Sunday, January 5, 2014

In With the New ~ A Fresh Theme (and a Book List)

I had a vision for my new year, 2014—my year of 40.

January 1st was to bring a wondrous unveiling of a magical new world here at Mt. Hope Chronicles.

Big dreams. Big plans. Couldn’t pull it off. For various reasons. (Partly this, but mostly this.)

Rather than allowing myself to be stymied by my default all-or-nothing mentality, I’m going to try a one-snowflake-at-a-time approach. And eventually the world will be transformed.

Consider this book list post the first snowflake.

Can you guess my theme for the new year?


::  A Million Little Ways: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live by Emily P. Freeman

::  Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art by Madeleine L'Engle (again)

::  Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott

::  Standing by Words: Essays by Wendell Berry

::  The Way of the Storyteller by Ruth Sawyer

::  The Mind of the Maker by Dorothy L. Sayers

::  A Circle of Quiet by Madeleine L'Engle

::  Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose by Flannery O'Connor

::  The Drama of Scripture: Finding Our Place in the Biblical Story by Bartholomew and Goheen (continued)

::  Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World by Tsh Oxenreider

::  A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: How I Learned to Live a Better Story by Donald Miller (again)

::  The In-Between: Embracing the Tension Between Now and the Next Big Thing by Jeff Goins

::  Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl: Wide-Eyed Wonder in God's Spoken World by N.D. Wilson

::  The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life by Os Guinness

::  The Complete Stories by Flannery O'Connor

::  Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry

::  Gilead: A Novel by Marilynne Robinson (again, possibly with Levi)

::  Peace Like a River by Leif Enger (again, possibly with Levi)

::  The Once and Future King by T.H. White

(With Levi)

::  The Story: Teen Edition: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People 

::  Watership Down: A Novel by Richard Adams

::  Fahrenheit 451: A Novel by Ray Bradbury

::  Looking for God in Harry Potter by John Granger

::  Harry Potter's Bookshelf: The Great Books behind the Hogwarts Adventures by John Granger

::  Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling (series)


Danielle said...

I've never read Flannery O'Connor but have always wanted to. I got "Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl" for Christmas and am looking forward to that.

Holly Heinz said...

I'm going to surmise that you'll be writing a book and that I'll buy 25 copies because you are my life coach and most wonderful inspiration :)

Anonymous said...

Heidi - this made me emotional to look at and read. (And many in that stack are well-loved favourites of mine! I wish I could discuss them with you!) If I can do anything to encourage you on your journey please let me know. You have been a rich encouragement to me!


Julie said...

I love seeing other people's book lists. Hope to read some of these this year.

Heather said...

I don't know what you're up to exactly, but as long as you are somewhere where I can keep up with you, I'll be happy!
P.S. I like your friend Holly's guess, that would be fun!

Heidi said...

Ha! Not writing a book. I cannot fathom what I'd write about. I'm still trying to find my vision. This year will be more learning about writing and practicing. I'm definitely not at the rhetoric stage yet. :) Thanks for the votes of confidence, though!!

Danielle said...

Theme: story?

Hannah said...

I'm reading A Million Little Ways right now and loving it! Wish we could discuss it over coffee.

And last year I read the whole HP series plus the John Granger book you have on your list, although I believe the newer edition is called "How Harry Cast His Spell." VERY interesting, and I think a must-read for Christians who want to look at the series in a deeper way and also struggle with questions about reading it.

Great list!