Saturday, May 1, 2010

On my nightstand

You know how I'm not a huge fan of contemporary Christian music? (But remember, I am slowly coming around...)

Well, the same can usually be said for me and Christian fiction. Not always a big fan. Except occasionally, like in the case of Francine Rivers. I always enjoy her books.

Her newest book is currently my bedtime book of choice, and I've devoured it so far.

It's one of those books that will make me so sad when it is over, but it looks like there will be a "Part 2" book coming out soon, so that is something to look forward to. If you haven't ever read any of her books, I would highly suggest this one:

And this one, which is a compilation of her five "Lineage of Grace" books about five extraordinary women from the Bible: Tamar, Bathsheba, Ruth, Rahab, and Mary:

And, on a somewhat unrelated note (since it's not Christian fiction), I absolutely LOVED this book:

But that is not my only bedtime reading of choice. Oh no. My boy and I have since moved on from the "Mercy Watson" series to a real, bonafide chapter book classic:

This is a stretch for us since my boy just turned five (last weekend) and isn't used to sitting still for books that don't have pictures on pretty much every single page. But so far (we're a couple of chapters in), he's doing pretty well. I've found that quizzing him on what we read before he goes to bed is a great way to make sure he's paying attention, and even quizzing him the next morning over breakfast helps reiterate it as well. By golly, that boy is going to learn to love to read, just like his mama. I'm going to make sure of it!

Are you reading anything great? Share your book suggestions with me!


Pray~and~Wait said...

Have you read any Karen Kingsbury? She is a Christian non-fiction author. "A Time to Dance" is SO good (and there is a sequel...I think its called "A Time to Embrace"). But my very favorite of hers is The Redemption Series! They are really great! On my side table right now is Francine Rivers "Mark of the Lion" series. I keep hearing how good it is, so I will start it this summer. Right now I am finishing up "So Long, Insecurity" by Beth Moore. Its definitely teaching me a lot about myself.

Lindsay said...

Those sound really good--my grandma will only read Christian fiction, but mom says the ones she reads are pretty repetitive type story lines (Amish ladies trying to find a husband or something :) )

I bought a 3-book set a few years ago with Charlotte's Web, Trumpet of the Swan and Stuart Little if you want to borrow :)

I will say The Homeade Life is very good so far!! I'm not quite half-way through it yet, but its hard for me to put down.

Anonymous said...

Eleanor Burns has a great book about the barn quilts. I would have gotten it but my funds were limited last night! Several in my guild bought it so I am sure they will share with me. Seems we always have projects in the works and not enough time to start more!

shannon said...

Your comments + Amazon reviews have convinced me to try "Redeeming Love". I am usually resistant to Christian fiction too, but I'm looking for something new to read. I'll let you know what I think!

Country Dreaming said...

I am reading the third in a Quartet series that Nora Roberts has written."Savor the Moment" is the title. It just came out last Tuesday and I'm sooo excited.
Love Charlotte too.

sacha said...

is that the red tent lady? i liked that. someone once gave me bunch of calvin miller fiction...yup.

Tina said...

Charlottes Web was the first chapter book I read with my oldest son and he really enjoyed it. Brings back good memories. He's 17 now.

Mrs. Meryhew said...

Asking him questions about the book he is reading is great practice for school! It makes sure that he understands the material. There is no point in reading if he doesn't understand the material. This teacher says you are doing a great job!

A Nerd and A Free Spirit said...

Redeeming Love is my favorite book. Ever. I love pretty much everything she writes. I will have to get her newest one. And not talk to Mark for a couple days (i'm an obsessive reader).


Pray~and~Wait said...

I totally lied...and think I need to return to elementary school. Karen Kingsbury writes FICTION!!!!! Not non-fiction!!! I know...I'm ridiculous!!!!!