What's On My Shelf (Sept 2022)
No more beach reading. sigh.
And instead, more academic reading for me as my seminary classes started up earlier this month.
I hope you enjoy this run through of the highlights from my month in reading. Be sure to check out the links for my full reviews and below you'll find links to previous 'On My Shelf' posts.
* Dream Small: The Secret Power of the Ordinary Christian Life by Seth Lewis
We may have big dreams, but this book reminds us to grow our faithfulness in perhaps what we deem small things. Find my review HERE. (5 stars)
* Reason to Return: Why Women Need the Church and the Church Needs Women by Ericka Andersen
This book was a huge disappointment. This is such an important conversation to have particularly in light of the last couple years, but this book came utterly short. I won't go into all the details here, but read the details in my review. (2.5 stars)
Kept For the Master's Use by Frances Ridley Havergal
This caught my eye from a friend reading it on Goodreads. Frances Havergal wrote the hymn, "Take My Life" and this is her line by line exposition of the words to the hymn. If you're in a moment where you want to reflect on what it means for your whole life to be consecrated for the Lord, this is a really nice place to start. (4 stars)
The Christian's Spiritual Warfare by Charles Spurgeon
Charles Spurgeon is known as the 'Prince of Preachers' and this short book is a collection of his sermons on spiritual warfare. His teaching helped me consider the value and role of God's Word and encouraged me to grow my reverence for time in the Word. (5 stars).
* Into His Presence: Praying With the Puritans by Tim Chester
These beautifully written prayers are rich with scripture and theology. I've been enjoying this journey of having biblical truth flood into my prayers. I wrote a review on this one HERE. (5 stars)
* Beneath His Silence by Hannah Linder
She's full of hatred and wants to complete her father's pursuit of bringing her sister's murderer to justice.
So many secrets in this story. I was nearly bursting in the first quarter of the book to know them all! Ella Pemberton arrives at Wyckhorn Manor under an assumed name, to be the governess of her nephew. Lord Sedgewick doesn't want his son to lose anyone else in his life, so this new governess he urgently wishes to keep - for his son's sake, of course.
As the secrets unravel will they find forgiveness? And, more importantly, will Ella receive the peace of God to dissolve the anger and hurt of her past? (5 stars)
(I grabbed the ARC from Netgalley, it's the first one I read in the series, but I went back and read the other 2 because her writing is so good. So you have to wait til March for this one, so head over to find book one and two).
Liesl lives in an abusive home in a town where her father's the sheriff so he can get away with whatever he wants. But when she overhears him threaten the life of a marshal, she quickly and quietly sends out a warning. The marshals arrive in town undercover to figure out who's behind the plot, but struggle to get all the evidence they need.
If you enjoy clean western suspense/romance this is a great series written for general market.
Cold Dead Night by Lisa Phillips
Here's a fast paced suspense novel. She's investigating, she's a target and she's a suspect.
Kenna left the FBI two years ago after her partner was killed and secrets were kept hidden. Now, someone is after her. She's been on the run from her past and any relationships. This case makes her question her choices and her future, and whether she can trust again. This story has closure to the case, but I'm looking forward to the next book to find out what happens next. (4 stars)
I hope you found something of interest in this collection of books! As always, feel free to let me know!
What's on your reading list this fall?
* denotes complimentary books I've received from Netgalley and/or the publisher in return for an honest review.
Check out my summer reads here!