Saturday, May 27, 2006

Getting Started with Summer Reading

I wanted to start a blog so I could be cool like everyone else! My husband started his blog almost a year ago, so I have a lot of catching up to do.

I hope some of my friends will post on my blog about books they are reading, and take some of the suggestions I give about books! I feel like I read 24/7, hence the name of my blog!

Right now, I am in the middle of an excellent Elisabeth Elliot (favorite author!) book called Secure in the Everlasting Arms. It is devotional in nature, and if you have read Elliot at all, you can appreciate the gentle yet profound wording in her unique stories. I especially appreciate the eloquent prayers from persons in history that she ends many of her short chapters with. Here is one that just jumped out at me, it was so beautiful! I hope you will pray this also!

Lord, I know not what I ought to ask of Thee; Thous only knowest what I need; Thou lovest me better than I know how to love myself. O Father! Give to Thy child that which he himself knows not how to ask. I dare not ask either for crosses or consolations; I simply present myself before Thee, I open my heart to Thee. Behold my needs which I know not myself; see and do according to Thy tender mercy. Smite or heal; depress me or raise me up; I adore all Thy purposes without knowing them; I am silent; I offer myself in sacrifice; I yeild myself to Thee; I would have no other desire than to accomplish Thy will. Teach me to pray. Pray Thyself in me. Amen.

On a lighter note, here are the absolute BEST children's books for you to read this summer. Yes, you, grown-up person! The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall and Gone-Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright. Be a kid and read something really fun! Please post if you read these and love them as much as I do!

5 comments:

Sarah said...

Gretchen, I am so glad you are in the blogosphere!! Now we can keep in touch! I have been trying to get a hold of you guys....I was gonna try to visit you while Josh was gone, but you lost out--I am going to G-knee's. :-) Another time, I guess....

Gretchen said...

AW! Too bad! Thanks for being my first post ever!

Sarah said...

You're welcome--I know how fun it is to see comments on your post.:-)
Are you still working at the book store?

G-Knee said...

Gretchen - GREAT BLOG! I'm so glad to see you posted on mine...I didn't even realize it until I was scrolling through and old post. Hope life is going well...post come pics...I want to see what you are wearing these days! :)

Gretchen said...

G-Knee: HA HA! Nothing too exciting, I've tamed down alot! Josh won't let me post pics yet, because he is all scared about that, but I'm working on it!

Sarah: When will you be down this way? Maybe I can come over and meet up wit' you and G-Knee? It's not too far!