January 28, 2014

5 books on my future reading list

12 Years a Slave

This is a true story.

A story of a free man in 1841, who was tricked into going South and then sold into slavery.

I've read the first couple of chapters and my heart has been racing. I think this is going to be an extraordinary book, of an extraordinary life.

Goodreads says here:

"...you are transported to 1840’s New York, Washington, D.C., and Louisiana to experience the kidnapping and twelve years of bondage of Solomon Northup, a free man of color. 

TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE, published in 1853, was an immediate bombshell in the national debate over slavery leading up to the Civil War. It validated Harriett Beecher Stowe’s fictional account of Southern slavery in Uncle Tom’s Cabin, which significantly changed public opinion in favor of abolition."



 
Dear Mr. Knightley

I've heard so many great things about this Austen-inspired novel. A book that seems to be surprising many readers. I love it when books do that!

I can't wait to read this one. : )

Amazon describes it here:

"Samantha Moore has always hidden behind the words of others—namely, her favorite characters in literature. Now, she will learn to write her own story—by giving that story to a complete stranger.

Sam is, to say the least, bookish. An English major of the highest order, her diet has always been Austen, Dickens, and Shakespeare. The problem is, both her prose and conversation tend to be more Elizabeth Bennet than Samantha Moore.

But life for the twenty-three-year-old orphan is about to get stranger than fiction. An anonymous, Dickensian benefactor (calling himself Mr. Knightley) offers to put Sam through Northwestern University’s prestigious Medill School of Journalism. There is only one catch: Sam must write frequent letters to the mysterious donor, detailing her progress.

As Sam’s dark memory mingles with that of eligible novelist Alex Powell, her letters to Mr. Knightley become increasingly confessional. While Alex draws Sam into a world of warmth and literature that feels like it’s straight out of a book, old secrets are drawn to light. And as Sam learns to love and trust Alex and herself, she learns once again how quickly trust can be broken.

Reminding us all that our own true character is not meant to be hidden, Reay’s debut novel follows one young woman’s journey as she sheds her protective persona and embraces the person she was meant to become."




Living Water

WOW! I recently started this book and love it. So much encouragement and challenges to love and obey the Lord.

This book is filled with Scripture. I feel like I'm doing a Bible study at the same time as learning from the author!

I know it's going to be one of those encouraging books I don't want to end.

Goodreads describes it here:


"Living Water is a compelling saga of Brother Yun's sacrifice to bring Jesus and the Bible to non-believers. Through his dynamic teachings, Brother Yun shares a message of radical trust and authentic Christian discipleship to churches around the world.

Using the message of the Bible and interweaving it with stories of life-changing faith, Living Water distills the wisdom of this courageous Christian man who suffered intense persecution for his beliefs. Brother Yun challenges Christians to go deeper in their faith, and become bold in their witness for Christ. He shows how God can make you as bold as a lion, and bring your days as a timid Christian to an end."



Women Living Well

First of all I have to say, I love this cover! It just reminds me of those precious times alone with God, praying and listening.

I was excited to hear Courtney was writing a book. I've been reading her blog for awhile now and enjoy her fun, honest and heartfelt words.

Amazon describes her book here:

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. 

  


 The Heiress of Winterwood

This is another Austen inspired novel that I've heard a lot of wonderful things about.

I love to read novels in this time period, a time when men and women spoke and treated each other more respectfully then they do today.

I especially love these kinds of novels when they share God's truth.


Amazon describes it here: 


"Pride goes before the fall . . . but what comes after?

Darbury, England, 1814

Amelia Barrett, heiress to an ancestral estate nestled in the English moors, defies family expectations and promises to raise her dying friend’s infant baby. She'll risk everything to keep her word—even to the point of proposing to the child’s father, Graham, a sea captain she’s never met.

Tragedy strikes when the child vanishes with little more than a sketchy ransom note hinting to her whereabouts. Fear for the child’s safety drives Amelia and Graham to test the boundaries of their love for this infant.

Amelia’s detailed plans would normally see her through any trial, but now, desperate and shaken, she examines her soul and must face her one weakness: pride.

Graham’s strength and self-control have served him well and earned him much respect, but chasing perfection has kept him a prisoner of his own discipline.

Both must learn to accept God’s sovereignty and relinquish control so they can grasp the future He has for planned for them."



26 comments:

  1. Ooo! Love that you have DMK and Sarah's book on your list, Cathy. Hope you enjoy. :)

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    1. I'm really excited to read them both. Thanks for stopping by Rissi! : )

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  2. Linking after you at Ann's! Great set of books you have here. I would love to dive into the Yun one. Enjoy! Love, Rachael @ Inking the Heart

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Rachael! Living Water is so good so far, hope you get a chance to read it.

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  3. I'm writing these down -- I'm always looking for new things to read!

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    1. Glad to add new books to your list. I've started a couple and want to get to the rest soon. Thanks for visiting Jen!.

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  4. These are some pretty good reads! Adding this to my reading shelf! Hopping over from Tina's linky.
    -Reshama @ Stackingbooks

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Resh! Hope you enjoy these reads. : )

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  5. Oh I loved Women Living Well, and I have wanted to read Dear Mr Knightley for awhile. I can't wait to see what you think of both of those!

    Thanks for linking up with Cozy Reading Spot.

    Marissa

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    1. I'm reading Women Living Well now and really like it so far. Courtney is so disciplined, I'm inspired to get a journal going now!

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  6. I LOVE Women Living Well and will check out the others.

    Thank you for linking up with Woman to Woman's Word Filled Wednesday. God bless.

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    1. Glad so many love Women living Well! It should be good. : )

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  7. Love your list, Cathy! That Austen book looks like such fun.
    Thanks for linking up at Thought-Provoking Thursday. :)

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    1. I just love Austen-inspired books and really looking forward to these ones! Thanks for stopping by Lyli. : )

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  8. The Heiress of Winterwood is one I want to read, too. Loved the book, Dear, Mr. Knightley! Have fun reading!

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    1. Thanks Janet, I'm looking forward to both of them. Thanks for visiting. : )

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  9. So many of these on my reading list too!
    Thanks for sharing at Essential Fridays.
    Blessings
    Mel from Essential Thing Devotions

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    1. Thanks for the opportunity to link up Mel! Glad you have some of these on your list too. : )

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  10. I am going to have to write down these books. They all sound wonderful... And I am always up for a good book.

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    1. Hope you get a chance to read some of them. Thanks for stopping by Tricia! : )

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  11. Both of the Austen-esque books look like a lot of fun. I don't consider myself a massive Austen fan, but I did enjoy all her books and I also enjoy books from that time period! One of my favorite spin-offs is Shannon Hale's Austenland (as well as its sequel). They aren't Christian but they are clean, well-written, and very fun to read (as is all of Hale's work.) Thanks for sharing this list at Booknificent Thursday this week!
    Tina

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    1. I enjoyed reading Austenland too and look forward to seeing the movie! Thanks again for stopping by Tina. : )

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  12. kindred spirits ;)
    luving your book thoughts and list .
    stop by for tea and a photo post of your 'hope' sidebar text when you need a book break..=)

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  13. I'll come by and check your blog out soon! Thanks for stopping by.

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    1. TY Cathy - enjoyed your visit .
      And since you inspired my interest in 12 Years, I checked at amazon.com for a kindle version - It's actually on FREE right now! so no need to go without if you have kindle on your pc or a reader =) enjoy...

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    2. I have been reading 12 years a slave and almost finished. Incredible story. Thanks for letting me know it's free right now. I'll have to let my readers know on Facebook!

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