November Reads – 2018

I feel like my reading life is typically put on hold this time of year as things get busy with work and the holidays. But don’t worry, things always pick up over Christmas break! One of my favorite things about winter is curling up by a blazing fire with a warm blanket, steaming mug of tea, and a thick book.


1. The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore (audiobook)

This is the fascinating, true story of the women who worked painting dials with radium paint during the early 20th century. They would leave work literally glowing from the radium powder. They loved their work and were admired by their peers. It wasn’t until years later that many of them began to suffer aches and painful deaths. Doctors could not give them an accurate diagnosis or find a way to ease their symptoms. If you feel squeamish with oral surgery or bone decay, this books is not for you! I found myself wincing many times as I listened to what these women suffered, but I believe their story of pain and perseverance deserves to be told.

Although I would recommend this book, I would not necessarily recommend the audiobook. The narrator’s voice was annoying at times, especially when I could hear her audibly swallowing between sentences!


2. The Discipline of Grace: God’s Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges

I highly recommend this book! Bridges does a wonderful job of explaining through scripture the intertwining of God’s work of grace in our lives along with our own responsibility to live holy lives.


3. The Bible (ESV)

My pastor recently challenged our church family to read the Bible in 90 days. I thought this sounded impossible, especially since I’ve struggled to complete reading the Bible in 1 year before. I used the YouVersion Bible app plan for reading the Bible in 90 days and really enjoyed listening to the passages while getting ready in the morning. Reading the whole Bible in such a short time span helped me see some of the themes and big picture. It was a nice change of pace from studying one book in depth.

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