Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Readers, Writers, Authors, Life Changers

For the first time in over thirty years, I kept a Reading List this year. Thanks to this blog and the widgets and the gidgets they have here, I decided to keep posting and recording the names of the books I read this year(for the most part- I'm sure I forgot to write down some of the books, but I think I got most of them).

When you think about a book's influence on you, how a book can be used to challenge you, soften your heart, make you hope again, influence your perspective, make you want to weep, or run onward- you realize a book is no small thing.

I'd like to honor these authors listed below. Some of these books I loved, some I enjoyed, some moved me mightily, and some I didn't care for- but I still learned something- SOMETHING- from each book I read.

So here's my reading list from September '07 to early November '08:
  • Blue Sky July (a memoir)- Nia Wyn
  • Courage and Craft: Writing Your Life into Story - Barbara Abercrombie
  • Here If You Need Me: A True Story -Kate Braestrup (Nov 08)
  • The Blue Cotton Gown: A Midwife's Memoir - Patricia Harman
  • Cancer Is a B***h: (Or, I'd Rather Be Having a Midlife Crisis)- Gail Konop Baker (Oct.08)
  • Blink - Malcolm Gladwell (interesting, to say the least!) (sept 08)
  • Follow the Stars Home- Luanne Rice
  • Light of the Moon- Luanne Rice
  • Digging to America- Anne Tyler (August 08)
  • The Shack- William P. Young (Wow!)
  • Weary Warriors, Fainting Saints- Joyce Meyer
  • The Success Principles- Jack Canfield (interesting!)(July '08)
  • My Sister's Keeper- Jody Picoult (a deep and moving story. Loved it)
  • Inside the Investor's Brain- Richard L. Peterson (interesting !)
  • Amazing Grace- Kathleen Norris
  • The Best Year of Your Life- Debbie Ford (May 2008) (life-changing principles)
  • Rise and Shine- Anna Quinlan
  • Lost & Found (a Memoir) - Kathryn Slattery (honest!)
  • Get Out of that Pit- Beth Moore
  • Blue Like Jazz- Donald Miller
  • Live Like You're Blessed- Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook
  • Donkeys Still Talk (Hearing God's Voice When You're Not Listening)- Virelle Kidder (March 2008)
  • A Three Dog Life (a memoir)- Abigail Thomas
  • Crazy for God- Frank Schaeffer (not a light read at all!)
  • Traveling Light: Releasing the Burdens You Were Never Intended to Bear- Max Lucado
  • Chicken Justice... by Steve Coffman (light reading)
  • Dangerous Surrender- by Kay Warren (Feb 2008)
  • Pride, Prejudice and Jasmin Field- Melissa Nathan
  • Austenland- by Shannon Hale (just a bit of light reading)
  • The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen- Syrie James (a lovely read)
  • Bird by Bird- Anne Lamott (fuel for writers)
  • The Secret Life of Bees- Sue Monk Kidd
  • Waking the Dead- John Eldredge
  • The Mermaid Chair- Sue Monk Kidd
  • The Flip Side (Break Free of the Behaviors that Hold You Back)- F. Flippen
  • The Journey of Desire- John Eldredge (loved this!! -thought provoking!)
  • The Identity Code- Larry Ackerman (First book I read in Jan. 2008)
  • I Wear the Maternity Pants in this Family- Susan Konig
  • A Place to Call Home- Martha R. Carr
  • Walking in Your Own Shoes- Robert A. Schuller
  • A Walk with Jane Austen- Lori Smith (Great book to read with a cup of tea)
  • Heaven is Real- Don Piper
  • What's So Amazing About Grace? Philip Yancey (Loved this)
  • The Richest Man Who Ever Lived- Steven K. Scott
  • Dealing with the Crazy Makers- Dr. David Hawkins
  • Talent is Never Enough- John Maxwell
  • How Starbucks Saved My Life-M.Gill
  • Become a Better You- Joel Osteen
  • Right People,Right Place, Right Plan- Jentezen Franklin
  • No Man is an Island- Thomas Merton
  • A Short Guide to a Happy Life- Anna Quinlan
  • Thinking Like Your Editor- Rabiner & Fortunato
  • A New Kind of Normal- Carol Kent
  • Thinking about Tomorrow by S. Crandell
  • Reposition Yourself- T.D. Jakes
  • You, Inc.- H. Beckwith
  • Knit Together:Discover God's Pattern for Your Life- D.Macomber
  • When I Lay My Isaac Down- Carol Kent (oh this is gripping!!)
  • Laughing in the Dark- Chonda Pierce
  • The Promise of the Second Wind-Butterworth & Merrill
  • A Life Unleashed-Christine Caine
  • What Happens When Women Say Yes to God- Lysa TerKeurst
  • Pathway to Purpose- Katie Brazelton
  • Running to The Mountain- Jon Katz (love his honesty and his style of writing)
  • Katz on Dogs-Jon Katz
  • It's All Too Much- Peter Walsh
  • Communicating For a Change- Andy Stanley (September 07)
HOW ABOUT YOU? Read anything lately that's changed your life-even just a bit??

I'd love to know what I should read NEXT!

6 comments:

Kim S in SC said...

I would love to hear more about the Weary Warriors book by Joyce Meyer. I feel like one of those weary and wonder if it may be helpful. Thanks for the list!

Kim S in SC said...

Oh, by the way, I read The Shack...wow is right!
I'll try and come up with the list and post. I'm too tired to think right now.

Anonymous said...

Recently I have read a few books by Shane Claiborne. He is very insightful and I think, unique perspective. His books are something to chew on, so I would make sure to set aside a little time. He wrote- Jesus for President, and Irresitible Revolution.

Gi said...

I have read a few books on your list.
But recently I have been reading Robb Thompson"s books on Excellence.

Books like Excellence in Attitude, Excellence in Ministry, Excellence in Character, etc

~Robin said...

Just finished 'Pathway to Purpose for Women'-I highly reccommend it to any women in a stage of change or uncertainty about lifes next step. It's not light, there's homework, but if you dig in, theres treasure to find! I'm going to give it another go through!!
Great list Lauren...love it. If I ever get through the shelf full of books calling my name, i'll pick up a few of the ones on your list that look enticing.
Neat.
Thanks for sharing:)
hugs~

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