Art, Books, Giving Thanks, Thanksgiving

Books On the Table And Gifts That Come Steady

In the highest civilization, the book is still the highest delight. He who has once known its satisfactions is provided with a resource against calamity. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Wear the old coat and buy the new book." ~Austin Phelps

If I’m not writing, I’m reading. Books live on every solid surface in this house and frankly, I love it this way. I try to put them back on the shelf, I do, but I am reading so many at once that to put them away seems useless and so, I don’t.

To add to this list above, is Holly Gerth’s  You’re Already Amazing: Embracing Who You Are, Becoming All God Created You to Be
(which I will be reviewing shortly), and of course, Valley of Vision: A collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions, that I think will never ever find it’s way onto the shelves, as I like to keep it at arms reach. Also, I am reading Madeline L’Engls’s Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art (Wheaton Literary Series) which I checked out from the library but now see that I will have to purchase a copy for keeps. I have copied quote after quote from it and would be happier if I had my own copy to mark up and underline etc.

What are you reading these days?  Anything interesting, I am always looking for more books to add to my ever-growing wish list 😉

Counting on, beyond my 1000 Gifts:

1026. Family time, the priority of it, the grace of sharing this space together

1027. Easy dinners

1028. Finally feeling connected at church. Nearly seven years in…

1029. Making the hard sacrifices.

1030. Children laughing, the wild rompus before bedtime that is both hilarious and frustrating all at once.

1031. The sounds of books thumping to the floor as they are thumbed through and read in the beds of the little people upstairs.

1032. Fires in the fire place, an unexpected snow shower

1033. Being spared frm the ugly weather.

1034. An early morning run, the struggle to rise for it, the tired satisfaction for having done it anyway.

Joining the community of friends and Ann in giving thanks for all things. Won’t you join in the praise?

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    1. alwaysalleluia

      Yes, I have a feeling bedtime will always be a bit of a grab bag around here, with four kids, it seems rediculous to expect otherwise. 😉

  1. Love your list of books (and your gifts list)
    I’m reading the Bible through in 90 days, so my books have actually returned to my shelf. Like you, I tend to read more than one at a time. But I’m needing to stay on track and know I better not open another book till I’m done.
    When I am done, I’ll pick up Bonhoeffer, Grace for the Good Girl, Rumors of Water: Thoughts on creativity & writing by LL Barkat again. and dare I say I have the entire Hunger Games trilogy waiting for me? : ) 

    1. alwaysalleluia

      Oh yes, I need to get a hold of Rumors of Water, it’s on my wishlist! And I need to finish Grace For The God Girl too. I just finished Catching Fire, the 2nd book of the Huger Games Trilogy, I am currently waiting for the 3rd from our library… Reading, what a pleasure it is!! 😉

  2. I too love books! I’m reading seven right now. I’m reding Imitaton of Christ, Rumors of Water, The Writing Life, Soul Talk, The Swan House, to name a few. I can tell we’d make good reading friends:) Blessings to you this week!

  3. lindseyfoj

    1028. Finally feeling connected at church. Nearly seven years in…
    How I long for this….it seems so hard sometimes….I am glad you finally feel connected.

  4. Hi Kris,
    I love seeing the library codes on the books in your pile – I love owning books but libraries are just the best thing for readers and enabling us to access books we could never afford to buy. 

    My books are restricted to particular piles around the house so they don’t completely take over, only once they are finished do they ever make it onto a bookshelf.

    1. alwaysalleluia

      Mike~ Oh yes, the library is a wonderful thing. We are frequent users of ours here, and are fortunate to live in a city with an increadible library system. I cannot imagine if I did not have proper access to the wealth of literature so readily avaialable through the library! A sure blessing indeed! 😉


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