July 25, 2012

5 books on my future reading list

In His Steps

Written over a hundred years ago, this book is still moving people, now that's what you call a classic. : )

Revell has just put out a new edition and describes it here: 

"When Rev. Henry Maxwell asked the members of his small church to pledge not to do anything, whether significant or mundane, without first asking themselves the question "What would Jesus do?" he had no idea what the next year would bring. Neither did those who agreed to this seemingly easy task. One by one, their lives would change. But what they never anticipated was how their entire town would be affected."

From Across the Ancient Waters

I haven't read a Michael Phillips novel for years. I loved his Scottish 'Stonewycke' trilogy, which he co-wrote with Judith Pella. So when I saw his newest one, with this gorgeous cover , I wanted to pick it up. : )

It's set in a small village in Wales where a young rebellious boy is sent to live with his uncle. There he befriends a young girl. Years later he returns and is faced with this young girl all grown up.

I don't think I've read any novels set in Wales so I excited to start this story and learn a little history as well.

This is the first book in a two part series. The second book, 'The Treasure of the Celtic Triangle' comes out this August.


I just recently started this one. A friend of mine invited me to a book club this fall (yeah!) and this is the next book on their reading list.

I don't know much about Bonhoeffer, so I'm excited to get into this biography. What I do know is he was a pastor and a double agent. What an unusual combination!

He apparently stood up to Hitler and Nazism during WW2 and was later martyred for it. I'm pretty sure there is going to be a lot of great German history and theological topics in this book, which I'm looking forward to learning.

I think this will be a great book for discussion, to ponder, and to reflect on.

Firefly Island

I love everything about this cover! The lake, the trees. the meadow, the  blowing breeze and the woman walking in her bare feet, holding hands with the one she loves. Amazon describes it here:

After a whirlwind romance, Mallory is hopelessly in love with two men--fortunately, they're related. Daniel Everson and his little boy, Nick, are a package deal, and Mallory suddenly can't imagine her future without them.
Mallory couldn't be more shocked when Daniel asks her to marry him, move to Texas, and form a family with him and motherless Nick. The idea is both thrilling and terrifying.

Mallory takes a leap of faith and begins a sweet, mishap-filled journey into ranch living, Moses Lake society, and a marriage that at times reminds her of the mail-order-bride stories. But despite the wild adventure of her new life, she discovers secrets and questions beneath her rosy new life. Can she find answers on Firefly Island, a little chunk of property just off the lakeshore, where mysterious lights glisten at night?

I've never read anything by Lisa Wingate, so I'm looking forward to this story which sounds wonderful. It comes out in February 2013.

On Asking God Why

Do you ever want to question God? That's what this book is all about. The back cover says :

"Throughout On Asking God Why, you are encouraged to question your Father in heaven and allow yourself to trust Him without reserve, because in Him you will find every answer."

I found this book in the used section of my local christian book store and was so excited when I got home and opened it. There on the front page Elizabeth Elliot had signed it! This will definitely be a keeper I will cherish!


  1. Oh, I loved In His Steps! I had to read it for school a few years ago (I was homeschooled), and I really enjoyed it. I learned that Charles M. Sheldon used each chapter as a sermon in his church each week... fun little tidbit of information for you. =)
    My sister is a huge fan of Jim and Elizabeth Elliot, so I'm sure that anything by her is very good.

    God bless!

    1. That's really cool! I'll keep that in mind as I read each chapter. :)

  2. These are great picks! I definitely loved In His Steps...it's a classic for every Christian to read :)

    1. I've been wanting to read it for awhile now...looking forward to starting it. :)

  3. Looks like a wonderful lineup, Cathy! I have a quote by Elizabeth Elliot on my blog today. : )

    1. Thanks Michelle! That's a great quote! I used to clean houses for a living and sometimes I'd be so tired, scrubbing someone's floor or windows or toilet that I'd push myself through by thinking this is for your glory Lord! It helped! :)


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