I just joined the Puritan Reading Challenge (see sidebar). And here I am joining another reading challenge. (Click image to learn about it and join for yourself. Some random participant will win a $25 Amazon Gift Certificate.)
I can’t help it. I am a bibliophile. I’d rather read than just about anything – except write sometimes. Yes, even rather than eat. Yes, I do skip many meals to get reading time. But, I’m not getting near as many books read as I’d like lately. I think some of that is due to reading too many emails that flood my inbox – and all its orderly sorting folders.
This winter I’ve made no resolutions or vows, not even to a Bible reading schedule, but I have told myself I want to write more, plan better lessons, spend more time with the children one on one, and read more. I should probably add – and sleep more – to that list, as I’ve not been getting enough sleep either (doing those things on that list that can only be done after children go to bed). But God has not increased my hours in the day, so I’m really not sure how I’ll do even one of those, let alone all of them. I don’t read that many emails that I can cut out. So I can only pray for grace to redeem the time that I have, to look for little moments that could be lost and use them for the best use I can.
What am I saying?! I’m already work driven. I never rest and "do nothing", and am usually multi-tasking. But irregardless I’m going to try – knowing that if I don’t complete them, nothing drastic will happen. I will know I’ve done my best, and I will have the joy of increased growth. This is nothing new I had to think about. This is the list I intended to work on before I ever heard of a possible $25 reward for posting about it. 🙂
So here is my list:
Selected chapters from Exodus, Joshua, Judges, 1&2 Samuel, 1&2 Kings, Daniel, Ezra, and the whole book of Ruth (according to my Bible lesson planning)
Ephesians – with in-depth study and research
The Bruised Reed (for Puritan Reading Challenge)
They Mystery of Providence (for Puritan Reading Challenge)
The Godly Man’s Picture (for Puritan Reading Challenge – but not even intending on getting it finished before the 17th of March – perhaps half by then.)
A History of American Christianity – Leonard Woolsey Bacon (anyone know anything about this book? – again I’m working on a specific section of it)
Doctrines of Grace – James Montgomery Boice
Family Driven Faith – Voddie Baucham
Passionate Housewives Desperate for God – Stacy McDonald and Jennie Chancey (if I finally get it ordered)
I’m going to stop there. This is pretty ambitious and I still have to finish the books I am currently reading to the children, which include: (and when these are finished start new ones)
Building the Nation – Charles Coffin
Sketches from Church History
Guns of Thunder – Doug Bond (I’m guessing we’ll finish this and begin the next one in this series)
Mr. Pipes Comes to America – Doug Bond
Training Hearts, Teaching Minds – Starr Meade (we won’t finish this one until probably next year)
And parts of Bible Doctrine, Practical Religion, Democracy in America, Universal History in Perspective, Basic History of the United States, (is that all?) with my youth; as well as other books for planning lessons.
And someday I do really hope to finish:
Religious Affections – Jonathan Edwards
And no doubt there will be plenty of reading that will pop up between now and mid-March that may displace some of this.
I’ll let you know how it is going.
For Me and My House ~ At Jesus’ feet,
Lisa @ Me and My House ~ Discipleship for Life!
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