Monthly Archives: October 2014


It is Tuesday and that means it is The Loft day. (Graphic by Kerry Messer )the-loft This week’s topic is BOOKS. A great topic. BOOKS. Where would we be without them? Darkness I’d say. Reading. One of the most blessed privileges a soul can have. I think one cannot learn too early to read and a soul does not live long enough on this planet to read all the good there is to read out there! And I think I am learning that it is good to read outside your preferred genre from time to time. It broadens one’s perspective.  

Unbroken unbroken-pbby Laura Hillenbrand was such a book for me. 

There were pages upon pages, chapter after chapter that was soul jarring, so much so that my instinct was flight but I stayed the course; much because the One who had recommended the book is loved and respected. The conclusion was worth it all! 

As with Leah, I am of the same mind, the Bible is THE BOOK. THE one read that if you miss it you have missed it all! Favorite Translations? That varies with the season of my life. I have a copy of The New American Standard Bible with worn covers. It was my constant companion for a space of about three especially hard years. Even though I now default mostly to the Complete Jewish Bible that dog-eared, chipped up leather cover holds golden treasures for me. It would take an Act of the HOLY SPIRIT for me to part with it. Then there is the Amplified Version and the King James and the New King James, The Reese Chronological, the Parallel Greek English New Testament, The Message, The New Century Version, The New Living and I think there’s a NIV too on one of these shelves. No shortage of Scripture on the shelves in this house — May it be, ABBA, there will be no shortage in me of Your Word. 

Let me give a short list of some other titles that have nourished me. 

Understanding Jesus – Joe Amaral. That was my book of the year 2013. It stays with me. 

1000 Gifts by Ann Voskamp. 2014’s book of the year for me. I know the year is not over yet but … well, it would have to be some book to top that one for this season of my life. 

A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 by W. Phillip Keller. A must read! One to refer back to again and again. Want a sample? Here is chapter One in audio: 

Forest Man by J. Steve Biggs. Entertainment for me! Written by a much-loved friend. I’m waiting for a sequel. Or the movie! 🙂 🙂 Steve has written another, Beyond a Reasonable Doubt. It is a heavy one and at times over my head as to Creation – Intelligent Design. If you have an interest, you owe it to yourself to read it. 

This has gone on sufficiently long, hasn’t it? I’m looking forward to seeing the Reading List of others at The Loft

Day 280 of 2014, a day to give Thanks.