July 3, 2013

5 books on my future reading list

The Knowledge of the Holy

I've read the first chapter of this book and have underlined half of it already! : )

Tozer begins this book with this:

"What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us."

The back cover says:

"What comes to your mind when you think about God? What is He like? In Knowledge of the Holy, A.W. Tozer challenges us that if we would bring back spiritual power to our lives, we must begin to think of God as He is.

Deeply informative and truly inspirational, this excellent book will encourage the reader to reflect on the graciousness and majesty of the all-powerful God, the awesomeness of who He is, and experience the divine presence in a new and refreshing way."

I'm looking forward to getting into this book.

The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte

Jane Eyre is one of my all-time favorite novels. Charlotte Bronte is it's author and this book is about her. I'm always a little leery of novels portraying real life people but this one looks very good.

The author Syrie James answers the question,

Which parts of 'The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte' are true?

"The novel is based almost entirely on fact. All the details of Charlotte's family life, her experiences at school, her friendship with Ellen, her feelings for Monsieur Heger, the evolution of her writing career, and her relationship with her publisher, George Smith, are all true and based on information from her letters and biographies."

I'm excited to read this one!

Kisses from Katie

I've just started reading the first chapter of this book and I can tell I'm already going to love it.

Katie reminds me so much of the missionary, Amy Carmichael. She has such a joy and love from God that comes through the pages and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of her book.

Amazon states here:

"What would cause an eighteen-year-old senior class president and homecoming queen from Nashville, Tennessee, to disobey and disappoint her parents by forgoing college, break her little brother’s heart, lose all but a handful of her friends (because they think she has gone off the deep end), and break up with the love of her life, all so she could move to Uganda, where she knew only one person and didn’t even speak the language?

A passion to follow Jesus. 

Katie Davis left over Christmas break of her senior year for a short mission trip to Uganda and her life was turned completely inside out. She found herself so moved by the people of Uganda and the needs she saw that she knew her calling was to return and care for them. Katie, a charismatic and articulate young woman, is in the process of adopting thirteen children in Uganda and has established a ministry, Amazima, that feeds and sends hundreds more to school while teaching them the Word of Jesus Christ."


The Outcast: A Modern Retelling of The Scarlet Letter

The novel The Scarlett Letter  was one of those books that lingered well after I turned the last page. It gave me so many things to think about. Things like how we treat others whose sins are more apparent, while ignoring our own.

It made me think of Matthew 7:3.

When I saw this new book, The Outcast, which is based on the story, I was curious to read it.

Goodreads describes it here:

"Raised in an Old Order Mennonite community, Rachel Stoltzfus is a strong-willed single woman, content living apart from mainstream society until whispers stir the moment her belly swells with new life. Refusing to repent and name the partner in her sin, Rachel feels the wrath of the religious sect as she is shunned by those she loves most. She is eventually coerced into leaving by her brother-in-law, the bishop.

But secrets run deep in this cloistered community, and the bishop is hiding some of his own, threatening his conscience and his very soul. When the life of Rachel’s baby is at stake, however, choices must be made that will bring the darkness to light, forever changing the lives of those who call Copper Creek home."

Abraham Lincoln Civil War Stories

A few years ago I read Joe Wheeler's book, Abraham Lincoln, A Man of Faith and Courage and really enjoyed it.

So when I saw this new book which is filled with heartwarming stories of this beloved president, I just had to add it to my TBR pile!

Amazon says here of the book:

"This rare and beautiful heirloom collection reveals the servant heart of Presi­dent Lincoln, his dedication to the people who served him, and his homespun humor and wisdom. These are the stories that build character and inspire convic­tion in those who read and hear them. 

Gathered for the very purpose of being passed from generation to generation, these delightful stories will become favor­ites of adults and children alike—as parents and grandparents read them again and again to their children and grandchildren."


  1. Kisses from Katie is amazing! Hope you enjoy!

  2. I've been wanting to read Kisses From Katie, this brought it back onto my radar. I think I'm going to check out the Tozer one too. Thanks for the suggestions!

    1. Your welcome! Thanks for stopping by. : )

  3. The Knowledge of the Holy is a great book! And Kisses from Kate is on my list! Stopped over from Melanie's!

    1. I'm looking forward to getting into both books. My daughter recommended Kisses from Katie and said it was great too. : )

  4. If you haven't already I would check out Radical by David Platt, I am finding it to be very challenging and also More or Less by Jeff Shinaberger.

    1. I've read Radical, very good! I'll check out the other book. Thanks for stopping by and the recommendation. : )

  5. This looks like a great list! I'm starting a link-up this week called Booknificent Thursday for everything related to books and reading. I'd love it if you'd link up posts like this each week! Hope to see you there!
    Tina @ Mommynificent

    1. Thanks Tina! Look forward to it. : )

  6. I've heard great things about The Outcast, I want it to read it soon... Thanks for sharing this list!


    1. Looking forward to what you think of it too!

  7. Thanks for participating in my Saturday Review of Books, Cathy. I think you'll find Kisses from Katie to be and emotional and challenging read. I loved it.

    My thoughts: http://www.semicolonblog.com/?p=17959

    1. Hi Sherry, I enjoyed your review! I'm into the 4th chapter now and loving it.

      I also enjoyed the video you included. I hadn't seen that before. It's funny hearing her voice after starting her book, because it sounds exactly like I imagined it. What a sweetheart she is.

      Thanks for stopping by!


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