Monday, 20 January 2014

Book List 2013

The tally:

5 fiction
1 biography
3 theology/Christian life
6 nonfiction (mostly education/parenting related)
15 total

This year I also did a lot of reference reading in garden books and commentaries on Luke and Acts (part of a Bible study).

Persuasion (Jane Austen)
Phantastes (George MacDonald)
The Hurried Child (David Elkind)
Desperate (Sarah Mae & Sally Clarkson)
Lillian’s Story (Lillian Kristensen & Jessie Chapin)
Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child (Anthony Esolen)
Casti Connubii: Encyclical on Christian Marriage (Pope Pius XI)
Boys  Adrift (Leonard Sax)
The Well-Trained Mind (Susan Wise-Bauer & Jessie Wise)
The Kalahari Typewriter School for Men (Alexander McCall Smith)
The Wanderings of Odysseus (Rosemary Sutcliff)
Why Gender Matters (Leonard Sax)
The Well-Educated Mind (Susan Wise Bauer)
The Ministry of Motherhood (Sally Clarkson)
A Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine L’Engle)

In progress: Les Miserables (Victor Hugo)

Most influential: Les Miserables, though I haven't finished it yet! (Around 700 pages in.) This for a combination of style, story and substance - it's a classic for a reason. It's fiction, it's history, but also theology. The life of the Bishop of Digne alone is a weighty challenge to embody Christ's love in the world. 

On the wish list for this year...
Jane Austen - either Emma or Northanger Abbey
More fiction! Any suggestions?


Friday, 17 January 2014


"Contemplation is nothing else than a secret, peaceful, and loving infusion of God, which if admitted, will set the soul on fire with the Spirit of love."

~ St. John of the Cross
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