How is your July going?
Have you been able to fill up those places in your soul that were feeling marginless as the school year and busier time of the year wound down?
Have you pondered on ways in which you could restore margin in your life?
Another way, besides gardening, that I “fill up”, is through reading books. I began reading in early Elementary School and have never stopped. The library was always a must-go place in our family, and over the years I have built up my own library as well. About five years ago I purchased a Kindle and Amazon has been my good friend ever since…
As I mentioned before, I have been in the habit of finding an author I enjoy, and then creating a collection of their books over time. These books could be fiction or non-fiction.
As the roles in my life have changed over the years through my teens, through Bible College, through a marriage of almost forty-four years, through serving my family as Mom and Grandma, and as well as serving in full-time church ministry, I have become more intentional in choosing books that fit my stage of life:
Non-fiction-I have chosen to read in different categories of non-fiction over the years:
Theology–Who is God?-Doctrine, Biographies, Bible Book Studies, Biblical Topics
Womanhood–Who am I?-Woman of God, Marriage, Parenting, Grandparenting, Homemaking
Leadership-What’s My Calling?-Women in Ministry, Church Ministry, Children’s Ministry
These days I am entering the Senior Adult stage of life, and so, again, what I am reading is changing.
Fiction-I love fiction. I love fiction series where the story continues from book to book. I also love fiction that encourages and inspires me to more godly character.
What I am Reading Right Now…
Holy Habits: A Woman’s Guide to Intentional Living, Mimi Wilson, Shelly Cook Volkhardt. A study of the Names of God and how making God our daily focus will lead to being transformed from the inside out.
Cherish: The One Word That Changes Everything For Your Marriage, Gary Thomas. Learn to cherish one another in proven, loving, and everyday actions and words.
Nothing to Prove: Why We Can Stop Trying So Hard, Jennie Allen. No more pretending. No more performing. No more fighting to prove yourself.
The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership: The Power of Leading from Your Heart, Soul, Mind and Strength, Jenni Catron. Secrets to standout leadership found in the Great Commandment.
The Jerusalem Chronicles, Bodie and Brock Thoene. These authors have written several series and each series connects with God’s Big Story. I have been re-reading these books for the past eighteen months, and now am catching up on the latest-written volumes. Not always easy reading, but inspiring and educational Historical Fiction.
What I Hope to Be Reading Soon…
The Undoing of Saint Silvanus, Beth Moore
A Family Shaped By Grace: How to Get Along With the People Who Matter Most, Gary Morland
The Broken Way, Ann Voskamp
What I Plan on Reading Later…
Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want, Michael Hyatt
None Like Him: 10 Ways God is Different from Us (and Why That’s a Good Thing), Jen Wilkin
Learning Contentment: A Study for Ladies of Every Age, Nancy Wilson
To Be Where You Are, Jan Karon
Do you have a reading plan? What are you reading right now? Please share in the comments below… Thanks for walking with us…we wish you joy this week.
Love you, Colleen
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