At the beginning of the year I realized I had lost my love for reading — mostly from burning myself out on parenting books I felt obligated to read. Many of these are helpful but I noticed when I wanted to burn every parenting book I saw that it was probably time for a break from all the “do this to be a better that” stuff.
I declared 2019 the year in which I read whatever the heck I feel like and behold, I fell in love with stories and words all over again. Now that I’m enjoying books once more I thought it would be fun to do a seasonal recap sharing what I read. Here’s a quick look at the books I read from December to February.
Escape to Vindor by Emily Golus
Fantasy, 354 pages
This was a fun book to read in part because the author, Emily, was also my college roommate. Writing is hard work so it’s pretty cool to see someone I know who studied to be a writer actually doing the work and following through with her dream.
Vindor was a fun break from my normal book genres. I haven’t read anything like this since I finished The Lord of the Ring series. Think Lord of the Rings meets The Chronicles of Narnia and you have an idea of the fun and adventure you’ll be diving into with this story. Find it here.
At Home in the World by Tsh Oxenreider
Travel Memoir, 268 pages
My sister-in-law gave me this book for my birthday last year and as soon as I cracked it open I couldn’t put it back down. I loved both the writing style and getting to travel with the author through different countries and adventures. It did no good for my own wanderlust as I now have a bunch more places on my list I must see 😉 Find it here.
Wanderlust and my longing for home are birthed from the same place: a desire to find the ultimate spot this side of heaven. When I stir soup at my stove, I drift to a distant island. When I’m on the road with my backpack, my heart wanders back to my couch, my favorite coffee cup. My equal pull between both are fueled by my hardwired desire for heaven on earth. And I know I’ll never find it.Tsh Oxenreider
The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness by Timothy Keller
Christian Living, 46 pages
This was a super short read at under 50 pages but it packs a punch. I marked all over the pages and plan on re-reading this at least once a year. Highly recommend. Find it here.
The thing we would remember from meeting a truly gospel-humble person is how much they seemed to be totally interested in us. Because the essence of gospel-humility is not thinking more of myself or thinking less of myself, it is thinking of myself less.Timothy Keller
Come To Jesus by Christa Threlfall
Christian Living, 92 pages
Christa, like Emily, is someone I went to college with so when I saw she was publishing a book, I signed up for the launch team to read the book and cheer her on. Like The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness, this is a short book with big impact. Christa did a great job reminding readers that true hope and help are not found in a change of circumstances but in Jesus alone. I was encouraged to look at hard things as opportunities to grow and draw closer to the Lord rather than seeing them simply as things to get through. Find it here.
Alexander the Great by Philip Freeman
Historical Nonfiction, 330 pages
This is the first book I purchased after I decided to read whatever I wanted. Before, reading a whole book about Alexander the Great just for fun didn’t seem like the best use of my time. I was wrong. Not only did this book improve my understanding of history and culture, there were stories that made me question my motives and character and interesting parallels to Christianity and the spread of the gospel — so how’s that for a waste of time 🙂 I’m looking forward to reading more books in this genre as it ended up being something I really enjoyed. Find it here.
So tell me, what are you reading/recommend? I’m always looking for ideas so share away!
4 thoughts on “Winter Reads: 2019”
Wow! Some of those look great! It’s nice to have a few shorter reads! I’ll definitely be looking into the Tim Keller one and Come to Jesus!
I finished up Upstairs at the White House- it was an intimate look at the domestic side of the Presidency from Roosevelt to Nixon, written by the head usher. Very fascinating and non political.
Eric Metaxas’ book on Martin Luther is long, but I am enjoying it a lot as well.
Jen Wilkin’s Women of the Word has been Rey practical about digging in to Scripture.
Two of my most recent favorites are “The Sun Does Shine” and “The Elephant Whisperer.” Both nonfiction but fascinating and thought provoking!
Never heard of these, I’ll check them out. Thanks for the ideas!
Upstairs at the White House sounds interesting… I’ll check that out. I just read Women of the Word and loved it! … It will be on my spring reading recap.
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