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I love reading. Though, I don’t necessarily ever read a whole book. There are too many books and too little time — and you can get the main idea from a book without having to read it cover to cover. My consistent practice is I read the intro, the first and last chapters, chapters that catch my attention, and random pages here and there. If the book is absolutely delicious, I will devour the whole thing. A few books demand cover-to-cover reading and chewing over every word.
Since becomine a grown-up, I have had problems getting into fiction. Actually, the truth is, I love fiction. I just have this horrible nagging feeling while reading fiction that I am wasting time and should be reading some kind of inspirational book that will help me become a better person and encourage me to make a difference in the world. The discovery of home education and reading great books aloud to the kids has re-awakened in me a passion for classic stories, and a realization that fiction can do all the wonderful things non-fiction can –and maybe more! Edith Nesbit, C.S. Lewis, George MacDonald, Hans Christian Anderson, Robert Louis Stevenson, the Grimm Brothers, and A.A. Milne, among many others, have life-lessons to be learned intricately woven into their delightful narratives. Good fiction, here I come.
I do know this: Life is too short to read just a good book. I want to read the best of the best — and ALL of them that I can get my hands on.
My Current Reading (or Re-Reading) List:
Lies Women Believe and the Truth that Sets Them Free by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
The Invisible Hand by RC Sproul
Total Truth by Nancy Pearcy
Darwin’s Black Box
Shadrach by Meinert DeJong (reading aloud with kids)
My second favorite thing to do after reading is to recommend suitable reading to others — to play matchmaker between my favorite friends and favorite authors.
Here’s a roundup of several books I consider must-reads, and why you may want to take a peek inside them.
Romancing Your Child’s Heart by Monte Swan
Margin by Richard Swenson, M.D.
Educating the Whole-Hearted Child by Clay and Sally Clarkson
Mission of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson
The Death of Right and Wrong by Tammy Bruce
Shepherding Your Chlid’s Heart by Tedd Tripp
A Different Kind of Teacher by John Taylor Gatto
Family Matters by
Jack by Sayer
Point Man by Steve Farrar
Reforming Marriage by Douglas Wilson
A Charlotte Mason Education by Karen Andreola
What We’d Wish We Known by ….
The Case for Faith by Lee Strobel
Fit Bodies, Fat Minds by Os Guiness
When I Don’t Desire God, How to Fight for Joy by John Piper
Desiring God by John Piper
I Saw the Angel in the Marble by Chris Davis
For the Children’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer MacCauley
How Shall We Then Live by Francis Schaeffer
Who Shall We Then Read by Jan Bloom
Uniting Church and Home by Eric Wallace
Total Truth by Nancy Pearcy
A Return to Modesty by Wendy Shallit