What’s On Your Nightstand (September)

It’s been a while since I posted about what’s on my nightstand. I plan to incorporate this into the blog once a month because of my love for reading.

Here’s what on my list~

Recently read (not in photo):


  • Sister Teresa
    by Barbara Mujica. This was a fascinating historical novel based on the diaries of St. Teresa of Avila’s best friend. It moves with excitement with the setting being in Spain during the Spanish Inquisition. Teresa’s life is portrayed in a very human way, and it made me want to read more about her in real life.

  • The Sweet By and By
    by Todd Johnson. I just finished this lovely story about several women centered around aging and end of life. My favorite character was Loretta. There is a chapter in there that is a prayer by Loretta. This made the slower parts worth the read. I liked how the author wrote each chapter in the perspective of each character.

Reading now:


  • The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius
    translated by Louis J. Puhl. Oh, boy. This is serious business about faith and self-control. These Exercises are the central work of spiritual formation of the members of the Society of Jesus. The Exercises have been around for many centuries. I am finding this to be challenging, and although I am not made to be a Jesuit (my husband says they wouldn’t take me anyways), I am learning a lot about centering my thought-life around God from St. Ignatius.

  • Moon Over Manifest
    by Claire Vanderpool. This Newberry Medal winner is a sweet read. I have gone back in time in the story of Abilene Tucker’s summer in the town of Manifest in 1936. I’ll let you know what I think of it when I finish.
  • I Promise by Dr. Gary Smalley. The is the marriage book and study that our small group from church is going through this Fall. The first session was great and focused on making your marriage relationship a safe place by stopping criticism, honoring your mate, and committing fully to the relationship. I’ll keep you posted.

Hoping to read:


  • The Imitation of Christ
    by Thomas a Kempis. This is an oldie (first published in 1418), but a goodie with meditations by a German priest on prayer and communion with Christ. I’m looking forward to it.

  • Interior Castle by
    St. Teresa of Avila. This is going to be a deep read (also very old from the sixteenth century) and sometimes called a masterpiece of spiritual literature.

  • Midwives
    by Chris Bohjalian. This novel is about a midwife facing a legal charge and hostility of traditional doctors. It’s supposed to be my ‘light’ read for the month. We’ll see.

What are you reading?

What's On Your Nightstand

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6 thoughts on “What’s On Your Nightstand (September)

  1. Teresa of Avila is one of those people I’ve heard reference to a number of times over the years but don’t know much about. The Sweet By and By sounds interesting — since my mother-in-law moved into an assisted living facility nearby, I’ve encountered more and thought much more about aging. The Imitation of Christ is one of those classics I keep thinking I ought to read but it seems so daunting.

    • I’m reading the Imitation of Christ one section at a time. I take a break from it to savor the wisdom in between. It’s a good way to read a daunting book.

  2. The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius sounds really good. Definitely a challenging read. Midwives doesn’t sound very light but I guess it’s lighter than the rest. 🙂 I hope you have a good reading month.

  3. Some great books here! The “spiritual exercises” sound fascinating. “The Sweet By and By” would be good too; I think as a society we have tended to avoid thoughts of aging, and I’m glad to see more books being written about it.

    elizabeth from 5MFB

  4. I’m gonna guess that I’m the only person who was disappointed to discover that Midwives was fiction. Nevertheless, it sound interesting. I’ve already put it on my library list.

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