As a child my family wrote a newsletter that we would send out to our friends quarterly, which would feature artwork, school work and articles by my younger sisters and I. This led to me starting my very own newsletter as a young teenager called Lizzy’s Library, which eventually had 50 subscribers, and which I would save up my pocket money to send out every quarter.
I did most of the writing myself, with the occasional article by a friend, and it was full of book reviews, poems and more book reviews. I look back now and I am actually still quite proud of myself for the way I put it together and wrote. Of course my writing skills have improved, and I don’t give away the whole secret of the book now when I review one, but for a 13 year old, I think I did a great job.
I loved the tv show called Lizzy’s Library when I was little and at 8 years old started my very own library, complete with filecards of who was borrowing what, and my newsletter used to keep track of how many books I had with reviews of new ones.
All right, enough waffle about my younger achievements, but I was thinking that I would love to have a Lizzy’s Library Link Up right here on my blog where we can share what we are reading.
Some weeks these will be themed and other days they won’t. I know when one of Stephen’s cousins and I get together, one of the things we almost always discuss is the book that is currently by our bedsides and as a result get inspired to read it when the other one is done. Another bonus to book reviews is that when you review a book and someone goes looking for it on google, your blog and book review are possibly going to come up in the search results. Score!
So I’m kicking off the link up with Books by my Bedside. What are the books lying around on your bedside table currently? Why are you reading them and what are they about? These aren’t always the books that we gobble down in one sitting like a bowl of icecream, they are often more thought provoking and get read over weeks and months as we chew on them like gum, and they aren’t necessarily books that we would normally review due to their challenging content, or because we have forgotten what the start said by the time we get to the end.
So these are the books on my bedside table:
Heavy Rain by Kris Vallotton
(newly released as How Heaven Invades Earth)
I found this one at a Lifeline bookstore of which we have two in Toowoomba, purely dedicated to books, plus all the other Lifelines that have a bookshelf in them.
Two of the subtitles read: How you can transform the world around you & The Kingdom is Coming Like a Flood and discusses questions like Is our world eroding or evolving, Is global warming the beginning of the end? Will evil triumph over good and are we hurtling toward obliteration.
In our age of fear controlled media where every 2nd country seems to be getting blown up, this book has helped me to concentrate on the tasks that God has set before me and not be afraid to pursue the things He has put in my heart for the future. If He has put them there, than He intends for them to be done and will create the environment for me to do them. If you’re going to be leaving this earth soon for heaven, than God will probably show you that too, but that’s not what He’s shown me.
It explores how the way we do church has shaped our minds and how God is breaking out of every box we could possibly put Him in to see more and more people saved.
Heavy Rain is a heavy read and appropriately titled but very powerful.
2. Fasting, is a very good read by Jentzen Franklin that has just brought home to me afresh, why we fast. It also talks about the health, as well as spiritual aspects of this spiritual discipline and I will be further exploring this topic on my blog at a later date. It is written in a very easy to read manner, and I’m afraid I gobbled it down too quickly to digest all the spiritual nutrition within, so I’m going to do a reread on this one.
3. Trim Healthy Mama by Serene Allison and Pearl Barrett, 2 sisters who have written about their health journey of raw diets, veganism and various other fads to their more balanced and Biblical view of eating. Not only is this book about eating healthy, it includes numerous recipes and chats about the different new foods we are seeing in our stores like quinoa, chia seeds, coconut oil etc and how and why to use them. Another bonus at the back are chapters on exercise, hormones, marriage, and vitamins. I will doing a very in depth study on Trim Healthy Mama soon as I have been asked to share about healthy eating at our ladies group at church in a couple of weeks, and do a demo cooking lesson.
I’m looking forward to hearing about what is on your bedside table, and perhaps being inspired to read a few new books. J
If you would, please link back here so others can find out, thanks so much!