On My Nightstand: March 2011

lady with books

  1. Forgotten God, Reversing our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit, by Francis Chan, David  Cook Publishing.   Hooray for Francis Chan!  His heart is sold out to Jesus.  Says Chan, “The truth is that the Spirit of the living God is guaranteed to ask you to go somewhere or do something you wouldn’t normally want or choose to do.  The Spirit will lead you to the way of the cross, as He led Jesus to the cross, and this is definitely not a safe or pretty or comfortable place to be.  The Holy Spirit of God will mold you into the person you were made to be”.  I am using touch points of this book for discussion in our Woman Gone Wise Bible Study.
  2. Embracing Your Second Calling, by Dale Hanson Bourke, Thomas Nelson Publishing.  I recently picked up this book because I want to live passionately the second half of my life.  I’m gathering different insights to ponder.
  3. Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home and School,  by John Medina, Pear Press.  My family is intrigued with the brain.  I’ll let you know about this later.
  4. Boys:  Shaping Ordinary Boys into Extraordinary Men, by William Beausay II, Nelson Publishers.  I love this book!  I carry it everywhere and read snippets at a time.  I pass along a paragraph or a great idea to my hubby.  He has his own long reading list, and this way I’m not asking him to add to his pile.  It’s a good way to encourage Team Parenting!
  5. 1,000 Ideas for Teaching and Raising Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, by Ellen Notbolm and Veronica Zysk, Future Horizons Publishing.  Our oldest son has Down Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder.  What parent of a special needs child couldn’t use more ideas for daily success?!
  6. My Bible.  There’s one of these on the fireplace mantle, in the van, in my purse and on my nightstand.
  7. Cooking Magazines.  Because I can never get enough.

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On My Night Stand

Bonnie J. Christensen

You may consider me a funky reader.  I read magazine’s backwards.   Unlike many of my girlfriends who can’t wait to sit down to read a novel, I don’t get excited about reading.  But, I do love to learn!  I read in chunks.  There is always a stack of books on my bedside and in my van.

One of my college professors taught me how to be a critical thinker while reading.  He doesn’t realize the lifetime lessons I learned about books:

  • Mark them up
  • Question opinions
  • Ponder insights
  • Keep your Scriptural eyeglasses on as you consider philosophies and advice
  • Don’t be afraid to consider new views: learn to extract the good
  • Use points you disagree with to help you become more confident in your belief system

I hope you will dialogue with me about your common interest in books.  Please let everyone know what is on your night stand, or share your opinion of a book I mention.

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