a few favorite reads of 2010…

Well, 2010 did  NOTHING to diminish my love of books! 

In fact, I may need an intervention…but in a good way!

I thought that I would share with you just a few pages of words that crossed my eyes this year and have lingered. I wanted to read a variety of books in 2010 and I think you will see that happened.

The Year of Magical Thinking

Oh this was somewhat of a painful read…actually I didn’t read it, I listened to it.  Perhaps making  it even more poignant to hear Joan Didion’s voice.

When tragedy strikes and then seems to be piled on, all one can do is to be thankful for everyday because in an instant life can change drastically. It is so important to have reverence for every moment with loved ones.

 I believe I listened to this in January unaware that the months to follow would unfold different layers of loss.  A very timely book for me.

The Rest of God

What can I say about this book?  It is more than a book…it is an experience, a deeply satisfying balm to a thirsty and weary soul. My book is filled with scribbles and underlines.

This quote from the introduction set the tone of this book and resonated with me:

Sabbath is both a day and an attitude to nurture such stillness.  It is both time on a calendar and a disposition of the heart.  It is a day we enter, but just as much a way we see.  Sabbath imparts the rest of God–actual physical, mental, spiritual rest, but also the rest of God–the things of God’s nature and presence we miss in our busyness.

I don’t want to miss any part of God.

Bible Study Magazine

Bible Study Magazine

My friend Kierstan posted a comment that this was her favorite magazine.  I had never heard of it.  I LOVE IT!  Thanks Kierstan!   I look forward every couple of months to receiving new insights and ideas as I study His Word.

The Hawk and the Dove Trilogy

I have a thing for monks.  I love this trilogy of the day-to-day dealing of a group of loveable monks and some a bit more difficult to love.  No matter our surroundings, we all have humanity in common and our pursuit to live for Christ alone.  Great lessons told in a page turner. 

Cloister Talks

If you are like me and have a preoccupation with monks, you will love this glimpse of Jon Sweeney’s conversations with Cistercian and Benedictine monks.  As opposed to the fictional work above that depicts monks from centuries ago, this work reveals the monks of the present.

The Me I Want To Be

This book has such a pop-culture title but it was one of the books that propelled me into a focus that I didn’t know I would be walking.  This book got me excited.  It challenged me.  It made me purposeful in wanting to pursue fully who God has called me to be as His child.  It made me laugh. It made me cry.  It prodded me to be different and take God at His word.

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

I have had so much fun unwrapping Narnia as an adult after reading the Chronicles as a child and then to the girls.  I wanted to read this book again before seeing the movie.  Although I have been forewarned that the movie has changed many parts from the book, I still will enjoy the cinema and acknowledge that reading and imagination are  far superior.

If you have not read this one, please do.  My favorite part involves Eustace and Aslan and let’s just say some  flesh removal.  I won’t say anymore…except to say it made me grab for the kleenex.

A Year of Mornings: 3191 Miles Apart

This is a beautiful book put together by two photo bloggers who are 3191 miles apart…one in Portland, Maine and the other Portland, Oregon.  Each woman took a morning picture and emailed the other.  This book is their year with amazing similarities. 

This book made me look at my days differently…to see beauty in the mundane and it caused me to take  pictures in new ways and more of them.  This one was hard to return to the library.

nook 

The Nook

Carl completely surprised me in August for my birthday.  It was a surprise for obvious reasons but also because the jury was out for me regarding e-readers.

I love books.  I love the feel of books.  I love turning pages and the weight that they create in my hands.  I like to underline and dog ear the pages.  I just love everything about books.  Especially the anticipation of turning that first page.

But…I love my nook too.

I had no idea how much I would be traveling over the last part of 2010…boy did it come in handy.  If you don’t know why, take a  look.

I love that I can download samples of books that intrigue me…in seconds.  It’s like my one-two punch…I read the sample and usually place the book on hold at the library or decide if I want to read it on the nook or buy the real thing.

I can bookmark all my pages and even underline parts that I like!  I can carry my Bible, my devotionals and other books all in such a tiny package.  It has been a perfect gift for me…it arrived  a few months early to get the all color version…but I like mine just fine!

Thanks Carl for ever being the encourager when it comes to my love of books.

Your turn…what did you read in 2010 that you enjoyed? 

What are you reading now?

Please share when you get a free moment…I would love to know!

Merry two days before Christmas!

***Addendum:  I just realized as I was pondering this published post that most of these books fit very well with the words that I chose for this year…this year has definitely been about being present, slowing down so I can savor life…it may be time to pick a new word or words for 2011 but I hope to keep these around with me.

Any words for the new year cropping up in your thoughts?

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