January is such a great month for reading isn't it? Winter is here, all the busyness of Christmas is over and things can settle down back to normal.
I've been taking the opportunity to rest my body and challenge my mind this past week with some good heavy reading. I knew I wanted to read a good deal more non-fiction this year than I had done last year so I have quite a stack I'm slowly working through at present.
*Saying It Well by Charles Swindoll - my first "writing" book I'm reading this year. Technically speaking this is for speaking in public but with Charles Swindoll's writings it goes hand-in-hand and I'm taking notes on both. Really most everything he's said so far could be applied to writing/speaking/anything ministry. I'm only on the first chapter after the introduction which talks about his call to the ministry, his initial fears of speaking in public and in taking that step of faith, and of being who God created you to be, not a copy. I've been so encouraged already in the little I have read and this has been helpful at the very least with my confidence in my mission and reason to write. This one is rather thick (though a large print too) so I hope I'm able to complete it before it must needs be returned to said library! :O
*Joy by Lydia Brownback - despite my being more than a little disappointed with the price for such a small book, I'm enjoying this little devotional. The "chapters" are only a 1-1/2 pages long so you can read one or two and move on to reading your Bible and other devotional books too in the time you have to spend in the morning. I even have been reading one before bed as there are times I like to prepare my heart and mind for the following day before I go to sleep...it helps calm me. :)
*A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain - well, I haven't decided how I like this book yet. lol. It's intriguing for certain, not too vile or mystical as of yet (thankfully), and it has some very different things than the movie of which I've seen more of - which is always nice to discover when you are reading a book-turned-movie.
*Moses: A Man of Selfless Dedication by Charles Swindoll - Yes, I'm still working my way through this since I began in December. I'm about halfway through now and simply taking my time pondering over all that the author has to share. And yes that also means I'm reading two books by the same author at the moment, which should tell you how much I glean from and enjoy in his writings!
*Always True: God's 5 Promises When Life is Hard by James MacDonald - I've been reading this off and on since October and would like to finish it this month if I'm able to. There is so much encouragement for those going through difficult times and in need of some hope and help to face the challenges. I'm taking notes from this one as well and will pass it on to my mom when I'm finished. :)
And because after all that heavy reading I need something fun and light-hearted I picked up the next Boxcar Children book (#6) to read too. I should have that one read rather quickly as it's only a short children's chapter book.
I've been able to finish two books, both which I didn't care for, unfortunately, but I'm pleased with how things are progressing so far this month with my reading goals.
How is your reading progressing so far this month? Are you keeping up with your goals or are you enjoying the books you're reading currently?
I'll see you later in the month with my book reviews!