Lizzy's Library is a newsletter that I wrote from age 12-16, about the books I was buying, including book reviews and interviews with my readers. I could always tell you exactly how many books were in my library by counting out my green file cards. Now days I can tell you because I catalogued my books on my computer, back when I was a teenager and had plenty of spare time. Now I just add to that list when I find new books. I do find it rather handy to write down who is borrowing what. The Grand Total this month is 1179!
I used to interview my readers and to be honest, the interviews were boring. I hope I've learnt a thing or two since then because I'll be bringing you another interview with an author soon, whose book was one of those, can't put down beauties.
So, this week, after we did our deep cleaning on Monday, we decided to check out the Lifeline that has just had a book shop added to the upstairs floor. Well, we did have fun.
Erin was playing hide and seek amidst the bookshelves while I browsed, and these four books, among others, were my purchases.
The Ultimate Treasure Hunt by Kevin Dedmon
I love this book, which I read about 2 years ago when we first moved to Toowoomba, and I've been looking for it since. It talks about God's ultimate treasure being people and how when we are sensitive to His heart and start asking for clues, He will show us people around us who need prayer, encouragement and salvation. Kevin encourages people to sit down and ask God for a list of 'clues' and then to go out, find the person and share God's heart with them.
This book inspired me to lead our young adults group out and we went 'treasure hunting' about three times with great results! I really would love to get back into this, and testimonies of others are one of the best ways to overcome our fears.
Be Angry But Don't Blow It by Lisa Bevere
I haven't actually read it yet, but I love the way Lisa writes, so practically and with little gems typed up in a box on the side of pages. With her book 'Fight Like a Girl', I wrote out a number of these snippets into a journal and decorated them.
Banished from the only home she's ever known, Mariah Aubrey hides herself away in an abandoned gatehouse on a distant relative's estate. There she supports herself and her loyal servant the only way she knows how - by writing novels in secret.
It sounds like something I would do, and I love books set in this time period (Jane Austen.) I read a similar book last year and it was lovely.
It's also a very timely find as at Christmas last year my sister made us all gifts that God had shown her. For the rest of my family she made sculptures, I've got a picture below, but for Stephen and I she made a tree, saying that it was a year for us to bear fruit. I've been struggling with what that means, other than having babies, which I'm not planning on this year anyway, and this book is helping it become clear. Perhaps you'll hear from me about this again next week, until then, please link up your book finds below!
|Anna didn't know that I had been asking Stephen |
to make me a wire tree for Christmas the week before hand!
You can see more of Anna's art work here