September 18, 2014

The top 6 books on my "to read" list

It's no secret that I love to read... and I love coffee! Those are my top two simple pleasures in life. I can get lost in a book so easily that everything else just ceases to be for a while. If I can have a huge cup of coffee while reading that book - even better!

With that being said, I'm joining Mama's losing it's writers workshop this week, and I'm going to tell you about that top 6 books on my to read list!

Here they are:

1. Women Living Well: Find Your Joy in God, Your Man, Your Kids, and Your Home
By: Courtney Joseph

Women desire to live well. However, living well in this modern world is a challenge. The pace of life, along with the new front porch of social media, has changed the landscape of our lives. Women have been told for far too long that being on the go and accumulating more things will make their lives full. As a result, we grasp for the wrong things in life and come up empty. God created us to walk with him; to know him and to be loved by him. He is our living well and when we drink from the water he continually provides, it will change us. Our marriages, our parenting, and our homemaking will be transformed. Mommy-blogger Courtney Joseph is a cheerful realist. She tackles the challenge of holding onto vintage values in a modern world, starting with the keys to protecting our walk with God. No subject is off-limits as she moves on to marriage, parenting, and household management. Rooted in the Bible, her practical approach includes tons of tips that are perfect for busy moms, including: Simple Solutions for Studying God’s Word, How to Handle Marriage, Parenting, and Homemaking in a Digital Age, 10 Steps to Completing Your Husband, Dealing With Disappointed Expectations in Motherhood, Creating Routines that Bring Rest, Pursuing the Discipline and Diligence of the Proverbs 31 Woman.

2. In the Field of Grace
By: Tessa Afshar

Destitute, grief-stricken, and unwanted by the people of God, Ruth arrives in Israel with nothing to recommend her but Naomi's, love. Her loftiest hope is to provide enough food to save Naomi and herself from starvation. But God has other plans for her life. While everyone considers Ruth an outcast, she is astounded to find one of the most honored men of Judah showing her favor.  Long since a widower and determined to stay that way, Boaz is irresistibly drawn to the foreign woman with the haunted eyes. He tells himself he is only being kind to his Cousin Naomi's chosen daughter when he goes out of his way to protect her from harm, but his heart knows better. Based on the biblical account of Ruth, In the Field of Grace is the story of a love that ultimately changes the course of Israel's destiny and the future of the whole world.

3. Gateway to the Seer Realm: Look Again to See BEYOND the NATURAL
By: Barbie Breathitt

You can step into God’s gateway to receive personal insights from Heaven

4. Keepers of the Covenant (The Restoration Chronicles Book #2)
By: Lynn Austin

In one life-changing moment, the lives of the exiles in Babylon are thrown into despair when a decree from the king's palace calls for the annihilation of every Jewish man, woman, and child throughout the empire in less than one year. Ezra, a quiet but brilliant scholar, soon finds himself called upon to become the leader of his people. Forced to rally an army when all his training has been in the Torah, he struggles to bring hope in a time of utter despair, when dreams of the future--of family and love--seem impossible. In Keepers of the Covenant, acclaimed novelist Lynn Austin weaves together the struggles and stories of both Jews and Gentiles, creating a tapestry of faith and doubt, love and loss. Here, the Old Testament comes to life, demonstrating the everlasting hope displayed in God's unwavering love for His people.

5. Golden Son: Book II of the Red Rising Trilogy
 By: Pierce Brown

(NOTE: This is not my normal Spiritual/Christian fiction book, there's some language and bloody battle scenes that are pretty descriptive... none the less it drew me in and I can't abandon Darrow now!)

Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within. A life-or-death tale of vengeance with an unforgettable hero at its heart, Golden Son guarantees Pierce Brown’s continuing status as one of fiction’s most exciting new voices.

6. Emma
By: Jane Austen
(Because I haven't read it yet, and because Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorites of all time!)

Of all Jane Austen's heroines, Emma Woodhouse is the most flawed, the most infuriating, and, in the end, the most endearing. Pride and Prejudice's Lizzie Bennet has more wit and sparkle; Catherine Morland in Northanger Abbey more imagination; and Sense and Sensibility's Elinor Dashwood certainly more sense--but Emma is lovable precisely because she is so imperfect. Austen only completed six novels in her lifetime, of which five feature young women whose chances for making a good marriage depend greatly on financial issues, and whose prospects if they fail are rather grim. Emma is the exception: "Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her." One may be tempted to wonder what Austen could possibly find to say about so fortunate a character. The answer is, quite a lot.

That's it for my to read list! I think I'll share a post soon on my top favorite books of all time!



Janice Trinh said...

Interesting reading list. I think that first looks like it would be a pretty good read! I need to read more of books like those. :)

Anonymous said...

Emma is a great novel. After you read it, watch the movie Clueless which is an interesting adaptation.

Melinda Ott said...

I recently read "In the Field of Grace" and quite liked it!

Angel said...

Melinda - Thank you! Its what I'll read next! :)

Mama Kat said...

I haven't read Emma OR Pride And Prejudice AND...I have a degree in English Education. I'm an embarrassment to my field. ;) Let me know how it goes! lol