What’s On My Nightstand? — August 2020

I post book reviews occasionally on this blog, but they only make up a small proportion of the books I read. In this new series, I’ll give you a glimpse into a few volumes I’m reading at the moment. 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling

This is my favourite series and I re-read it annually. After all these years it’s like a comforting bowl of soup—but the kind that’s a bit spicy and makes your eyes run. I’ve never made it through this book (or any of them, really) without sobbing.

Everyday Faithfulness by Glenna Marshall

This is my second time reading this book. I got the ebook when it was first released, but my paperback finally arrived so of course I have to re-read it! Glenna helps us understand how we can pursure faithfulness to Jesus in every season of life—and why it’s so important for our perseverance as believers.

Knowing God by J. I. Packer

Confession time: I’ve never read this book before. You can revoke my bookworm card if you want. I was talking about reading it with a group of friends earlier this year, but it never ended up happening. The day that J. I. Packer died I got straight into it. It’s incredible so far—especially the chapter on adoption. If you want to love God more, read this book.

Untangling Emotions by J. Alisdair Groves & Winston T. Smith

This book helps us to understand our emotions and engage them in a way that honours God. I’m really enjoying it so far, because it’s nuanced and thoughtful while also being super practical.

The Reformed Pastor by Richard Baxter

This seems to be on every list of essential books for pastors, so I’m making sure I read it during my ministry apprenticeship. Even reading the contents page was convicting! It will definitely challenge me.

The Coming of the Third Reich by Richard J. Evans

I bought this series in high school (bit of a history nerd), and thought I’d get back into it. I’m making slow progress because reading history books before bed tends to put me to sleep—but that doesn’t mean it’s not interesting!

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