What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow. ~ Martin Luther

Monday, January 12, 2009

My Book List~ 2009

So often I find or hear about books worth reading and make a mental note of them, only to forget about them when it counts! Enough already! I've learned from my mistakes~and so, I've decided to write all the books I discover and hope to read this year in ONE particular spot. I'll post a link to this blog in my sidebar, for easy access.

And while I'm at it, I'll record what books I have read. Since I've never done anything like this before, I wonder how many books I'll get through by years end?

PS. Obviously this will not include the hundreds of childrens' books I go through a month... :-)

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Books I've read thus far:


  • The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
  • Financial Peace, Revisited by Dave Ramsey (though these two were technically read in December, I'm counting them!)
  • More than Enough by Dave Ramsey
  • Proverbs for Parenting by Barbara Decker
  • On The Way Home by Laura Ingalls Wilder

  • The Great Depression Dennis Nichi, Book Editor
  • The self-sufficient life and how to live it : the complete back-to-basics guide by John Seymour
  • L'Abri by Edith Schaeffer
  • The encyclopedia of country living by Carla Emery (not word for word)
  • Root cellaring : natural cold storage of fruits & vegetables by Mike Bubel **
  • The How and Why of Homeschooling by Ray Ballmann
  • The Vegetable Gardener's Handbook by Edward C. Smith **
  • From the Potting Shed by Stephanie Donaldson
  • The Summer Book by Susan Branch
  • Lois Burpee's Gardener's Companion and Cookbook by Lois Burpee **
  • Carrots love Tomatoes and Roses love Garlic byLouise Riotte
  • Amy Butler's little stitches for little ones : 20 keepsake sewing projects for baby and mom by Butler, Amy.
  • The Barefoot Contessa cookbook by Ina Garten
  • American country living : canning and preserving : techniques, recipes, uses, and more by Linda Ferrari
  • The Seasonal Hearth by Hechtlinger, Adelaide
  • Bend the Rules Sewing by Amy Karol
  • Mrs. Dunwoody's excellent instructions for homekeeping : timeless wisdom and practical advice by Mrs. Dunwoody
  • Simple Gifts to Stitch: 30 Elegant and Easy Projects (Paperback)
    by Jocelyn Worrall
  • Baby Gifts: Simple Heirlooms to Make and Give by Ethel Brennan and Laurie Frankel
  • Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression by Mildred Armstrong Kalish
  • Sew Pretty Homestyle by Tone Finnanger
*Oops. I forgot to update during July, August, and September (though I didn't read much because of all the gardening/canning chores.) Here are a few that I recall:

  • Barnyard in Your Backyard: A Beginner's Gui... by Gail Damerow
  • Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners by Suzanne Ashworth
  • Seams to Me: 24 New Reasons to Love Sewing by Anna Maria Horner
  • The Gentle Art of Domesticity: Stitching, Baking, Nature, Art & the Comforts of Home by Jane Brocket
  • Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens: by Gail Damerow
  • Easy Homeschooling Companion: Exhortation, Encouragement and More Easy Ideas by Lorraine Curry


  • Teach Anyone to Read: The No-nonsense Guide by Ph.D. Lillie Pope (this had helpful charts in the back)
  • Get Ready to Read: A Practical Guide for Teaching Young Children at Home and in School by Toni S. Gould and Jo Fahrenkopf (I didn't find this helpful at all.)

  • Mommy, Teach Me to Read by Barbara Curtis *
  • The New Answers Book by Ken Ham *
  • A Different Kind of Teacher by John Taylor Gatto *
  • Sew Pretty Christmas Homestyle (*pretty berets)
  • Stitched in time : memory-keeping projects to sew and share from the creator of Posie gets cozy by Paulson, Alicia.
  • Sew darn cute : 30 sweet & simple projects to sew & embellish by Ryan, Jenny
  • The New Answers Book by Ken Ham
  • The Moment it Clicks by Joe McNally
  • Last Minute Christmas Gifts by Carol Taylor

Books I'd like to read (in 2009 and beyond!)

Bread & Butter Journey by Ann Colver
A different Kind of Teacher by John Taylor Gatto
The Spirit of Loveliness by Emilie Barnes
Stone Crossings: Finding Grace in Hard and Hidden Places by L. L. Barkat
The Hidden Art of Homemaking by Edith Schaeffer
Rad­i­cal Wom­an­hood: Fem­i­nine Faith in a Fem­i­nist World by Car­olyn McCulley
Home-making by J. R. Miller
The Ministry of Motherhood: Following Christ's Example in Reaching the Hearts of Our Children by Sally Clarkson
For the Family's Sake: The Value of Home in Everyone's Life by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay
For the Children's Sake: Foundations of Education for Home and School by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay
Autobiography of George Muller by, you guessed it: George Muller
Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate by Jerry Bridges
Love & Respect: The Love She Most Desires; The Respect He Desperately Needs by Emerson Eggerichs
Blessed Are the Hungry by Peter J. Leithart
Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning by Douglas Wilson
Paedofaith by Rich Lusk
Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois
BALL Complete Book of Home Preserving by Judi Kingry
No Ordinary Home: The Uncommon Art of Christ-Centered Homemaking by Carol Brazo
The Family by J. R. Miller
So Much More by Anna Sofia Botkin; Elizabeth Botkin
Keeping Good Company: A Season-by-Season Collection of Recipes, with Entertaining and Homemaking Ideas by Roxie kelley and friends and Shelly Reeves Smith
The Orchard: A Memoir by Adele Crockett Robertson
The Laurel's Kitchen Bread Book: A Guide to Whole-Grain Breadmaking by Laurel Robertson
Emergency Food Storage in a Nutshell by Leslie Probert and Lisa Harkness
My Mother's Garden by Penelope Hobhouse
No Ordinary Home: The Uncommon Art of Christ Centered Homemaking by Carol Brazzo.


Bonnie said...

Ooh, I'm going to look for some of these!
FYI- The Hidden Art of Homemaking is a bit dry in places, and not quite what I was looking for, and the Self Sufficient one I believe is one that B. has, and was not quite what he expected. More living off solar power, etc. But don't quote me on that. I'm not certain its the same book, and the Schaffer one is just my opinion.

A BEAUTIFULY written one is The Spirit of Loveliness by Emilie Barnes. I swiped my moms and its my hide-in-the-bathroom-for-a-few-minutes-of-peace book.
Chock full of good stuff from welcoming, to becoming a Godly woman, to decorating, to having a party. Love it.

Rebecca said...

ooooh! THANKS Bonnie!

Book recommendations are likeunto Christmas presents around here and THAT one sounds like a doozy! Thanks for sharing it!

Jerelene said...

Thank You so Very Much for Sharing!! The poor librarian won't be happy when she sees me!! Thanks Again!! Jerelene

abigail said...

Did you get the book on root cellars from the library? We plan to dig one, Lord willing, this spring or fall. John bought a how-to article for our Someday back when we lived in Greene, and I can't find it for the life of me! (Which is SO odd, considering how tidy and uncluttered our home is...ahem.)

Also, just because I thought of it when reading your list, John visited a L'Abri community when he lived in London. One of our friends lived there for a time, and he was visiting her. I was pretty interested in his written account of his very short time there, and I'll be interested in your thoughts after reading her book, too!

If you post follow-up thoughts after reading these books, that is, which I certainly hope you do.

Father's Grace Ministries said...

Ifound The Autobiography of George Mueller" soooooo inspiring!!! We ended up getting a few books on him.