What’s On Your Nightstand: October 2012

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.

Here is what I’ve finished since last time:

Full Disclosure by Dee Henderson, reviewed here. Liked it a lot.

When You Come Home: The True Love Story Of A Soldier’s Heroism, His Wife’s Sacrifice and the Resilience of America’s Greatest Generation by Nancy Pitts, not reviewed. This story had been featured in Tom Brokaw’s Greatest Generation, and this is the full story.

Audiobooks of C. S. Lewis’s Space Trilogy: Out of the Silent Plant, Perelandra, and just finished That Hideous Strength yesterday afternoon.  I’m planning to review them all together  — unless that ends up being too long a post.

I had finished A Wrinkle in Time last time but hadn’t reviewed it yet: that review is here if anyone is interested. I’d appreciate the input of anyone who has read more of her than I have: I’m still not quite sure what to think of her.

I’m currently reading:

The Disciplines of Grace by Jerry Bridges with Challies‘ “Reading Classics Together” group. Only two chapters left!

Unless It Moves the Human Heart: The Craft and Art of Writing by Roger Rosenblatt (ought to move this one to TBR since I haven’t progressed much past the first few pages)

Thriving at College: Make Great Friends, Keep Your Faith, and Get Ready for the Real World! by Alex Chediak. Almost done! This one has been on here a while.

Uncle Tom’s Cabin for Carrie‘s Book Club October pick

Wildflowers of Terezin by Robert Elmer

Up next:

The Christian Imagination by Leland Ryken

The Last Superhero by Stephen Altrogge. I’ve never read anything by Altrogge, but it was free for the Kindle app, so a good time to try it, yes?

Allerednic: A Regency Cinderella Tale–In Reverse by Chautona Havig, another free one (great way to try new authors!) And my friend Lou Ann liked this, which bodes well for it.

Next audiobook: Probably The Hobbit. I want to go through it before the film comes out in December.

Happy Reading!

15 thoughts on “What’s On Your Nightstand: October 2012

  1. What do you think of Wildflowers? I really enjoyed it. Apparently Elmer writes a lot for children. I also have wondered a bit about E’ngle. No conclusions here though.

    The Hobbit is on my list, too…hoping my husband and I get to have a date in December. We’ll see….

  2. I’ve read all the Wrinkle in Time trilogy (don’t know the official name) and enjoyed them. It’s been awhile though so don’t know what I’d think now.

    I read Stephen Altrogge’s “The Greener Grass Conspiracy” and was very impressed with his insights on contentment. Don’t know anything about “The Last Superhero” though and now I’m wondering if I got it or not when it was free. 🙂

    I should probably re-read or listen to The Hobbit too, but it seems so daunting. I saw a movie on “The Life of Pi” is also coming out in November. It was an odd book, but should make an interesting movie.

  3. I am working hard on Uncle Tom’s Cabin. I am really enjoying it even though some of it is hard to read due to the issue. Very sad. I want to check out The Disciplines of Grace! Grace! it is a wonderful thing! I can’t wait for The Hobbit to be released! Not that we will run out and see it at the theatres because it costs a fortune to take our family.

  4. The Cinderella tale in reverse sounds like a clever concept.

    Wildflowers of Terezin has been catching my notice of late.

    Until it Moves The Human Heart sounds like an awesome TITLE at the very least! I’m curious to hear if you like it.

    And will you be writing a review of When You Come Home? If not, would you recommend it?

  5. I’ve read all of The Wrinkle in Time books, though it’s been years since I read the entire series. I recently read the first book, though, and decided it wasn’t good reading for me as a Christian. I too was uncomfortable with Jesus being listed alongside the other influential people. And I was very uncomfortable with the Medium in the story. Carrie pointed out some very interesting thoughts in her recent post on Harry Potter that got me thinking about magic in fiction. I’m still erring on the side of caution, though, and deciding not to read the magic at all. I’d rather miss out on a few titles than regret later having read them. I can always read them later if I decide it’s ok. 🙂

    Looks like you have a great upcoming list! Enjoy your reading!

  6. It’s nice to have a friend who has the same tastes in books so that you can take their recommendations. I’ve never read the Hobbitt and in all honesty, it really isn’t on my radar at all.

  7. Interesting list. I have the college one and wish my teens would read it. I count it lucky that they’ve actually looked it over!!

  8. Glad to hear a great review about Henderson’s book. I hope to read it soon.

    I downloaded Allerednic on my Kindle. I’ll look for your review next month.

  9. I love Madeline L’Engle, but I understand why parts of “Wrinkle” made you uncomfortable. I feel the same way. I’ve read TONS of her other writings though, and esp love her memoir and non-fiction stuff. I think her theology was a little whack in places, but I’ve also learned from her.

    I also love Lewis’ space trilogy. My teenage son is reading them now. The first is easy to get through; the second bogs down a bit. The third used to scare me to bits. I still think through some of his points.

    Jerry Bridges is good but I haven’t read the one you mention.

    What a great selection of books you have!

    Elizabeth from 5MFB

  10. Oh wow… I didn’t realize The Hobbit was coming out! That’s something to look forward to!

    I have read a lot of L’Engle, but my feelings about her tend to become more mixed rather than resolving.

    I love Lewis’ trilogy. Scenes and concepts have permanently affixed themselves in my imagination.

  11. I read The Hobbit earlier this year and enjoyed it, more than The Fellowship of the Ring which I finally finished this month.

    Lots of good stuff this month!

  12. I started a book by Chautona Havig on my Kindle since you said you’re enjoying her books:). I mentioned you on my blog too:)

  13. I am a biog fan of A Wrinkle in Time and all of the books from when I was younger. I look forward to reading the books with my kids for sure.
    Your list brings me some new titles as it usually does.
    Have a great November.

  14. Full Disclosure is on my TBR list – her books are always a fun diversion!

    I am a huge fan of Lewis’ Space Trilogy and have read them all several times over the last twenty years. The first is my favorite and they go down from there, but all are good.

  15. Just stumbled upon your blog looking up Hudson Taylor quotes for our upcoming Church History Dinner, and loved it so much I have been sitting here and have not done the quotes yet! May God bless you! Our reading lists from these past few months are almost identical! Hope to meet you in Heaven!

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