Joshua at Quieted Waters, asked some questions on his blog, and I'm going to answer them here. Incidentally, I first linked over to him because of his great quote on Blest with Sons' site:
"That’s one reason why blogging and journaling are such rewarding ventures. They give you snapshots of your past, and yet, surprisingly often, those snapshots catch you completely off guard."I've sort of doubted my blog name recently, but that reenforces that this is exactly what I want to capture here.
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Now--on to books and his questions:
What book(s) sparked your interest in reading? Meaning, what books first took reading from being a forced activity to being an enjoyable pastime for you?
I don't think that books were ever forced for me. I have always been an avid reader. Books I enjoyed growing up were
- the Trixie Belden series
- the Little House series
- anything long (Because I was a pretty fast reader, if someone took me to the bookstore to buy a book, I would pick out a nice fat one so it would last longer.)
The Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook
A Woman After God's Own Heart by Elizabeth George
Ordinary Mom, Extraordinary God by Mary Demuth
Which three books (outside of the Bible) have most shaped your thoughts on God?
I have to say that Bible study, reading and studying God's word on my own, that have enlightened me most about who He is. But here are some Bible studies that I have really enjoyed:
- Bible Study Fellowship -- I have done all seven studies, which has covered almost all of the Bible.
- Cynthia Heald's Becoming a Woman of Excellence
- My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers
Which book(s), if any, have you intentionally read more than once?
- The Mitford Series by Jan Karon--I reread all of these when a new one comes out.
- Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss (I'm about to start it for my second time after just a year)
- I am up to reread any fiction book that I enjoyed if it's been a while. I've also been wanting to reread some Elizabeth George, because I feel like her writing has really descipled me as a wife and mother.
- A Place of Quiet Rest by Nancy Leigh Demoss was a great book and teaches the importance of studying the Bible, so I'd say that would be a good one.
- Again--I go back to the Bible. I don't know of any other books that cover the basics right off hand.
- I would also say that you should find a book related to how to fulfill your current roles in keeping with your new Christian faith. For example, books on motherhood, being a good husband or wife, or integrity in the workplace, or living as a single person. Ask another Christian in this same role what books were helpful to them.
Which three books do you plan to have your kids read? (Or - "Which three books were most exciting to read to your kids / to have your kids read?" - for those of you who already have children)
I love this question. I recently wrote about what a great way reading is to connect with your kids in Family Book Club.
- Mandy by Julie Edwards was a magical wonderful book for me when I was in school. I still remember details from it. So my 7 year old daughter and I just read it together. She loved it.
- We've also read a couple of the Little House books together.
- She enjoyed the Foot Book by Dr. Seuss, as does my 2 year old son, and my mom said it was one of my favorites, too.
- Soon I would like for her to read the Wrinkle in Time series, which I also remembered as being mesmorizing.
I love a good "chat" on books, and good book recommendations, so if you do this on your own site, you can link here. That way we'll have a nice compilation of others who participated and a great list of books.