This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every moring: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion saith my soul: therefore will I hope in him. The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. Lamentations 3: 21-26

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Fall into Reading 2008/Thursday Thirteen

My favorite time of year is fall. Once again Katrina over at Callapidder Days is hostessing the Fall into Reading Challenge. Last year I participated in the carnival and had a great time. Due to time & family commitments I haven’t joined in any reading programs for a while. So I’m really excited to “read with a plan” for a while, again.

Thirteen books seems manageable for a twelve week reading challenge. But which ones to choose? Books I didn’t finish the last challenge? Books I didn’t finish the challenge before that??? Pull off the top of the stack nearest my chair? (Yes I have multiple stacks!) Start at the bottom of one of the stacks and work up? Check out a lot of new & recommended books from the library? Go to Half Price Bookstore and buy more? Oooooooooooooooh…tempting.

Well, I kind of did a little of everything and came up with these thirteen. And since I wanted to resume my participation in the Thursday Thirteen posts, I thought I’d combine the two. (Reviews or notes in italic are from the publishers.) So we have:

(Thursday) Thirteen Books for Fall into Reading 2008

1. But Who Do You Say I Am? by Bishop John A. Marshall

Bishop John A. Marshall looks at the Gospels from a unique persepctive by examining every question that is asked--by Jesus, by his disciples, by his friends and his enemies. The result is a lively, practical and profound book which gives the reader a vivid sense of the issues and conflicts that Jesus faced.

I purchased this at a Christian bookstore I was sad to see going out of business. I want to say I spent less that $2 for it. I couldn't pass it up.

2.Sabbath, Finding Rest, Renewal and Delight in our Busy Lives by Wayne Muller

In today's world, with its relentless emphasis on success and productivity, we have lost the necessary rhythm of life, the balance between work and rest. Constantly striving, we feel exhausted and deprived in the midst of great abundance. We long for time with friends and family, we long for a moment to ourselves.

Millennia ago, the tradition of Sabbath created an oasis of sacred time within a life of unceasing labor. Now, in a book that can heal our harried lives, Wayne Muller, author of the spiritual classic How, Then, Shall We Live?, shows us how to create a special time of rest, delight, and renewal--a refuge for our souls.

We need not even schedule an entire day each week. Sabbath time can be a Sabbath afternoon, a Sabbath hour, a Sabbath walk. With wonderful stories, poems, and suggestions for practice, Muller teaches us how we can use this time of sacred rest to refresh our bodies and minds, restore our creativity, and regain our birthright of inner happiness.

I read this book before, about seven years ago, checked out from the library. It was wonderful. It is time to read it again. It really is time.

3. The Solution by Laurel Mellin,

These days, it's fashionable to look at the problems of overweight people and write them off as too much food and too little exercise. But for many it's more complicated than that, and Laurel Mellin has identified six root causes of the behaviors that lead to obesity. She believes it's never too late to develop the skills to overcome these problems, whether the root is an inability to set limits or a life lived out of balance.

This book was recommended to me by one of the women who is part of a weight loss blog I belong to. The library had it and hopefully I will see some positive results from reading it.

4. Hold On to Your Kids by Gordon Neufeld and Gabor Mate, M.D.

Like countless other parents, Canadian doctors Neufeld and Maté woke up one day to find that their children had become secretive and unreachable. Pining for time with friends, they recoiled or grew hostile around adults. Why? The problem, Neufeld and co-writer Maté suggest, lies in a long-established, though questionable, belief that the earliest possible mastery of the rules of social acceptance leads to success. In a society that values its economy over culture, the book states, the building of strong adult/child attachments gets lost in the shuffle. Multiple play dates, day care, preschool and after school activities groom children to transfer their attachment needs from adults to their peers. They become what the authors call "peer oriented." The result is that they squelch their individuality, curiosity and intelligence to become part of a group whose members attend school less to learn than to socialize. And these same children are bullying, shunning and murdering each other, as well as committing suicide, at increasing rates. The authors' meticulous exploration of the problem can be profoundly troubling. However, their candidness and exposition lead to numerous solutions for reestablishing a caring adult hierarchy.

I saw this book over at Jen's Conversion Diary (formerly Et Tu?). What can I say? It just looked like a book that I had to read.

5. Preparing for Jesus by Walter Wangerin, Jr.

In Making Ready, Wangerin contemplates the miracle of Advent, Christmas, and God's kingdom, and once again illuminates, in richly personal detail, what those who were actually there must have seen, heard, and felt. As he considers the possibilities of each key figure-- Zechariah, Mary, Elizabeth, John the Baptist, Joseph, Jesus, Simeon, and Anna--he applies their reflections to our own readiness for Christ's coming.

I was supposed to read this book last year during Advent, during my Reason for the Season series. I got overwhelmed and didn't. So, I'm taking another try. It looks fabulous.

6. The Bias Against Guns by John R. Lott, Jr.

Slicing through the emotional--but factually wrong--arguments of gun control advocates this book busts a number of myths, demonstrating with hard statistical data and riveting anecdotes.

7.Category 7 by Bill Evans and Marianna Jameson (Finished the review is in the link on the title.)

This was an impulse buy at the grocery store. I never do that. I am all about cheap, so this better be good.

8. A Bride so Fair by Carol Cox (Finished the review is in the link on the title.)

This has been in the pile for a long time. I am going to read it.

9. At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon

I've wanted to read this series for several years. I found the first four books at the Half Price Bookstore for a dollar each--could not pass them up.

10. Wild Country/Little Britches by Ralph Moody (Finished the review is in the link on the title.)

This has been on my list since I began homeschooling. It is on Roo's reading list for this year too. I try to read some of what he's reading. It's getting harder to keep up.

