my library declaration every few weeks we visit, "pick three books and one outside of the box."
otherwise it's always Roald Dahl and we've read them all at least two times through or the beloved, but never-going-to-be-a-classic, "The Journal of the Frail Child."
so i tell myself the same thing as i created this year's booklist on www.goodreads.com. once again, it speaks my love language - it's a checklist.
some of these books, i'm picking up again.
others were meant to have impacted my 2013, but for some reason, they're staring me in the face this year.
many come recommended from others.
reading with someone else.
to better my writing.
to teach me about city life or make me a better parent.
The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
Sacred Influence: How God Uses Wives to Shape the Souls of Their Husbands, Gary Thomas
Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl: Wide-Eyed Wonder in God's Spoken World, N.D. Wilson
The Purpose-Driven Life, Rick Warren
Why Cities Matter, Um and Buzzard
A Passion for the Impossible: The Life of Lilias Trotter, Miriam Rockness
Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture, Mary DeMuth
Urban Ministry: The Kingdom, the City and the People of God, Harvie Conn
Father Brown Series, G.K. Chesterton
How Children Raise Parents: The Art of Listening to Your Family, Dan Allender
Who is This Man? The Unpredictable Impact of the Inescapable Jesus by John Ortberg
Just Lead! by Sherry Surratt and Jenni Catron
Anne of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
Parenting with Love and Logic, Cline and Fay
George Washington's Secret Six, Brian Kilmeade
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead,
I Love You Rituals, Rebecca Bailey
A Praying Life, Paul Miller
Brain Storm: Unleashing Your Creative Self, Don Hahn
Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World, Tsh Oxenreider
i'm reading it with someone
it's for personal growth
all about parenting/adoption
writing or creativity
all about city
it will be quite an impressive year for me to read all 21 books. this will require not feeling guilty for having a book in my hand, say at lunch or on a saturday afternoon while hearing the dryer beep at me again. i'm certain other books will grab my attention at a conference or the bookstore or library or in conversation with you or someone else.
this is my starting point. what's on your bookshelf?