Books of the Month {January}

A few weeks ago I told you of all the books I plan to read in 2014, but I thought it would be fun to see what everyone is reading each month. So without further ado… is my January Book List and I hope you’ll share yours in the comments!POOLS-2

  1.  Christ in the Chaos by Kimm Crandall
  2. One Way Love by Tullian Tchavidjian
  3. Speak Love by Annie Downs {reading with my daughter Hannah}
  4. The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philip Sendker
  5. Fit for Faith by Diana Anderson
  6. A Million Little Ways by Emily P. Freeman  {also, Emily has a free week-long booklet that goes along with the book!}

At the end of the month, I will post reviews of the books I’ve read and give you the opportunity to do the same! I will have a link-up for all you book lovers, so get started now!

Please tell us what YOU are reading this month in the comments!

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  1. emily p freeman says

    Thanks for sharing Million with your readers, Joy!

    Right now I’m reading “The Seven Storey Mountain” by Thomas Merton. It’s slow reading for me, but I”m half-way through and really appreciating it.

    “Girl at the End of the World” by Elizabeth Esther – just started. She’s a fantastic writer. (this one releases in March I think)

    “Spiritual Misfit” by Michelle DeRusha – another advanced copy – will release this spring I think? Enjoy reading her story of coming to faith.

    Until I listed them here, I didn’t realize all three of these are autobiographical/memoir.

    I see a trend.

  2. Amanda says

    I am planning to read a few books very soon! I am reading “Women Living Well” right now.

    I am hoping to soon order these:
    Restless – Jennie Allen (read the first 3 chapters, and loved it!)
    Freefall to Fly – Rebekah Lyons (read the first chapter and can’t wait to read the rest!)
    The Freedom of Self-forgetfulness – Timothy Keller

  3. says

    My reading list for this month is:
    Homeschooling Day by Day – Kristy Howard + Co-Authors
    Wife After God – Jennifer Smith
    Growing Your Blog While Managing Your Home – Jacinda Vandenberg
    Allegient – Veronica Roth

  4. Anna Jones says

    I’m not trying to be overzealous and fall short of my goals so I picked just 1 book so far: One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. It is so moving.

  5. Jody Dake says

    As one of your commentors already stated, I am trying to not get in over my head, which I always do, so in one of my posts on my blog I have one book, Mere Christianity by C S Lewis, one study, Idols of the Heart by Elyse Fitzpatrick, The Valley of Vision and Morning By Morning by Charles H Spurgeon, which I will be reading on both of those throughout the year.

    I have so many books I have begun, so I am choosing to focus on one month and not the many, many books I have TO read. I am trying to soak up what I am reading, and focus on SEEKing after God’s heart in what I read and what He has to say to me. SEEK is my one word for this year, and that is why I capitalized it.

    Enjoy your books and thanks from everyone who comments for all the many, wonderful suggestions of books!

    Always Experiencing Him,

  6. Monica @ The Homespun Heart says

    Hi Joy! First of all, my girls and I so enjoyed watching the video you shared! I’ve already shared it with a friend and was so encouraged and blessed. Thank you. I would really like to read A Million Little Ways – hope I can get a hold of a copy soon. Meanwhile, I’ve already read in January:
    1. The Question: Teaching your Child the Essentials of Classical Education by Leigh Bortins
    2. The Healing by Wanda Brunstetter
    3. Fifteen Minutes by Karen Kingsbury
    4. The Guardian by Beverly Lewis
    5. Iron Heart by Brian Boyle
    6. The Good Life for Less by Amy Allen Clark

    I have ordered Christ in the Chaos and am looking forward to that. Have a great day, Joy! Love, Monica

  7. Kelly Hallahan says

    24/6 by Matthew Sleeth (inspirational), Anna Karenina by Tolstoy (fiction), and Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist (re-read)!

  8. Sarah says

    I just finished Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwanda Holocaust by Immaculée Ilibagiza. This is an amazing book that shows the power of prayer.

  9. Kirsten says

    I’ve read “The Jesus I Never Knew” by Phillip Yancey, “Chosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther” by Ginger Garrett, and “Return to Me” by Lynn Austin so far. All were excellent! Right now my husband and I are reading “Beyond Ordinary” together to keep investing in our marriage–also great. :) Happy reading!

  10. Lynne Batchelder says

    Nearing Home by Billy Graham
    Chasing God by Angie Smith
    planning on some “lighter” reading in February 😉

  11. Brooke says

    I just finished The Noticer and The Noticer Returns by Andy Andrews. Awesome books to change your perspective. Also trying:

    Women Livng Well by Courtney Joseph
    Being More Than a Good Bible Study Girl by Lysa TerKeurst
    Made to Crave also by Lysa

    I’m addicted to reading so all of these lists are going to drive me crazy and keep me busy. Thanks for all the titles! Happy reading!

  12. NetaBaneta says

    We are reading Victor Journey Through The Bible and are in the story of Joseph in Genesis. I’ve read hundreds of Christian books and I’m taking a break and sticking to the bible until God places a special book in my hand.

  13. Kelli says

    I am reading To Live is Christ by Beth Moore and Lion of Babylon by Davis Bunn. Love your list and there a few I am adding to my list, thank you for sharing.

  14. Shannon Hazleton says

    I am reading ‘Mountain Rain’, the story of James Frasier, who was a missionary to China, in the same region where we lived… I’m reading ‘Little Pilgrim’s Progress’ to the kids at bedtime each night… and during the day we’re reading the story of Gladys Alward, also a missionary to China. And I’m reading ‘Hind’s Feet on High Places’… {notice any themes? ha!}… and I just ordered ‘Spiritual Warfare and Missions’… it’s a good month 😉

  15. Becca Goodpaster says

    Today I just finished Elyse Fitzpatrick’s “Counsel from the Cross.” I picked it up hoping to use it in ministry but found it healing so many of my own wounds. Amazing how the Gospel does that, eh? I’m not sure what’s next on my list, but I just picked up “Real Food Fermentation” by Alex Lewin. Going to whip up a batch of sauerkraut now while I contemplate Jesus’ perfection. Lovely combination!

  16. Beth C says

    Joy! Thank you so much for doing this! I love to see what others are reading. I am currently reading Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas and also The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey (thanks for the idea!). It will be fun to read these monthly posts!

  17. April says

    I’m really curious as to how moms (with multiples or young ones) find the time or mentally energy to read so many books! I have a toddler who keeps me busy, but my goal this year is to read more because I really do love to read. Right now I’m reading ‘Radical’ by David Platt and ‘Bible Doctrine’ by Wayne Grudem. The latter is ongoing for a Bible study class, so on my own, my goal is to read a book a month. For me this is reasonable and realistic.

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