Monthly Archives: June 2009

Transforming Grace

transforming graceTitle: Transforming Grace
Author: Jerry Bridges
Finished: June 22, 2009
Pages: 265
Published: 1991

After a long afternoon conversation with my aunt we touched on the subject of grace and how it’s hard to come to terms with God and his forgiveness, or grace. She recommended this book to me and then surprised me one day by bringing it to me as a gift.

Once I got started reading I wanted to take my time to fully comprehend what I was reading and reflect. It was a very powerful book that encompasses everything one could think about, situations, and ideas where God’s grace could come into question, how it can help, bible verses to return to, and the author’s own personal experience.

After a slow start in reading, I found myself breezing through the pages while sitting with my dad at the hospital and found that to somehow be therapeutic reading about grace and forgiveness at a time when I knew I was going to be tested the most.

For anyone curious about God’s grace, and or are unsure of their own feelings, this a great book to start off with or even rekindle the relationship.

*Challenges: 100+ Challenge, New Authors Challenge, RYOB Challenge, Non-Fiction Five, 999×2 Challenge, Create a Colorful Summer

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It’s Monday. What are you reading?

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It’s Monday! What are you reading this week? is a weekly event to list the books completed last week, the books currently being reading, and the books to be finish this week.

So, I was half tempted not to even join in this week because it has been my worst reading week of the year. Nothing finished or completed. I am getting close to finishing The Horse and His Boy and started Take Your Shirt Off, but between getting my dad checked out of the hospital and moved into a new assisted living place, plus family functions, my reading sucked this week and all I had time to do was curl up, watch a little TV and fall asleep. I’m anticipating this next week will be amazing because I’m traveling for the 4th and that means flying and extra reading. Hopefully I will cut this list in half and be able to add some more books in come Monday.

Reading This Week:

  • Take Your Shirt Off and Cry by Nancy Balbirer
  • The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis
  • Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
  • The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis
  • The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis

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Operation Actually Read the Bible

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Becky from Becky’s Book Reviews is hosting the Operation Actually Read Bible Challenge – a perpetual challenge to read from the bible. Becky writes:

Choose to read the whole Bible, the New Testament, or The New Testament and Psalms & Proverbs, or the gospels. (Or any variation of books you’d like–you might want to focus on Paul’s epistles, for example.)

There aren’t any “rules” for this challenge necessarily. I don’t care which translation of the Bible you use. Or if you choose to read a Bible with the apocrypha. (Or not.) (Though I will stress that if/when we interact with other participants we don’t condescend about other people’s translation choices. I don’t want to get into any of the KJV is the only “real” translation nonsense.) That’s really the only rule I have. Respect.

I got a copy of a guide where you can read the Bible in chronological order, which is the way I will be reading it. As opposed to writing out the entire guide again here, I will keep track of what I read. The guide is arranged by months, so I will update as I finish each month section. Starting July 1, I will begin the monthly posting first of the month.

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What an Animal II Challenge

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Kristy at Passion for the Page is hosting part II of the What An Animal Challenge.

1. Read at least 6 books that have any of the following requirements:

a. there is an animal in the title of the book
b. there is an animal on the cover of the book
c. an animal plays a major role
d. a main character is (or turns into) an animal (define that however you’d like

2. The animal can be any type of animal (real or fictitious)–dog, cat, monkey, wolf, snake, insect, hedgehog, aardvark…dragon, mermaid, centaur, vampire, werewolf…you get the idea…
3. Challenge runs from July 1, 2009 to February 28, 2010.

I didn’t participate in this challenge the first time around but I thought it might be fun to join this year. This one may be more of a challenge than I think, so we shall see how I do.

MY LIST:

  1. Marley and Me by John Grogan
  2. Four Blind Mice by James Patterson
  3. Big Bad Wolf by James Patterson
  4. Free Stallion by Amber Tamblyn
  5. The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
  6. What My Cat Has Taught Me About Life by Niki Anderson

Choosing from the following books:

  • Marley and Me by John Grogan
  • The Big Bad Wolf by James Patterson
  • Four Blind Mice by James Patterson
  • James Herriot’s Favorite Dog Stories by James Herriot
  • The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd
  • What My Cat Has Taught Me About Life by Niki Anderson
  • Appaloosa by Robert B. Parker
  • Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss
  • From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris
  • Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris

I may come up with more and the list by change dramatically over the course of time, but these are the ones that are off my shelves that would qualify.

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Christmas in July Challenge

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Book Dragon’s Lair is hosting the Christmas in July challenge.

The guidelines:

  1. Read as many books as you can. A list would be nice but not necessary and is not written in stone (or even pen).
  2. Overlaps with other challenges are acceptable.

I’m not going to create a list prior but just keep track, even though I’m pretty such I could guess what I will be reading for the rest of the summer. I’m going to aim for the goal of 10 books per month so that would be 20 total.

My LIST:

  1. Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis
  2. Swimsuit by James Patterson
  3. Take Your Shirt Off and Cry by Nancy Balbirer
  4. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
  5. The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis
  6. The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis
  7. A River Runs Through It and Other Stories by Norman Maclean
  8. Sin City: Booze, Broads and Bullets (Vol. 6) by Frank Miller
  9. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
  10. Marley and Me by John Grogan
  11. Batman: Year One by Frank Miller
  12. Four Blind Mice by James Patterson
  13. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller
  14. Run For Your Life by James Patterson
  15. Decked by Carol Higgins Clark
  16. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
  17. The Noticer by Andy Andrews
  18. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  19. Sin City: Hell and Back (Vol. 7) by Frank Miller

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What’s on Your Nightstand? – June 2009

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What a long and wonderful month of reading. I feel like I got a lot accomplished. I read less than last month, only 10 books as of yet, but I feel better about them because the big books were ones I’ve been waiting to read for quite awhile. The last book I finished was Transforming Grace by Jerry Bridges, but overall my reading the past month has been focused on reading the Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris.

I only finished 5 books off my list from last month, so my goal and list this month will be focused on getting those books off the nightstand so that I can make room for the large amount I will need to read in August to finish multiple challenges that end in September.

On the July Nightstand

  • Four Blind Mice by James Patterson
  • D is for Deadbeat by Sue Grafton
  • High Five by Janet Evanovich
  • Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  • Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  • The Shack by William P. Young
  • The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis
  • Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis
  • Voyage of Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
  • The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis
  • The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis

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Summer Reading Challenge

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As if one summer reading challenge wasn’t enough, I decided to join another one. Pretty much all the books listed are ones that have been on my nightstand for awhile and/or are for other challenges that end in September or early October. I know it’s kind of cheating but with the possibility of a new job starting soon my reading time may soon become limited.

Making my own rule, this list will not be changing. What’s the fun in having such flexibility? The challenge runs from June 21, 09 – September 21, 09 and hosted by A Summer Daydreamer Reads.

MY LIST:

  1. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur GoldenAUGUST 23, 09
  2. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
  3. Run For Your Life by James PattersonAUGUST 8, 09
  4. Four Blind Mice by James PattersonAUGUST 1, 09
  5. Big Bad Wolf by James PattersonSEPTEMBER 1, 09
  6. Spook by Mary Roach
  7. High Five by Janet EvanovichSEPTEMBER 18, 09
  8. The Shack by William P. Young
  9. D is for Deadbeat by Sue GraftonSEPTEMBER 21, 09
  10. Secrets of the Morning by V.C. Andrews

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