Sunday, January 01, 2012

Being More Intentional in 2012


I'm kind of tired of floating through life. Sometimes it works for me, sometimes it doesn't. So I've decided to become more intentional in the things I do this year. One of the areas I plan to do this is in my reading. I spend way more time reading online that I should. I look at the books on my bookshelf and think....someday. Someday never comes. So this year, I will be picking out 24 books to read- 2 a month. Most of them will be non-fiction. I want things that are going to help me grow as a person and in my relationship with God. One of the ways I can do that is by becoming intentional about the media that I am putting into my head. So, without further ado. Here is this year's reading list.

January

- Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman (I've read 5 chapters today and already feel myself being stretched)! Finished Jan. 9, 2012

-168 Hours- You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam Decided not to read this book after starting it. Substituted a book from April.

February

-Simple Steps: 10 Weeks to Getting Control of Your Life by Lisa Lelas and others

-Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus by Elyse M. Fitzpatrick

March

-The Resolution for Women by Priscilla Shirer

-Becoming a Woman of Simplicity by Cynthia Heald

April

-Simple Hospitality by Jane Jarrell Finished Jan. 31, 2012

-Stop Dating the Church! Fall in Love with the Family of God by Joshua Harris

May

-Radical by David Platt

-Forgotten God by Francis Chan

June

-Shaping Ordinary Boys into Extraordinary Men by William Beausay II

-A Shepherd looks at Psalm 23 by Phillip Keller

July

-Making Life an Adventure by Dustin Beal

-A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller

August

-Love is a Verb by Gary Chapman

-I Sold My Soul on Ebay by Hemant Mehta

September

-Jesus Freaks compiled by DC Talk and The Voice of the Martyrs

-A Woman and Her God by Beth Moore (and others)

October

-The Hole in the Gospel by Richard Stearns

-Miserly Moms by Jonni McCoy

November

-Passionate Housewives Desperate for God by Jennie Chancey and Stacy McDonald

-One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp

December

-American Idols: The Worship of the American Dream by Bob Hostetler

-Open Heart Open Home by Karen Mains

1 comment:

Jen B said...

I love this idea. It's sort of how I'm viewing parenting, especially. I believe we need to parent intentionally, and with conscious purpose. Hence the stack of 10 parenting books recommended by the psychologist on my night stand! :) My favorite so far is Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish. It's really opened my eyes to a new way of communicating with Dex, and, to be honest, people in general.

Anyway - I can't wait to hear your thoughts on your reading selections, I'd love it if you did a small post about each one ;)
xox