Physical or Ebooks?

I much prefer physical books to ebooks. There’s just something about the feel of a book in your hands. And it’s much easier to flip back and forth or to skim ahead in a physical book. But the benefits of ebooks and having a Kindle include free or low cost books, space-saving and the ease of highlighting and sharing quotes.

This year I have put myself on a no-book-buy freeze to try to get through books that I already own. I’m still allowing myself to get free Kindle books and books through paperbackswap, but am not buying physical books or borrowing books from the library in an attempt to dwindle my own huge pile. Along those lines, while there are some books I have on Kindle that I’d like to read, I’m focusing more on physical books this year in an effort to free up space and to better see the accomplishment of getting through the pile. I’ve also been trying to get through some of my shorter books since they can be finished quickly and make it appear that I’m getting through the pile faster. 🙂

We shall see how well this goes this year and if I’m able to make significant progress in the huge to-be-read pile that stares at me.

The God Who Loves

The God Who Loves

Sometimes the thing you long for
Doesn’t happen
Sometimes your deepest wish
Doesn’t come true
But in light of God’s eternal grace
Our longings and our wishes
Can be a means to worship
The God who cares
The God who loves
The God who understands

And even when the pain is hard
The truth remains
And even when the darkness comes
His light is there
God controls the sun, the rain
He moves in mysterious ways
To bring His will to bear
The God who cares
The God who loves
The God who understands

 

July 6, 2007

Unchanging God

Unchanging God

Unchanging God, never failing
Always faithful, You remain
Absolute in a world that
Shifts and moves.

Constant, unmovable
The Rock on which I stand.
Never shaken, cannot fall
Though storms beat relentlessly.

Endurance, never faltering
Forever is longer than
My imagination can fathom
Yet You are Forever.

Going on and on, never
Stopping or turning back.
Always the same
Unchanging God.

 

March 20, 1994

On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand

1. My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

2. When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

3. His oath, His covenant, and blood
Support me in the whelming flood;
When every earthly prop gives way,
He then is all my Hope and Stay.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

4. When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found,
Clothed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne!
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

(Found here)

Reading Resolutions and Reading Lists

I love to make reading lists and goals. But I tend to not stick to the lists. So as people are posting their lists for the year of what they want to read, I’m toying with making a list myself. But do I want to make a list if I know I’m not likely to stick to it? Oh, the quandary! 🙂

So then I go back to the fact that just making the list is fun. Even if I don’t stick to it, it’s fun to go through my books and see what jumps out at me. And this year I am hoping to focus on reading my own books and getting the ever-growing pile to dwindle a bit. So I’m taking a break from doing book reviews and borrowing library books to concentrate on reading books that I already own.

Some books I’d like to tackle this year:
Finish Michael Horton’s Pilgrim Theology
Several of the Let’s Study series put out by Banner of Truth (currently reading 1 Timothy)
Alone with God: Rediscovering the Power and Passion of Prayer by John MacArthur
Bible Overview by Steve Levy
Escape from Reason by Francis Schaeffer
The Distinctiveness of Baptist Covenant Theology by Pascal Denault
Peacemaking Women by Tara Barthel
The Enemy Within by Kris Lundgaard
Faith Undone by Roger Oakland
When People Are Big and God Is Small by Edward Welch
Gospel-Centered Teaching by Trevin Wax
Beyond Seduction by Dave Hunt

Re-reads:
Housewife Theologian by Aimee Byrd
The Discipline of Grace by Jerry Bridges