One thing I’ve noted each year, and really ought to take into more consideration: the year goes absolutely not at all how I expected. I change; circumstances change so much that where I am in September is considerably different from how I imagined it in January. And that brings us to the 2018 Christian Reading Challenge*. I’ve done a considerable amount of reading this year, and most of it has not been from my original book list – or even the updated list. For this update, I’ll give you the books I’ve read thus far, and the ones I’m currently reading. Any category not covered will, at this point remain undecided on. Here we go:
- Biography: Steal Away Home: Charles Spurgeon and Thomas Johnson, Unlikely Friends on the Passage to Freedom by Matt Carter & Aaron Ivey (an encouraging read if you struggle with depression) Done
- Book on Christian Living: Keeping House: The Litany of Everyday Life by Margaret Kim Peterson Done
- Book Published in 2018: Calming Angry Kids: Help and Hope for Parents in the Whirlwind by Tricia Goyer In Progress
- Book by author no longer alive: The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori In Progress
- Novel: Multiple other novels in the series by Terry Brooks (see #6 below) Done
- Book for Teens or YA: The Sword of Shannarah from the Original Shananarah Trilogy by Terry Brooks This is a series that Brian and I are reading together. It’s in the same vein as Lord of the Rings. Done
- Book more than 100 Years Old:
- Book targeted at the opposite gender: Wild at Heart by John Eldrege – Brian has requested that I read this book**
- Book your best friend recommends: Desperate by Sally Clarkson Done
- Book with at least 400 pages:
- Book of Your Choice: Heartfelt Discipline by Clay Clarkson In Progress
- Book about theology: Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering by Tim Keller In Progress
- Book about current events: There is No Such Thing as Bad Weather by Linda Akeson McGurk Done
*I think that the original creator of the challenge intended for all of the books to be either by Christian authors or about Christian living/issues. But I’ve taken the liberty of reading both Christian and non-Christian authors.
**Although I haven’t started this book, I made a commitment to read it this year. Therefore, I’ve left it on this list.