2020 Bookshelf

2020 bookshelfIn November of 2014, I read a blog post encouraging persons to set aside a bookshelf for all the books read in a calendar year. As the year goes by, you see the shelf filling and are reminded of time well spent. (I wish I could remember who to thank.)

The project was so rewarding I’ve continued it every year. I’ve found the process of adding books enjoyable and helpful. Sometimes you forget a really good book.

This year I read far fewer books than in years past. One reason was I wanted to study what I was reading for greater retention. I’ve also devoted more time to podcasts and online courses.

Then the pandemic hit. I wasn’t traveling so I wasn’t listening to audiobooks. But the big, truthful reason is I just didn’t have any bandwidth left for reading. Many blessings to those of you who found solace in reading during the pandemic. Many blessings to those of you, like me, who didn’t. Let’s be kind to each other, and to ourselves.

Helpful Hints

  • If you read most of your books electronically, or through library loans, consider setting up a virtual bookshelf on Pinterest.
  • Another option for a virtual bookshelf is to set up a profile on Goodreads. Be sure to fill in a start and end date for each book you complete. You can even set up a reading challenge for the year.
  • My list includes books I read and books I listen to while traveling. (again, not much traveling this year) There are wonderful, free audiobooks available through your local library and via streaming if you subscribe to Amazon Prime.

So my friends here’s my 2020 bookshelf. I hope it encourages you and that you find a treasure or two. Should it be helpful to you, I’m glad to provide more feedback on specific selections. Just leave a comment below. Also, feel free to leave your book recommendations in the comments.

Happy reading. Happy exploring. Happy growing. – Lisa <><

Novels

Memoirs

Bible Study and Theology

Devotionals and Spiritual Practices

Summer in the Scriptures- Read Through the Gospels This Summer

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Bishop Ken Carter and I invite you to join us for a Summer in the Scriptures as we journey through all four Gospels!

Starting June 1, you’ll read a chapter each day, beginning with the book of Matthew.

Click here to download the Summer in the Scriptures daily reading plan.

Be sure to join the “Summer in the Scriptures” Facebook group to share your insights and gain inspiration with others. facebook.com/groups/GospelSummer

There you’ll find video content, podcasts, and daily support for deepening in the mind, heart, and life of Jesus. I’m excited to provide the group with a prayer based on one of the readings each week.

What if I read Matthew already this year? Re-read Matthew starting June 1st or wait and start reading the Gospel of Mark June 29th. Either way, be sure to join the Facebook Group.

What if I want to finish the Psalms by Theme Reading Plan? You could do both reading plans at the same time. Or, finish the Psalms Reading plan and join the Summer in the Scriptures reading plan July 15 when we start the Gospel of Luke.

2019 Bookshelf

2019 booksIn November of 2014, I read a blog post encouraging persons to set aside a bookshelf for all the books read in a calendar year. As the year goes by, you see the shelf filling and are reminded of time well spent. (I wish I could remember who to thank.)

The project was so rewarding I’ve continued it every year. I’ve found the process of adding books enjoyable and helpful. Sometimes you forget a really good book.

Helpful Hints

  • If you read most of your books electronically, consider setting up a virtual bookshelf on Pinterest.
  • Another option is to set up a profile on Goodreads. Be sure to fill in a start and end date for each book you complete. You can even set up a reading challenge for the year.
  • This year’s list includes books I read and books I listened to while traveling. There are wonderful, free audiobooks available through your local library and via streaming if you subscribe to Amazon Prime.
    • This year, I’m using an affordable audiobook subscription service called Playster which provides far more titles than are available through the library.

So my friends here’s my 2019 bookshelf. I hope it encourages you and that you find a treasure or two. Should it be helpful to you, I’m glad to provide more feedback on specific selections. Just leave a comment below. Also, feel free to leave your book recommendations in the comments.

Happy reading. Happy exploring. Happy growing. – Lisa <><

Leadership Development 

Novels

Memoirs
It’s especially fun to listen to a person read their own memoir via an audiobook.

Bible Study and Theology

Devotionals and Spiritual Practices

2018 Bookshelf

2018 BooksIn November of 2014, I read a blog post encouraging persons to set aside a bookshelf for all the books read in a calendar year. As the year goes by, you see the shelf filling and are reminded of time well spent. (I wish I could remember who to thank.)

The project was so rewarding in 2015, I continued it in 2016, 2017, and now 2018. I’ve found the process of adding books enjoyable and helpful. Sometimes you forget a really good book.

Helpful Hints

  • If you read most of your books electronically, consider setting up a virtual bookshelf on Pinterest.
  • Another option is to set up a profile on Goodreads. Be sure to fill in a start and end date for each book you complete. You can even set up a reading challenge for the year.
  • This year’s list includes books I read and books I listened to while traveling. There are wonderful, free audio books available through your local library and via streaming if you subscribe to Amazon Prime.
    • This year, I’m using an affordable audiobook subscription service called Playster which provides far more titles than are available through the library.

So my friends here’s my 2018 bookshelf. I hope it encourages you and that you find a treasure or two. Should it be helpful to you, I’m glad to provide more feedback on specific selections. Just leave a comment below. Also, feel free to leave your book recommendations in the comments.

Happy reading. Happy exploring. Happy growing. – Lisa <><

Leadership Development 

Novels

Memoirs
It’s especially fun to listen to a person read their own memoir via an audiobook.

Bible Study and Theology

Devotionals and Prayers

Healthy Relationships

2017 Bookshelf

2017 book collage

In November of 2014, I read a blog post encouraging persons to set aside a bookshelf for all the books read in a calendar year. As the year goes by, you see the shelf filling and are reminded of time well spent. (I wish I could remember who to thank.)

The project was so rewarding in 2015, I continued it in 2016 and now 2017. I again and again find the process of adding books enjoyable and helpful. Sometimes you forget a really good book.

Helpful hints-

  • If you read most of your books electronically, consider setting up a virtual bookshelf on Pinterest.
  • Another option is to set up a profile on Goodreads. Be sure to fill in a start and end date for each book you complete.
  • This year’s list includes books I read and books I listened to while traveling. There are wonderful, free audible books available through your local library and via streaming if you subscribe to Amazon Prime.

So my friends, here’s my 2017 bookshelf. I hope it encourages you and that you find a treasure or two. Should it be helpful to you, I’m glad to provide more feedback on specific selections. Just leave a comment below.

Happy reading. Happy exploring. Happy growing. – Lisa <><

Leadership Development 
I discovered Malcolm Gladwell this year. Wow!!!
Plus he narrates his own recorded books. Bonus!!!

Novels

Memoirs and Biographies

Bible Study and Theology

Devotionals and Prayers

Church Growth

Nonfiction
This year I focused on the sociology and justice issues surrounding the opportunity gap between classes. Heartbreaking and world changing. Do some good and get involved.