How many books do you plan to read in January? As for myself, I can’t say for sure… but it will be plenty, since reading is like breathing to me. In case you haven’t decided yet what to read, I have collected some ideas for you from my recent bookish adventures. Check these out, maybe you’ll find something to add to your reading list!
Rescuing General Patton
by Curtis Stephen Burdick
genre: historical fiction
If you like historical fiction, characters that conquer your heart, and stories from World War II, this book is for you! I had a blast reading this one!
A Home for Hope
by Kimberly Sprayberry
genre: christian romance
This one is to all friends of big emotions and romance stories.
My Living Will
by John Trautwein
genre: non-fiction, memoirs
A heart-breaking true story of a father who lost his son. I am pretty sure this book will make you cry…
The Book of Psalms, Bible
genre: holy scriptures
Did you know that the title of Book of Psalms comes from Greek word ψαλμοί (psalmoi), that means “instrumental music”? The Psalms are actually religious hymns from the time, many of them composed by King David. David was a man of worship. He poured out his heart to God through his compositions, and truly, there’s the whole variety of emotions in the Psalms. This is my favorite book of the Bible, and I like to start my year with it. Here’s one of my favorite Psalms:
Psalm 90 (NIV):
A prayer of Moses the man of God.
1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place
throughout all generations.
2 Before the mountains were born
or you brought forth the whole world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
3 You turn people back to dust,
saying, “Return to dust, you mortals.”
4 A thousand years in your sight
are like a day that has just gone by,
or like a watch in the night.
5 Yet you sweep people away in the sleep of death—
they are like the new grass of the morning:
6 In the morning it springs up new,
but by evening it is dry and withered.
7 We are consumed by your anger
and terrified by your indignation.
8 You have set our iniquities before you,
our secret sins in the light of your presence.
9 All our days pass away under your wrath;
we finish our years with a moan.
10 Our days may come to seventy years,
or eighty, if our strength endures;
yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow,
for they quickly pass, and we fly away.
11 If only we knew the power of your anger!
Your wrath is as great as the fear that is your due.
12 Teach us to number our days,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
13 Relent, Lord! How long will it be?
Have compassion on your servants.
14 Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love,
that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
15 Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,
for as many years as we have seen trouble.
16 May your deeds be shown to your servants,
your splendor to their children.
Happy 2022, everyone!