What’s On Your Nightstand: December 2017

Nightstand82The 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.

It’s the last Nightstand post of the year! In the next day or two I’ll post my whole list of books read this year and then my favorites, but for now, here’s what’s gone on in the reading department since last month.

Since last time I have completed:

What Is a Healthy Church? by Mark Dever, reviewed here.

The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare, reviewed here. A young Jewish man in the first century works covertly with a band of freedom fighters to throw off Rome’s oppression, but hearing the preaching of Rabbi Jesus makes him question. A Newberry medal winner and a nice read.

Washington’s Lady by Nancy Moser is a fictionalized biography of Martha Washington, wife of the U.S.A.’s first president, reviewed here. Very good.

French Women Don’t Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure by Mireille Guiliano, reviewed here. Interesting!

Sarah’s Song by Karen Kingsbury, reviewed here. A woman facing her last Christmas in a nursing home feels compelled to share her love story with a nurse. Good.

Silver Bells by Deborah Raney, reviewed here. A new reporter gets off on the wrong foot with the boss’s son and befriends a crime victim whose story she’s covering. Loved this one.

Keeping Christmas by Dan Walsh, reviewed here. An empty-nester mom goes into depression upon learning that none of her children will be home for Christmas, and her husband tries to restore her Christmas spirit. Very nice.

The Shoe Box by Francine River, reviewed here. A boy in foster care carries a shoe box with him all the time, but doesn’t show or tell what’s in it, until he feels a need to give his dearest treasure. Very short, but sweet.

One Enchanted Christmas by Melissa Tagg, reviewed here. An author falls for the cover model for her book, but when she visits his family farm, she discovers all is not as she thought. Delightful!

The Great Christmas Bowl by Susan May Warren, reviewed here. A mom gets roped into being the football team mascot – a trout – and heading up the church Christmas Tea and peacemaking between differing factions. Funny but with some probing questions and applications. Excellent.

Evergreen: A Christiansen Winter Novella. by Susan May Warren, reviewed here. A couple faces an empty-nest Christmas in different ways and realize they have unresolved issues causing a chill in their relationship. Poignant and very good.

That’s not as much as it looks like – the last seven were novellas, some very short, one of them more of a short story.

I’m currently reading:

Gospel Meditations for Christmas by Chris Anderson, Joe Tyrpak, and Michael Barrett.

Watership Down by Richard Adams

Up Next:

I’m totally not sure yet! I got  stack of new books for Christmas, plus over the next few days I’ll be working on reading challenge choices for next year, so I will have some idea after that.

Happy reading!

3 thoughts on “What’s On Your Nightstand: December 2017

  1. So many good books here, Barbara. I’d especially like to read Washington’s Lady and French Women Don’t Get Fat. I haven’t decided yet about reading challenges in 2018. I may just do Modern Mrs. Darcy’s challenge. But I still have a couple of days to change my mind. 🙂

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