Saturday, December 29, 2012

2012 Book List: update

I still have two or three books to read yet before I complete the entire list I compiled at the beginning of the year, but I did get through most of them and was definitely challenged, uplifted -- and hopefully changed as well. I'm finding I have less time to read these days, yet there were still a few more books that made their way onto the list as the year went along:




Who Calls Me Beautiful?: Finding Our True Image in the Mirror of God



  I Will Carry You: The Sacred Dance of Grief and Joy
This book made me cry!



The Perfectly Imperfect Home: How to Decorate and Live Well
With moving this summer and setting up home in a new house -- this book contained some creative ideas and tidbits.



7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess
Warning: don't read this unless you want to think differently about all the stuff in your house and activities in your life. [smile]


My favorite book of 2012? That is a tough question, but I think it was Rachel Jankovic's
Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches


If you are a mom -- read this book.
If you are a big sister -- read this book, then read it again after you have babies of your own.
I think I'm going to put this on my 'to read list' every year. Down to earth, easy to read, and humorous at times, each chapter contains little gems to make you smile and words that will encourage and give strength.


Now to begin compiling a book list for 2013...
Any suggestions?

What are you hoping to read?

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

A really good book that my sisters and friend have read and really recommended is Grace for the Good Girl, by Emily Freeman. I am going to read it as soon as my sister is done! I've read parts of it, and it is very down-to-earth. :)

Elizabeth said...

Thanks so much for sharing, Bethany! =) Have you read "Kisses from Katie" by Katie Davis? I received it as a gift from my grandparents and I've been really blessed by it so far. =) Blessings and thanks again for sharing your reading lists! I look forward to seeing your 2013 list, Lord willing! =)

goatpod2 said...

Since I got my Kindle Fire I have been grabbing a lot of free books for the Kindle though so I haven't been reading actual books as of late.

Amy

Hannah said...

"Anything" by Jennie Allen. I got it for Christmas and already started it . . . I'm looking forward to reading the entire book! :-)

( : David'sKate : ) said...

Second to the Bible, the most worldview changing books I've ever read was Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Dr. Weston A Price DDS. I can't recommend it highly enough to all people, but particularly to those who want to, or already have children!
A wonderful biographical book is First Lady: The Life of Lucy Webb Hayes.
I've been interested in reading Loving the Little Years so your recommendation may "push me over the brink" to buy it! :) 7 also sounds like a fun book!

WarrenAveryJennings said...

Hi Bethany! I'm hoping to get the last two books on this list and read them. They look very good! My favorites from 2012 are Beautiful Outlaw by John Eldridge, and One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. They're definite must-reads!

WarrenAveryJennings said...

Hi Bethany! I'm hoping to get the last two books on your list and read them. They look very good! My favorites from 2012 are Beautiful Outlaw by John Eldridge, and One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. They're definite must-reads!

Sisters of Grace said...

I have read my fair share of books over the years and one of my all time favorites is "Kisses from Katie". It is a very inspiring read!

Looking forward to seeing others suggestions!
Emily

Sisters of Grace said...

I have read my fair share of books over the years and one of my all time favorites is "Kisses from Katie". It is a very inspiring read!

Looking forward to seeing others suggestions!
Emily

Anonymous said...

I read a great book this year entitled "Having a Mary Spirit" by Joanna Weaver that I loved! Truly a life-changing book for me. =)
-Alison Turner

Grace Adele said...

A really good one that I just started reading is "The Scent Of Water: Grace for Every Kind Of Broken" by Naomi Zacarias. :) And I agree with the comment above, "kisses from katie" is very good!!

Grace Adele

Sarah Stelzl said...

Choosing Gratitude, by Nancy Leigh Demoss, and Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver are two of my favorite books that have changed my life =)

His Grace Abounds said...

I would reccomend the book, "Safely Home" by Randy Alcorn. It is fiction...but VERY powerful and eye-opening!
I also love the book, "The Christmas Candle" by Max Lucado. also fiction. I read it every year at Christmas time. It is amazing! For quarterly, very encouraging reading, I would highly reccomend subscribing to "The King's Blooming Rose magazine", by Sarah Bryant. It is valuable for married and maidens alike!

Thank you very much for sharing those books!

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Lois said...

Hello Bethany,

Thank you for sharing your reading list. I noticed that a couple young ladies suggested "Kisses from Katie" and I personally I wouldn't recommend it and and you can see why, here: http://heritageofgrace.wordpress.com/2012/07/31/dangerous-books/

This is a blog post my sister did on several book.

http://heritageofgrace.wordpress.com/2012/09/24/reply-to-deann/

Baby Blessings said...

I am so glad that you posted these suggestions. I just ordered "Who Calls Me Beautiful" for my oldest daughter to read. I also had wondered about the "Loving the Little Years" book. I have children from 19 down to expecting a new one in four weeks. I kind of thought I didn't need to read that, but I hadn't thought about my oldest daughter reading it. This inspired me to set a goal of books I need to read this year. :o)

Amanda said...

'Miracle for Jen' by Linda Barrick.
Its one of my favorite stories, and is just really incredible! Jen's faith is inspiring, and I think you'd like it.

Erin said...

I read '7' this year - really challenging and eye-opening. Very good.