Betsy Childs Howard's Bookshelf

Books . Movies . Music . More
Betsy Childs Howard's Bookshelf
Betsy Childs Howard's Bookshelf
Books . Movies . Music . More

Betsy Childs Howard

Editor

My Current Favorites

Five books, movies, or songs influencing me now
Pride and Prejudice
Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen
WHY I LIKE IT
This is one of my all time favorites. My husband has never read it, so I'm reading it aloud to him while he does the dishes each evening:)
Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
by Hilary Mantel
WHY I LIKE IT
This historical novel gives a really interesting take on Thomas Cromwell, a key figure in the English Reformation. I'm enjoying it.
Living Sacrifice: Willing to be Whittled as an Arrow
Living Sacrifice: Willing to be Whittled as an Arrow
by Helen Roseveare
WHY I LIKE IT
I am trying to read everything Helen Roseveare ever wrote in preparation for giving a talk on her life at TGCW18.
Give me this Mountain (Biography)
Give me this Mountain (Biography)
by Helen Roseveare
WHY I LIKE IT
I am trying to read everything Helen Roseveare ever wrote in preparation for giving a talk on her life at TGCW18.
He gave us a Valley
He gave us a Valley
by Helen Roseveare
WHY I LIKE IT
I am trying to read everything Helen Roseveare ever wrote in preparation for giving a talk on her life at TGCW18.

My Essentials

My all-time favorite books, movies and music
Barchester Towers (Oxford World's Classics)
Barchester Towers (Oxford World's Classics)
by Anthony Trollope
WHY I LIKE IT
I'm a huge Trollope fan. I've read this before, but now my husband and I are reading it aloud. At the rate we are going, it will take years!
Brat Farrar
Brat Farrar
by Josephine Tey
WHY I LIKE IT
This was my first Joephine Tey mystery. It was well-written and thought provoking, something you don't often find in a mystery. A great summer read!
Evidence Not Seen: A Woman's Miraculous Faith in the Jungles of World War II
Evidence Not Seen: A Woman's Miraculous Faith in the Jungles of World War II
by Darlene Deibler Rose
WHY I LIKE IT
This is one of my favorite missionary biographies.
Till We Have Faces::Myth Retold[Paperback,1980]
Till We Have Faces::Myth Retold[Paperback,1980]
 
WHY I LIKE IT
This novel is not only a page-turner, it is a compelling allegory. Like the narrator, we can struggle to understand why "the holy places are dark places," but ultimately must surrender to a God who is utterly unlike us, but completely good.
Peace Like a River
Peace Like a River
by Leif Enger
WHY I LIKE IT
This is one of my very favorite novels.
A Praying Life:  Connecting With God In A Distracting World
A Praying Life: Connecting With God In A Distracting World
by Paul E. Miller
WHY I LIKE IT
This is the most practical, helpful book I've ever read on prayer.
The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions
The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions
 
WHY I LIKE IT
This collection of prayers pushes me to pray in new directions and is particularly helpful when it comes to adoration.
Middlemarch (Penguin Classics)
Middlemarch (Penguin Classics)
by George Eliot
WHY I LIKE IT
This hefty novel, which I've read and reread, gives great insight into the human heart.
To the Golden Shore: The Life of Adoniram Judson
To the Golden Shore: The Life of Adoniram Judson
by Courtney Anderson
WHY I LIKE IT
If you like missionary biographies, I highly recommend the story of Adoniram Judson and his family.

My Bookshelf Archive

my archived books, movies, music, and more
The Pastor's Wife: Strengthened by Grace for a Life of Love
The Pastor's Wife: Strengthened by Grace for a Life of Love
by Gloria Furman
WHY I LIKE IT
I am reading through this book one chapter at a time with an email discussion group of other pastor's wives.
Silence
Silence
by Shusaku Endo
WHY I LIKE IT
I'm in a book club that is reading this this summer. It's heavier than most of the fiction I read.
Crossing the Divide: John Wesley, the Fearless Evangelist
Crossing the Divide: John Wesley, the Fearless Evangelist
by Jake Hanson
WHY I LIKE IT
I just finished this book, written by a friend of mine. I've never been a fan of Wesley's theology, but this engaging biography gave a very fair portrayal and prompted good reflection on my part. I enjoyed think about current Christian leaders who share Wesley's strengths and weaknesses. If you've never studied Wesley, this would be a great introduction to his life and thought.
All the Light We Cannot See
All the Light We Cannot See
by Anthony Doerr
WHY I LIKE IT
I love fiction set in World War II. I've not yet finished this book, but so far it is a great story.
Same-Sex Attraction and the Church: The Surprising Plausibility of the Celibate Life
Same-Sex Attraction and the Church: The Surprising Plausibility of the Celibate Life
by Ed Shaw
WHY I LIKE IT
Ed Shaw has written winsomely and helpfully about what I consider to be the biggest discipleship issue facing the church: sexuality and identity in Christ. This is a book for the entire body of Christ, not just those who are same-sex attracted. Shaw accurately diagnoses 9 false beliefs prevalent in our churches that have undermined a biblical view of sexuality and made it seem implausible. Yet the book left me hopeful and optimistic that the church can and must replace false beliefs with life-giving truth and love.
Mystics, Mavericks, and Merrymakers: An Intimate Journey among Hasidic Girls
Mystics, Mavericks, and Merrymakers: An Intimate Journey among Hasidic Girls
by Stephanie Wellen Levine
WHY I LIKE IT
I'm learning a lot from this book about the Lubavitchers, a Hasidic community based in Brooklyn who follow the law scrupulously. Unlike many secular Jews, they are actively watching and waiting for the Messiah .
Psalms
Psalms
 
WHY I LIKE IT
This is my soundtrack for the summer. I like meditating on the psalms as these songs run through my head.