Personal Reading Goals For The First Quarter Of 2011

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When I was a child, much of our quiet time in the evenings was spent playing family games or reading books.  I remember spending countless hours sitting on my bedroom floor, my back flat against the sideboards of my old and very high wooden bed, with my knees drawn up and a book propped on them.  Nothing was too long or too difficult for me back then; I loved to read, and was good at it. 

As a mama, I still appreciate a well-written book, but now I find myself searching out ones that will help me grow and will ultimately add value to my family or spiritual life.  And, although I read quite often, this year I desire to be accountable, scheduled, and more intentional with my reading. 

I'm hoping to read a minimum of two books per month in 2011, with the exception of this first quarter since I am reading my Bible through and it is requiring a significant time commitment. 

My Reading Goals for 1st Quarter of 2011:

*Read through the entire Bible - I'm using my ESV Bible along with the 90 day reading plan that I shared in this post.

*Read Created to be His Help Meet by Debi Pearl - I began this one already and am really looking forward to getting further along in it!

*Read What Did You Expect: Redeeming the Realities of Marriage by Paul Tripp - My husband is reading this book now and has really been enjoying it.  We'll be going through this one together.

*Read Honey for a Child's Heart by Gladys Hunt - I'm hoping for some inspiring words regarding the process of learning and possibly tools for homeschooling in this one.  I love the subtitle of the book: "The Imaginative Use of Books in Family Life."  Doesn't it sound like a wonderful resource?  Have you read this one already?

And, if I finish ahead of schedule, I may begin Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours or perhaps Organizing Your Day and attempt to get a head start on the second quarter :)

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What books are you reading this year, ladies?  Do you have any recommendations for me?

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  1. In this season my reading also is centered around my Bible and in growing the roles of this season of my life.

    My first 2 books for 2011 are the Fix It and Forget Cookbook (I've wanted to take a look through one for quite some time) and Age of Opportunity by Tripp, as I have children on the brink of leaving childhood for those teen years, and I so want to embrace these years for all they can be.

  2. Jaime,
    I too love to read. I have a passion for instilling this into my children. I try to mix up my reading I have my bible study (Elizabeth George series right now and working through the book of psalms), books that inspire spiritually, and some good classics. I participate in What's On Your NIghtstand? to find some great inspiration. I used to post this on my Titus 2 Womans blog but felt it was distracting form the real reason I began that blog, to inspire women to live out the scripture. So this past week I started a seperate blog that my children and I are working on Our Homestead Book Reviews (you can get there through my wordpress username). Come visit us!

  3. These are wonderful suggestions, and I think early darkness and cold nights make for an especially good time to read. I just read an excellent book by Jeff Manion, called The Land Between. Really a good read!

    Thanks for sharing these on Marriage Mondays. I'd like to read the marriage books by Debi and Paul.

    Blessed reading,

  4. @Michelle, I may need to look into the Fix it and Forget it cookbook myself! :)

    @Monica, I'm not familiar with What's On Your Nightstand; is it a web site? Sounds useful!

  5. I love to read and have loved it ever since I was a little girl! I have heard that "Honey For A Child's Heart" is a good book, though I haven't read it.

    I have several books that I haven't read yet, and I really just need to resolve to read them, as you have. Thanks for linking up to Making Your Home Sing Monday!

  6. Jaime, I loved Created to be His Helpmeet. It's one of those books that makes you laugh and cry at the same time. So much truth!!!

    I want to be more intentional in my reading this year as well. I don't know if I can do two books a month, but would like to. ;-)

    My warmest regards,


  7. Hello! I found you on Raising Homemakers and am now following. :) I hope you'll check out my blog too. Jan http://www.jewelry4change.blogspot.com

    Have a great day!

  8. I REALLY want to read Created to Be His Helpmeet, I just can't ever find it used, and its $$$ new! I might end up buying it new because I have wanted it for a couple years now. I am also GOING to read the Bible through before the end of the year. Well I am cheating because I read about 1/4 of it last year and I am not rereading that part.

  9. I have a very loved copy of "Honey for a Child's Heart". It's the book that I refer to over and over again when I need reading inspiration for the kids.

    Also have "Fix it and Forget It" (not sure which edition). There are GOBS of crock-pot recipes arranged categorically, so it's easy to find what I want. I've never been disappointed in the taste/outcome of a recipe out of this book. However, alot of the recipes tend to lean heavily on canned soups and other processed foods, so just be prepared to do a bit of tweaking if you are approaching it from a whole foods standpoint.

    I'm trying to finish several books I have started...I've got about 15 stacked on my nightstand right now! :) (mostly about nutrition, parenting, and spiritual growth- I also like to make my reading time count with something that adds to my family's well-being)


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