Conversations: Edition Fifteen


Continuing our weekly conversations...

The deal: Each Thursday, we announce a question of the week. We seek to ask questions that spark interesting conversations, whether it simply be about books, traditions, spiritual disciplines, more theological matters, or anything related to life in general. You can join in our conversations two ways:

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This week's question...

Here at Bloom!, you'll find us avid readers (and writers!). We love the written word and have many books on our 2011 reading list. That being the case, we are curious - what are some of the books on your list? Feel free to recommend past reads, as well!


  1. I am a little sad, because you've asked roughly the same question in December:

    Exams, eh? :|

    Once I am finished reading Purpose For The Pain, I will start Blue Like Jazz. Actually, I want to finish reading PFTP before BLJ arrives in my mailbox! :)

  2. A few on my reading list for 2011:

    ~ Sounding Forth the Trumpet by Manuel and Marshall

    ~ Crazy Love by Francis Chan

    ~ The Heavenly Man by Brother Yun and Paul Hattaway

    ~ Into the Den of Infidels ed. by Lynn Copeland

    P.S. And Alex, it's really not the same question, becuase this time we're asking about new books on your list for 2011 and recommendations. :)

  3. so, with me being a bookworm, my list is pretty big.
    (and growing)

    i have a few Terri Blackstocks (Evidence of Mercy, Double Minds, #1 and #2 or the Restoration Novels)
    a Bryan Davis series of three , Don Brown's Black Sea Affair, Ted Dekker's Kiss and Obssesed (and anything else Ted Dekker i can get my hands on)

    so far... :P

    i'd recommend the Circle Series (by Ted Dekker) to anyone in the mood for a fiction with a touch of reality fantasy series, and The Bride Collector and Boneman's Daughters for gripping murder mystery fun .

    also, Predator by Terri Blackstock for some more murder suspense


  4. My reading list for this year is very much school-inspired:

    Music, Language, and the Brain by Aniruddh Patel

    Right Hand, Left Hand by Chris McManus

    But, I do have a couple non-research books on my must-read list for this year:

    The writings of St. Francis of Assisi

    Confessions by St. Augustine (again!)

    I am also going to try to read all of Elisabeth Elliot's books before the end of the year.

  5. Perelandra by C. S. Lewis

    Surprised by Joy by C. S. Lewis

    The God of All Comfort by Hannah Whiteall

    Discipline: The Glad Surrender by Elisabeth Elliot

    to name a few. :)

  6. for starters:

    ~Keep a Quiet Heart by Elizabeth Elliot

    ~Crazy Love by Francis Chan

    ~Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

    ~The Postcard by Beverly Lewis

  7. Jen: Im also a huge Ted Dekker fan ;) I've already read Immanuel's Veins but I plan to read it many more times this year.
    I would also like to read:
    ~The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    ~Dug Down Deep and Boy Meets Girl by Joshua Harris
    ~The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis
    ~Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carol - HeHe ;)
    ~Start Here by Alix and Brett Harris
    Finish ~Respectable Sins by Jerry Bridges
    And the alternative ending to
    ~Green by Ted Dekker
    Hopefully more:)

  8. Oh, boy! I made my 2011 reading list the other day, and it's quite extensive. I'm finishing I Kissed Dating Goodby by Joshua Harris right now, then I'm on to Changed Into His Image by Jim Berg. After that, finishing Respectable Sins by Jerry Bridges. Then:
    ~Passion & Purity by Elisabeth Elliot
    ~Shopping for Time by Caroline Mahaney
    ~Wrestling Prayer by Eric Ludy
    ~Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God by John Piper
    ~The Teenage Years of Jesus Christ by Jerry Ross
    ~The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    ~When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert
    ~Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth by Richard Foster

    That's about half my list, and I'll include a few fiction books and classic literature novels in the mix along the way also, of course! Hopefully I'll finally get around to finishing Jane Eyre...

  9. I have so many books planned for 2011; where do I start??

    -How to Keep Your Inner Mess from Trashing Your Outer World by Bill Giovannetti

    -Heaven & If God is Good by Randy Alcorn

    -Wrestling Prayer by Eric & Leslie Ludy

    -The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society

    -Sun Stand Still by Steven Furtick

    -Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

    Right now I'm wrapping up Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis and One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp–both of which are excellent. I'm also rereading Streams in the Desert this year, which is one of the greatest devotionals ever written!

    Recently I finished A Praying Life by Paul Miller, which was amazing. I also read The Devil in Pew Number Seven last year, which was an incredible memoir. I also read Crazy Love and Forgotten God by Francis Chan. I loved the latter, but wasn't wild about the former.

    I read a lot of the Mitford Series and the Father Tim Series by Jan Karon last year, which are beautiful. This year I'm planning on trying out the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency Series by Alexander McCall Smith and The Yada Yada Prayer Group series by Neta Jackson.

    Such wonderful books!


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