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Booking It 2011

I know…the month is closing down and I’m just now posting my 2011 reading list!  But I must speak to my inner guilt, and say..well, at least it’s still January!

Once again, with encouragement from LifeasMom, Carrie’s Busy Nothings, and Beth Stone’s Studio, I’m committing myself to another year of good reading with the Booking It 2011 project!  If you check out any of these blogs, you can see what they are reading, and read their reviews as the year progresses.  Last year I posted my reading list for 2010 HERE.  However, as things go, some were dropped and others added, so this is what I actually read:

Before Green Gables (reviewed here), by Budge Wilson
Broken-Down House (reviewed here), by Paul D. Tripp
Little Dorrit, by Charles Dickens
The Pilgrim’s Progress, by John Bunyan
Shelter in a Time of Storm, (reviewed here), by Paul D. Tripp
Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea, by Lucy M Montgomery
Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers, by Arthur Bennett
Transforming Together: Authentic Spiritual Mentoring, by Ele Parrott
Stuff Christians Like, by Jon Acuff (funny!!!!!)
A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens
Now That is Amazing Grace, by William McDonald
Learning to Pray in 28 Days, by Kay Arthur
What Did You Expect?  by Paul D. Tripp, this time, about marriage


For 2011, I’ve compiled this optimistic list and am really looking forward to all the great reading ahead!!

Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo
Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, by Eric Mataxas  (in progress)
Orthodoxy, by GH Chesterton
Generous Justice,  by Timothy Keller
Nicholas Nickleby,  by Charles Dickens
The Confession,  by John Grisham
Planet Narnia, by Michael Ward

And more ‘Anne‘ books:
Anne of the Island 
Anne of Windy Poplar  
Anne’s House of Dreams
Anne of Ingleside
Rainbow Valley
Rilla of Ingleside

And I’ve added Faith Alone, by Luther, to my devotional list.  I hope Spurgeon won’t mind too much.


This list could take a wide detour if my courses in M.Ed assign copious reading projects!  So my ambitious aspirations, as Captain Barbosa would say, “are really more like guidelines.” 

Please join me, and many others over at LifeasMom, for good reading, discussion, and encouragement!  What are you reading?

Where is Your Treasure?

 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  Matthew 6:21 ESV

Last year I read two books which really challenged me, and shook me clear out of my comfort zone.  The first was Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper, and the other, Just Do Something, by Kevin DeYoung.   Both books may have been written to encourage  younger people to serve the Lord, but both touched this 50-something heart and spirit to seek the Lord and pray how to better treasure Jesus and serve Him while I yet breathe.

Everyday, I must ask myself, “Who, what, and where is your treasure?”  This mindset must guide every decision as I live.  For when life is no more, decisions are no more.  If I treasure Christ above all, my decisions now will reflect that!

The summation of Piper’s book is:

 ..whatever you do, find God-centered, Christ-exalting, Bible-saturated passion of your life,
and find your way to say it
and live for it
and die for it.
and you will make
a difference that lasts
You will not waste you life.”

Piper’s thoughts have been uttered before.  The Apostle Paul said:

“Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ.”  Philippians 3:8

Luther noted nearly 500 years ago that:

Whatever your heart clings to and confides in, that is really your God.

Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times.

I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.

And Matthew Henry wrote:

There are treasures in heaven. It is our wisdom to give all diligence to make our title to eternal life sure through Jesus Christ, and to look on all things here below, as not worthy to be compared with it, and to be content with nothing short of it….

A man may do some service to two masters, but he can devote himself to the service of no more than one. God requires the whole heart, and will not share it with the world. When two masters oppose each other, no man can serve both. He who holds to the world and loves it, must despise God; he who loves God, must give up the friendship of the world.


The YouTube video below sums up all these thoughts into a 3 minute, hard-hitting message.  It is called a  ‘sermon jam”  which is simply a dynamic compilation of key sermon points, upbeat music, and bold visuals.  This one is brilliant ! Please give it a  go..it’s short, challenging, and deliberately convicting.  


For more Sermon Jams, check out the link I have to the right or HERE.

Sneak Peek

As you know, I reading some great books listed HERE, as inspired by Lifeasmom’s Booking it 2010 challenge.   I already changed my list (!), by adding a book mentioned in my last post, called A Shelter in the Time of Storm, by Paul David Tripp.

I highly recommend this book for everyone!  The author provides a very thoughtful, gentle study of Psalm 27, composed of 52 short chapters, some poetry, and a few personal and insightful study questions.  If you’d like to know more, please listen/watch this 3-minute YouTube video from Crossway books.  The video will minister to you, even before you get your hands on the book   PS. I’m not making any money on this—I jus think the book is TERRIFIC!

My Reading Plan for 2010

Jessica, at her Life as Mom blog, started an initiative to list at least 12 books which one hopes to read in 2010.  If you’re interested in reading her original post about this, click here.  

I  truly love to read, so I can’t wait to get started!  Some books are already in my ‘library’, but others, I will have to purchase.  I’ve provided a link for each book, in case you want to know more about them.  Here’s my hopeful list for the year:

  1. Dug Down Deep,  Josh Harris.   His latest.
  2. Broken-Down House,  Paul David Tripp,  His latest too.  In Progress
  3. Spurgeon’s Sermons, Vol 1.  I have all 5 volumes, so I NEED to get through at least one this year
  4. The Valley of Vision, Arthur Bennett.   I’ve read excerpts but not its entirety.
  5. The Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan.  One of my favourite re-reads. In progress!
  6. Before Green Gables, Budge Wilson.  A prequel to the Anne of Green Gables, written in the same tone as the series by Lucy M Montgomery–I’ve already started this one.  For fun!  DONE and Reviewed!
  7. Little Dorritt, Charles Dickens.   I saw the BBC mini=series of this and now HAVE to read it!  How did I missed this Dickens classic?? In progress!
  8. Lecture to My Students, Charles Spurgeon.  I’ve read so many quotes from this book, that my interest is truly peaked!
  9. Anne of  Avonlea, Lucy Maud Montgomery.  For Fun!
  10. Transforming Together: Authentic Spiritual Mentoring, Ele Parrot.  I met Ele at a Finisher’s conference and want to learn more from her wise and gentle spirit.
  11. Jonathan Edwards: A Life,  Prof. George Marsden. I want to learn more about this inspirational and acclaimed Puritan preacher and writer.
  12. Captain Horatio Hornblower,   C. S. Forester.  Another tale I’ve seen on BBC, and now must read, especially since I’ve owned the book for over 40 years!
  13. A Shelter in the Time of Storm, Mediations on God and Trouble.  Paul David Tripp.  I just added this and am already reading it!!

What’s missing?  “Much!”  But some books that I read regularly aren’t listed above, such as The Bible, and Spurgeon’s devotional, Morning by Morning

What say you?  Any favourites that you recommend?  My list is not hard and fast (for the most part), so I’d love to hear about any recommendations and ‘must-reads’ in your book!