I’ve always enjoyed reading, but I never really considered myself an avid reader. I’m getting better, though. Between audiobooks, paperbacks thrown in my purse, and read-alouds when I tuck my kids in, I’m slowly getting to the point where I can call myself a reader.
Here are the books I finished in January. A couple of these were started in December, but we won’t get all picky about that.
The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
This gem is on many “must-read” lists for good reason. I listened to the audible version and the accents were excellent. A young Irish girl becomes an indentured servant on a tobacco plantation where she lives in the kitchen house surrounded by her loving adopted family of slaves. She is eventually brought into white society more and more and must go between the two worlds. This book is full of loyalty, cruelty, hope, and despair. I can’t wait to read the sequel.
Assimilate or Go Home by D.L. Mayfield
Mayfield started as a gung-ho missionary, determined to personally evangelize every one of the Somali Bantu refugees she was sent to help in her hometown of Portland. Over the years she learned how much she didn’t know about evangelism and what it really means to share the love of Jesus. The book is written as a series of essays. Her writing is wonderful and her experiences serve as a reminder that we are sent to be the hands and feet of Jesus, not Jesus Himself.
The Attributes of God, Volume 2: Deeper into the Father’s Heart by A.W. Tozer
Over the past six months I’ve been on a mission to learn more about God. That led me to Tozer, so I read The Attributes of God, Volume 1 a few months ago and finished Volume 2 recently. Tozer is deep, but his explanations about difficult theological concepts are the clearest I’ve ever read or heard. I feel like I understand God (as much as a human can) so much better after reading these two books. They took me a while to finish because I need to give them my undivided attention, but it was so worth it.
The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis
Bottom line: if you’ve never read the Narnia series, go ahead and do it now. Not only are they great books, but you’ll feel much more culturally literate if you have a working knowledge of Aslan, Narnia, and the White Witch.
I’m reading the series to my 6-, 8-, and 9-year-old boys at bedtime. My older kids read these when they were younger. I’ve never read through all the books so I’m looking forward to it!
The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Ditto the above
Absolute Surrender by Andrew Murray
This isn’t the exact version I bought, but it has the same words. It’s an old book, so it has been reprinted several times by different publishers. Guys, this book is amazing. If you want to know how to live your life for God but it seems so hard, read this. Then you can stop striving to please God through your own efforts and instead receive the Holy Spirit’s love and power freely. You can get Kindle versions for 99 cents, or google the title and you can read it online for free. You can even listen to it for free through LibriVox (there’s an app for that!).
The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
I’m a HUGE Lord of the Rings movie fan, so a few years ago I tried to read through the books. I failed. They’re really long and the pace is much slower than the movies. Fast forward to this month: My kids and I watched all the movies again, plus all the Hobbit movies, and I knew I needed to try the books again. This time I tried the audiobook and it was a winner! I read lots of reviews to find the best version, and the one I chose is read by Rob Inglis. He’s amazing. The books are still long, but somehow Mr. Inglis makes it zoom by. It also helps that the movies were fresh in my mind so I had an easier time following the story. Once I finished I immediately downloaded The Two Towers and I’m currently listening to that. I’m LOVING these books now. I’m a total nerd. Want to talk Tokien with me? Harry Potter? Dude, we can be best friends.
Any suggestions for future books I need to read? What have you loved? Find me on Instagram at amomsmissionfield. Have a great February!