Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Who's In?

I found this vintage poster which gave me a great idea to promote in March. If you can narrow it down, choose one or two books that you've always meant to read. I think I'm going to go for my books about books: How to Read a Book by Mortimer Adler and A Gentle Madness by Nicholas A. Basbanes.

If you need a suggestion, how about reading the Puritans? Timmy Brister, blogger extraordinare, and one of the best customers at my bookstore (after Dr. Mohler, of course) has developed a Puritan Reading Challenge. Complete with prizes and discussion, you read one Puritan Paperback a month. I'm a little late in the game to post about it, but I'm sure you can still hop on the moving train. I'll ask him next time he comes in for an enormous stack of books. Building that theological library.

Whether you decide to take up my March reading challenge -- to read something you've been meaning to read -- or to take up the Puritan reading challenge, please give me a halla back to let me know you are in on it!

Now let me see if I can cook up some sort of prize. . .


GloryandGrace said...

I guess someone didn't have to go to work today! And that WOULDN'T be me :)

Umm...books in to read in March that I haven't read before...Well, it will be the middle of the semester...I'll be reading books for class...I really want to read The Count of Monte Cristo all the way through finally, but I think that would be pure insanity on my part. So my choices are either When I Don't Desire God by Piper, or Idols of the Heart by Fitzpatrick, which I don't own yet but hope to in early March!

Sarah said...

I want to read "Knowing God" by J.I. Packer and "Teach Them Diligently" by Lou Priolo. And this is just the sort of challenge that I needed! Otherwise I will never get through them. :-) Thanks, Gret!

MadMup said...

I was going to be a smart aleck and say "The Fountainhead" by Ayn Rand, but I'm actually going to sign up for "The Odyssey" by Homer. I've been meaning to read that one for years.

I've actually been reading more this year than normal, so this shouldn't be too hard -- I just need to find where my copy of that book disappeared to...

Timmy Brister said...


Timmy Brister . . . one of the best customers at my bookstore (after Dr. Mohler, of course) has developed a Puritan Reading Challenge.

Gretchen, you mean I am competition for Dr. Mohler with the purchase of books? My wife and Mrs. Mohler need to have a talk! But seriously, thanks for plugging the challenge. Tomorrow I am announcing the February book giveaway, and Friday I am interviewing Stephen Yuille, author of Inner Sanctum of Puritan Piety which is slated to be posted early next week.

Of course, it is never too late to join. We are now around 250 online with more joining almost on a daily basis. It would be great to have a solid group from Southern in it (right now I know of about 5).

Anyway, I will try to hide behind a large stack of books next time I come in the store. BTW, is there any prize for being your top customer? :)

Name: Karen said...

Reading....for March.

Uncle Toms Cabin secular

Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins we Tolerate By Jerry Bridges

James and Christen said...

My March book will be, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey.

A different genre for me but I feel the need for organization and motivation in my life! (This book is also on my reading list for the year.)

I am just finishing "The Pursuit of God" by A.W. Tozer and I would HIGHLY recommend it to everyone. It is a pretty short book, easy to read and VERY challenging for the Christian walk.

Cute poster by the way!!:)

Anonymous said...

Hey Gret!

I'm in! It sure has been a long time since we've caught up. I plan to read "The Five Love Languages of Children". A good friend of mine gave it to me right before she moved away;).

I would like to get one more in by the end of the month, but I'm pretty sure with my schedule right now that is not very realistic:).

What a cool challenge-you're so smart!

Staci Wright

Rebecca said...

Gretchen (Or Anna if you're reading) please email me Anna's email. Thanks!!!!!!!
Oh, and for March, I'm hoping to read the 360 Degree Leader by John Maxwell.

Donette said...

How appropriate! I just checked out my FIRST Jane Austen book (shameful, I know, but I have seen a handful of the movies) and I just borrowed Prince Caspian from my friend. I have decided to finish the Chronicles this year and do some "classic" reading, also.

And for my sanctification, as soon as I'm done with Mere Christianity, I'm doing Respectable Sins by Bridges, too!

Gretchen said...

Woo! Good to hear all the feedback! Please state FOR SURE what you want to read next month, so we can see if you can meet the challenge. I'll put all the victor's names in a hat and draw out a winner. (Still working on prize).

Timmy -- um, you didn't KNOW you were a top customer? Ha ha! Your wife could start a support group with Mrs. Mohler. I'm trying to ensure we have all the PPB on hand here at the store in case someone becomes a last minute sign-up. As you tend to do, please promote our local as a purchase option. :)

Brenna said...

Okay, this is seriously my new favorite blog - a blog about books! Yea! I will definitely take up your March challenge. What do I need to do?

I see you're reading Ted Tripp's book. It's absolutely wonderful; I got so much out of it. I have read so many books on parenting, and I have to say, this one is at the top of my list. The Excellent Wife is also a good read. I read it last year and really enjoyed it.

Can't to visit this blog tomorrow!

Donette said...

I'll probably finish the Northanger Abbey book before then, so put me down for "Prince Caspian" by Lewis. If I'm going to do this, that means I need to hurry up on the Austen book! I'm off to read right now!

Anonymous said...

I have Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis sitting on my dresser and Sold by Patricia McCormick in a stack of books in my computer room. I'll try to read both by March.