What’s On My Nightstand

I just updated the reading list here on the blog. I am fairly diligent about maintaing my list over at Goodreads but for some reason I neglect to also update here! You can check out the full list of what I’ve read so far this year by clicking the “Reading” tab above. For the more obsessive bibliophiles among us my previous years’ lists are also posted under the same tab.

Since I have books and reading on my mind, I thought I’d offer a “What’s on my nightstand” post. I’m a little late to the party since the 5 Minutes for Books nightstand carnival runs on Tuesdays and today is, as you know, Friday. Late or no, here’s a quick look at what I’m reading, what I’ve read recently, and what I hope to read soon…

Recently completed:

Fools Rush in Where Monkeys Fear to Tread: Taking Aim at Everyone by Carl Trueman. I laughed. I winced. I pondered. I laughed some more. This collection of Trueman’s essays on culture, celebrity and Christianity is equally sharp in its wit and in its analysis. Trueman is a master. I highly recommend it.

Call the Midwife. I’ve read the first two books in the trilogy and liked them very much. I’m a fan of the show and if you haven’t watched you really must! Life on London’s East Side in the 50’s was not an easy existence which makes for a memoir that is at times difficult to read. Though I was shocked by much of what Jenny and her fellow midwives experience I was equally impressed with the care and compassion not only of the midwives but of the nuns of Nonnatus House.

Jane Eyre. This was a re-read and I loved it all over again.

Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon. I’ve mentioned this book several times here on the blog. It’s great.

Currently reading:

Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me by Karen Swallow Prior. Another memoir, this of literature and faith. I already love it and I’m only halfway through.

Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End. The third in the trilogy.

The Discipline of Grace: God’s Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges. One chapter read and I am already greatly encouraged. Grace that is greater than all my sin! Yes and amen.

Joy!: A Bible Study on Philippians for Women by Keri Folmar. Another book I’ve mentioned here on the blog. I’m working through this study on my own this summer. It’s been really good. Keri knows how to ask good questions.

Hoping to read soon (subject to the whim and discretion of the reader, of course):

  • The Atonement by Leon Morris
  • A Generous Justice by Tim Keller
  • Think by John Piper
  • On Writing by Stephen King
  • Bonhoeffer by Eric Mextas
  • The Little Way of Ruthie Leming by Rod Dreher
  • The King by Steven James

I am still on the hunt for that elusive really, really, really good novel so if you’ve got any suggestions, please, pass them on!

Check out what others are reading at 5 Minutes for Books!

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Author: Lisa Spence

Wife, mother, Bible teacher, bibliophile, occasional blogger