Saturday, February 17, 2018

Reading List: February 2018

Finished since last post:

Things I Wish I’d Known Sooner by Jaroldeen Edwards

The subtitle for this book is “Personal Discoveries of A Mother of Twelve”. It was a neat read from an experienced mom not just about parenting, but personal and spiritual discoveries as well. Great thoughts and meditations for any mom!

“Home is a living, breathing thing – a laboratory for living. I believe we should create a home that makes people think, ‘I want to be in that home,’ not ‘I wish I owned that home’.” (p. 77) “I realized that any growth that comes from pain and challenge can come only after we have stopped asking why… The firs thing we must do in order to begin to gain the lessons from pain is to accept what is past and let it go. Then we must begin to ask ourselves the what questions: What am I still able to do? What am I learning? What goals should I set?” (p. 101)

The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert: An English Professor's Journey into Christian Faith by Rosaria Butterfield

This was a super interesting testimony and story from a former lesbian turned pastor’s wife! Just hearing her journey from lesbian feminist professor to Christian was inspiring and convicting… there were people who loved her no matter what and invited her into their home and patiently answered her questions. (There was one short chapter on her view of only singing Psalms in worship which I pretty much skipped - 0 Biblical support as far as I’m concerned – but I digress!). It also goes through her experiences as a pastor’s wife which was also really interesting.

Between Worlds: Essays on Culture and Belonging by Marilyn Gardner
Marilyn (Brown) Gardner grew up the child of missionaries in Pakistan. I knew her parents, one of her brothers married my mother’s sister. This was an interesting account of being a Third-Culture Kid (TCK) – a child who is raised in a different country than it says on their passport and how their sense of “home” is rather… confused, and comes with challenges that others have a hard time understanding. It was an interesting read and I really appreciated her openness and honesty about her experiences and journeys. 

The Shaping of A Christian Family by Elisabeth Elliot
This subtitle of this book is “How My Parents Nurtured My Faith”, and it’s about Elisabeth’s parents, their own history and how they nurtured and raised their 6 children. It’s one families’ story, but it is beautiful, inspiring, convicting even. She talks about her parent’s individual walks with God, how they instructed, disciplined, dealt with work and play, how they particularly nurtured and taught each child, learned to trust them to God as they made life decisions (some of which maybe they weren’t thrilled about) and learned to let them go (Elisabeth along with several of her siblings went to the mission field). It gave me some great inspiration about how I want to raise my children in the Lord.

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ida May Gaskin
This was written by a woman who, when she wrote this book, had been a midwife for 30+ years and overseen hundreds of births. This book is a MUST-READ for every pregnant woman! It is a powerful book that has put me in awe of how amazing God created the female body! Birth is not a thing that we need to fear (although it must be taken seriously). It is a natural thing, not something to be treated. Babies were meant to be born and women were made to give birth to them. Yes, there’s pain involved, but it’s not the kind of pain you need to dread…. In fact, the birth experience can be the most amazing of your life! As I get ready to have my child in the next 3 months, I am excited and ready to trust God and my body to do what it was made to do.

The Duties of Parents by J.C. Ryle
I have really appreciated J.C’ Ryle’s books in the past so wanted to read this short work as well. Very simple, but important advice for parents on raising their children in the ways of the Lord.

“Train [your children] with this thought continually before your eyes that the soup of your child is the first thing to be considered.”

Dissolving Illusions: Disease, Vaccines, and the Forgotten History by Suzanne Humphries, MD & Roman Rystrianyk
This was a book written by two individuals (one a medical doctor) who have spent years researching and studying health, disease and vaccines. They take a detailed look at the history of disease and how vaccines were created and what their actual impact was. Did vaccines really cause the eradication of smallpox and other diseases? Or is there a lot more to the story? Very interesting and informative book!

“Beginning in the mid-to-late 1800’s and into the 1900’s, the mortality rate for all infections diseases dropped. The deadly threats that were once so commonplace slowly faded into the past. By the end of the 19th century, it was apparent that sanitation was making a significant impact against the bacterial diseases, typhus and typhoid fever, without any vaccine.”

Currently Reading:
Grace-filled Parenting by Paul Tripp (great so far!)

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Reading List: December 9, 2017

Finished this month:

Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity by Mark Noll
I love reading about history, especially how it related to the Bible and Christianity. This was a really interesting book on key events in the history of Christianity. There are many others of course, but the author has carefully chosen 12 that he believes are the most impactful. They include The Fall of Jerusalem, The Council of Nicaea, The Great Schism (division between Eastern and Western churches), the Protestant Reformation, Counter-Reformation, the French Revolution (this was a very interesting one!) and more. Interesting read, well-written and I learned a lot!

Taking God at His Word by Kevin DeYoung
The ladies Bible Study read through this book this semester. It’s filled with good reminders about why God’s Word is “knowable, necessary, and enough”. It has chapters dedicated to the authority, necessity, clarity, sufficiency, and power of Scripture. I found this book a little basic (I’ve been to seminary and read a lot more detailed stuff on this subject) but for newer/younger or not as well-read believers it’s a great resource! Very encouraging reminders of how wonderfully sufficient and powerful the Word of God is!

The Beginner’s Guide to the Gift of Prophesy by Jack Deere
If you haven’t read Deere’s book Surprised by the Power of the Spirit you should read that first, but this is a great book if you are interested in learning about and pursuing the gift of prophesy, or if you want to know how to be more discerning when it comes to listening to prophets. How can you learn to discern the voice of God? What pitfalls do you need to watch out for? How do you know when to believe to a prophet or not? What about when a prophet is wrong (i.e mis-understands/mis-applies) what God is speaking to him? This was a very helpful book that was also convicting… the human heart is easily deceived and easily proud and those are big dangers that not only greatly hinder our growth and ministry, but we constantly need to fight against.

You May All Prophesy by Steve Thompson
This was a very interesting and balanced book. Informative about what prophesy is and how to grow in or encourage the gift in the church. The author also gives many warnings about how pride and other sins get in the way of this gift being used rightly, and how to learn to be discerning in things you “hear”. Great follow-up book to the previous one I read!

Mike and I also finished listening to The Hobbit which was fun.

Currently Reading:
Five Views on Sanctification edited by Stanley Gundry. Also listening to some fun fiction with Mike, and also currently reading through Baby-Wise by Gary Ezzo (there are various opinions about this book – some have found it to work and love it, for some others it hasn’t and they hate-talk it, but it’s interesting at least and there are good principles to put in place. Stay tuned I guess!)

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Update: Coming May 2018

Hello readers! This is personal update as my husband and I would like to share some very exciting news with you!

  I can't believe I'm going to be a Mommy! And little one's going to have a wonderful Daddy too!

                                                    Little Baby, we love you SO much!

                                                        So much to "Be Thankful" for!

Baby Coburn is due May 6, and we are very excited! I have always wanted to be a mom, and I am very thankful (and a little scared) about this little human growing inside me! I’ve had some mild sickness (all-day mild stomach ache type thing) earlier, but overall have been feeling pretty good! It's been an interesting experience! We were able to hear baby's heartbeat for the first time the end of last week which was SO precious! Please join us in praying for a continued healthy pregnancy/development and safe arrival of our little one!  Thank you!!!!