What's On Your Nightstand?

What’s On Your Nightstand?

Last month these books were on my nightstand…this month the stack has migrated to my desk.  And, you may notice that a few of the books are making a repeat appearance.  This past month did not yield as much reading time as I had hoped – even with a short list!!  Other projects commanded much of my time, attention, and several hours in which I should have been sleeping!  I am hoping this month will produce better results! 

What's On Your Nightstand?

The Bible (ESV): I am continuing on with this reading plan, and loving it! But, I am taking a bit of a detour this month, and spending a little extra time in the Psalms, preparing for a lesson at our women’s summer Bible study.  (Side note: This is one of the things I love about this reading plan…Because it is not based on a particular timeframe – one year, 90 days – you do not “fall behind” if you need, or just want, to spend some extra time on a particular passage or topic.  You simply pick up where you left off…and if you are using bookmarks for each section, this is very easy! Okay, commercial over.)


The Quest for Meekness and Quietness of Spirit, by Matthew Henry: This one has been collecting dust on my shelf for far too long!  I don’t plan on finishing it before next month, so you can expect to see this one hanging around for a little while.


The Christian’s Daily Walk, by Henry Scudder: My goal is to read this book at least once a year.  While the language may be a bit archaic (meaning you definitely need your thinking cap for this one!), the topics covered are just as relevant and practical for today: Beginning the Day with God, Signs of Worldly-mindedness, Eating and Drinking, Recreation, Sleep, Prosperity, Adversity, Anxiety, Fear, and the Peace of God.  Besides, you can’t really go wrong with a book that is recommended by both John Owen and Richard Baxter, can you?


The Duggars: 20 and Counting!, by Michelle & Jim Bob Duggar:  Yes, really.  And, I liked it!  Actually, this book belongs on the “already completed” list.  I read the day it arrived from Amazon – in just a few hours.  It was not, nor did it seem designed to be, a “how-to” manual for all Christian families.  But, they did offer some useful, and practical tips on organization, decision-making, debt-free living, homeschooling, and child-training (parenting).  If you have seen their shows on TLC (18 Kids and Counting) you will probably already know some of the stories shared in the book.  But, not everything has been covered on camera, so it was still an interesting, though easy, read.


When You Rise Up, by RC Sproul, Jr.: The subtitle is “A Covenantal Approach to Homeschooling.”  Theologically, I would not necessarily classify myself as “covenantal.”   But, this book has been recommended to me numerous times as a great resource to answer the question “why homeschool?”  I am only in chapter 1 at the moment (The Goal of Education), and I am looking forward to the rest!


And from last month:

Becoming A Woman of Spiritual Passion, by Donna Morley

His Word in My Heart, by Janet Pope


Please leave a comment if you are participating…I’d love to know what’s on your nightstand?  And, don’t forget to check out the other lists and join in the fun over at 5 Minutes for Books!


  1. You’re not alone, I too have repeat appearances on my book list! Happy reading! 🙂

  2. Kristen Halvorson

    Oh, how we like the same books! I’m currently reading (or re-reading):
    1. House Church, Steve Atkerson, editor (awesome and practical, consistent NT theology)
    2. Houses that Change the World, Wolfgang Simson (great, in spite of some theological boo-boos)
    3. What He Must Be, Voddie Baucham, Jr. (so helpful, encouraging, practical)
    4. So Much More, Botkin (about half way through it… good, but not always thorough enough in terms of vision or Scriptural reference)
    5. Amazing Grace: The History and Theology of Calvinism, video distributed by NTRF. Awesome overview of history and theology; will be helpful in home schooling.
    6. Extreme Devotion, The Voice of the Martyrs (added to daily devotions with kids)
    7. Simple Language for Adoptive Families: Amharic (difficult and challenging!!!)

    Like those lists… keep it up! Now I want to add the Housewives book to my list!

  3. Amanda Marshall

    Hi Veronica, I was just browsing your blog for the first time. I love good books and like to here what other people are reading, so I thought I would put mine down as well. 🙂
    1. Bible – or course, can’t live without it
    2. Stepping Heavenward, Elizabeth Prentiss (a re-read)
    3. Seeing with New Eyes, David Powlison
    4. The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment, Jeremiah Burroughs
    5. Colossians and Philemon- Continue to Like in Him, Kathleen Buswell Nielson (Bible study guide)
    And I just finished “Because He Loves Me”, Elyse Fitzpatrick (it is an awesome book, a must read)

  4. I did a post on my blog linking to this entry. I love this idea. My stack includes reference books, books I haven’t even started, one I just started, one I’ve been reading for a couple of months, one I’ve been reading for over a year, & my Bible. Fun project, thanks. 🙂

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