11. The Andromeda Strain by Michael Criton

I read this in high school. It is always interesting to read things from a (hopefully) grown-up perspective. I see that there are two movies made from the book--one from 1971 and one from 2008. If the library has them, I may check them out.

12. The Keys to the Kingdom: Mister Monday by Garth Nix (Finished the review is in the link on the title.)

A juvenile fiction book, that caught my attention. I've been trying to get it read for a long time. Now seems as good as any. If I like it I may pass it on too Roo and my neice. We'll see.

13. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin (Book One in the Earthsea Cycle)

A recommendation from a stranger in a hospital waiting room. I've read good reviews from other bloggers, also. I found the first three books at (you guessed it) the Half Price Bookstore for $1. (I'm starting to sound like a broken record.)

Six non-fiction, seven fiction. We'll see how I do. We'll see what gets me side-tracked. I'm looking forward to getting more reading done.

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Lori said...

Great list...Happy TT:)

Yasmin said...

Happy TT!

Nicholas said...

Category 7 looks good. In fact, I just ordered it! You have the power of suggestion!

pussreboots said...

I'm also signed up for Fall into Reading but I have a much shorter list. Happy TT.

Journeywoman said...

I've heard great things about the Earthsea books.

Darla said...

I've only read the last one: A Wizard of Earthsea. It was okay, but I liked the second book in the series, The Tombs of Atuan, better.

That's quite a few nonfiction books--they always take me longer to read than fiction.

luvmy4sons said...

Start with the Mitford series you won't be sorry. They are so good! Even my oldest read them WAY back when I was readingthem because I laughed aloud so much as I read them!

annie said...

The Mitford books are some of my very favorite!

Meg said...

I love the Mitford series! Thank you for a few ideas for new books to read. Happy TT!

Michelle said...

Great list of books. Sounds like you're all set to read. Enjoy! Happy TT.

Karen MEG said...

Reading, what is that again? ;)

Thanks for this list; I'm always looking for new ones to put on a list of books I should try to get to one day...

Happy TT!

Sue said...

Good luck reading your books. They all look interesting. Thanks for stopping by mine.

Sonya said...

Great list! Our read aloud right now is Little Britches! Love it so far! I too have been very busy with family things and haven't been able to keep up with anything in the blogging world, much less reading challenges. I'm working on that though and hope to create some free time very soon. Good luck with the challenge!

Jennifer said...

Your questions on which books to choose made me laugh...we are truly kindred spirits! I could have written that paragraph! ;-) You reminded me I have been wanting to read Hold on To Your Kids...I hope you'll review it after you read it!

Brittanie said...

My Mom, Aunt, Grandmother,me, and my aunt's mil loved the Mitford series. I read all of the main series. I have not read any of the recent additions. It has been so long I really want to reread them one day. :)

Beth F said...

I liked the Mitford books. Fun group of characters. I read the first couple but got distracted with other books. I'll have to get back to that series.

Jennifer, Snapshot said...

The Hold on to Your Kids looks great. Never heard of it, but great concept.

I love Mitford. People either love them or don't. I hope you do.

Julie said...

Oh you will love the Mitford series! My mom and I read them as they came out...I really want to read them again now that I have all the books and can read them one after the other. Hey, I'm a Julie, too! Nice to "meet" you and good luck with the challenge.

Katrina said...

Your list looks great. Plenty of variety, and some very interesting-looking reads. I went through a stage about 10-12 years ago where I read every Michael Crichton book I could get my hands on. It would be interesting to re-visit some of them.

Thanks for being part of the challenges!

carrie said...

That's a great list of books!!!

Jolanthe said...

you'll love the mitford series!!

Susanne said...

Looks like a great list! Happy reading!

Barbara H. said...

I LOVED the Mitford series, especially the first book. I hope you will, too.

I am not familiar with many of the others. Looks like some heavy reading there for a couple of them! I'll be looking forward to seeing whatever comments or reviews you post about them as you go along or at the end.

MomE said...

I'm going to check out the Sabbath looks good. Love your blog!

Robin said...

Great List! Hold on to your Kids is excellent.

Happy Reading

Robin of mytwoblessings

PinkDaisyGirl said...

The only thing on your list that I've read is the Mitford book. I've read the entire series and loved it. It was a little hard for me to get into the first book, so if you have that trouble, stick with it and you might find a treasure too. I was probably into it by the first 50 or 60 pages. It just took me a little while to figure out who all the characters were...they seemed to come flying in from everywhere all at once.

~ Kayren

Sheryl said...

You have several here that really caught my eye. Hopefully I can find them at

If you and your guys enjoy listening to audio books, the Jan Karon series is available (you can usually find them used)in the unabridged format and read by (We LOVE this man's reading style!) John McDonough. We are starting back through the audio series a second time. We love using our car time to listen to audio books :)

My reading list for the fall consists mainly of college books with a few self-chosen goodies thrown in ;p

Sheryl said... someone else mentioned, the first book in the series is the toughest to get through...but once you do, you'll be hooked!

Ronnica said...

I like the idea of reading 13 books in 12 weeks. It seems like an easy way to pace yourself.

Much Ado said...

What a great list and I can totally relate to the whole thing of "including books I didn't finish from the previous challenges!!"

I am going to check out that Sabbath Rest one it seems really interesting. Enjoy your reading!

kalea_kane said...

Oh I just loved the Mitford series! I started reading them several years ago when I lived in Rhode Island. Those stories just took me away!

eva said...

Looks like a fantastic list! I look forward to reading your reviews. Good luck on your reading journey!

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