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I’ve kept up with my reading goals for the last several months, and so far I’ve enjoyed all of the books on my list, although not quite as much as the first two from January.

In February I finished two books by Francis Chan that have been on my to-read list for a long time.  I’m glad I finally took the time to sit down with them, because they were both well worth my time.

Crazy Love  – this book is very challenging (in a good way) about how we view God, and what our response is, and should be, to His love for us.  416NEJwgliL._AA160_
Erasing Hell – another thought-provoking book about how we often view hell as opposed to the Biblical basis of hell, and how our actions might change once we adopt a Biblical view.  Very sobering.41l0ZLI2EpL._SL160_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-dp,TopRight,12,-18_SH30_OU01_AA160_
My March picks were Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell and Still Waters by Phillip Keller.

Wives and Daughters was another longtime dust-collector on my shelf.  I always had good intentions about reading it, but it has consistently been pushed aside in favor of other choices.  It’s kind of a relief to finally have conquered all 700+ pages.  I doubt I will ever read it again, but I did enjoy it the first time through.  I found it to be a little tedious, and some of the characters were downright annoying, but it was so well-written that those annoyances were easily overlooked.  Personally, I didn’t mind that it didn’t have a real conclusion; the idea of the ending being left more or less up to the imagination of the reader was kind of nice (although I do realize that wasn’t planned).  9781411433526_p0_v1_s260x420Still Waters is a short, descriptive book from a man who escaped the business of modern times and moved to a secluded lake somewhere in the mountains of Canada.  I loved it.  It was not an exciting book, but his descriptions were beautiful, calming, and drew me into his peaceful lifestyle. I was reminded a little of Annie Dillard, which reminds me that I need to re-read Pilgrim at Tinker Creek.  61ogOalsdVL._AA160_

The girls and I are on the last book in the Little House on the Prairie series, and are a little sad to see it go, but also excited to move on to something new.
I love how setting goals has helped motivate me to read consistently again. I’ve even squeezed in a few extra books here and there, and have thoroughly enjoyed that feeling of getting lost in the pages of a great story again.

How about you? Read anything great lately? If so, please share! I’m always on the lookout for another title to add to my to-be-read pile.

My list for the year can be found here.