Fall Reading Challenge Wrap-Up

Katrina at Callapiddar Days hosted the Fall Into Reading 2007 challenge. In the midst of wrapping up gifts, I need to wrap up my fall reading list. :)

A Lady of High Regard by Tracie Peterson Acts Dispensationally Considered by C. R. Stam (I've read 1/3 of it.) Ever After by Karen Kingsbury Going Home by Wanda Brunstetter Leota's Garden by Francine Rivers Like Dandelion Dust by Karen Kingsbury Mission: Motherhood by Cathy Corle Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp (This is a re-read.) Summer by Karen Kingsbury The Choice by Nicholas Sparks The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman The Five Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman & Ross Campbell

How did I do? As you can see, I didn’t finish all of the books on my original list. I had a little problem. I read 9 others books during this time period that weren’t on my list, and that doesn’t even begin to count all of the reading I do with my kids each day! When I get on the library’s waiting list for a particular book, it sometimes takes months for me to get it. Fortunately (or unfortunately for the books I was planning on reading for the challenge) a few books I signed up for arrived much earlier than expected, so I had to quickly get them read and returned to the library. Also, I have a good friend who gets a lot of wonderful books and shares them with me. I always read them right away and try to get them back to her before I forget that I have them.

Best book/Worst book The book I enjoyed the most from my fall list was The Five Love Languages of Children. I have read a slew of parenting books, and this one by far has helped me the most in terms of understanding what makes each of my children tick. I catch myself in situations on a daily basis with each child where I’m reminded of their particular “love language.” This book was such an eye-opener! I’m keeping it on my nightstand indefinitely and highly recommend it. The worst book I read this fall wasn’t even on my list. I started a book that I’d seen on tons of book lists. Since it was written by a secular author, I should have done a little research before I checked it out at the library. A few pages in, I felt that heaviness come over me, and I knew that it wasn’t a book that I should be reading. I closed the book and promptly returned it to the library. Ladies, we really must guard our eyes and minds! What did I learn from this challenge? As you can see by looking at my list, I read more fiction than non-fiction. Most of the other books I read that weren’t on my list were fiction, too. I think that I read fiction books as a way to relax and unwind at the end of a long day. Sometimes I don’t want to analyze what I’m reading, hence the neglect of non-fiction. Now, I don’t think that there’s anything wrong with recreational reading; however, I do believe it’s wrong to let reading (or any other hobby) cause me to neglect my priorities—God, husband, children, home. Sometimes I am guilty in this area. I have recently scheduled more time into my day for Bible reading, which is the most important reading any of us will ever do. That has cut down some on my other reading, but God’s word is life-changing and vital in my daily walk with Him. I plan on finishing up my list in the next few weeks. I’ll just carry the unread books over to the next challenge.

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Friday, December 21, 2007
Fall Reading Challenge Wrap-Up
Katrina at Callapiddar Days hosted the Fall Into Reading 2007 challenge. In the midst of wrapping up gifts, I need to wrap up my fall reading list. :)

A Lady of High Regard by Tracie Peterson Acts Dispensationally Considered by C. R. Stam (I've read 1/3 of it.) Ever After by Karen Kingsbury Going Home by Wanda Brunstetter Leota's Garden by Francine Rivers Like Dandelion Dust by Karen Kingsbury Mission: Motherhood by Cathy Corle Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp (This is a re-read.) Summer by Karen Kingsbury The Choice by Nicholas Sparks The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman The Five Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman & Ross Campbell

How did I do? As you can see, I didn’t finish all of the books on my original list. I had a little problem. I read 9 others books during this time period that weren’t on my list, and that doesn’t even begin to count all of the reading I do with my kids each day! When I get on the library’s waiting list for a particular book, it sometimes takes months for me to get it. Fortunately (or unfortunately for the books I was planning on reading for the challenge) a few books I signed up for arrived much earlier than expected, so I had to quickly get them read and returned to the library. Also, I have a good friend who gets a lot of wonderful books and shares them with me. I always read them right away and try to get them back to her before I forget that I have them.

Best book/Worst book The book I enjoyed the most from my fall list was The Five Love Languages of Children. I have read a slew of parenting books, and this one by far has helped me the most in terms of understanding what makes each of my children tick. I catch myself in situations on a daily basis with each child where I’m reminded of their particular “love language.” This book was such an eye-opener! I’m keeping it on my nightstand indefinitely and highly recommend it. The worst book I read this fall wasn’t even on my list. I started a book that I’d seen on tons of book lists. Since it was written by a secular author, I should have done a little research before I checked it out at the library. A few pages in, I felt that heaviness come over me, and I knew that it wasn’t a book that I should be reading. I closed the book and promptly returned it to the library. Ladies, we really must guard our eyes and minds! What did I learn from this challenge? As you can see by looking at my list, I read more fiction than non-fiction. Most of the other books I read that weren’t on my list were fiction, too. I think that I read fiction books as a way to relax and unwind at the end of a long day. Sometimes I don’t want to analyze what I’m reading, hence the neglect of non-fiction. Now, I don’t think that there’s anything wrong with recreational reading; however, I do believe it’s wrong to let reading (or any other hobby) cause me to neglect my priorities—God, husband, children, home. Sometimes I am guilty in this area. I have recently scheduled more time into my day for Bible reading, which is the most important reading any of us will ever do. That has cut down some on my other reading, but God’s word is life-changing and vital in my daily walk with Him. I plan on finishing up my list in the next few weeks. I’ll just carry the unread books over to the next challenge.

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5 Comments:
Blogger Jacki said...
Thank you for sharing what you have learned from the challenge. I too love to read, I used to read about a book a week. Both fiction and non-fiction. However, as Emma has progressed from infant to toddler, my books and magazines gather dust. I sometimes get irritated because I really want to read! But I have to remind myself, what is more important? Spending time with Emma, or reading a book that will always be there?

Blogger Faith said...
Great list! I LOVE the 5 Love Languages of Children and have used it in my teaching as well as with my own 2 girls....I often turn to it again and again to help neighbors and friends also...it is a great resource...I am in midst of reading the one for married couples....
Have a wonderful Christmas day!

Blogger Mishel said...
Hmm, I wonder if your "worst" book was the same one I had seen on many reading lists and tried to read, but had to stop also. Actually, there have been a few like that. : (

My husband and I read Shepherding a Child's Heart years ago and heard Tedd Tripp speak at a homeschooling convention. It is one of my all time favorite parenting books and has been especially helpful in raising teens. I hope you enjoy it too! :)

Blogger Brittanie said...
I am with you on secular fiction. I am very careful for the most part with what I will read. The majority of what I read is Christian Fiction. It has come a long way in the past couple of years. I read Leotoa's Garden a few years ago and I remember liking it. :)

Blogger Heidi @ GGIP said...
You certainly did read a lot. I tried to read Ever After as my first Karen Kingsbury read (I see her a lot on blog reviews) but I just could not get into it.

Happy Holidays!

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