Category Reading

Reading 2013

While I haven’t done a great deal of reading this year, I have managed to muddle through a few books, good ones too! And since there’s nothing more disappointing to a time-crunched momma than to waste precious moments on a crummy book, I thought I’d promote a few that are definitely worth your attention. {1} […]

Prayer Failure and the Valley of Vision

I’ve been struggling with prayer lately. My words don’t come. My voice seems weak. My motives impure. My mind inattentive. Automatically my response is often, “muscle through it Susanna.” As if I were urging myself through the last mile of my training runs. I’d say that persisting in prayer is good, biblical, called for, and […]

Counterfeit gods: Reading 2012

Sucker punch to the gut. Tim Keller so accurately identifies and diagnoses the hidden idols of the heart in his book, Counterfeit Gods, that it will knock the wind right out of ya. Instead of throwing the popular line of “an idol is anything you love more than God” that leads a person into endless […]

Reading 2012: Loving the Little Years

I appreciated this tiny book that was written to encourage moms to love their tiny people. If you’re anything like me, you definitely need encouragement in this area. Re-reading Good Night Gorilla 10 times, spending countless hours at the park, cleaning up floating {read: “disintegrating”} poo out of the bathtub because you let your kid […]

Reading 2012: Commentary on Galatians by Martin Luther

So I had set the goal of reading 1 book/mo, among other things, back when I was musing ’round new year’s day. Yeah, I haven’t been entirely successful at that. And that’s why I’m so glad my righteousness doesn’t depend on fulfilling my own arbitrary standards. I’m still plugging away at my goal, but not because I’m concerned […]

Reading 2012: Give Them Grace

“The irony of gospel-based sanctification is that those who end up obeying more are those who increasingly realize that their standing with God is not based on their obedience but on Christ’s. In other words, the children who actually end up performing better are those who understand that their relationship with God doesn’t depend on […]

Reading 2012: Born to Run

Well this review is long over due. That’s ok. That just means it’s consistent with the rest of my life. Born to Run was different from any other book I’ve previously read. Probably because it was the most secular book I’ve ever read. Growing up, I read a lot of biographies and “Christian fiction.” So […]

Reading 2012: Running Scared

“This book has been a wonderful tool in the sanctification process for me. I would not find myself to be a person of chronic worry. But this book has helped me to see my lack of faith in many areas of my life. The recognition of the ‘background noise’ that Welch speaks of has helped […]