Changing me by changing what I read – My Reading List

I’m a struggling artist, if I define struggling as “someone who intentionally doesn’t do something” and artist as “a writer that never actually spends any time writing.”  I’m trying to write contemporary romantic fiction right now (with an honorable hero and a tenacious heroine), but I find that the story in my head keeps getting drowned out by all the other romance novels I’m reading. And, even worse, I find that I avoid writing for the sake of curling up with my Kindle.

That’s going to change. Now.  

I returned all the romance novels I had checked out from the library, and, since not reading is completely, totally, never a plausible option, I’m loading my Kindle up with non-fiction.  Time to expand my brain, quiet the stories written by other people that are in my head so that my own characters can blossom, and then get to work.

So what’s loaded onto my Kindle, ready for reading these next few weeks?

91q5GMxDMHL._SL1500_  The God We Can Know: Exploring the “I Am” Sayings of Jesus by Rob Fuquay. (For total disclosure, Rob is my former pastor.  He’s the senior pastor at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, which is the church that holds a huge spot in my heart. Rob, like Dr. Kent  Millard before him, is a truly gifted pastor and St. Luke’s is blessed to have him at the helm.)


 Greenhorns: 50 Dispatches from the New Farmers Movement edited by Zoe Ida Bradbury




41rPAGJA+lLThe Prayers and Personal Devotions of Mother Angelica by Raymond Arroyo





Hello, Everybody! The Dawn of American Radio by Anthony Rudel





Cold Antler Farm by Jenna Woginrich




Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West by Stephen Ambrose. (I’ve technically already read this book, but it was 12 years ago and was when I was taking a graduate level class on Lewis and Clark and this was one of the books we used. Time to delve in for pleasure this time!)


Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand




Spiritual Simplicity: Doing Less, Loving More by Chip Ingram. (Love his radio broadcast, Living on the Edge!)



Living More With Less: 30th Anniversary Edition by Doris Janzen Longacre




Letters of a Woman Homesteader by Elinore Pruitt Stewart




Footprints on the Ceiling by Dorcas Smucker




And I’ll round out my reading with my weekly print edition of The Budget, the newspaper designed for Amish and Mennonite communities to share information with one another. I get the paper every week and absolutely love it! I can get lost for hours reading the letters from the scribes living in various Plain communities throughout North America and other parts of the world.

Now, my biggest challenge is figuring out where to start!


3 thoughts on “Changing me by changing what I read – My Reading List

  1. I just read The Boys in the Boat, very inspiring and of course I loved the Seattle setting. Then biographies: The Collector: David Douglas and the Natural History of the Northwest. Mapmaker’s Eye: David Thompson on the Columbia Plateau. Kit Carson: The Life of an American Border Man.

  2. Even though I enjoy good novels, I find that I read almost entirely nonfiction. That looks like a fine reading list to me. I’m familiar with some of the books you chose, but haven’t read any of them. Living More With Less is on our coffee table right now though, as my wife is reading it.

    Enjoy your reading (and your writing)!

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