what i'm into july 2013

books i read

You can really tell it’s summertime by my book list this month…

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty – Absolutely satisfying summer evening read. I even bought it to re-read it. And the premise sparked really interesting discussions with my friends for a few days.

The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty – I picked this one up after I loved What Alice Forgot but it wasn’t as good. Very slow-moving.

Inferno by Dan Brown – A terrible, terrible waste of my time. I repent.

Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, Not Food by Lysa TerKeurest – Nothing too new, perhaps, but good reminders.

Sleeping in Eden: A Novel by Nicole Baart – This is one of my favourite “Christian fiction” writers. I’m not sure why she receives that designation since her books aren’t at all typical Christian fare. I first discovered her work in The Moment Between and this one is creepy and interesting. She’s a very good writer.

She Walks in Beauty: A Woman’s Journey Through Poems selected and introduced by Caroline Kennedy – A gorgeous book. Not only the collection of poetry itself but even the physical book itself. They don’t bind books like this enough.

A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet: Southern Stories of Faith, Family, and Fifteen Pounds of Bacon by Sophie Hudson – Fun and warm.

The Crowd, the Critic, and the Muse by Michael Gungor – Brilliant. Can’t recommend highly enough.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – Hipster Nicholas Sparks but I liked it anyway.

books on my nightstand right now

The Prodigal God by Tim Keller

Abdication: A Novel by Julie Nicolson

Outlander: A Novel by Diane Gabaldon

When Mockingbirds Sing by Billy Coffey

When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice by Terry Tempest Williams

Prodigal Christianity: 10 Signposts into the Missional Frontier (Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series) by David E. Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw

Wild Goslings: Engaging with Kids in the Mysteries of God by Brandy Walker

television worth watching


Miranda –  If you love Miranda Hart who plays Chummy in Call the Midwife, allow me to make your day. Miranda is actually a comedic actress with her own sitcom! (This is why I love Twitter. I never would have known without my Twitter people. I could have missed the hilarious episode about her “holiday” which would have been a tragedy indeed.) I devoured the first season on Hulu (thanks to Tunnel Bear) while Brian was out of town for a few weeks in July. It is hilarious, warm, irreverent, brilliant, and I think she might be my new patronus.

I can’t figure out how to watch Season 2 online so any tips are much appreciated!

movies i’ve watched – in or out of the theatre

Nope. No movies this month, I’m afraid.

in my ears

I’ve had The Lone Bellow on the loop for the entire month of July. Best music for a summer evening.

best stuff i pinned

Johnny Cash’s response when someone asked him to describe paradise

A blogger resource to create your own “posters” for posts

Mini strawberry cheesecake bites (perfect for the summer sweet tooth)

20 crafts for happy creative kids


So, friends, what about you?

What’s on your nightstand? What television show has captured your imagination? What are you pinning or cooking or planning?

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  • OMG…Outlander is on your nightstand. I just finished reading that for the third or fourth time. Book 8 in the series is coming out in March after a 4 year wait. I LOVE those books.

    • megandemo

      My sister in law does the same thing with those books, rereads and rereads!

    • michelle

      When I saw you mentioned Outlander I thought two thoughts. 1) OMG OUTLANDER!!! the comments will be crazy passionate. 2) Oh wait, maybe Christians don’t admit to loving it. 😉

      I can’t even begin to type a comment about my unending love for Jamie & Claire. 🙂

  • Kristin Lee Williams

    I am currently reading the most tragically beautiful book I have ever read, bar none. It is called Wave and the author is Sonali Deraniyagala. The book tells the story of the author’s experience in the 2004 Sri Lankan tsunami. She survived. Her parents, husband and two sons did not. The book is striking and real and lovely in a way that you don’t expect a book like this to be. It is also universal. I haven’t ever lived through a tsunami but I have lost people I love and her descriptions of the foggy aftermath of loss are just spot on. I cannot recommend this book enough.

  • Jennifer Lloyd Green

    Cannot wait to check out MIRANDA … thanks for the recommendation! I love your book list … feeling inspired to post this myself now!!! I will check out some of your titles … loving TIM KELLER, I am now on my fourth book … just read him the first time last week!

  • Oh my goodness. I freaking LOVE, Miranda!

    I just *knew* we were kindreds!


  • Kate

    The Inner Voice of Love by Henri Nouwen has been on my nightstand…such a good book!

  • Thank you SO MUCH for recommending Miranda. I cannot wait to watch it.

  • Yay for Outlander! (And When Women Were Birds—although I found that I had to read that with a pen in hand and respond back to her the whole time myself in order to read it.)

  • Upstream Fish

    Loved “When Women Were Birds,” hated “Outlander” (didn’t even finish it! – I enjoy Philippa Gregory if you’re looking for historical fiction), reading “Eat This Book” by Eugene Peterson. Highly recommend “What My Mother Gave Me” edited by Elizabeth Benedict.

    • michelle

      That’s so funny. I am an Outlander FAN but couldn’t stand Phillppa Gregory even though I forced myself to finish the book. Personal taste is a funny thing. 🙂

  • I love, love, love Nicole Baart. I read an ebook ARC in January of Sleeping in Eden and I have found the competition tough for best book of 2013 after that. The Moment Between was great, too. Definitely not typical. Chasing Francis by Ian Cron was my best book this month. And I’ve been wanting to read the Gungor book but haven’t done it yet.

  • “Hipster Nicholas Sparks but I liked it anyway.” best description I’ve seen of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars.
    I very much enjoy his vlogs, but I don’t find his books as wonderful as everyone else seems to

  • LapsedLutheran

    “The Utter Relief of Holiness” by John Eldredge is on my nightstand. Started “Teen Wolf”–so far unimpressive. Cannot stop listening to “Bloom” by The Paper Kites.

  • I choked a little when you referred to John Green as “hipster Nicholas Sparks.” But I will forgive you because you’re going to read Outlander and soon you’ll be able to discuss it with Emily, Allison, and me!

  • Do you really read that many books each month!? I’m a bad book reader of late…I start, get about 1/3-1/2 in and then get distracted by another book only to eventually find my way back and finish it a year later. Right now – I’m on my 6th month doing The Hobbit. Ready Player One. A Thousand Gifts and more recently Bread and Wine.

    Also, I laughed out loud then had to read the part out loud to my husband and laughed out loud again at the “I think she might be my new patronus.” part. I need to look up that show. I love Chummy!!

  • mom_interrupted

    What Alice Forgot was my first read of the year. Really engaging, glad you enjoyed it. Summertime reading is the best!

  • Janel A

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME…..Miranda has a SHOW? I love Chummy…I watched some of her excerpts that she reads about her book. seriously. amazing…
    and those book looks lovely. but seriously…my mind is blown by that show’s availability. maybe I’ll have to look for the DVD’s

  • Janel A

    and the 1st and 2nd season are for sale on Amazon.com…i’m not sure if they are available in Canada.

  • I’m reading the Harry Potter series for the first time (yes, I’m about 15 years late on this one), and in June/July a couple friends and I got together once a week and watched the movies in order. I wept during Deathly Hallows, then got up the next morning and bought books 4-7 (I already owned the first three). I’m 1/3 through Deathly Hallows and I’m also reading Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex. I bought Prototype and A Year of Biblical Womanhood for my birthday a couple weeks ago and was completely blown away by both of them. I set a goal of reading 12 books this year and I’ve long since passed it, LOL.