What’s On Your Nightstand? – June

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Hmmm, I’m not quite sure what to write about this one because so many themes are explored within a rather complicated story. I’ll share a quote instead.

The kids and I visited my Dad today. It’s always kind of strange for me to go back to where I did a lot of my growing up. As the kids played, I read some more of The Brothers K, and this quote resonated with me today:

It’s the great mystery of human life that old grief passes gradually into quiet tender joy. The mild serenity of age takes the place of the riotous blood of youth. I bless the rising sun each day, and, as before, my heart sings to meet it, but now I love even more its setting, its long slanting rays from the whole of my long happy life — and over all the Divine Truth, softening, reconciling, forgiving! My life is ending, I know that well, but every day that is left me I feel how my earthly life is in touch with a new infinite, unknown, but approaching life, the nearness of which sets my soul quivering with rapture, my mind glowing and my heart weeping with joy.

One Hundred and One Devotions for Homeschool Moms by Jackie Wellwood

This is my second attempt to read these devotions. I’m enjoying it much more this time around than I did the first.

The 7 Hardest Things God Asks a Woman to Do by Kathy Reimer and Lisa Whittle

I finished reading this book a week or two ago. I was kind of disappointed with it. I expected one thing and got another. Plus, I had some personal issues with the style. Though the authors use a lot of story-telling to illustrate their points, it just wasn’t compelling to me. That said, I really believe most women will enjoy it. This is one of those books that I read and think, You know, most people will like this, but I just don’t for some reason.

Then again, almost any book will probably leave me saying, “Meh,” if I’m reading classic literature at the same time.

What are you reading?

5 Comments on “What’s On Your Nightstand? – June

  1. Let's see. I'm re-reading "Evangelicalism Divided" by Iain Murray for non fiction reading, "From Age to Age" by Keith Mathison as a kicking off point to my Bible Study, "The Stand by Stephen King" for fiction and I'm just getting ready to dig back in to "Concise Theology" by JI Packer in preparation for the Sunday School class I teach.On deck: Sproul's new book, "The Consequences of Ideas: Understanding the Concepts that Shaped Our World" due out the end of the month and I've got the first volume of a Psalms Commentary (by a man I had not heard of but who was recommended to me by Kim from the Upward Call) on order for morning devotional reading. (Derrick Kidner? Kidder? Kinster? Something like that.)


  2. I'm reading The Virgin's Lover by Philippa Gregory (all about Queen Elizabeth I) It is quite good. I like all her books


  3. You will be disappointed in me for this one….I'm reading an Agatha Christie book. It's trashy, I know, but I need something NOT heavy….:-)


  4. Janet, I've heard that Agatha Christie's books are very good. You're the first person I've ever heard/read use "trashy" to describe one.


  5. Love Agatha Christie!I'll be interested to hear what you think of "Brothers" when it's all said and done.


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