Monday, February 22, 2016

What's On Your Nightstand - February

What's On Your Nightstand

For March:

From my January Nightstand I read:
  • Hoodwinked: Ten Myths Moms Believe and Why We All Need To Knock It Off by Karen Ehman & Ruth Schwenk - This was an encouraging read. Though I didn't feel every myth related to me it still stand to reason that myths of motherhood abound and it comes down to learning to be reliant on God rather than what other say. 
  • 10 Things I Want My Daughter to Know: Getting Her Ready for Life by Annie Chapman - I can't say there was anything very profound. I read all these thought before--of course it never hurts to have them repeated.
  • The Rim of the Prairie by Bess Streeter Aldrich - I have really been enjoying Bess Streeter Aldrich. This book tells the story a young woman with a secret, a young man burdened with the cares of life, and a couple who are seeing an end of a way of life. A gripping story of how the old ways aren't that bad and every thing comes back to the land. Streeter's books remind me of Wendell Berry though I find her the tone of her books happier and they have a satisfying ending.
  • Friendly Gables by Hilda Van Stockum - This was a read-aloud for my kids. We read the first two books last year and finally got around to the last book in the series. These books really caught my seven year old daughter's attention.
  • The Silver Chalice: A Novel by Thomas Costain - Years ago I mentioned to someone that I loved the story of  Ben-Hur by Lew Wallace and they recommended The Silver Chalice so I added it to my The Classics Club list. My conclusion is that it wasn't nearly as good of read as Ben-Hur. I will have a review forthcoming.
I also read:
  • Mrs. Tim Gets a Job by D.E. Stevenson - Continuing on with the series of Mrs. Tim of the Regiment this tells of Mrs. Tim getting a job while her husband is stationed out of the country. A fun read.
  • Mrs. Tim Flies Home by D.E. Stevenson - The last book in the Mrs. Tim series. I have to admit that I did enjoy these series, but I find her friendship with Tony Morley, who plays a part in all four books, quite odd. In fact, in this book it does cause some talk. I liked him in the other books okay, but I found his character in this last book kind of annoying by the end.
  • Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home by Gloria Furman - This book has a great title and a great thought. It even has excellent reviews at Amazon. Unfortunately, I just couldn't get into this book. I concluded that we spoke two different language. I finished it and about did a jig when I did.
I listened to:
  • The House of the Deer by D.E. Stevenson - This is a sequel to Gerald and Elizabeth which I listened to last month and decided it wasn't my favorite Stevenson book. While browsing Audible I noticed that this was sequel to the book and bought it immediately because some of my disappointment in the book was over the ending. Gerald and Elizabeth needed an sequel, which I was glad to listen to. Again, it won't be my favorite reads by Stevenson, but it was a satisfying conclusion the the two book set.

See what others have read over at 5 Minutes for Books.


  1. Smiling at how you felt when you finished Glimpses of Grace. I’m reading a couple of books now that I’ll want to dance when I finish. They’re fine books, but they’re just not meaty and it’s making me want to hurry through them (I’d put them down except they’re for review). "The Renewing of the Mind Project" sounds intriguing...

    1. You would probably like Glimpses of Grace. It is deep. So deep in parts that there were quite a few times I couldn't remember what her point was. I finally concluded we just speak a different language.

  2. I have The Renewing of the Mind on my list for the year though it's not on my Nightstand post yet. I need to look into Bess Streeter Aldrich's books.



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