Two books down in 2010 - so far, so good...
Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust by Immaculée Ilibagiza
What broke my heart the most about this book is that the Rwandan genocide happened in 1994 when I was a junior in high school, and I knew nothing about it at the time. Across the world, in modern times, innocent people were being slaughtered with machetes, and half of an entire country was murdered. It sounds like something barbaric that happened in Medieval times, not in our lifetime. Immaculée's story will break your heart, make you smile, make you cry, and help you believe that there is redemption in even the vilest of circumstances. This book physically made me ill at times, but I couldn't stop turning the pages.
A Mother's Heart: A Look at Values, Vision, and Character for the Christian Mother by Jean Fleming
I'm so glad I read this before I actually had any children. It has encouraged me so much in the role I'm about to step into - its importance and beauty and the inevitable struggles that await me. But Jean Fleming does SUCH a wonderful job citing Scriptures and applying them to motherhood and gives great examples from raising her own children. My favorite chapter was "Roots and Wings" when she describes lots of creative ideas you can use with your own children to inspire them at home...more I'm so glad I read this before I actually had any children. It has encouraged me greatly in my soon-to-be role as mother - its importance and beauty and the inevitable struggles that will come. My favorite chapter was "Roots and Wings" where the author describes lots of creative ideas you can use with your own children to inspire them at home and then encourage them to go out and contribute positively to the world.
Here are more books on my 2010 reading list...
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
Through Painted Deserts: Light, God, and Beauty on the Open Road by Donald Miller
The House on Nauset Marsh: A Cape Cod Memoir, Fiftieth Anniversary Edition by Wyman Richardson
I'm about halfway through this from my first attempt last year. It's so different that any other book I've read - it's a man's account of his days living in a cabin in Cape Cod. Very slow-moving but that's also what's great about it...
What difference do it make? - Stories of Hope and Healing by Ron Hall and Denver Moore
Jesus Wants to Save Christians: A Manifesto for the Church in Exile by Rob Bell
Grace [Eventually]: Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott
You know how much I love Anne Lamott. This book that she wrote after Traveling Mercies and Plan B has gotten some negative reviews, but I'm going into it with no expectations. We'll see.
Mudhouse Sabbath by Lauren Winner
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life by Donald Miller
Flies on the Butter by Denise Hildreth
Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God by Francis Chan
Summer at Tiffany by Marjorie Hart
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg
These Strange Ashes by Elisabeth Elliot
There's nothing I've read by Elisabeth Elliot that hasn't challenge me to the core.
Muslims, Christians, and Jesus: Gaining Understanding and Building Relationships by Carl Medearis
Have you read any of these? What books would you add? Would love to hear!