Friday, October 7, 2011

31 Days: Fighting Consumerism Part 2

As someone who is prone to consumerism, another way I’ve decided to fight this leaning is to create a reading list. Sounds simple right? Well it is but it has made a world of difference. Previously I would have 5+ books on my nightstand none of which I would ever finish. I would constantly be receiving book deliveries from the library that would clutter my house. Worse yet I could never return them on time and received numerous late fees. When I received a Kindle for my birthday things got worse. There were so many books I could get for free, many that I never intended to read. Oh, and the glorious book samples were a paradise for someone with Input in their top five strengths.

So I created my reading list with goals. My goal is to read one fiction book and one nonfiction book per month. Below is my list so far:

The Cause Within You by Matthew Barnett (finish)

Something Beautiful for God by Malcolm Muggeridge (finish)

Counterfeit Gods by Tim Keller

Feminine Appeal by Carolyn Mahaney

Just Walk Across the Room by Bill Hybels

Made to Crave by Lysa Terkeurst

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Black/Red/White all by Ted Dekker

One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp (finish)
I’m obviously low on the fiction side and I would like to have a list for an entire year but this is a great start.

What’s on your reading list? Am I missing any must-reads?


  1. I definitely identify with book gluttony! I have a horrible time.

  2. Book gluttony is such accurate teminology. It is comforting to know I'm not alone.

  3. Currently reading- Crazy Love by Francis Chan- love him and always am spurred on by his words

    On my list- Desiring God by John Piper, The Kitchen House (historical fiction- one you might want to put on your list after you finish The Help), and a few small group books that you recommended!

  4. Practicing the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence. Most influencial book in my life over the last 10 years (and my book stack keeps falling off my nightstand). Read it. Practice it and it'll change your life: How to be "with" God.

    Life Together by D. Bonhoffer. I kept hearing his name and finally read something by him. Wow.