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.
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?