18 January 2008 ~ 1 Comment

08 Reading: Here’s Where I Am – Where Are You?

I always set me a goal of reading 30 books a year. It began as a goal when I turned 40. I thought, "If I read 30 books a year in my 40’s I will have read 300 books in a decade." I came close to that in my 40’s but it has been a while since I’ve read 30 in a year. Alas, I still try…

In the list below you will find that I read just like I play the piano – all over the place. I like jazz, blues, some contemporary Christian stuff, and okay, if it’s just the right song, maybe some country  – I play a lot of stuff. And I read a lot of different stuff. And a lot of it at the same time.

So, with the goal of 30 in the back of my mind (and now on line where all 25 of you can see!), here are some things I’m looking forward to reading in 2008. Yes, I know there are not 30 books here. We’ll add to the list as the year progresses. They are in no special order:

1) 3:16 by Max Lucado. Let me "name drop" here for a moment. Selma and I got to meet Max a couple of years ago to interview him for HomeLife. He was just a cool guy. So patient and so willing to go further in his answers. It was more of a talk with two fellow ministers rather than a cut and dried interview. The book is incredible. I’m through the text and working through the daily thoughts. You would like it I am sure.

2) My Anecdotal Life by Carl Reiner. The genius behind so many comedies shares his background revealing how so much of that comedy came to be. I’ve been laughing at Carl Reiner since the days he was Alan Brady on the Dick Van Dyke show in the 60’s!

3) For One Day More by Mitch Albom. The only Albom book I’ve read has been the one that everyone has read: Tuesdays with Morrie. It was good so I thought I’d try this one out.

4) Standing Next to History: An Agent’s Life Inside the Secret Service by Joseph Petro. I’ve always been intrigued by the ‘behind the scenes’ workings of the Secret Service, the White House, etc. This book’s got potential to address my intrigue for sure!

5) A Cup of Cold Water by Ed Heil. Ed is the roommate of my dad in the nursing home. A strong believer, he is a genius and has written a good book that he’s let Selma and me read.

6) Cleared for Takeoff: 50 Ways Parents Can Help Their Teenagers Grow Up and Into Lives of Their Own by Wayne Rice. I found this one while researching the parent project Selma and I are working on. (More about that later.)

7) Life Sentences by Warren Wiersbe. Looks like a good devotional book on 63 Bible characters and the one sentence that sums up each of their lives.

8) Emotions: Can You Trust Them? by James Dobson. Been trying to get to this one for a long time. I’ll wrap it up this year and let you know if it’s good. The title grips me.

9) Thirty Years of Sausage, Fifty Years of Ham by Jimmy Dean. (Where do I find this stuff?) Who has read a bio of Jimmy Dean? Somebody’s gotta do it!   

10) The Book of General Ignorance by John Lloyd. It was a Christmas gift from one of my daughters so I’m going to read it. Deal with it. I do think it’s ironic that the author is writing on ignorance when he has the same name as Chris Evert’s first husband. (It’s not the guy, is it??)

Three quick points and I’m done:

1 – Of course I’ll read other marriage and family books along the way. I will also read more spiritual books than just 3:16 and Life Sentences. If they are any good, be assured I’ll pass them along as well;

2 – I’ll share what I read in 2007 a little later;

3 – HOW ABOUT YOU? WHAT ARE YOU READING? No, it doesn’t have to be a list. Not everyone’s that crazy. It may be just one book, but I’d really like to know.

Happy reading in ‘08!

One Response to “08 Reading: Here’s Where I Am – Where Are You?”

  1. Laura Knight 20 January 2008 at 5:17 am Permalink

    Books!! I love them, and I love to know what other people are reading so thank you for sharing. And, yes, I have lists…books I’ve already read and books I want to read. I’m crazy like that. Here’s what I’m reading now:
    The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
    Before and After Getting Your Puppy by Dr. Ian Dunbar
    And, I just picked up 3:16 by Max Lucado yesterday from the library. Can’t wait to start on it in preparation for Pat’s series.


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