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The 2014 book extravaganza

Happy New Year, hope it’s going well so far.

We’re eight days in…and all I can think about is taking a nap.  It feels like a busy year.

The title to this post may have been a little misleading…I decided to tell you what I read last year, but then shortened it to the best of what I read last year.  This list of course didn’t include my regular reading, The Bible, and many other books for schooling.  There is only so much time to list my favorite books!

In my opinion, these books are so good, they each deserve a blog post.

This is not really in order, although if you only read one of these, read this one:

The Practice of the Presence of God*

God knows best what we need. All that He does is for our good.  If we knew how much He loves us, we would always be ready to receive both the bitter and the sweet from His hand.  It would make no difference.  All that came from Him would be pleasing.

-Brother Lawrence

See what I mean?  This book has been a breath of fresh air to me.  I heard about it from the next book on my list:

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How can you not love a book that has chapters titled “The Triumph of Acceptance”,  or “The Duty of Happiness”…I loved it.  But, disclaimer, I didn’t agree with every single thing she said, and you might not either.

Next up, Hannah Fowler. This was an incredible book.  I heard about it here.

The Dean’s Watch was worth getting through a bit of a slow start. This author is the reason I started underlining fiction. It was that good!

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We listened to The Great Divorce on our drive this Christmas. Thought provoking, great conversations with the kids. On the way home we listened to A Horse and His Boy.  C.S. Lewis sets a pretty high standard for audio books in our opinion.  Another plus is that we all got home thinking in an English accent.

The Wife Desired.  If you are a wife, you will want to read this book. It’s written by a Catholic Priest who served on the Chicago divorce courts for years.  This is a very unimpressive book on amazon, and I only heard about it from another blog.  But it is so good, that it’s one of my revolving marriage books.  So when I get to the end of it, I just start over at the beginning.  Because I’ve likely forgotten what he said I was suppose to be doing by then anyway.  And yes, I was just flipping through it, and I have indeed already forgotten what he said I should be doing…

And there you go, a reading list for 2015!

* Unfortunately, the new version of this copy is out of stock, but can be bought used.  I have read reviews that say all versions are not created equal, which is why I linked to an out of stock edition.

1 Comment

  1. I love book recommendation posts, thanks! And now I know what I want for Christmas next year. 😉

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