I love reading. I love studying. How about you?
Before I retired a couple of years ago, I was busy buying books. The bookcases are loaded with lots of christian-oriented novels and suspense books. I would go in to Half-Priced Books and find some that sounded interesting and bring them home thinking I would be sitting here on the sofa and reading in January after I retired. HA! I would guess I might have finished a dozen of those books in the past five years, but they are waiting on me.
I try to read at least one novel-type book a quarter. I mostly get to read that type of book when I am on the treadmill. Now you see how much I am on that treadmill. HA! Grandchildren have a wonderful way of changing your plans. And then there is substitute teaching, on-line Bible studies, blogging, meeting friends for lunch, and the list is never-ending.
Soooooo what have I read this summer – some amazing books I love?
The Book of Numbers, Romans and 1st and 2nd Corinthians
Let me tell you this is the most wonderful way I have ever found to read the Bible – not in a year – but a chapter a day with Proverbs 31 Ministries and an app for your phone called The First Five App or you can do it on-line. Honestly, sometimes days are hectic and I can get behind, but it is easy to catch up later. The app shows up on your phone each morning and there is a great devotional to go along with a chapter in the Bible. To go along with it and if you would like to go deeper, you can buy the optional book you here. Currently, we are finishing up Romans, 1st and 2nd Corinthians.
The Husband Project by Kathy Lipp
This is an on-line study we did this summer with Proverbs 31 Ministries. I almost took the summer off from Bible study, but decided to do this one along with another at church. Why did I not take the summer off? Because, my husband is worth it. Why in the world did I need a study like this one after 47 years of marriage? Because my husband is worth it and the things I did in this 21-day project made a difference in me and him. My marriage was fine, it was great, but I am always looking at ways to make it greater.
The Way of The Shepherd – 7 Ancient Secrets to Managing Productive People by Kevin Leman and William Pentak
This is a wonderful book. I was part of a study with all the team leaders in our on-line Bible studies. Each chapter focuses on a principle using ancient secrets of a shepherd. The analogy is used of leading a flock of sheep or a team of people.
101 Ways To Show Your Husband You Love Him by Kathy Lipp
Need I say more! I’m still getting ideas from this one.
Take One and Take Two by Karen Kingsbury
I finished Take One and now reading Take Two. These books are about a family and some friends who are making a Christian movie and they have very little financial support. One of the families has returned from years of being missionaries and there is trouble as their daughter is in a secular college and she is trying to find her way. It deals with real-life issues like alcohol, temptations, financial troubles, and even sexual relations among cast members. I love Karen Kingsbury and have a whole shelf of her books to read. There are currently four books in this series. I’ve got to pick up the last two and I love going to Half-Price Books because they are cheaper.
The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst
My church did this study this summer. Again, I wanted to take the summer off, and after all I had done this study with Proverbs 31 On-Line Bible Studies, but this one was different so I joined. We actually did not read the book again, but watched the accompanying videos and went through the workbook. It was amazing what I had not learned and gained through this study. If your life is as busy as mine, you’ll learn how to say yes and how to say no. Lysa calls it our “best yes”, and yes I used it two weeks ago when the school called and needed a full-time sub for a while. I had to say no to full-time, but I can help out a few days a week.
That’s what I read this summer. How about you? Know any good books.
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