I checked my mailbox on Veteran's day four times, I think, before I realized that the mail was not coming. But my amazon account said three books were on their way. So they came Saturday.
The first was Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. This is a daily devotional written in paraphrased Scripture from the voice of Christ to you. I found it on Pintrest, on a kindred spirit's book board, added it to my cart and left it there. Later that same night, I talked to a living saint from our church. She asked me if I'd heard of Jesus Calling and said to get it and read the day of my birthday. So I did. It was spot on.
Here's part of today's:
Thankfulness is not some sort of magic formula; it is the language of Love, which enables you to communicate intimately with Me. A thankful mind-set does not entail a denial of reality with its plethora of problems. Instead, it rejoices in Me, your Savior, in the midst of trials and tribulations. I am your refuge and strength, an ever present and well-proved help in trouble.
-November 22, Jesus Calling
I also ordered the second book, A Charlotte Mason Companion after seeing it on the same Pintrest board. Maybe that means I need to get out more, but at least I'm reading. This book is not Charlotte Mason's writings but a collection of essays written about using Charlotte's ideas. It feels very practical and encouraging.
The third book, I am almost embarrassed to say that I ordered only for the dust jacket. The book is A Guide to Birds of East Africa. and it's cover is art. And did you know that my oldest daughter is a bird lover? And I know you know my youngest daughter is from East Africa? So yes, I put the $3.99 copy with free shipping in my cart before I even read the summary. Then I read one of the reviews call the author Kenya's version of Botswana's Alexander McCall Smith. I clicked 'Buy Now'.
What have you read and loved this year?