Catching Fire

Well I have finished book 5 of the year, Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins.  It was such a good book.  If you enjoyed reading Harry Potter or Twilight, then I suggest that you read the Hunger Games series.  I am on to the final book of the serials Mockingjay.  If anyone wishes to speak to me, then you can probably find me in a corner absorbed in the book.

I think I forgot how much I loved to read after I went to college and didn’t have a whole lot of time to read.  I guess that’s what life post-graduation is all about.


The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

Well my love for reading and my new dedication to read 52 books this year.  I have now finished 3 books.  The one I finished this morning was The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis.  It was such a good book.  My mom read the first few books of the Narnia series to me when I was little, but I haven’t read them since, so 7 of my books this year are planned to be the Narnia series.  I have finished the first two and love them.  C.S. Lewis is one of my favorite authors and I can’t wait to pick up the next book in the series, but first I am going to read Kisses from Katie, by Katie Davis.

If anyone has any suggestions for books that I should read this year, feel free to let me know.

The Help

So I finished my second book of the year last night, The Help by Kathryn Stockett.  It was such a good book and I recommend it to anyone who likes to read, wants a good read, has or hasn’t seen the movie, or really anyone in general.  I am keeping up with my goal to read a book a week so far and am now starting on my third book, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis.


The Magician’s Nephew

I have officially finished my first book of 2012, The Magician’s Nephew, by C.S. Lewis, the first in the Chronicles of Narnia series.   It was such a good book and an easy read.  My mom read several of the Narnia books to me when I was younger, but I haven’t read them since then or since I became a Christian.  It is crazy how many little things I picked up on that point to Christ and biblical principles in this book and I know that will be true of the rest of the books in the series too.

Tomorrow I am starting my second book of the year, The Help, before I start part 2 of the Narnia series.  At this rate, maybe I will try to read a book a week, but I’m not going to get too ambitious at this point.  If you have any suggestions of books I should read, let me know.


This year I am going through My Utmost For His Highest, by Oswald Chambers and the lesson for the other day was on intimacy with Jesus or knowing Him.  So I started to ask myself, “Do I really know Him?”  Sometimes I think I do, but many times I feel like I don’t even though I deeply desire to really know Him.  There have been some rough patches and difficult things in my walk with the Lord, as happens with everyone at some point, but I have decided to make a change and work on following hard after Him.

I want the impact that I leave on the people I minister to and with this year to not be of me, but to be of Jesus.  I want to truly bear fruit here and not just meander along doing just want needs to be done.  Chambers states, “Fruit bearing is always mentioned as the manifestation of an intimate union with Jesus Christ,” he also says, “The saint who is intimate with Jesus will never leave impressions of himself, but only the impression that Jesus is having unhindered way, because the last abyss of his nature has been satisfied by Jesus.”

I want to Know Him and leave His impression on the places and the people I minister to. That is my prayer for this semester as I work with the students at Berea College, the people that come through the Gilmin Home, and the many other paths that I cross in day to day life.  I would love some encouragement and help on this journey of learning and getting to Know my Lord and Savior better.