it above our coffee maker), “It’s just a little bit of coffee and a whole lot of Jesus.”

Preparing Your Daughter for Every Woman’s Battle – another girl in our house has turned ten, so later this spring she gets a trip with me where we discuss those things she needs to be prepared for in the coming years.  In a house with so many people and so many voices, we have to be deliberate about these things.

Bringing Up Girls – We need all the help we can get.

I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist – our Sunday school class just finished this video series.  It was really interesting and I’m looking forward to reading the book.  Slowly.  And someday.  🙂

The Whole Life Adoption Book – one of many that fall under the adoption category.  Again, I’m looking forward to reading this one – someday.

Grace Based Parenting – still a good reread that I want to get to.

Adopted for Life – another adoption book that I want to read.

Dog Problems – borrowed from the vet, being returned to the vet.  🙂

Strong Willed Child or Dreamer – I read this one a long time ago and need to reread it.  I’ve got a couple (or three) that could fall into this category.

Writer’s Inc and The Well-Educated Mind – let’s be honest here and say those are never getting read all the way through.  Both sit there as reference material.  And to make me look brainy to people that may pass by our bedroom.  😉

Large Family Logistics – a friend was reading this a few months ago and it looked interesting, so I picked it up online one day when I saw it on sale for half price.  I’m really enjoying it.  So far, just the encouragement to persevere has been very timely.

Not in the picture because it was taken before Christmas and I have since added to the stack – Age of Opportunity.  We loved Tedd Tripp’s Shepherding a Child’s Heart and I’m really looking forward to this one by his brother, Paul, that is geared toward parenting tweens and teens.

That’s it for me.  For now.  So, what are you reading?

For His Glory ~

~ Sara