Reading List 2019

Here is my annual list of books that I have read for the year.

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  1. One Thousand Gift Devotional by Ann Voskamp
  2. My Life With Bob by Pamela Paul
  3. The Love Letters by Beverly Lewis
  4. The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson
  5. The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp 
  6. Without God, Without Creed by James Turner 
  7. A Treasury of Miracles for Women by Karen Kingsbury
  8. Big Game by Mark Leibovick
  9. Letter to the Church by Francis Chan
  10. What Unites Us by Dan Rather
  11. The Lemon Tree  by Sandy Tolan
  12. The Tale of Beatrix Potter by F Warren &Co
  13. The Fabulous Bouvier Sisters by Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger
  14. Mrs. Sherlock Holmes by Brad Ricca
  15. The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa by Jeanne Theoharis
  16. Happiness in This Life by Pope Francis
  17. How to Read a Book by Mortimer J  Adler and Charles Van Doren
  18. The Road To Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson 
  19. Banding Together A Practical Guide for Disciple Makers (leader guide) by Jon Wiest
  20. Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
  21. The Good Neighbor the Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King
  22. The Red and The Blue by Steve Kornacki
  23. Stick A Geranium in Your Hat by Barbara Johnson
  24. A Cast For God by Karen Armstrong
  25. Another Great Day at Sea by Geoff Dye
  26. The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup by Susan Orlean
  27. Fly Girls by Keith O’Brien
  28. The Ancient World in Minutes by Charles Phillip
  29. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  30. Home by Abu Bekr Al Rabeeah
  31. The Majesty of the Law by Sandra Day O’Connor
  32. King A Biography by David Levering Lewis
  33. The Husband Hunters by Anne De Courcy
  34. Be A people Person by John C. Maxwell
  35. In The Company of Women by Pat Heim and Susan Murphy
  36. Prairie Fires by Caroline Fraser
  37. The End of Me by Kyle Idleman
  38. Talking As Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham
  39. Sojouner Turth: Narrative of Sojourer Truth
  40. Sisters First by Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush
  41. Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  42. Democracy by Condoleezza Rice
  43. Bella Tuscany by Frances May
  44. The Rycort Campus by Robert Rust and Kitty Turgeon
  45. M Train Patti Smith
  46. Women Rowing North by Mary Pipher
  47. Magnolia Table by Joanna Gaines
  48. Rising by Elizabeth Rush
  49. A Nervous Splendor by frederic Morton
  50. Breaking Busy by Alli Worthington 
  51. Code Name: Johnny  Walker by Jonny Walker and Jim DeFelice
  52. Ever Ancient Ever New by Winfield Bevins
  53. Decision Point by George W Bush
  54. Someday, Someday,Maybe by Laren Graham
  55. Just Immigration by Mark R. Amstutz
  56. A Table in the Presence by Lt. Crarey H Cash
  57. Poem By Robert Frost
  58. The jamestown Furniture Industry by Clarence C. Carlson
  59. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
  60. Wrecked and Redeemed by Benji Kelley
  61. The Throne by Beverly Lewis
  62. Last Team Standing by Matthew Algeo
  63. The Elephant in the Playroom by Denise Brodey
  64. Turtles All The Way Down by John Green
  65. Planet Middle School by Dr. Kevin Leman
  66. The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan
  67. The Matriarch by Susan Page
  68. The Feather Thief by Kirk Wallace Johnson 
  69. At Full Strength by Denny Howard and Hugh White
  70. No Dream is Too High by Buzz Aldrin
  71. Voices in the Ocean by Susan Casey
  72. The Nature Principle by Richard Louv
  73. Plain Wisdom by Cindy Woodsmall and Mirian Flaud
  74. Then Birth Order Book by Dr. Kevin Leman
  75. Mrs. moreau’s Warbler by  Stephan Moss
  76. Ladies Who Punch by Ramin Setoode
  77. The Everything Guide to coping with Panic Disorder by Rudolph C. Hatfield PHD 
  78. One Last Word : Wisdom From the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes
  79. A Tale Of Three Kings by Gene Edwards
  80. Supreme Decisions, Combined Volume: Great Constitutional Cases and Their Impact by Melvin Urfsky
  81. Dewey by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter
  82. The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel
  83. Rocket Men by Graig Nelson
  84. Kind Regards : The Lost Art of Letter by Liz Willison 
  85.  Sonnets  by William Shakespeare
  86. How to Fake A Moon Landing by Darryl Cunningham
  87. Honey and Lemon by Grace Akerman
  88. Mansfield Park by  jane Austien
  89. Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell
  90. Make Space by Regina Wong
  91. Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahay
  92. The Tudors by G.J Meyers
  93. Random Acts of Kindness; Then and Now
  94. The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon- Reed
  95. Almost Amish by Nancy Sleeth
  96. Favorite Father Brown Stories by G.K Chesterton
  97. The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt by Elanor Roosevelt
  98. Don’t Know Much About the American Presidents by Kenneth C. Davis
  99. Letters from Max by Sarah Ruhl and Max Ritvo
  100. The Innocence if Father Brown by CK Chesterton 
  101. Inheritance by Dani Shapiro
  102. First Man by James R Hansen 
  103. Pray for Me Robert Moynihan
  104. Grown- Up Faith by Kevin Myers with Charlie Wetzel
  105. Love Santa by Sharon Glassman
  106. Healing for Damaged Emotions by David A. Seamands
  107. The Year Less by Cait Flanders
  108. My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers
  109. New King for a New Kingdom | Bishop Robert Barron

