Here are my reads for the year, starting with my top 5 picks. If you wrote a list of the books you read this year, please feel free to link to it in the comments below. (My list doesn’t include my Bible reading, CM’s 6 volumes, or the books I read in our school. )
1. Charlotte Mason: ‘a pioneer of sane education’ by Marian Wallace Ney
“Marian Wallace Ney (1923-1991) produced a manuscript on the work of Charlotte Mason which went into storage. A librarian, Victoria Waters discovered the work and felt it was a significant contribution to the literature.” Thank you, Victoria! In this book, Ney compares Mason with Dewey, Piaget, and other 20th century educational figures. Very interesting and helpful.
2. The Time Mom Met Hitler, Frost Came to Dinner, and I Heard the Greatest Story Ever Told by Dikkon Eberhart
I so enjoy memoirs and this one didn’t disappoint. The people he met, the Minnesota connections, and where he ends up is a story worth telling.
3. In the Land of the Blue Burqas by Kate McCord
This helped me understand how our Western way of talking about faith doesn’t work well in the Middle East. Her thoughtful approach to a people group she loves, and a people group we all should love, is timely and daring. I may have my high schoolers read this one.
4. Anne of Ingleside by Lucy Maud Montgomery
What’s better than reading stories about Anne as a mother in a lovely, old home?
5. Simply Good News by N.T. Wright
Simple, but brilliant. Explaining the Lord’s Prayer by highlighting it in reverse order helped me think through it afresh. I need that.
Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry
Walking With Kathleen Norris: A Contemplative Journey by Robert Waldron
Transforming Leadership by Leighton Ford
Over the Earth I Come: The Great Sioux Uprising of 1862 by Duane Schultz
Simply Good News by N.T. Wright
William Blake by James Daugherty
Holman Hunt and The Light of the World by Jeremy Maas
Anne of the Island by Lucy Maud Montgomery
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
The Fragrance of God by Vigen Guiron
Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis
How Dante Can Save Your Life by Rod Dreher
Minds More Awake – The Vision of Charlotte Mason by Anne E. White
The time Mom met Hitler, Frost came to dinner, and I heard the Greatest Story ever told by Dikkon Eberhart
Amy Carmichael “Beauty for Ashes” by Iain H. Murray
In The Land of Blue Burqas by Kate McCord
Anne’s House of Dreams by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Charlotte Mason: ‘a pioneer of sane education’ by Marian Wallace Ney
At BBC Corner I remember Amy Carmichael by Margaret Wilkinson
Anne of Ingleside by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Rainbow Valley by Lucy Maud Montgomery