What’s On Your Nightstand: September

What's On Your NightstandThe folks at 5 Minutes For Books host What’s On Your Nightstand? the fourth Tuesday of each month in which we can share about the books we have been reading and/or plan to read. You can learn more about it by clicking the link or the button.

Wow, I can’t believe we’re almost done with September! Here’s what I completed reading this month:

Masquerade by Nancy Moser, reviewed here.

Beyond Suffering: Discovering the Message of Job by Layton Talbert, reviewed here. Excellent.

The Misery of Job and the Mercy of God by John Piper, reviewed here. Very good.

Gospel Meditations For Men by Chris Anderson and Joe Tyrpak, with my son, not reviewed. Just thirty-one pages, a little too explicit in a couple of places for a teen guy, but very good.

Peace Like a River by Leif Enger, reviewed here.

The Shape of Mercy by Susan Meissner, reviewed here.

Lion of Babylon by Davis Bunn, reviewed here. Intense action concerning a missing American in Iraq and the formerly fired operative sent to find him. Very good!

Amy Inspired by Bethany Pierce, reviewed here. Mixed emotions.

A Penny For Your Thoughts by Mindy Starn Clark and The Map In the Attic by Jolyn Sharp, short reviews here. I actually read this during the summer but they were for a Secret Sister at church, so I couldn’t mention them before letting her know who I was.

Goforth of China by Rosalind Goforth, finished several weeks ago but just reviewed here this month.

I’m currently reading:

Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World edited by C. J. Mahaney. Should be done in a few days.

Boyhood and Beyond: Practical Wisdom for Becoming a Man by Bob Schultz with my son. About half-way through, enjoying it so far.

The Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber, my first by her, just started. I was very surprised to find a four-letter word there. Decided to lay this one aside after a way-too explicit sexual encounter was described.

Next up, probably:

Coffee Shop Conversations: Making the Most of Spiritual Small Talk by Dale and Jonalyn Fincher, recommended by Lisa.

Love’s Pursuit by Siri Mitchell.

The Little Women Letters by Gabrielle Donnelly, about three modern sisters who are descendants of Jo March who find a collection of her letters.

By Searching: My Journey Through Doubt Into Faith, autobiographical book by Isobel Kuhn.

Happy Reading!

14 thoughts on “What’s On Your Nightstand: September

  1. My, you get through so many books! Amy Inspired sounds a little “iffy” to me as well – not sure I’d enjoy it. I’ll be anxious to hear your thoughts on Little Women Letters – sounds good! I’m going to add The Misery of Job to my list. Thanks for some good reading prospects!

  2. I hate it when a book goes like The Shop on Blossom Street. I had one of those this month too! You are the second post I have seen with Amy Inspired and Beyond Suffering. I guess I will have to check those out sooner or later! Thanks for sharing Barbara!

  3. Some of the ones you have listed for what’s next look great! I’m going to keep them in mind.

    I’ve enjoyed your reviews of most of the others already. There are some real heavyweights (anything about Job qualifies as a heavyweight for me!). Always enjoy your thoughtful reviews.

  4. The Little Women “sequel” sounds interesting! I’ll have to look that one up. I’m also interested in By Searching. I always enjoy your book selections as good suggestions for myself, and also enjoy your reviews.

  5. I read a Debbie Maccomber book after watching one of her Hallmark movies. Definitely not Christian, but not offensive, so I bought a second. Got rid of it before I finished the first chapter and decided not to take a chance on any more. There are too many other good books out there!

  6. I just popped over to our review of The Shape of Mercy. I’m glad you liked it! I have yet to read any other books by Meissner, but I definitely want to.

    I recently heard about The Little Women Letters. It sounds intriguing. I’d love to hear your thoughts about it!

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