Wednesday, December 28, 2011

New Plans for the New Year

The time is upon us for reflections and resolutions. I'll spare you the reflections and move onto some of my own plans for least in the world of literature and such.

I was rather surprised with what I was able to finish reading in 2011. Allow me to apologize, make way for a small reflection. Books that I actually finished in 2011 were: (links to these books can be found on my page Books and Stuff)
  • Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God by Francis Chan
  • Think: The Life of the Mind and The Love of God by John Piper
  • The Shaping of a Christian Family by Elisabeth Elliot
  • Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches by Rachel Jankovic
  • Lies Homeschooling Moms Believe by Todd Wilson
  • The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace
  • The Mission of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson
And to add to my reading was much time, although not enough, spent in God's Word and time, probably too much, spent reading numerous blogs and articles. Nate laughed at me when I told him I was going to make a small goal of four books for the upcoming year. I suppose he thinks my goal is a bit puny. I say, at least I know it's doable.

My plan is to finish the book I'm currently reading, Give Them Grace by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson. I won this in a book giveaway and will probably be coming back to say more about it. It is definitely making me rethink our methods in parenting and how we view the gospel as a whole in our home.

My three I plan to add to this extensive list of four are:
  • The Hiding Place by Corrie Tin Boom I've attempted to read several times and just haven't been able to finish.
  • Charismatic Chaos by John MacArthur This has been on my list for awhile. I have some family that is interested in the charismatic movement and really want to see how he deals with this movement.
  • And number four is something by Francis Shaeffer. I haven't decided yet. Maybe The Christian Manifesto? or How Should We Then Live?
I also plan on continuing to look through Large Family Logistics. While we are not technically a "large family," I love some of the ideas she shares in the book.

And of course, I can't leave out a Bible Reading Plan. I found the perfect plan that will give me a few minutes after each meal to spend reading from three different sections of the Bible, starting in Genesis, Job, and Matthew. Nate and I thought this would be a good way to read through the Bible in a year to the little ones, too! I also hope to spend more devoted time to studying Proverbs. A few weeks back I started studying Proverbs alongside Matthew Henry's Commentary. I have taken a break but really hope to resume that in depth reading as well on my own.

For the wee ones, I plan to continue Catechisms for Young Children and doing scripture memory. Earlier this month I began using this system for scripture memory. It's still early on using it so we haven't got an excellent feel for how this system will work over time.

And we have finally decided on a reading curriculum! After looking at three different curriculums, we have decided to use Reading Made Easy. I'll keep you updated on my thoughts on this system and how it works as we go along. Reading lessons will be short and simple. We will also continue reading good, twaddle-free books and spending lots of time outside when the weather is just right for exploring!

So, do you have reading plans this year?


Jama said...

I LOVE The Hiding Place. It's in my top 3 favorite books. I just read it for the first time last year when we were studying that period of history. What a life changing book. Another along the same line is If I Perish.

I don't finish nearly as many books as I start. I'm currently reading Raising Real Men (for the second time...excellent book on raising boys). Over Christmas I read Washington's Lady, an excellent book on Martha Washington, and Dewey: The Library Cat Who Changed a Small Town. The later was something my mom recommended. It was sweet. My next reading spurt will probably happen this summer at the beach. Oh well, someday I'll have lots of time for uninterupted reading. For now I will settle for a few pages here and there.

Holly said...

I love The Hiding Place! Corrie ten Boom is a personal hero.