I've always been an avid reader - I was that kid who easily read 50 books over summer vacation. Now that I'm a big girl, unfortunately I do not have time to read 50 books over the summer, let alone in a year!
This past year, I read a large number of books, partly thanks to spending many hours on planes and trains, but I also spent a lot of time trying to figure out what to read, instead of just reading!
So, for 2015, I'm going to give myself a little challenge. My goal is to read at least 20 books this year, from classic literature to spiritual reads to fiction books that are hot, hot, hot right now.
I've made a list of some books that I'd like to read to get myself started, and I'd love to hear your suggestions too! Tell me what needs to make my list in the comments!
So, self, do you accept this reading challenge?!
The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkein
Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine (re-read) (listening to the audiobook now!)
The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews (re-read)
Greenglass House by Kate Milford
Sci-Fi and Fantasy
Dune by Frank Herbert (I've tried before and failed... I shall try again!)
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
Walking with Mary by Edward Sri (re-read)
The Expats by Chris Pavone
The Accident by Chris Pavone
Human Croquet by Kate Atkinson
Top Pick Fiction
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker (reading now!)
The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
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Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Sunday, December 21, 2014
It's very fitting that on the Fourth Sunday of Advent, we hear the story of the Annunciation.
The angel Gabriel greets Mary with, "Hail, full of Grace! The Lord is with you." But what does this mean, to be full of grace? What does it mean for the Lord to be with you?
The answers to these questions aren't easy - even Mary was "greatly troubled" and "pondered" their meaning.
When Mary told the angel to let it "be done according to your word", she said yes to being with God, yes to being full of grace. Her yes affirmed this greeting - just as when we say yes to God, we are filled with His grace.
Just as John the Baptist cried out to prepare the way of the Lord, Advent is a time for us to truly prepare ourselves to be with the Lord.
We can never carry the Lord like Mary did, because she literally and physically had Him with her - she carried Him in her womb. We can, however, be "pregnant" with Christ by carrying him in our hearts.
The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us. God chose to come into the world through Mary, through her yes. Let us pray that in this last week of Advent, we will say yes to the ultimate Christmas gift and also share God with the world by carrying his grace in our hearts.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Linking up with Jenna!
What are your favorite Christmas albums?
Tell me now so I can soak up all their goodness this season!
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