Sunday, February 24, 2008

Fine Print

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” ~Joseph Addison

“Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.” ~Groucho Marx

My friends Genny and Paige recently blogged lists of their favorite books, and I thought, What a great idea! Then I remembered how little I get to read. Aside from assignment sheets, instruction manuals, recipes, and junk mail, I don’t get to read as much as I would like. Now, it’s more now than it was when I was teaching and using all my spare time grading papers and the like, so I really shouldn’t complain.

I do at least have books on my bedside table (though they tend to be in varying stages of dust-collection.) And, having been an avid reader for decades, being married to an avid reader, and now raising two avid readers, I guess I am qualified to post on such a subject.

On My Bedside Table:

The Power of the Word, compiled and edited by Luci Tumas and Patrick Wilson

Under His Wing: Adventures in Trusting God, by Bernie May

Blue Like Jazz, by donald miller

On My Husband’s Bedside Table:

William Wilberforce: A Hero for Humanity, by Kevin Belmonte

A New Kind of Normal: Hope-Filled Choices When Life Turns Upside Down, by Carol Kent

On My Daughter’s Bedside Table:

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, by Robert C. O’Brien

Ginger Pye, by Eleanor Estes

The First Woman Doctor, by Rachel Baker

and a host of books in the Animal Ark and Sugar Creek Gang series

On My Son’s Bedside Table:

The Children’s Bible Storybook, retold by Anne de Graaf

Our Favorites:

The Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O’Dell

The Tale of Despereaux, by Kate DiCamillo

The Cricket in Times Square, by George Selden

From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, by E. L. Konigsburg

Twenty-One Balloons, by William Pene du Bois

Perelandra, by C.S. Lewis (book two of his Space Trilogy)

The Great Divorce, by C.S. Lewis

The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis

And the Word Came with Power: How God Met and Changed a People Forever, by Joanne Shetler

The Bronze Bow, by Elizabeth George Speare

A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens

anything by Jeff Shaara (Rise to Rebellion, To the Last Man, The Rising Tide, The Glorious Cause, etc.)

Revolution in World Missions, by K.P. Yohannan

The Innocent Man, by John Grisham

So, what's on your bedside table?


  1. I love Despereaux!!!

    So many books, so little time.

  2. That's one of my favorite phrases--so many books, so little time. I'm convinced that there is quite an extensive library in heaven.

  3. Ooh, I remember reading Mrs. Frisbee and the Rats of NIMH! I think I wrote a book report on it in the 4th grade! That was one of my favorites. I have an enormous pile of books on my bedside table, it's questionable whether I'll get through them all this year! The ones I'm getting close to finishing are "No Way Home: the Decline of the World's Great Animal Migrations" and "Krakatoa, the Day the World Exploded, August 27, 1883."


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