Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Bookin' It Update (and Top 10 On My To-Read List!)

Perspectives on the World Christian Movement: A ReaderThe Perspectives course that I am taking is making me want to read every book on missions/other cultures that I can get my hands on. Every week, the speaker is an experienced, world-traveled, sweet follower of Jesus, and every time they mention a book title, I'm jotting it down.

I'm currently reading a thin book I found on our bookshelf titled "A Muslim's Heart."  Most of my life, I have not had any close Muslim friends. I've known some basics about Islam, but that's about it. When we ate with our Muslim neighbors last week as they broke their daily fast, I realized how very little I know about their culture and ideas. I want to invite our Muslim neighbors into our lives without constantly assaulting them with cultural roadblocks, so this book has been helpful to me.

The Heavenly Man: The Remarkable True Story of Chinese Christian Brother YunRight now, here are the Top 10 Books I Want to Read Soon:

1) Peace Child by Don Richardson.

2) Imprisoned In Iran by Dan Baumann

3) Epicenter by Joel Rosenberg

4) The Heavenly Man by Brother Yun and Paul Hattaway.

Tea with Hezbollah: Sitting at the Enemies Table Our Journey Through the Middle East5) Tea With Hezbollah by Ted Dekker and Carl Medearis

6) Muslims, Christians, and Jesus by Carl Medearis
Desolation Island (Vol. Book 5) (Aubrey/Maturin Novels)
7) Radical by David Platt

8) The Barbarian Way by Erwin McManus

9) Desolation Island by Patrick O'Brian (#5 in the Aubrey/Maturin series--had to throw some fiction in here!)

10) Something just for fun...do you have any suggestions?

Since I haven't yet read any of the books on my list, I cannot (with the exception of "Peace Child") recommend them wholeheartedly...yet! Have you read any of these books? Thoughts?

I'm linked up to Top Ten Tuesday and Bookin' It. :D

P.S. Disclosure: The book links/images are affiliate links. If you were already planning on buying one of these books, then by all means purchase it via one of the links! If not, I put the links there so that you can read a bit more about each book, if you are curious. :)


  1. Hi Alicia. I really enjoy your blog and read it every day. I wanted to let you know that marla taviano at marlataviano.com is having a Radical read-along that is starting today. I am reading the book and it is rocking my world!

    Anyway I am also a huge fan of all of your recipes, menu-plans, and checking out what you are doing on Thursdays.

  2. Great looking books! I've read the first chapter of Radical and it looks awesome!! :) What kind of for fun ones do you like to read? I love Karen Kingsbury, Wanda Brunstetter, Judith Pella, Lori Wick. :)

  3. Radical is on my list of books to read as well as Crazy Love by, Francis Chan. I have heard good things about both and can't wait to get my hands on a copy of each!

    Some of my favorites:
    L'Abri By, Edith Schaeffer
    The Hidden Art of Homemaking By, Edith Shaeffer
    Created to Be His Helpmeet By, Debi Pearl
    Eternity in Their Hearts by, Richardson
    Whatever Happened to Worship? By, A.W. Tozer

  4. Oh, and as far as fun books go I like Robin Jones Gunn's Sisterchick Series. :)

  5. I haven't read any of those books, but they sound really great. I had a friend recently recommend Safely Home by Randy Alcorn. It's about the underground church in China.

    I think it's really great that you are wanting to reach out to your neighbors in this way! One of my best friends from college is Muslim, and it has been amazing getting to better understand Islam and her culture/faith over the years.

  6. If you're looking for books about Islam, one that we recently picked up after hearing Dr. Geisler speak was "Answering Islam: The Crescent in Light of the Cross" by Abdul Saleeb and Norman L. Geisler. We haven't read it yet, but it's on our list and on our shelf. If you're looking for a book to read for fun, I would highly recommend "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.

  7. I haven't read the book, but we saw a video based on Epicenter at church over the summer during a study on endtimes. It is very interesting. The video has interviews in it with the author and many other political leaders, and even Muslims who have converted, discussing the signs of the end times, and historical events that they believe are playing part in leading up to it. It really is a heavy load of information for a 2 hr movie! I think the book is just more of the same, very good!
    As for books to read for fun, I love Nicholas Sparks books! I fly through them, and he has a new one out right now, though I will wait for it in paperback!

  8. Oh my goodness, these all sound so good. Definitely not my regular choices but I find that when I read something new, it's usually amazing. Freat list.

  9. sorry, meant GREAT list. I usually proof-read before I post.

  10. I am loving all of your feedback!! :D

    Lesley, thanks for your sweet words...they are an encouragement to me as I plug away at blogging. :D

    Mrs. Sojourner, thanks for the book list! Man, I have my work cut out for me...I have already read "Eternity In Their Hearts" though. Very good. I've been wanting to read that homemaking book! Oh, and now I'll add the sisterchicks book to my list...

    Carrie, I'm making a note of the books you mentioned, too. :)

    Keep it coming, gals!

  11. I rarely have time to read unless it is a recipe or something light for the treadmill when I am slacking lol Some of these look really interesting! Thank you for the list.

  12. Good selection of books! I am very interested in the desolation island, will check out. Thanks for sharing

  13. a fun read is The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella. It was quite funny. I really enjoyed it

  14. I recently read Tea with Hezbollah. There's lots of food for thought there. My parents taught the Perspectives course at the mission center in their town years ago. I'm glad to see it's still around. Your list looks like a great one.


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