My Favorite Songs of the Year

While I Wait | Lincoln Brewster
Scars | I AM THEY
Nobody | Casting Crowns w/ Matthew West
Only Jesus | Casting Crowns
Well Done | The Afters
Raise A Hallelujah | Bethel Music
Confidence | Sanctus Real
Red Letters | Crowder
O Praise the Name (Anastasis) | Hillsong
Reckless Love | Cory Asbury
Warrior | Hannah Kerr

Reading List 2018

Here is my 2018 list of books I have read. My goal was 100, so I made it!

  1. Andrew Jackson: Miracle of New Orleans – Brian Kilmeade and Don Yeager
  2. Child of Mine – Dave and Beverly Lewis
  3. Killing England – Bill O’Reilly
  4. Minding the Manor: A Memoir of a 1930s English Kitchen Maid – Mollie Moran
  5. Grunt: the Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach
  6. Mathew Brady:Portraits of A Nation by Robert Wilson
  7. Yoga For Anxiety by Mary and Rick Nurries Stearns
  8. Autism Handbook for Parent: Facts and Strategies for Parent Success by Janice E. Janzen
  9. When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women for 1960 to the Present by Gail Collins
  10. Surrender by Wayne Schmidt
  11. Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington 1848-1868 by Cokie Roberts
  12. The Autism Book by Robert W. Sears MD, FAAP
  13. The Roosevelts by Geoffrey C Ward and Ken Burns
  14. The Games by David Goldblatt
  15. The Complete Photo to Cardmaking by  Judi Watanabe
  16. The Reason I Jump but Naoki Higashida
  17. The Public library by Robert Dawson
  18. Captive in Iran by Maryan Rostampour and Marziyeh Amiradeh
  19. Grace Points by Jane Rubietta
  20. The History Buff’s Guide to President’s by Thomas R. Flagel
  21. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  22. Fire and Fury Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff
  23. A Short World History of Christianity by Robert Bruce Mullin
  24. A Call to Mercy: Hearts to , Hands to Serve by Mother Teresa
  25. Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation by Cokie Roberts
  26. Harriet Tubman:The Road to Freedom by  Carherine Clinton
  27. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing  by Marie Kondo
  28. Loving Someone with PTSD by Aphrodite T. Matsakis PHD
  29. Carole King by Carole King
  30. The Card Catalog
  31. The Lost Tudor Princess: the Life of Lady Margaret Douglas by Alison Weir
  32. Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson
  33. Walking by Henry David Thoreau
  34. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance
  35. Julie and Julia by Julie Powell
  36. Sing by keith and Kristyn Getty
  37. This Is What A Librarian Look Like by Kyle Cassidy
  38. A Higher Loyalty by James Comey
  39. The Wildlife-Friendly Vegetable Gardener by Tammi Hartung
  40. The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone
  41. Autopsy of A Deceased Church by Thom S. Rainer
  42. Buffalo Bills by Sal Maiorana
  43. The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw
  44. Diners, Drive- Ins, Diver by Guy Fieri
  45. The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost
  46. The Bridge Ladies by Betsy Lerner
  47. Along Chautauqua Lake by Karen E Livsey and Dorothy E Levin
  48. My Bondage and my Freedom by Frederick Douglass
  49. I Can Only Imagine by Bart Millard
  50. How To Eat a Poem  by The American Poetry   ( one of them I did not read because it was in another language)
  51. Really Bad Girls of the Bible by Liz Curtis Higgs
  52. The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
  53. FallingWater Rising by Franklin Toker
