What’s On Your Nightstand: February 2017

What's On Your NightstandThe folks at 5 Minutes For Books host What’s On Your Nightstand? the last Tuesday of each month in which we can share about the books we have been reading and/or plan to read.

We have an excuse in February for saying it felt like a short while since the last Nightstand.  I’m posting mine a day early since tomorrow I am posting a wrap-up for the Laura Ingalls Wilder Reading Challenge.

Since last time I have completed:

The Tidewater Sisters by Lisa Wingate, reviewed here. In this novella postlude to The Prayer Box, Tandi Jo is preparing for her wedding when she receives notification that she’s being sued over property that she doesn’t even own. She has to face some situations and people from her past, including her scheming sister. Short but good.

Two Roads Home by Deborah Raney, reviewed here. Jesse’s outgoing nature is sometimes mistaken as flirting, which backfires on him when a colleague takes it the wrong way. Jesse tries to protect his family and job but wonders whether this is a signal that some things need to change. Good.

12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup, reviewed here. Northup’s story of being a free man deceived and then kidnapped into slavery on a trip to the South, his experiences, and his rescue. Riveting.

The Story Girl by Lucy Maud Montgomery, Carrie’s  L. M. Montgomery Reading Challenge, reviewed here. The adventures of a group of children on Prince Edward Isle. Not thrilled with it overall but liked parts of it.

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Country Cookbook, reviewed here. Some of Laura’s recipes as well as photos and tidbits of her adult life and home. Very enjoyable.

These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder for the Laura Ingalls Wilder Reading Challenge, reviewed here. This covers the time from Laura’s fifteenth year to her wedding, including her first teaching assignments and courtship with Almanzo. Loved it.

Uncle Tom or New Negro?: African Americans Reflect on Booker T. Washington and UP FROM SLAVERY 100 Years Later, edited by Rebecca Carroll. I had been looking to read Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington and stumbled across this book, which includes the text of that book as well as commentary from 20 black leaders on his life and legacy. Just finished it this morning – hope to review it soon.

I’m currently reading:

How to Read the Bible For All Its Worth by Gordon D. Fee and Douglas Stuart

Spiritual Mothering: The Titus 2 Design for Women Mentoring Women by Susan Hunt

Traces of Guilt by Dee Henderson

The Ringmaster’s Wife by Kristy Cambron

Middlemarch by George Eliot

Up Next:

A Place of Quiet Rest by Nancy Leigh DeMoss

The Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay

Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More by Karen Swallow Prior and Eric Metaxas

When Others Shuddered: Eight Women Who Refused to Give Up by Jamie Janosz

How about you? What’s on your nightstand?

4 thoughts on “What’s On Your Nightstand: February 2017

  1. Barbara, you amaze me with how much reading you are able to accomplish with the responsibilities you have with caring for your mother-in-law as well as taking care of the rest of your family. I remember the majority of the books you did as reviews here earlier, but am looking at a couple of the latest ones you put up here today. Spiritual Mothering and A Place of Quiet Rest are two that catch my attention right off. Thank you for always doing honest book reviews here.

  2. I plan to reread, this time with a pen in hand, Nancy Guthrie’s “What Grieving People Wish You Knew”. That book was a gem, coming at a time that was very helpful. Honestly, I was afraid to read the book–fearful to discover how many times I might not have gotten things right in the past. But this book was written very compassionately and gently in that regard. I think it’s a great read to revisit over the years when coming alongside others who are grieving.

    I’ve almost finished “Being There: How to Love Those Who Are Hurting”. I thought very good and was worth the purchase price alone as he addressed the grief caregivers experience in the opening part of the book. A balm for my hurting heart.

    Next up on my nightstand is “The Life We Never Expected” which was recommended by Justin Taylor with Crossway Books, written by Andrew & Rachel Wilson. The subtitle reads, “Hopeful Reflections on the Challenges of Parenting Children With Special Needs”. I don’t have that challenge myself, but wanted to gain insight for others who do. The reviews made me excited about it.

    And I look forward to finally reading Elisabeth Elliot’s “The Shaping of a Christian Family”. A friend has repeatedly encouraged me to read it, and after your mentioning here, I bought it.

    Sorry such a lengthy comment. Thanks for the joy and encouragement of your blog, Barbara.

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