October Reads

8 Nov

A few of my reads for October.

With the holidays fast approaching I find myself spending less time reading actual books and more time browsing through sewing and craft books as this book list shows.  🙂   

Putting Food By: by Janet Greene- I had a great time skimming through this book on preserving food.  Over the past month or so I have made some jelly, applesauce, canned apples, and apple butter.  This book was great but not one that I would actually sit down and read cover to cover.  It contains lots of canning recipes and is really more of a reference.  Since my mom does own it, I will probably skim through it every year or reference as needed.   

Crisis of Caring by Jerry Bridges- I have never been disappointed by any of Jerry Bridge’s writings.  He has challenged me deeply and helped me to look at an aspect of my Christian walk in a different life.  This book does not disappoint.  It does an excellent job of discussing what true Biblical Fellowship really looks like.  My small group at church has really been thinking through what true fellowship looks like over the past couple of months.  Far too often Christians think that fellowship involves just talking with another Christian or going to a potluck.  True biblical fellowship is so much more.  I strongly recommend this book for any believer who desires to experience Christian fellowship in their life.

The Hidden Art of Homemaking by Edith Schaeffer- This book is so adorable and yet challenging in many ways.  I have heard it said that just as many people were won to Christ by Mrs. Schaeffer’s cinnamon rolls as by Mr. Schaeffer’s sermon.  After reading this book I was so inspired at how God has indeed used Mrs. Schaeffer’s life and home for His glory.  (The Schaeffer’s founded a wonderful ministry called L’Abri in Europe.)  As I read her book I felt as though I had found a wise, godly women’s feet to sit at and learn.  Throughout the book I felt encouraged in my walk with the Lord and spurred on to greater creativity in making my home a place to serve God.

Created for Commitment by Wetherell Johnson-This book tells the remarkable story of the life of Wetherell Johnson the founder of Bible Study Fellowship.  I have only been a part of BSF for a few months but already it has been an incredible blessing in my life.  As I read through the book it was wonderful to read how God mightily used her.  What began as a Bible Study for 5 young ladies years ago has morphed today into a Bible Study organization which has thousands upon thousands of people involved.  To find out more about BSF in your area click here.

Sew Up a Home Makeover by Lexie Barnes: I found myself bookmarking page after page of ideas in this book to work on after Christmas.  The book is very thorough and includes ideas for updating every room of your house.  Instructions on how to sew a slip cover for your couch are also included which I personally found intriguing.  (Please note that this is not exactly a beginning sewing book.  There are instructions included but I think a beginning seamstress might have a little difficulty with the lack of sewing diagrams.)  Hopefully I will have a chance to sew up a sewing machine cover in the next month of so.  The book makes it look so simple I can’t believe I have yet to make one.

Stitch by Stitch by Deborah Moebes.  This attractive sewing book is perfect for the beginning sewer but even as an experienced seamstress I found myself learning a couple of things.  It is packed full of instructions, photos, and explanations.  It includes 11 fun projects which each build on the skills of the one before.  All of the patterns are included on a CD which means that you can request this book from your local library like I did.  🙂  I didn’t actually make any of the projects in the book since Elijah has had a bad ear infection the last 2 weeks but they look great.

I’m always looking for great book suggestions.  Do you have a favorite book to recommend? 

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