Spring Reading Thing, 2009

Yes, it’s Spring (can it be?) and that means it’s time for Katrina’s Spring Reading Thing challenge! Actually, it’s not so much a challenge as it is fun to post a list of titles you intend to read this spring and then go around and check out what everyone else is reading. As if that weren’t fun enough in and of itself, Katrina will be hosting weekly giveaways (of books!) and other fun things. When the challenge fun is over in June, participants post a wrap up, listing what they read, what they didn’t, what they liked, and what they didn’t. Sound like your kind of deal? Head over to Callapidder Days to get all the info, write up your post and link it up. Then, read!

So, for my lists…

FICTION / MEMOIR (that’s for you, Jennifer)

So Brave, Young and Handsome: A Novel, Leif Enger–currently reading

I loved (LOVED!) Peace Like a River so I am so excited to be reading Enger’s second novel.
The back cover describes this book as “true adventures of climbing mountains, running marathons, and becoming a dad.”
For the classics bookclub at 5 Minutes for Books. I’ve never read it nor seen the movie! I’m looking forward to the adventure!

Austenland: A Novel, Hale

Y’all know of my affection for Jane Austen and this Austen-esque novel came at the recommendation of my friend Carrie, whose reviewing prowess is greatly admired over at 5 Minutes for Books.

The Passion of Mary-Margaret, Lisa Samson

Some of Samson’s novel I have loved; a few I haven’t been as crazy about. I do know this: she isn’t afraid to push the envelope and I’m thinking this title is no different.

Dough: A Memoir, Mort Zachter

An interesting memoir of a working class immigrant family in Manhattan.

Certain Jeopardy, Struecker and Gansky

A novel of suspense, Special Ops and stealth engagement…
Sometimes a Light Surprises, Jamie Langston Turner
I have loved every one of Turner’s novels and was so excited to see she (finally!) has a new title on the horizon!


Tell the Truth: The Whole Gospel to the Whole Person by Whole People, Metzger–currently reading

I have generally avoided evangelism books like the plague; this one, however, is really good, both convicting and encouraging as it reminds me of the glory of the gospel of Jesus Christ!

Surrender: The Heart God Controls , Nancy Leigh Demoss–currently reading / facilitating for Bible study
Our next session of Bible study resumes tomorrow; we will be looking at this the next in the Revive Our Hearts series.

Real Moms…Real Jesus: Meet the Friend Who Understands, Savage–currently reading

I’ve enjoyed reading this book by a real mom who encourages other real moms to look to Jesus in all aspects of their mothering life.
The Bookends of the Christian Life, Bridges and Bevington
Carrie and I will be offering a dual review at 5 Minutes for Books of this intriguing title about the righteousness of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit and their role in living for Christ. I’m very excited about reading this one!
Subtitled, “How to Reach Angry, Unmotivated Teens with Biblical Counsel.” I’m thinking this one may be relevant at some point in my near future.
I’m coming to terms with the idea that I am becoming one of the “older women” Paul refers to in Titus 2. I look forward to the practical encouragement of this book as I seek to encourage other young moms to serve the Lord Jesus as they serve their husbands and families.
A Tale of Two Sons: The Inside Story of a Father, His Sons, and a Shocking Murder, MacArthur
It’s John MacArthur. It’s the parable of the prodigal son. Enough said.
From the publisher’s description, this book “invites readers into a daily celebration of Christ and his incarnation, sinless life, substitutionary death, bodily resurrection, ascension, and ongoing reign as Lord. These thirty-one devotions provide busy Christian women with brief but deep reminders of how God’s truth powerfully connects to their everyday lives.” Sign me up!

An ambitious list, is it not? So many books, too little time! What are you planning on reading this spring? Link up your list at Katrina’s and join in the Spring Reading Thing fun!


Author: Lisa Spence

Wife, mother, Bible teacher, bibliophile, occasional blogger

12 thoughts on “Spring Reading Thing, 2009”

  1. Enjoyed seeing your list. Don’t Let Me Go is a winner – I posted on that last week. I’ll be interested to know what you think about Mary-Margaret – I reviewed that one too. (Can’t remember right now if which of my posts you’ve seen.)Interesting what you said about Leif Enger’s books. My MIL’s pastor recommended Peace Like a River, and it really bugged me. I felt like I was plodding through it. Maybe I’ll give his second one a try if you recommend it.Austenland – only you could find one with a title like that! LOL

  2. wow, that’s a lot!I love books!*we are currently reading Around The World in Eighty Days.*I have read Surrender by Nancy Leigh DeMoss… I loved it! she is one of my heros!I have a book category at my blog, maybe their might be a few there you’d enjoy to pick up some time :O)thanks for sharing!blessings, Deanna

  3. What a great list, Lisa. You seem to have found some very interesting fiction titles! You and I seem to enjoy the same kind of fiction. I love Jamie Langston Turner novels too! And your non-fiction list blows me away. I’m luck if I finish one during the challenge! LOL.

  4. Lisa:Quick question. Would you please send me a link to the post you wrote about our “bible studies” becoming a crutch? You know your stuff better than me, so if you could peruse it and send it to me @ eolsen2@nc.rr.com, that would be great.I want to provide the link in an upcoming post.Thanks, dear blogging friend!peace~elaine

  5. What a list…ambitious in deed. I really need to carve out more time and return to reading. it has been so difficult since I had kids, but I know it is a must. Let me know which Sampson books you love, I’ve always wanted to try something by her.

  6. I’ll have to write down the info on Austenland.While Katie was here last week she read The 3 novels of Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman.An Assmebly Such as This, Duty and Desire, and These Three Remain by Pamela Aidan. They are written from Darcy’s point of view. Katie’s a big Austen fan and she really enjoyed them. It was fun to hear her chuckle while she was reading :0) Your reading list looks varied and interesting…

  7. I still haven’t read Peace Like a River. It seems people either LOVE it or are “meh” about it. One of these days…Bookends of the Christian Life is in my “think about it” list on Amazon, so I look forward to your thoughts. And Certain Jeopardy looks right up my alley.I’ll also be watching for your thoughts on Get Outta My Face, since I’m sure I’ll be needing that before I know it.

  8. Peace Like a River is on my “to read” pile, so I appreciate hearing about how much you liked it. I’ve enjoyed the spiritual mothering book on your list; hope you like it, too. I agree, it’s kind of a shock the moment you realize you might, indeed, be an “older woman.” Yikes. Like the first time the grocery bag boy calls you ma’am. ;o

  9. Lisa:Quick question. Would you please send me a link to the post you wrote about our "bible studies" becoming a crutch? You know your stuff better than me, so if you could peruse it and send it to me @ eolsen2@nc.rr.com, that would be great.I want to provide the link in an upcoming post.Thanks, dear blogging friend!peace~elaine

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