Monday, March 24, 2014

What's On Your Nightstand - April

What's On Your NightstandHurray! I'm glad it's time for Nightstand. Last month's list was helpful in keeping me focused this past month - which contained a few surprises in family life and schedules. When things were a bit more chaotic it was nice to have a list to refer to, even if I didn't quite get everything read that I wanted to.

I had hoped to read the following:

1. The Passion of Jesus Christ by John Piper. I'd been reading this as my morning devotional and finished it up a couple of weeks ago. I can't say that anything in particular made a huge impression on me so I opted against reviewing it. It's not a bad book, it just didn't capture me.

2. The Little White Horse (linked to review) in conjunction with the Reading to Know Book Club. I didn't care for it but I'm in the minority on that one!

3. Mission at Nuremberg: An American Army Chaplain and the Trial of the Nazis. Finished it yesterday! AWESOME! Review forthcoming.

4. The Romanov Bride: A Novel. Finished! Review forthcoming. (Loved it also.)

5. Gleanings In Genesis. I've been slowly working my way through this one since January. Haven't been able to touch it this month.

6. Giants: Sons of the Gods. I've started it. Fascinating! It's my goal to finish that one up in the next week or so.

This coming month holds some long anticipated travels for us so I'll either have limited reading time or more than I expect. Hard to say.

Here are my goals:

1. Plug away at Teach Me to Pray, by Andrew Murray which is my new morning devotional book. So far it's motivational which is what I was after.

2. Finish Giants: Sons of the Gods.

3. Read My Man Jeeves which is the April selection for the Reading to Know Book Club. If you've never read P.G. Wodehouse before, do try him out this month! I hardly think you'll be disappointed.

Reading to Know - Book Club

Note: If you've already read My Man Jeeves but would like to try out a different Wodehouse, please be our guest! There is no such thing as a bad Wodehouse.

4. Desiring God, Revised Edition: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist, by John Piper. Some friends of mine and I are going through the Desiring God DVD series this spring and I picked up the book to read alongside it. I need to get going on this title.

5. Parenting the Wholehearted Child: Captivating Your Child's Heart with God's Extravagant Grace - Accepted for review.

6. KnowOrphans: Mobilizing the Church for Global Orphanology - Accepted for Review

7. Any number of other titles "just for fun." ;) We shall see.

Now comes the fun part.....finding out what's on YOUR nightstand! See who else linked up to participate in this monthly meme over at 5 Minutes for Books.


Cassandra said...

Oh wow! It is that time already! I guess that means I'll have two book posts in a row. ;) Oops!

I'm not sure if I should wish you lots of reading time in your travels or less. Speaking of traveling... right now I'm reading The End of Your Life Bookclub and there is a really funny paragraph in there about taking books on trips only to spend the flight reading Skymall. LOL. He was laughing about some of his books having enough frequent flier miles for a trip to Tokyo. When I fly, I generally finish one book, half on the flight out and half on the way back. I rarely read while I'm at my vacation spot, even though I take multiple books JUST IN CASE.

Happy reading! I look forward to reading your upcoming reviews!

Melissa said...

Looking forward to your review of Mission at Nuremberg. That book looks fascinating!

Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

We don't travel by air much, but we take a lot of short car trips, and I almost always take a lawful of books.

I had forgotten that Wodehouse was up next for bookclub. Maybe I'll finish GWTW sooner rather than later and be able to jump in.

Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

LAPFUL of books :)

Unknown said...

They all look great. I DO like the opportunity to reflect and plan my reading, which I actually did this month :)

Annette Whipple said...

After reading The Kitchen Boy I am quite disappointed my libraries don't have any other titles by R.A. They should!

They also don't have My Man Jeeves. BUT I did put it on the Kindle. (I just don't like reading on the Kindle...unless I have to lie in bed with a certain 2 year old when we travel to get her to sleep.)

Barbara H. said...

Mission at Nuremberg sounds really good. I have not read one of John Piper's books and probably should. I used to read Andrew Murray a lot in my 20s but haven't in a long time.

Bluerose said...

Parenting the Whole Hearted Child just arrived at my door yesterday, but I'm really looking forward to getting in it! I'm looking forward to giving Wodehouse another chance, too. :)

Lisa notes... said...

Love this one:
"7. Any number of other titles "just for fun." ;) We shall see."

And I also love seeing "Awesome!" and "Fascinating!" because it tells me that it's really good.

I've started My Man Jeeves early; I'm enjoying it so far. It's my first Wodehouse.

Alison said...

I always enjoy nightstand posts. :)

I've never made it past the Kitchen Boy, but I should.

Looking forward to your review of Mission at Nuremberg, too.

Mark Baker said...

Good luck with Desiring God. I read it years ago and found the first part interesting, but then it began to be a slog. I'll be interested to hear your thoughts on it.

Susanne said...

Well you know I'm looking forward to your review of the Romanov Bride. I am so behind on my reviews. Like you, life and schedules, just jump in. I always look forward to seeing what you are reading.

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