Between our snowstorm and this being the last of the holidays I have actually gotten extra time for reading lately. It has been exactly what I needed to recharge and get ready for this year. It feels really good to get a jump start on my 2019 goals too!
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I loved this book! It was the perfect book to start out my year. It’s the story of two women who are believers in Iran. I takes place in the last decade or so and it is the autobiographical account of their imprisonment for their faith. I feel that it is so important for me to read about the struggles of believers in other countries on a regular basis. It keeps me connected to pray for them. Also I need to be reminded of how easy I have it here in the US.
One thing I found exceptional about this book is the way these two women talk about their physical struggles as though they are secondary to the story. It is the story of how they are able to share their faith with so many more women while they are in prison than when they were free. Then they will casually mention that they have to stand outside in the cold everyday at six in the morning, or that they are malnourished from months without good food. It puts so much in perspective and really humbles me when I realize the type of things I complain about so easily.
What a classic, it was the first time for H to hear this book and she loved it. It reeled in the twins also, and even made them a little sad when the Velveteen Rabbit is in danger. It’s definitely one of those books every kid should hear while they still think of their toys as ‘real.’
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book. I’ve always liked Mercy Me and I knew that there had been a movie made about Bart Miller’s story, but that was about all I knew before reading this book. I don’t know if the right word to use is enjoyable. I was impacted by the book, but it was a hard book because of the painfulness of what he went through as a child. It’s hard to imagine forgiving this this kind of abuse. It was definitely an inspirational story and I felt like it gave another level of meaning to all of Mercy Me’s music, after hearing the story of where they started. I would recommend this book to survivors of abuse, or anyone wanting to better understand a past of abuse in someone they love.
Update on my Goals for 2019
- 1 Samuel- I have started studying 1 Samuel and I feel like God is showing me some exciting things which I will be sharing with you guys soon!
- 2 Samuel
- 1&2 Kings
- Romans 8- I’ve been working on this, I think I’m almost a third of the way through this. I’m trying a new method of memorization. It’s taking me a little bit to get used to it.
- John 15
- Gracelaced, by Ruth Chou Simons- This book was written by a friend of a friend. Its a devotional book and I’ve been meaning to get to it, but haven’t. It’s full of beautiful artwork and I’m really excited about this one.
- So Long Insecurity, by Beth Moore
- Finding Spiritual Whitespace, by Bonnie Gray
- The Year of Less, by Cait Flanders
- And We Are Changed, Priscilla Shirer
- The Hiding Place, by Corrie ten Boom- This is a reread, but I remember loving this book and haven’t read it since high school so I wanted to try it again.
I Can Only Imagine, by Bart Miller
- Ashley’s War, by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
- Hidden Figures, Margot Lee Shetterly
Captive in Iran: A Remarkable True Story of Hope and Triumph amid the Horror of Tehran’s Brutal Evin Prison, by Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh
- A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War: How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship, and Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914-1918, by Joseph Leconte
- Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds, by Carmine Gallo
- On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, by Stephen King
What I’m Reading to the Kids
- Wonder, by R.J. Palacio
- Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, by Robert C. O’Brien – This was my absolute favorite that I read to the twins when they were six. I hope H loves it as much as they did.
- The Girl of the Limberlost, by Gene Stratton Porter
- The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her own Making, by Catherine M. Valente
- The 13th Reality Volume 1: The Journal of Curious Letters, by James Dashner
- Elijah of Buxton, by Christopher Paul Curtis
- The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book 1: The Mysterious Howling, by Mayrose Wood
- The Name of This Book is Secret, by Pseudonymous Bosch
- The BFG, by Roald Dahl
The Velveteen Rabbit, by Margery Williams
- Mr Popper’s Penguins, by Richard Atwater
- Bed Knob and Broomsticks, by Mary Norton
- The Golden Goblet, by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
Have you started any of your goals for this year? What is working and what isn’t working for you?