Monday, January 12, 2015

On My Nightstand

I don't have many opportunities to read right now, but when I do this is the stack I'm working on.

Practical Theology for Women
I've read through part of this book and have wanted to finish. I don't quite know how to explain it, but I'm kind of feeling like I need a bit more "Why" behind my relationship with my Savior. I want to go from an emotional relationship to a foundational one. Make sense?

Mocking Jay & Catching Fire
I'm so late to the game with this series. Honestly, I had planned to boycott the whole thing. We ended up watching the first movie after it was out on DVD and I fell in love. I still didn't get around to starting the books until just before this last Christmas, though. I'm loving them! I usually like to read the book before I watch the movie, but with this series I feel like having watched the movies is bringing the books to life more for me.

People. Seriously. If you are totally in love with your normal, safe, comfy, American Christian life then DON'T read this book! But I'm in love and hooked. HH just shakes his head at me. And he's glad that 99% of our belongings are in storage because it makes it much harder for me to just give it all away to the poor. Which is good because, even though de-cluttering our home is a favorite past time of mine, those in need really have greater needs then my storage container of crap. And this book is helping me see that. Seriously. Read it. And then read her book 7. And then invite me over to de-clutter your house. Since mine is all packed away and unavailable.

Growing in Prayer
HH always says that if he didn't get married by a certain age he had plans to go live in the mountains and become a recluse mountain man. Thankfully I snatched him up before that happened. And if I wasn't living my #1 dream life my second choice would be living at the International House of Prayer in Kansas. Of course I didn't find out about IHOP until HH and I had met. Then when I went to IHOP for a six month internship we were already together and I knew I was gonna come back home and marry that hunk of a man and have a zillion of his babies. But HH and I both know that a piece of my heart stayed in the prayer room. The thing is I suck at praying. For me worship is how I communicate and relate to God most clearly. But I really want to have a stronger prayer life. This book is an answer to a desire I've had for a long time.

As much as I would love to read these books in the next few months, most likely it will take me at least half the year. I'm trying super hard to devote my days to my kids and hubby and reserve my time for reading, computer, and tv for the evenings after the kids are asleep. But that only works when the babies cooperate. ;)

Are you reading anything interesting? What's on your nightstand?


Paul Hunter said...

Tanks for sharing Shiree. I'm a reader. I actually believe reading is a relational activity. Though I don't know the author I get connected with them because of how they express parts of their journey. Do you think I should read Interrupted?

Anonymous said...

I always have about five books going at one time. I love to layer the serious with the light-hearted and then throw some history in for good measure. Just chipping away at them if fun.

pistolsnprincesses said...

Paul, Yes! Read it! Although you and Pam live an Interrupted life I'm sure you'll identify with her story. I actually think of you two and our TVBC family when I'm reading it. It is totally building on the foundation of missional living that I received through TVBC. Love and miss you both so much!

pistolsnprincesses said...

Cara, I'm usually a purest and only read one book at a time, but lately (because of lack of time) I find that I need a mixture of the serious and light-hearted easy readers. Books are a personal love of mine and I seriously can't wait to read yours.