  54. Sojourner Truth narrative of Sojourner Truth
  55. The Homing Instinct by Bernd Heinrich
  56. The Facts on World Religions by John Ankerberg, John Weldon and Dillon Burroughs
  57. Thirty Days With My Father by Christal Presley, PHD
  58. Great Lakes Warships 1812-1815
  59. Those Incredible Women of World War II by Karen Zeinert
  60. The Kelloggs The Battling Brothers of Battle Creek Howard Markel
  61. A walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
  62. Under His Wings and Other Place of Refuge by Patsy Clairmont
  63. Kelly Tough by Erin and Jill Kelly
  64. Code Girls by Liza Mundy
  65. The Truth About Islam and Jihad by John Ankerber and Emir Caner
  66. The Little Book Of Hygge by Meik Wiking
  67. Inside Syria by Reese Erlich
  68. Bobby Kennedy by Chris Matthew
  69. The Smithsonian Book of the First Ladies Edith P. Mayo, General Editor
  70. The Briefing by Sean Spicer
  71. The Monopolists by Mary Pilon
  72. Atlas Obscura by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras and Ella Morton
  73. Fill Up, Pour Out by Mark O. Wilson
  74. Four Seasons in Rome by Anthony Dooerr
  75. Revolve: A New Way to See Worship by Nelson Searey and Jason Hatley with Jannifer Dykes Henson
  76. Reunited in the Desert:How I Risked Everything to See My Children by Amin Helle
  77. Dunkirk by Diane Ank-asik
  78. The Ebb Tide by Beverly Lewis
  79. Eight Days by Matthew Goodman
  80. 50 Ways To Soothe Yourself Without Food by Susan Albers
  81. Shakespeare by Bill Bryson
  82. The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
  83. Chautauqua Institution by Kathleen Crocke and Jane Currie
  84. Rise of the Rocket Girls by Nathalia Holt
  85. The Proving by Beverly Lewis
  86. Good Sports by Jack Prelutsky and Chris Raschka
  87. Then Levy Said to Kelly by Jim Gehman
  88. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  89. Herb Gardening by Melissa Snyder
  90. Fear by Bob Woodward
  91. Yoga for Pain Relief by Kelly McGongal PHD
  92. 10 Simple Solutions to Chronic Pain by Blake H. Tearnan PHD
  93. Modern Holiday by Amanda Murphy
  94. Becoming by Michelle Obama
  95. The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs by Tristan Gooley
  96. Then Sing My Soul by Robert J. Morgan
  97. You’ll Get Through This; Hope and Help for Your Turbulent Times by Max Lucado
  98. Finding Your Dreams: From Famine to Feast the Life of Joseph by Jane Rubietta
  99. Don”t Make Me Pull Over by Richard Ratay
  100. Susanna Wesley:servant of God by Sandy Dengler
  101. Hanukkah in America by Dianne Ashton
  102. The Autistic Brain by Temple Grandin and Richard Panek

The Chief End of Man

What is the chief end of man? Asks the Westminster Short Catechism. The answer: To glorify God and enjoy Him forever. “ To praise Him is the original desire sewn into every fiber of our God – designed humanity and into every aspect of our God -designed world. When we sing God’s praise, we join with the tune of the cosmos. Just pause. Isn’t this incredible?

Keith Getty

We Sing to Him

Don’t sing primarily because you love singing, or keep quiet because you do not. Sing because you love who made you, and formed you, and enables you to sing:

We sing to Him whose wisdom form’d the ear, our songs , let Him who gave us voices, hear, we joy in God, who is The spring of mirth, who loves the harmony of Heav’n and earth: our humble sonnets shall that praise rehearse, who is the music of the Universe. And whilst we sing, we consecrate our art, and offer us with every tongue a heart.

Nathaniel Ingelo – 1688