Thursday, July 08, 2010

Just a little book talk

It is good to be reading again!  If you have ever had a sinus infection, you probably know how difficult it is to read (thus, there is no "Books Read in June" post).  I even had to shut the blinds in the family room to keep any light out when watching TV.  About all I could do was peruse previously read decorating books and magazines.

If one saw the coffee table in the living room before this morning, there was such a stack of books it looked like the famous tower of Pisa (and just as crooked).  However, having come to my senses about the reality of house and lawn and garden work... a few of the books were put back for a later time

I'm (finally) finishing Elizabeth George's Loving God With All Your Mind.  What an excellent book for where I am on my journey right now.  It's odd because I read this book long ago (it was written in the 1990s) but it felt brand new on this reading.  I highly recommend this book for anyone struggling with fear, intense trials, and keeping our thoughts in line with God's Word. 

When I finish this book, I plan to re-read Keep a Quiet Heart by Elisabeth Elliot.  It contains a number of her newsletter articles throughout the years and I've already read it a couple of times.  Having just come out of a lengthy illness, I need the peace it brings to my heart.

Thanks to those of you who ordered books and products through my Amazon widget, I was able to purchase Faith's birthday present and have it sent to her in time for her birthday.  I had just enough credit left over to order an inexpensive used copy of Betty Crocker's Kitchen Gardens, just a lovely book for one who has a small garden of vegetables and herbs.  The author gives the history of kitchen gardens, including the fact that every homemaker at one time had at least a small herb garden and grew a few vegetables even if they had a small house and yard.

I am about half way through the book and I've already gained a great deal of knowledge that I've used in my garden.  The book reads like I have an experienced friend teaching me the basics of growing (and using) herbs as well as the most popular vegetables grown in a kitchen garden.  The illustrations are by Tasha Tudor, including many black and white drawings and a few color pages.

As I read Kitchen Gardens, I was thinking how it would be a nice book for a homemaker- in- training to have on her bookshelf (as well as a grandmother or two).  :)

The book which caused the leaning tower spoken of earlier is Brides of Lancaster County by Wanda Brunstetter.  It contains all four books in this series!  I bought it last year when I saw it on clearance at Border's.  My husband was in the process of reading this series when we visited Lancaster County (wow, now two years ago... times passes so fast).

I had placed it on the shelves for such a time when I needed light reading.  Which is now.  I need a vacation and since I have neither the energy or the money for one right now, I am going to take a literary trip back to Pennsylvania.  By the way, if you have never been to Lancaster... it is wonderful.  So family friendly and one could gain lots of weight at all the well priced buffets... yum.

I'm hoping this heat and humidity breaks soon.  A friend had sent me a Starbucks' gift card quite awhile ago and I had hoarded it for a hot day when I needed a Venti Frappuccino.  That day came this week!


Mrs.Rabe said...

Thanks for your comment today on my blog - I can't believe that YOU read my blog! :)

That kitchen gardens book sounds interesting....I just love books and gardening and I love these kinds of chatty posts!

Brenda Leyland said...

Glad to hear you're on the other side feeling better. Glad, too, to hear you can enjoy your books again. It sounds like He's bringing you some treasures to help smooth your soul feathers.

Terra said...

How good you are recovered and able to read again. The Kitchen Garden books sounds like a great companion.

The Journey said...

I love Tasha Tutor. Gary Smalley has written 3 books with ---Kingbury, Walmart has them- I got one at our favorite store- Rememberance- and I can't wait to read the rest of them. My dd took it to read- I told her I couldn't put it down. I've got to get to the library and get more reading material but then I need to over haul my house too. I am dangerous when I get books. You are lucky if you get fed.

becka said...

Brenda, the book by Elizabeth George and the one you mentioned by Elizabeth Elliot are both on my favorites list! In fact, I recently listed re-reading Loving God with all Your Mind on a list of goals for the coming year. So glad you are feeling better and up to reading again.

Kelly said...

I hope that if you come to Lancaster County again sometime that we can meet face to face, for I live in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

I'm glad your sinus infection is finally clearing up. They are so miserable.

We, too, have been having extremely hot days this week.

Anonymous said...

Loving God with all Your Mind was revised a few years ago. I went to buy one for a friend and noted the new one mentioned some had been added to the book. Aren't her books so good. So many other bloggers are reading her books just now...I think I need to take mine out for another reread. Thankyou for mentioning others too. Sarah

Anonymous said...

Love the kitty updates too! Beth

Marie said...

I enjoy Wanda Brunstetter books. I do not know why I am drawn to books about the Amish people. I would love to be able to go to Lancaster.