Book Reviews

Spring Reading Thing 2009

I have seen posts about, and links to Katrina’s Spring Reading Thing in the past, but I’m usually a little too late to join in the fun.  Although I did not realize that spring was upon us (with the way the newscasters here are super excited about the first 90-degree day of the year – you’d think we were well on our way to summer, not spring!), I am glad to have stumbled on a link to this year’s reading challenge this morning!  And, in plenty of time to add my list to the others!        

Spring Reading Thing

Books to be completed:  
Technically, I don’t know if I can really count these as part of this challenge, seeing as how I have already started them.  But, I would certainly like to finish them before the end (June 20th).  I don’t think that’s cheating…  And, truthfully, I haven’t gotten very far on most of them!  


  • Lord I Want To Know You, by Kay Arthur
  • Passionate Housewives Desperate for God, by Jennie Chancey and Stacy McDonald
  • Family Religion, by Matthew Henry   
  • The Bible & The Closet, by Thomas Watson and Samuel Lee
  • Family Driven Faith, by Voddie Baucham, Jr.   
  • One with a Shepherd, by Mary Somerville   

Books to be Read:  

  • Becoming a Woman of Spiritual Passion, by Donna Morley
  • Girl Talk: Mother-Daughter Conversations on Biblical Womanhood, by Carolyn Mahaney & Nicole Whitacre
  • The Quest for Meekness and Quietness of Spirit, by Matthew Henry
  • Leading Women Who Wound: Strategies for an Effective Ministry, by Sue Edwards & Kelley Mathews
  • The Christian’s Daily Walk, by Henry Scudder (This is a re-read from several years ago.)
  • Recovering Biblical Manhood & Womanhood, by John Piper & Wayne Grudem

Books I do not (yet!) own, but still plan to/want to read:

  • Unfashionable: Making a Difference in the World by Being Different by Tullian Tchividjian
  • Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption in Christian Families and Churches by Russell Moore
  • Created to Be His Help Meet: Discover How God Can Make Your Marriage Glorious, by Debi Pearl
  • Spectacular Sins, by John Piper (which, by the way, is on sale for $5, through Sunday, at Desiring God.)

Books I do not own, do not want to own, and, really, do not even want to read:    

  • The Shack, by William P. Young – The truth is, I have no desire to read this book (and if you are wondering why, you can look here, here, or here).  However, I know several people who have both read it, and loved it.  So, part of me also feels like I should read it in order to offer a more personal argument/opinion.  We’ll see what happens… 


Books to read with Hannah:
Ever since my mom read them to me, I have looked forward to the day that I could read the Little House on the Prairie books, and The Chronicles of Narnia series to my own children.  And, while we both love Dr. Seuss, I think her attention span and active imagination will allow us to enjoy some longer non-illustrated (for the most part) stories.  I am so glad that Hannah enjoys books, and although she is becoming quite the little reader herself (she can read the first 3 “Bob Books” on her own!!), I still want to maintain the practice of reading aloud.    

  • Little House in the Big Woods, by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, by CS Lewis
  • Charlotte’s Web, by E.B White
  • The Velveteen Rabbit, by Margery Williams  


There you go…My ridiculous over-ambitious list of books to be read prior to June 20th.  I’ll try and update my progress as I go, and hopefully include a few reviews along the way.  Leave a comment if you are participating this year…I’d love to see what you are reading too!



  1. What a great book list! Many books I probably would never get around to reading, but would want to. I have had “The Shack” for nearly a year and do plan on reading it some day. Not big on my list, but have also read a lot on both sides of the “controversy”. Because my mentor, whom I trust read it and gave it to me, I know I’ll read it at some point.

    Mimi B
    Woven by Words

  2. I love your list. I haven’t read the Passionate Housewives book yet and have a feeling I would really love it. I’m eager to hear what you think; hope you write a review once you’ve read it 🙂

  3. Amy

    My book list is up HERE if you’d like to take a peek.

  4. I loved Passionate Housewives Desperate for God.

    I also want to read Adopted for Life and Created to Be His Help Meet sometime this year.

    Great list!


  5. Looks like a really great list, Veronica! I have a couple of these books on my shelf (Spectacular Sins, Passionate Housewives, etc.), but haven’t read them yet… I understand what you’re saying about The Shack. I have a similar ambivalence toward it.

    Thanks for being part of Spring Reading Thing ’09!

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