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December 2017 Reads

Got back into a reading groove in December. We checked out a shelf-ful of books from the library, in addition to our own collection of Advent/Christmas reads, and took much time to just sit and enjoy the stories of the season. My own reading was very rich too. I’m thankful to close off this year with such a stack.

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Rooted in Hope by Take Up and Read — This was a beautiful study put together by Elizabeth Foss’ Take Up and Read team. Those days I really entered in and practiced lectio divina alongside the beautiful words written here, were very fruitful. Their books Consider the Lilies and Stories of Grace are also excellent devotional books for any time of year.

 Cultivate: A Grace-Filled Guide to Growing an Intentional Life by Lara Casey — I got my first set of Lara Casey’s Powersheets for an early Christmas gift this year. I read through this book alongside working through the brainstorming prompts in my Powersheets over the past few weeks in preparation for writing out my goals for the coming year. It is filled with inspiration and very helpful questions to get motivated for living more intentionally.

Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher — An excellent wintertime read. It was wonderful to curl up with on a cold evening. It was light fare yet still a good study in human character.

My Sisters the Saints: A Spiritual Memoir by Colleen Carroll Campbell — Stephen gave me this for Christmas and I devoured it in a few days. The author takes you on a journey through the wonderful and deep ways specific saints have influenced her life. The relationships she described resonated with me as I, too, find the companionship of these heavenly friends both worthwhile and vital.

Knitting Pearls: Writers Writing About Knitting edited by Ann Hood — This collection of essays was not a complete hit, but the ones I connected with were worth wading through the others to get to. An excellent read for thinking knitters.

Devotions by Mary Oliver — Another Christmas gift {one I wanted but no one knew!}. Mary Oliver has made me fall in love with poetry, something I never imagined. This collection of her best poems from earlier works has been a wonderful comfort read in the evenings. However, she makes me want to get outside!


Books I Read with My Children

Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree by Robert Barry — This sweet tale of a single Christmas tree that becomes many highlights how one thing can be a blessing to many.

 How the Hibernators Came to Bethlehem by Norma Faber — Lucie will never forget where Christ was born after following these animals to “Bethlehem! Follow me to Bethlehem!” The animals are drawn from their wintery rest by the Star to make their way to see the newborn King.


{Linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy for Quick Lit this month!}

2 Thoughts on “December 2017 Reads

  1. I read Cultivate last summer and loved it! The soul searching it prompted even led to quitting my job. I’ve returned several times to the book since, for encouragement and inspiration.

    I haven’t tried the Powersheets yet. How did you like them?

    • Wow! That’s great that it had such a profound impact on your life! I’ve been writing down inspiring quotes from it to return to. She’s very motivating.

      I like them so far. I was moving forward with goals too…until illness hit. Ask me again in a few months. There’s lots of returning to what you set out and refining. I’ll be interested to see how things go!

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