Books I’m Reading in March
I love to read, but a few months ago I found I wasn’t reading as much. I was happily choosing other things (hello Netflix and Facebook) to fill my time. Wanting to get back to the page I thought about what I why I read and how much I want to read.
My why was easy. I love words. All kinds of words (well, not history, but don’t tell). I read to escape, to imagine, to better myself, to think, to strengthen my faith, to become. And I really wanted to read more. So I became intentional about reading.
I started two things. First, a running list of books I want to read. And I’m really trying to start with ones I already have. Second, each month I write down specific titles I want to read, and I have an empty square waiting to be checked off when I do. This has helped me become more focused and intentional about my reading. So far, I’m loving it.
Here are the books that got checked off in March.
I hinted at this book last month, and I read it in a week. I wasn’t sure I’d like it at the beginning with the drug running male lead, but Martin has a unique way of drawing you in to characters and revealing things about yourself. Water from my Heart is a story about our fears, our flaws and redemption set in places that made me want to travel. His earlier book, When Crickets Cry, is still my favorite, but Water From My Heart is a read you will not regret.
In my quest to balance fiction and non-fiction, I read Nothing to Prove. It was full of ideas that made me think more deeply about my faith and my reasons for what I believe. Allen shows how much we tend to make our beliefs about us, when really, they are about God. And if they are about God, we can be free from the pressures we put on ourselves. The full title says it all: Nothing to Prove: Why We Can Stop Trying So Hard. I think we can all use some of that!
Jesus Calling is a beautifully simple devotional that speaks profound truth to my heart every time I pick it up. A short daily reading (only a few sentences) with two or three verses to read for each day is changing the way I approach what lies before me. I love when big changes come in small packages. Don’t miss this year-long devotional. Perfect for you and to give as a gift. I’m so grateful for the friend who gave me mine! Plus, they have a big kids version and a little kids version! I think it would be perfect for kids on their own or a quick family devotion. Check them out here and here!
I had to pull myself away from the pages of this next book to tell you about it! I’m not quite done with it, but I’ve read over 200 pages in the last 24 hours. I Let You Go starts with a mother’s tragic loss and wraps you so tight in the characters you almost forget the crime element. It took everything I thought I understood and flipped it upside down so fast I had to go back and reread the page to make sure it was real. A thrilling page-turner, this book is worth the read. There is some language and a few non-graphic suggestive references just to give you the heads up. I’d tell you more about the story, but you need to read it to believe it!
Are you an intentional reader with a plan or do you pickup whatever crosses your path?
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About Becky Hastings
I am emotional and logical. I am strong and dependent. I am a juxtaposition of head and heart exploring it all through writing. And in all my mixed-up ways I am loved. I'm here to tell you that you are, too. Just the way you are.