Saturday, February 01, 2014

January Reading Update

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Well, one month down toward my reading goals for this year! At the rate I'm going right now, I won't meet my goals. I finished all of one book in January. Here's how I'm doing with my reading challenges for the year:

Operation Deepen Faith:

Follow Bible-reading plan - I am one day - one day! - behind on this part of the challenge. I've read Genesis 1-32; Matthew 1- Mark 3; Ezra 1 - Esther 8; and Acts 1-Romans 3. I'm really enjoying reading from four parts of the Bible each day. I can easily make up the missing day, too!

Study the book of Romans - I have just begun my first reading of Romans as part of my Bible-reading plan. My goal for February is to read the book of Romans twice.

Memorize the book of I John with our church family - We're only working on two verses per week, but as I haven't made memorization a habit yet, I haven't completely memorized even the first two verses! My goal for February is to work on memorizing right after breakfast and right after lunch each day. I like to eat, so I'm using mealtimes as my reminder to memorize!

Read 12 Christian non-fiction books - I'm still reading Stewarding Life by Paul Chappell. My February goal is to finish this book and begin reading Absolute Surrender by Andrew Murray and hopefully finish that too. My biggest dilemma in reading Christian non-fiction is that I feel like I need to do more than just read; I need to study. That's what has slowed me down in Stewarding Life. On Absolute Surrender, I'll just read, marking passages that speak to me as I go.

Cloud of Witnesses Reading Challenge:

I began Hinds' Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard last year. My goal is to finish that and begin Absolute Surrender.

Reading To Know Classics Book Club for January:

I read The Blue Castle and reviewed it here. The selection for February is Little House on the Prairie, which I read two years ago and reviewed here. I don't care to read it again so soon, so I'll skip this book club for February.

I will be participating in the Stray Thoughts' annual Laura Ingalls Wilder Reading Challenge during February, though! I plan to read the next two books in the series where I left off two years ago: By The Shores of Silver Lake and The Long Winter.

I began one other book in January that I won't be finishing, Lost and Found by Ginny Yttrup. It wasn't a bad book; I just wasn't enjoying it. You can read Barbara's review here, and her thoughts on it are similar to mine. She finished it, but I just had zero desire to finish it.

Finally, I have decided not to participate in the Book Dragon's Lair's Library Book Reading Challenge. I didn't check out that blog thoroughly, and I've been disappointed to find that she is personally participating in challenges that include reading blatantly sinful books and then reviewing those books on her blog. I'm not passing any kind of judgment on her or her reading choices, but I am choosing not to be associated with those types of books in any way.

I'm a member of Good Reads, and they have a reading challenge each year, so I've joined that one instead. I'm challenging myself to read 30 books this year. Hmmm. Twelve months . . . 30 books . . . only one down after one month. I'm not doing so great! LOL Hopefully February will be better!

And just to make this process easier at the end of February, I'll link up with Five Minutes for Books' monthly reading meme What's On Your Nightstand.

Whew! That's done! If you've read this far, you deserve a medal!

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  1. So glad you're able to join in on the LIW challenge!

    Lost and Found did better better as it went on, when it got into the story line and away from the "contemplative" practices. I hate to see this author going that way. Her first book, Words, is one of my all-time favorite Christian novels, but if she is going to continue in the vein of this last book, I'm not going to be interested in continuing to read her..

    1. I'm looking forward to the challenge!

      I read "Words" and enjoyed it. I thought she handled a sensitive subject very well, and it was definitely an absorbing read. But "Lost and Found" pretty much lost me from the very beginning, and although I tried to push through, the contemplative things kept cropping up and totally turned me off. I also hope this isn't going to be her theme. I saw another book by her the other day (can't think of the name of it). Does she already have a newer one than Lost and Found?

      Thanks for chiming in, Barbara! I always love to hear from you.


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