What’s Patty Reading?

My official guilty pleasure, the Mitford series by Jan Karon, continues to be on tap.  I finished book three and now I’m waiting – I’m second in the cue at the library, so hurry up, people! – for book four.  Besides gardening, Mitford is my “me time,” so I covet it.  It is a delightful companion on my long drives to LA twice a month.  I sometimes put it on the CD player while I’m taking a bath or even occasionally play it in the main room of the house while the boys are off doing something.  Just perfect.

Besides Mitford, I’m not reading any leisure books – and this is summer.  Oh dear.  I may have to change that.

Life Shaping, Heart Changing Books
I set a goal to read as many C.S. Lewis books, in the order he wrote them, this year over the next few years.   I starting at the beginning with Mere Christianity.  The plan was that my oldest and I were going to do this as a read-aloud. I wasn’t sure that we would still have read-aloud times after he went to public school. Whew, sometimes it’s a relief to be wrong.  The insanity of our schedule has kept us from consistency with this, but I think we’re getting closer and soon we’ll have at least two regular times a week for reading together.

I’m also started Kisses from Katie the book about a young woman who moved to Africa and basically adopted a village {she was 18 and adopted 13 orphan girls in Africa}.  Life changing goodness.

I’m continuing the Leann Payne book, The Healing PresenceThe book shares how Jesus enters into healing by way of our prayers and His presence with us as we touch those who are hurting.  There’s so much more to this book than I could write here.  While Mitford is my “chocolate” this is my beef bourguignon.  Meaty and rich spiritual food for my soul. 

On my bedside table are The Best Yes by Lysa Teurkerst.  She’s a girlfriend’s writer.  I always feel like we’re sitting for coffee while she shares her thoughts about whatever topic.  She always uses her own life as an example and gives such poignant and memorable examples which help me remember the points of her books.  I need a refresher on boundaries with “yes” and “no” answers.  Under Lysa’s book are two books on heaven.  One is Heaven, The Heart’s Deepest Longing by Peter Kreeft and the other is Beyond the Shadowlands: C.S. Lewis on Heaven and Hell by Wayne Martindale.  It’s good to read about heaven before bed, don’t you think?  If I should die before I wake and all that.  Seriously, though, I do love pondering deep and eternal thoughts at the end of my day.  There’s a bit of perspective that is always gained. 

A friend just gave me Lies Women Believe by Nancy Leigh DeMoss.  It’s a bible study, so I usually wouldn’t mention it here, but I thought some of you might want to check it out for the summer too.  The title says it all – we believe lies.  That’s not good.  We can take thoughts captive and replace them with the Truth of scripture.  In the book many lies are “debunked” and attendant scriptures are laid out.  I’m looking forward to growing through this study.  Another friend and I are continuing our Cynthia Heald Bible study together called, Intimacy with God.  I love how she takes you through the Psalms to demonstrate God’s attributes and amplify His care for us.  It has been a blessing to own those passages in more deep and meaningful ways. 

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