What’s On My Nightstand: September 2013

What's On My Nightstand? A Monthly Book List From www.homewithpurpose.net

Wow! It feels like I just posted the last update a few days ago! Despite all the busyness of school and fall activities, I actually feel like I had more time to read this month than I have for the last few!

Here’s what I’ve been reading:

  • The Scarlet Letter: The Dancer and I both finished this and have enjoyed discussing it! I haven’t read it since high school and I got much more out of it this time around!
  • Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter (Christian Guides to the Classics): This is a helpful little guide to read along with the actual book. The Dancer and I both appreciated it. I’ll be reviewing it soon.
  • Three Decades of Fertility: Ten Ordinary Women Surrender to the Creator and Embrace Life: Here’s how I summed up this book: 

    Most of all, I loved the overarching theme of children as a gift rather than a burden!

    If you’re in the midst of your childbearing years, you’ll find much encouragement and practical advice here. Older moms will especially be reassured by these stories. And no matter what your convictions on these issues, or what stage of the childbearing years you’re in, I think you’ll enjoy this look into the heart and motivations of ten women who’ve chosen this path.

    You can read my entire review here.

  • Fit to Burst: I enjoyed this follow-up as much as I enjoyed the first book, Loving the Little Years! Simple, gospel-centered encouragement for moms in the trenches! Watch for my full review next week. I’ll also be giving away a copy! In the meantime, here’s my review of Loving the Little Years.
  • Seed Sowers: Gospel-Planting Adventures: I read through this myself in preparation for reviewing it, and now we’re working our way through it aloud, one story at a time. It’s a fun collection of modern missionary stories from around the world (see my review here).
  • Amos Fortune, Free Man: This is the next literature selection for Karate Kid (12) and I’m trying to stay ahead of him. I picked this up to start the first couple of chapters one evening and didn’t put it down until I’d read the entire thing a couple of hours later! I enjoyed this simple tale of a slave in colonial times, from his capture as a youth in Africa to his eventual freedom and work to free others.
  • HarperCollins Treasury of Picture Book Classics: A Child’s First Collection: Monkey Boy (4) and I read through this collection of classic picture books together over the last couple of weeks. It has so many of our favorites, from Goodnight Moon to If You Give a Mouse a Cookie! We own the individual books for many of the titles, but he was excited to read this “big book”! It’s definitely big and heavy, but unlike many anthologies, it has the full-sized illustrations and pages for each book.

On my nightstand (or Kindle) right now:

  • Reading God’s Story: I’m actually getting ahead on this because I read 7 days a week and the plan is only scheduled for 6. I’m so used to the faster pace of the Bible in 90 Days plan that I occasionally read beyond the day’s reading, but I’m enjoying the more leisurely pace too.
  • Everyday Prayers: Still loving these beautiful, gospel-centered prayers from Pastor Scotty Smith!
  • The Long Winter: Peanut and I are continuing through these. I think this is one of my favorites out of the whole series!
  • Extravagant Grace: “What if growing in grace is more about humility, dependence, and exalting Christ than it is about defeating sin?”  An unsettling thought, isn’t it? This is the premise of the book. It’s based largely on the writings of John Newton (of Amazing Grace fame). I’m really enjoying this one! Watch for my review soon.

Still on my list from last month, plus a few new ones:

I could list so many more on my to-read list, but I’ll stop there for now.

So…what’s on YOUR nighstand? 🙂

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  1. I like your list! I enjoyed The Scarlet Letter as well. The Tolkien book sounds really interesting!

    I really enjoyed Short Straw Bride and Stealing the Preacher was a great follow-up.
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    • One of these days I’m going to actually get to On the Shoulders of Hobbits…

      I really enjoyed Short Straw Bride too and I’m really looking forward to Stealing the Preacher! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  2. I think I will get a couple of these books for my wife. She is a homeschool mom with five kids all under the age of 8. The only thing is she said if she took the time to read about being a good mom she would not have the time to be a good mom. How do you do it?

    • I love that you want to bless your wife this way! 🙂 It’s definitely hard to find the time! But I think it’s essential to nourish our own minds too, so I try to make it a priority (I don’t always succeed!). Sometimes things get left undone. I mostly read at night after the kids are in bed, if I can stay awake. Thankfully, I’ve always been a fast reader, so that helps too!

  3. Ha — I just left a comment on another Nighstand post saying that I have gotten SO much more out of classics that I’ve reread in the last few years, as opposed to high school. It’s interesting watching my daughter read them now.
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  4. Grace seems to be a popular subject on many nightstands this month. I have added a lot of them to my list. I have not been purchasing any new books due to the volume that I already have. Unread I might add. My daughter and I both read Scarlet Letter and have had many conversations from it. I love those types of interactions when we can have good, deep discussion. Thank you for sharing many of these titles. I have written them down and will be checking them out.
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    • I’m glad some of my suggestions interested you! 🙂 I totally understand about the volume of unread books…I have more than enough to keep me busy without adding anything new for awhile too!

  5. I really need to give The Scarlet Letter another try. I also read it in high school and really didn’t like it at the time but often wonder if I should try reading it again considering that many of the things I hated in high school I now like perfectly fine!
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