books

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas celebration yesterday!

At the end of our day, my first paper white bud opened…it completed

the day in splendid fashion.

The days between Christmas and New Year’s Day are kind of

interesting aren’t they?

It feels like a holding pattern, caught between the

majesty of His birth and the beckoning of a new year.

It can be a time of looking back and feeling uneasy.

Perhaps you thought you would be farther along when it comes to

___________________.

Only you can fill in that blank.

Might I suggest that you are exactly in the right place

at this specific time?

There can be fear or joy about looking ahead.

Another suggestion, grip Jesus tightly as you tiptoe into 2012.

He will hold your hand in fearful times as well as those

that overflow with joy!

I thought that I would post a few of my favorite reads of the past year.

Later this week, I will write about pursuits.

Do you remember that post?

I will wrap up the week with a glimpse at what I believe my

personal word for 2012 is and why.

These are the last days that this little blog will have lightly falling

snow gracing the pages.

Snow falls so quietly…I would love it if you would share some of your

favorite reads of the year, your pursuits and your words if you are so

inclined over the next week. One friend surprised me by sending me her

personal stack of books via email…I love that!

Share away!

Create a snow storm…I won’t mind shoveling!

This was  last year’s list.

Here are a few books that made my list of good reads.

It has been a year of a lot of words.

Instead of lots of commentary on each book as each

link will give you the 411.

I am going to type a few words that sum up each pick.

Bittersweet

I wrote about it along with a wonderful quote.

food

fellowship

suffering

losses

grace

Craving Grace

devoured

exposed

authentic

hysterical

grace grace grace

The End of the Beginning by Avi
(not pictured…on loan)

Caleb and I read this fable about Avon the snail and Edward the ant.

life

lessons

for

all

ages

Hinds Feet on High Places Devotional

allegory

Much Afraid

the heights

the Shepherd

The Hunger Games 

riveting

the future

page turner

Just Give Me Jesus

The

best

desire

ever

One Thousand Gifts

Eucharisteo (thanksgiving)

always

always

precedes

the

miracle.

Shed Chic

My mom had this from her library

during a visit this summer.

We had such a fun time looking at all

these sheds…really small retreats.

I put the book on hold at my library before

we left.

Carl and I had fun dreaming and pouring over the

pages.

Soon I will share about  a very small “shed” project

I am  tickled to begin.

So You Want To Be Like Jesus

solid

teaching

spiritual

disciplines

I

heart

Chuck

Spiritual Discipline Handbook

simply

the

best

approachable

guide

I

have

found

be happy

tiny

pages

full

of

giant

wisdom

Throw a snowball in the comments

and tell me your favorite reads or

a book that you are planning to read.

 **photo courtesy of Courtney 🙂

 

Oops!

Spiritual Rhythm

seasons

change

Jesus

remains

unchanged

fully

able

So

grateful.

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4 thoughts on “books

  1. I love the way you listed just a few snippets about each book, Helen. That’s a great way to offer a hint of the feast between the pages.

    Also, I appreciate your thought that I am “exactly in the right place/at this specific time.”

    You and I have shared a few titles this year–Bittersweet and One Thousand Gifts.

    Like

  2. Hi Karen!
    Just wondering, is it even more enjoyable to read a book when you are in Hawaii?
    Inquiring minds want to know…but I think I can guess the answer.
    Enjoy my friend!

    Like

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