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. 

 

Advent, Christmas Photo-A-Day Devotion

advent-photo-a-day-final Photography plus spirituality plus Christmas. Why yes, please!

Thank you Rethink Church for a great way to make preparing for Christmas more meaningful. Join me and thousands more in setting aside time to reflect, focus, and literally picture the deep themes of Jesus’ birth.

Click here for more information and devotional starters from Rethink Church.

Scroll Down for links to my submissions. Lisa <><
1. Go (Matthew 28:19-20)
2. Bound (Colossians 3:12-15)
3. Peace (Luke 1:78-79)
4. Time (Psalm 90:12; Psalm 39:4-5)
5. Flood (Psalm 51:1-2; Isaiah 22:22-23)
6. Awake (Ephesians 5:13-14; Psalm 57:7-8)
7. Ready (James 1:16-22; 1 Peter 1:8-9, 13-16)
8. Wisdom (Proverbs 2:1-11)
9. Delight (Philippians 1:3-5)
10. Holy (Isaiah 57:15)
11. Steadfast (Psalm 108:1-5)
12. Hope (Psalm 71:1-5)
13. Justice (Micah 6:8; Matthew 11:5; Isaiah 35:3-4)
14. Gather (Isaiah 40:11)
15. Rejoice (Jeremiah 31:12-13; Psalm 30:11-12)
16. Strong (Isaiah 40:28-31)
17. Free (Isaiah 61:1-4)
18. Mercy (Luke 18:10-14; Matthew 20:30-34)
19. Patience (2 Peter 3:9; Ephesians 4:1-3)
20. Good News (Romans 10:11-15)
21. Prophet (Matthew 23:29-37)
22. Sign (Ezekiel 33:13-16; Romans 6:1-4)
23. Neighbors (Galatians 5:13-14)
24. Joy (Luke 2:8-11)
25. Light (Luke 1:78-79)

Looking for more ways to make Christmas more meaningful?
Check out these Christmas themed Bible reading plans.

Click Here for Through the Advent Door, a reading plan based on the classic Advent texts and based on Jan Richardson’s book of the same name

Click Here for The Story of Christmas, a reading plan through the New Testament Scriptures leading up to Jesus’ birth and those soon after his birth.

Click Here for Countdown to Christmas, a reading plan with a mixture of Old and New Testament selections.