2019 Reads

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Does anyone else have an Amazon book problem? I hear a podcast, read a blog post, see a post on Instagram about a book, add it to my cart, open it when it comes to my house, put it on a shelf and never read it. I’m always like, OH WHEN I HAVE TIME I’LL READ THIS and then the years go by and those little books just stare at me like “is it time yet?”. Nah bruh, I’m too busy. Gotta watch the entire series of The Office. Again. Then, I had some realizations:

I love reading.
I love not being wasteful.
I have a library card. 

Last year I decided to use my library card to read some books without buying them (but you know, not any of the books that I had bought and not read yet) and racked up $20 in library fines. Oopsies. Still cheaper than buying a bunch of books I guess? Lesson learned! And I really do love visiting the library with my kids so a win win. Minus the late fees. Note to self: turn books in on time. Or renew. The end.

So, this year I had a few parameters to plan around when deciding which books to read:

  • I’m doing Nancy Ray’s Contentment Challenge   January through March so I’m not buying any books until April. That means that books on my bookshelf and the library are fair game.
  • One of my goals for this year is to read the whole Bible for the first time ever! So taking that “read load” into account and not planning too much.
  • Working in choices!  I’m a Rebel and will immediately reject anything that is too structured or expectations that are forced on me (by myself or others) so planning out 10 books to read the rest of the year and the order to read them in is a recipe for disaster. I decided to plan out reading quarterly and left some *fun* books to read if I finish my reading for the quarter early. Also, it’s taken me forever to actually blog this because I just can’t narrow down my choices so I might not even stick to this…
  • Q1
    • Tech Wise Family by Andy Crouch
      • I started this last year and it is FANTASTIC. The author is what I would classify as extreme when it comes to avoiding screen time with their kids, but brings up some incredibly valuable and inspiring points and ideas. There are also lots of studies and graphics intertwined throughout regarding statistics about technology use and our society. The author is a Christian and that is a heavy influence in the writing. All in all it really affirmed for me that my personal phone and technology use had become to prominent in my life and it was wise for me to take a break and reevaluate my instincts and habits regarding my phone use. I took a break from social media (and shopping– ha!) in January so without anything to do on my phone I finished this quick read on January 2. It’s quick and is one I will reference for sure as kids get older.
    • How to Break Up With Your Phone by Catherine Price
      • I started this last year also but didn’t finish as it walks through like a 30 day detox plan. As I mentioned up there, I don’t really like being told what to do, and while I wanted to do all of the detox things I wanted to do them in my own order and on my own timetable.
  • Q2
  • Q3
    • Sun Stand Still by Steven Furtick
    • A quote I found on Amazon: “This book is not a Snuggie. The words on these pages will not go down like Ambien. I’m not writing to calm or coddle you. With God’s help, I intend to incite a riot in your mind. Trip your breakers and turn out the lights in your favorite hiding places of insecurity and fear. Then flip the switch back on so that God’s truth can illuminate the divine destiny that may have been lying dormant inside you for years. In short, I’m out to activate your audacious faith. To inspire you to ask God for the impossible. And in the process, to reconnect you with your God-sized purpose and potential.”   —Steven Furtick, from Sun Stand Still
  • Q4
    • Out of Sorts by Sarah Bessey
    • From Amazon:
      • “In Out of Sorts, Sarah Bessey—award-winning blogger and author of Jesus Feminist, which was hailed as “lucid, compelling, and beautifully written” (Frank Viola, author of God’s Favorite Place on Earth)—helps us grapple with core Christian issues using a mixture of beautiful storytelling and biblical teaching, a style well described as “narrative theology.” As she candidly shares her wrestlings with core issues—such as who Jesus is, what place the Church has in our lives, how to disagree yet remain within a community, and how to love the Bible for what it is rather than what we want it to be—she teaches us how to walk courageously through our own tough questions. In the process of gently helping us sort things out, Bessey teaches us how to be as comfortable with uncertainty as we are with solid answers. And as we learn to hold questions in one hand and answers in the other, we discover new depths of faith that will remain secure even through the storms of life.”

BONUS READING:

  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling (the illustrated edition!)
  • Dance Stand Run by Jess Connolly
  • The Eternal Current by Aaron Niequest
  • Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Harrison Warren

 

What’s on your 2019 “to read” list?! Comment below!

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