Christmas in July

On my hands and knees, I search my bookshelf with the book-light from my nightstand. The shelves are stacked two-books deep. Thus, my search requires removing the ones in front to peek at the concealed titles that lie behind them. But Jeff is asleep, and I’m trying not to wake him.

No such luck.

A few books tumble to the floor. The carpet pads their landing, but Jeff is a light sleeper. He sits up and asks in his tired, staccato voice, “What are you doing?”

“I’m looking for a book.”

He turns over and mumbles, “We need the Dewey Decimal System around here.”

Even half-asleep he makes me laugh. And he’s right. I need a better system for storing my books.

At the moment, I am trying to locate a book that I’m certain I’ve had before. But maybe I loaned it out and never received it back? Before placing my next order with amazon, I need to be sure.

Last week I was given a generous gift card for To be quite honest, I can’t remember the last time I had this much fun. Seriously. I’d rather shop for books than shoes any day.

At any given time, I have a running wish list in my mind. So with gift card in hand, I peruse the online aisles of amazon.

Oh, the choices. Oh, the possibilities. Oh, the fun.

Whenever I read a book, I notice whenever another author is quoted or mentioned. And when that same author keeps cropping up in other books I’m reading, then I know it’s time to look into this new author. So my list of books-to-buy grows steadily.

Of course, these “new” authors are not new at all. They’re only new to me. This week I am ordering a small collection of books by some of the greatest thinkers/writers in both classical and contemporary Christian thought.

Here are a few of the treasures I anticipate landing on my doorstep soon:

  • The Pursuit of God by A.W Tozer
  • The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence
  • The Imitation of Christ by Thomas A’Kempis
  • The Writings of St. Francis of Assisi by St. Francis of Assisi
  • Dark Night of the Soul by St. John of the Cross
  • Purity of Heart Is to Will One Thing by Soren Kierkegaard
  • The Christian’s Secret to a Happy Life by Hanna Whitall Smith
  • Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
  • Interior Castle by St. Teresa of Avila
  • God in the Dock by C.S. Lewis
  • The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck
  • Devotional Classics by Richard Foster
  • Freedom of Simplicity by Richard Foster

The next morning, Jeff inquires, “Did you find the one you were looking for?”


“Which one is it?”

I tell him. Then he bends down low and reaches underneath our bed. And he pulls out the one I want! He’s amazing. And he’s right. We need the Dewey Decimal System around here, complete with a card catalog.

Have you read any of the books listed here? What were your thoughts?
What are some of the books that have most changed you?


5 thoughts on “Christmas in July

  1. Pingback: Hidden Heroes {Silver Edition} | Denise J. Hughes

  2. Marsha: Giving in to the intrigue … yes, that IS a the challenge! One I face daily in the light of my other responsibilities.

    Paula: I can relate. My own next-to-read stack continues to shift around too! 🙂

    Gina: Thanks! I too have far too many books that don't seem to “make it” to the top of my reading list. Hmmm, I believe you are right about prioritization! 🙂

  3. I own over half of the books on your list – but sadly, I don't know if I've read any of them cover to cover. I really need to prioritize my reading better!

    And I can totally relate to the joys of a Amazon gift card AND the need for the Dewey Decimal system!

    Just found your blog and having a blast reading through your old posts!

  4. I have half of the titles in my own personal library (which also needs a Dewey Decimal System!) in a special stack of books-to-read next! Other books keep pushing in front of them and this inspires me to make them more of a priority. Thanks!

  5. Oh, dear me, I have read about six of the titles you listed above, and loved each and every one of them. The others intrigue me, too, and I dare not give in to the intrigue just now as I have too much unfinished work to do. 🙂

    But one day soon ….. 🙂 LOVED the Dewey Decimal System comments. 🙂 You two are a hoot.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s