Friday, January 2, 2015

What I'm Looking Forward to in 2015: Reading Goals

I'm going to go ahead and say it with everyone else: "Where did 2014 go?!"

My husband, Mr. P, and I on Christmas Day 2014 ~ We had a wonderful day celebrating the Lord's birth with our families.

The older I get, the more I realize that time is a gift - a great gift - from the Father of Lights... and I also begin to understand how much more important my final destination - my Heavenly Home - is when compared with "these light and momentary afflictions" during my earthly journey. :-) For that, I'm thankful, and I pray that God would continue to impress His place as the "home of my heart" on my soul.

Have you been prayerfully considering what God would have you do or plan to do, in what areas He would have you grow (not self-improvement, but self-abandonment), what things and events He would have you excited about? :-) I have. While I'm continuing to add to this list of "Looking-forward-to"s and "Goals" for 2015, here's the first selection from my list(s!): Books I'm Looking Forward to Reading - Goal of 45 Books Read (abandoned books don't count!) :-)

Books that I'm Looking Forward to Reading:

  • Lessons from a Sheepdog by Phillip Keller - My mom gave this one to me for Christmas. She didn't know that I've been contemplating purchasing it for a while! :-) I love animal stories, especially dog ones and those that relate to the spiritual life. 
  • In the Shadow of Thy Wings by A.M. Heath - I'm reading the first one in this "Ancient Words" series (Where Can I Flee?) and am really enjoying it thus far. The second book is planned for a 2015 release, so I'm anticipating that joyfully!
  • My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers - Some of Chambers' other books have really blessed me tremendously, so I'm including this one as part of my morning devotions this year.
  • The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser - Yes, I know; this was on my 2014 summer reading list. I ran out of time and didn't finish it. :-( But that means that I get to read it this year, Lord willing! And I'm so looking forward to it.
  • George MacDonald: Scotland's Beloved Storyteller by Michael Phillips - This one has sat on my shelf for far, far too long! I'm excited to learn more about the man who has written some of my favorite novels and who is called the father of children's fantasy writing.
  • Unmasking the Antichrist by Ron Rhodes - This came highly recommended from someone whose opinion I trust, and I'm interested in hearing Rhodes' perspective.
  • Crooked Lines by Holly Michael - This debut novel has received such high praise... it's about India, the longtime home of one of my missionary heroes Amy Carmichael... and it has a compelling backcover blurb... I'm excited! :-)
  • Mercy Springs by Jennifer Osufsen - Another debut novel that has sparked my interest. This Christian dystopian is on my short-list right now.
  • A few others that I'm looking forward to: Choosing to See by Mary Beth Chapman; The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas; God's Smuggler by Brother Andrew; Anna Karenina by Tolstoy; Unplanned by Abby Johnson; The Outcast by Jolina Petersheim; The Chosen by Chaim Potok; For Such a Time by Kate Breslin; God's Will by Meghan M. Gorecki; The Shadow Miner by Katie Beitz; Resistance by Jaye L. Knight; To Comfort a King by Debbie Gilliland; The Fall of Arthur by J. R. R. Tolkien.

Do you have any books that you're looking forward to reading this year? Feel free to share what they are - I might want to add them to my list! :-)
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  1. The fall of Arthur sounds very interesting. I'd love to read "Carry on warrior: thoughts of life unarmed". Books are so amazing! Enjoy reading! Found your post at Titus2sday link-up. :)

    1. Yes, I'm looking forward to The Fall of Arthur - I heard about it on Goodreads last year. Thanks for dropping by, Neyssa! Grace and peace.

  2. Looks like a great list! One of my goals is to read a book every month. I used to read a LOT, but having three little kids has put a damper on that. Enjoy your books! :)

    1. That's completely understandable, Jessica! I hope that the books that you read are a blessing to you this year. :-)


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