Tuesday, April 28, 2009

What's On Your Nightstand

What's On Your NightstandI have made a TON of progress on my Spring Reading Challenge "pledge" (to myself) but that did mess up my plans to tackle some things that were on my nightstand last month!

I DID manage to read Around the World in 80 Days for the Classics Bookclub over at 5 Minutes Books. It was my month to lead the discussion which I dutifully did (seeing that I was the one who recommended the read in the first place). We did NOT end up doing the podcast on it due to the fact that I received news about my dad which rather overshadowed everything else for me. Podcast got swept aside in favor of family. (*As a short note - this post was prescheduled just like the others have been this week. However, I'm taking some time to update this post with the latest family news. We had a rather shocking family development, which I mentioned yesterday. It's been a hard week.)

Regarding Around the World in 80 Days - I stumbled across a game which I think you ought to consider checking out to accompany your reading of Around the World in 80 Days. Rather fun all around.

The only other thing that I think I accomplished from last month's list was to read Breach of Trust, which I did. I enjoyed that book very much and recommend it.

I even read Octavian Nothing this month and you can see what I thought about that over at 5 Minutes for Books. I also got wrapped up in reading The Love Story Behind Gone With the Wind (which was a mere 517 pages!). Whew!

This month I'll be taking it easy in light of our recent family developments. I really want to dig into what it means to be a Christian through the good times and the bad times. If I didn't believe God had a plan for our lives, I would be devestated. While my heart is being broken, God is working to fill it back up and offer His comfort and peace in the midst of this very difficult storm. In the meantime, these are the books I'm visiting at present:

1. The Bookends of the Christian Life. I'll be reading this book along with Lisa and doing a joint review over at 5M4B which I'm looking forward to.

2. Then, because I really need to, I'm reading Hinds' Feet On High Places. I needed a bit of encouragement and this is where I'm choosing to find it these days.

We'll see how far I get in anything! No promises. I do have posts set to publish and I'm going to let those run. In the meantime, prayers for my family are greatly appreciated.

See you around!


Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

Can you believe I've never read Hind's Feet?

I'm praying for you right now!

Susan said...

I totally understand about a family health crisis preempting reading time. My dad faced cancer last year; my prayers are with your dad and your family.
Thanks for sharing your books!

Barbara H. said...

I am so sorry to hear of your dad's cancer and the loss of your brother-in-law. There is nothing I can say that I am sure you don't already know or someone hasn't already said, but my prayers are with you.

It's been years since I read Hind's Feet: I'd love to revisit it.

Anonymous said...

Hind's Feet is one I thought I would have read by now. I think it might make my list for 2010.

I'm sorry to hear about your dad and brother-in-law. I'll be praying for you.

Janet said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. I clicked over to your brother-in-law's blog. That post is amazing.

I'll throw in my two cents and say I loved 'Hinds' Feet' too, challenging and inspiring.

Brooke from The Bluestocking Guide said...

Thanks for stopping by. Hinds feet is good.

Kipi said...

I enjoyed your review of The Love Story Behind Gone with the Wind. I want to read it, but I've promised myself to read more of what is already on my list before I add any more to it...yeah, right...

I'm so sorry for your family's lost and will be praying for all of you and for you dad's health.

Nise' said...

Sorry to read of the loss of your BIL and your dad's cancer. May God continue to surround your family with strength, comfort and hope.

Vi (pronounced Vy) said...

off topic, i'm hosting a community virtual book sale & giveaway on my site may 4 - 15! i'd love for you to join in!

we both participated in the bookroom reviews giveaway!

Here's the info. Please pass it on to other book lovers!

Trish @ Another Piece of the Puzzle said...

My prayers are with you as you go through this difficult time. Thanks for sharing your heart, and I hope you will definitely find the encouragement and strength you need.

Blessings to you.

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