From My Bookshelf to Yours What I Read in January - Intentional By Grace

From My Bookshelf to Yours: What I Read in January

From My Bookshelf to Yours What I Read in January - Intentional By Grace
I didn’t create a reading list for this year. Instead, I challenged myself to a reading challenge. You can read more about my 2015 Reading Challenge here.

This month I challenged myself to read at least one book on grace, but as I expected, I didn’t read just one book. Because I love hearing what other people are reading, I thought it would be fun to share what I read this month.

Here’s the list I read in January:

 Mom’s Night Out by Tricia Goyer – One of the best fiction books I’ve read in a while. I couldn’t put it down! It’s also a fabulous movie. If you’re a mom, you have to read the book and then watch the movie.

 Jesus Himself by Andrew Murray

 Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey – This book has been recommended to me several times by a couple of friends. I snagged it for cheap or free on Amazon sometime last year (I don’t remember which). I found this book surprisingly good. It really made me think critically about my theology, and any book that makes me do that is a good book in my opinion. I don’t agree with everything Mrs. Bessey believes, but I think this is a book worth reading. My husband and I found a lot of her topics worth discussing and taking to scripture together.

Virtual Freedom by Chris Ducker – As an entrepreneur who works remotely and virtually on just about everything she does, I found this book incredibly helpful. If you’re managing a team of virtual assistants, or want to hire a virtual assistant, I highly recommend this book!

 A Woman’s Wisdom by Lydia Brownback – This book was refreshing. I love the book of Proverbs and I enjoyed diving a little deeper into God’s Word with Lydia Brownback. Some parts were slow and other parts I skimmed and still other parts I didn’t 100% agree, but overall this is a great book for women seeking to dive a little bit deeper into the book of Proverbs.

 Praying Through the Prophets: Jonah, Micah, Nahum by John Calvin – This was my book on grace this month. What amazing grace to read John Calvin’s prayers through these three prophets. It was a refreshing, short read but filled with depth.

What did you read in January? What were your favorite reads?

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  1. I read Crystal Paine’s Say Goodbye To Survival Mode – it was pretty good. I admit that while some stuff was really good, I skimmed through much of it as I know a lot of it was personal stories I didn’t need. I like to read MEAT. 😀

    I am also helping my husband in his job search by reading How Google Works to him. REALLY interesting! 😀

    I added the Virtual Freedom to my wishlist! I appreciate the suggestion! 😀 I LOVE posts like this! I am always finding good stuff to read. Now just to get through this season of moving/packing/cleaning so I can read even MORE! 😀

  2. I enjoy seeing what others are reading as well.

    I finished Dr. Dolittle and am in the middle of Five Little Peppers and How They Grew (reading to my kids…I’m totally counting those 😉 ).

    Personally, I’m working on The Gospel Primer (Milton Vincent), Own Your Life (Sally Clarkson), and am somewhere in the series of Anne of Green Gables.

    I don’t finish books as quickly as I used to for a variety of reasons, but I’m looking forward to the return of warm weather and being able to read outside while my kids play!

  3. A few notable ones of those I read last month:
    “The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother’s Hidden Life” (Jasmin Darznik) was really interesting… gave me such a different look into how girls and women grew up in Iran.
    “Rare Bird: A Memoir of Loss and Love” (Anna Whiston-Donaldson) had me in tears almost the whole thing through. I didn’t agree 100% with her theology and I was a bit taken aback by her language in a few places, but reading the heart-words of a mother dealing with the loss of a child was definitely impactful.
    “Seeing What Is Sacred: Becoming More Spiritually Sensitive to the Everyday Moments of Life” (Ken Gire) was really good – I copied quite a few quotes into my commonplace book from that one.
    “The Story of Charlotte’s Web: E.B. White’s Eccentric Life in Nature and the Birth of an American Classic” (Michael Sims) was a neat biography and explained a lot about where E.B. got his inspiration.
    “In the Field of Grace” (Tessa Afshar) was beautiful. A fictionalized account of the story of Ruth – definitely gave a new perspective about how it might have happened, and it made me fall in love with the Ruth story all over again.
    “A Good and Perfect Gift: Faith, Expectations, and a Little Girl Named Penny” (Amy Julia Becker) was another lovely book – very real and raw and amazing, seeing the struggle and the immense joys of parenting a special needs child.

    It was a good book month!