The Dutch Rush

They're Dutch and Life's a Rush

This has been a wonderful year of reading for me. I’ve come across some really great books, and I’m glad to share them with you here.

As you know, I read several books on a loop, my Bible, a marriage book that will remain nameless, Charlotte Mason’s volumes, and The Cloud of Witness. Those don’t fit into my list, because I’m always reading them.

Okay, here we go…

Educated by Tara Westover. I highly recommend. It was a heartbreaking read, so, just saying. Look out.

The Rosemary Tree by Elizabeth Goudge. A re-read, the way she portrays the struggles and imaginary world of children really gets me every time I read this. I am a better mom whenever I read this book.

Dave Barry Turns 40 by…Dave Barry. This book made me laugh so hard I ugly cried. Not a good look. Oh my gosh, this was so awful and funny. And crude.

Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Guys. If you haven’t read this, RUSH to the store and get one. This book…I don’t even know how to write about it. It’s for sure in my top 10 most meaningful books about faith. And what we’re even doing being Christians anyway. Stuff like that. (I just had a look on Amazon and it says I’ve purchased it five times. Hmm. I wonder what I’ve been up to. Michael probably wonders that too.)

L’Abri by Edith Schaeffer. One of my very favorite books. It has helped me believe in God, and gives me strength for the strange things that happen to me.

Lila by Marilynne Robinson. This was an unusual book. I liked it, but it won’t be for everyone. It was emotional for me because of the subject, and the harm a young child had been through.

The Happiest Kids in the World by Acosta and Hutchinson. This was a fun book for me, as it was a study of Dutch kids and why they’re happy. So many relatable ideas in here. Fun read.

Teresa of Calcutta: Serving the Poorest of the Poor by Watson. This was a surprise of a book to me. I was proofing it for one of my children to read, and fell in love with her story.

Grandma Gatewood’s Walk by Ben Montgomery. Incredible story of an old woman who walked the entire Appalachian Trail. I enjoyed it. There was a sad secondary story throughout of the abuse she suffered by her husband, just so you know.

The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson. Loved it. Her simple style of saying it how it is was refreshing. And it made me think. A lot. Her story of her husband dying and how she felt about it made me cry. “Your favorite oracle and problem solver is no longer around. He will never show up again to keep you company and to make life easier.” (Note to self: be more appreciative of my oracle and problem solver while I have him. Ahem.)

Hannah Fowler by Giles. I love this book. This is a re-read for me. But I have to be careful with this one. I would love to experience the life she describes in the country. But that life is not for me.

The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness by Tim Keller. Really awesome and tiny book. Highly recommend.

The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert by Rosaria Butterfield. THIS IS AN AMAZING BOOK! I am so glad I finally read this. Not at all what I expected. So valuable for my understanding of certain issues. (What those issues are will become apparent as you read this book.)

The Salt Path by Raynor Winn. Okay, I really love this memoir. I’d never heard of it, saw it in a British Country Living and read it. Insane story. Losing everything (home and jobs), husband with an incurable illness, they wild camped their way along the South West Coast Path (England).

The Gospel Comes with a House Key by Rosaria Butterfield. So, in our line of work, this was a very helpful and inspiring book for me to be reading. I highly recommend to anyone, but especially ministry families. Wow. Really good. It has changed the way I view my home, my life and hospitality.

Bright Line Eating by Thompson. I read about this book here, bought it the next day, and LOVE this new way of life. I never thought I’d say that, but there it is. Have a look.

Persuasion by Jane Austen. This one squeaked in actually, I just finished it last week, but I’ll stick it in this post. I’d never read this one before and really enjoyed it. There are some hilarious (to me) quotes in here. Glad I wasn’t born in that era though. I can’t imagine being that proper.

Well, that wraps it up. I hope you’ve had a good year, and I’d love to know what you read too!

3 thoughts on “A Year Of Books

  1. Nathan Morehouse says:

    I agree, Life Together can be classed right up with great Christian writings of the last 1000 years. Not Joking. I would suggest The Cost of Discipline this year.

    1. Mary says:

      I agree, and I read about 3/4 of Cost of Discipleship about two years ago, it’s on the list to re-read this year! I love that book. 🙂

  2. Life Together is one of the great Christian books of the last millennium, I would suggest The Cost of Discipleship this year.

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