Really?Â It is time for the May edition of â€œWhatâ€™s on Your Nightstand?â€ How is that even possible?!Â Where have the weeks (and months!) gone?
Oh, right. They were lost somewhere in the sea of cardboard moving boxes, and the general chaos of settling in to a new home and town.
How long do you think Iâ€™ll be able to milk that excuse?Â Because, itâ€™s been almost 5 monthsâ€¦I think Iâ€™ve got at least one more â€œblame it on the moveâ€ month before it becomes obsolete. What do you think?
Actually, some (not all!) of the after-move chaos has passed, and, we have been able to settle in to something that is beginning to resemble a normal routine. Â It has been lovely!
What was not so lovely, once all the books were unpacked, and placed on their respective shelves (organized by genre, and then alphabetically by author, of course) was the startling revelation that I had read every single book I own (or, I was in the process of finishing up the few that I hadnâ€™t).
So, my husband took pity on me.Â Within a matter of days, new books began arriving in our mailbox!Â (Yep, heâ€™s a keeper!!)Â So, I have a nice little stack on my nightstand once againâ€¦
The Bible, ESV
Culture Shift: Engaging Current Issues with Timeless Truth, by Albert Mohler â€“ I always appreciate Al Mohlerâ€™s thoroughly biblical approach to current events and trends.Â In this book, he addresses issues like politics, terrorism, natural disasters, abortion, public schoolsâ€¦ Iâ€™m only a few pages in, and already, Iâ€™m hooked. Â Looking forward to the rest!
Your Childâ€™s Profession of Faith, by Dennis Gundersen â€“ I wholeheartedly believe that it is possible for young children to be genuinely saved.Â (I was.)Â However, I also believe that it is possible for young children to make professions of salvation that are not rooted in genuine belief in Christ as Savior.Â (Iâ€™ve seen many childhood professions recanted, as well.)Â So, what is a parent to do?Â I want, more than anything in this world, for my daughter to know and love Christ as her Savior.Â But, I also do not want to be guilty of coaxing, or rejoicing at a false decision.Â â€œI am very sympathetic to the concerns about misleading children into considering themselves saved individualsâ€¦The deceptive dangers of false profession are abundantâ€¦But do not allow your zeal for avoiding those to dampen you passion for your childrenâ€™s conversion.â€ (pg. 24)
A Gospel Primer for Christians: Learning to See the Glories of Godâ€™s Love, by Milton Vincent â€“ We have a number of duplicates on our bookshelves.Â Some might see it as extravagant, and perhaps it is.Â This is one of them.Â This little book has been on our shelves for some time, but â€œtechnicallyâ€ it belonged to my husband.Â We do occasionally share books (though not often, because I like highlighters, and my husband does not).Â But, every time I picked up this one, and tried to begin reading it, it disappeared.Â And, I would find it in my husbandâ€™s bag, or on his desk, or at his office.Â He was reading itâ€¦again.Â Anything that he found that compelling simply had to be added to my list.Â But, in order to maintain peace, we opted for a second copy.
The Family Daughter: Becoming Pillars of Strength In Our Fatherâ€™s House, by Sarah L. Bryant â€“ This actually goes in the already completed column.Â I wonâ€™t say much about it hereâ€¦but be on the lookout for a more thorough review in the near future.
Joyfully at Home: A Book for Young Ladies on Vision and Hope, by Jasmine Baucham â€“ I, obviously, am not longer in the â€œtarget audienceâ€ for this book.Â I am married, and a homemaker (by both choice and conviction).Â So, why in the world am I even interested in this book?Â I discovered Jasmineâ€™s blog (by the same title) a little over a year ago, after reading the book that led her to the decision to become a â€œstay-at-home daughter.â€Â While I appreciated her fatherâ€™s preaching and writing ministry, I also appreciated that Jasmine seemed to have her own unique voice, opinions, and convictions on her blog, and was not simply parroting what she had been taught.Â So, when I discovered that she was writing a book based on her blog, I was excited to hear what she had to sayâ€¦because, while I may no longer be in her shoes, I have a daughter who will be, someday.
Texas Gardenerâ€™s Resource: All You Need to Know to Plan, Plant, & Maintain a Texas Garden â€“ We (well, I) am new to Texas.Â And, I donâ€™t know the first thing about keeping a plant alive.Â However, it seems mandatory that, if you live in Texas, you plant a garden.Â And, at the very least, it must include tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, and cucumbers.Â None of which I have ever grown before.Â I tried to plant a bean sprout onceâ€¦my cat ate it.Â (Yes, I was 4. And yes, it scarred me for life!)Â All that to say, if our fledgling garden has any hope of survival, I am going to need all the help I can get!Â And, this book seems to have it all!!
What is on your nightstand (or, your reading list) for this month? I’d love to know!!