Challies 2018 Reading Challenge

Tier 1 (light)

  • a biography: Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas (Bryan)
  • a book about Christian living: The Hidden Art of Homemaking by Edith Schaeffer (Renee)
  • a book published in 2018: Meet the Frugalwoods by Elizabeth Thames Willard (Renee)
  • a book by an author who is no longer alive: Perelandra by C.S. Lewis (Bryan)
  • a novel: That Hideous Strength by C.S. Lewis (Bryan)
  • a book for teens or young adults: Calamity by Brandon Sanderson (Bryan)
  • a book more than 100 years old: The Autobiography of George Muller 
  • a book targeted at the opposite gender: The Indian and the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks (Renee)
  • a book your best friend recommends: The Unhurried Homeschooler by Durenda Wilson (Renee)
  • a book with at least 400 pages: Firefight by Brandon Sanderson (Bryan) 
  • a book of your choice: The BFG by Roald Dahl (Renee)
  • a book about theology:
  • a book about current events: Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich (Renee)

Tier 2 (Avid)

  • a book about christian living: Family Worship by Paul Beeke (Bryan)
  • a book of 100 pages or less: The Undressing: Poems by Lee Young-Li (Renee)
  • a book about the early church:
  • a book with the picture of the author on the cover: Slim For Life by Jillian Michaels (Renee)
  • a book on the current New York Times list of bestsellers:
  • a book written by a Puritan:
  • a book by or about a Pastor: Uprooting Anger by Robert D. Jones (Renee)
  • a book of your choice: 50 Women Every Christian Should Know by Michelle DeRusha (Renee)
  • a commentary on a book of the Bible:
  • a book about theology: Knowing and Growing in the Assurance of Faith by Paul Beeke (Bryan)
  • a book that won a prize: Calling a Wolf a Wolf by Kaveh Akbar (Renee)
  • a book you have borrowed: Hints on Child Training by Henry Trumbull (Renee)
  • a book about Christian history: 

Tier 3 (Committed)

  • a novel by an author you have never read
  • a book based on a true story:
  • a book by a female author: The Borrowers by Mary Norton (Renee)
  • a play:
  • a humorous book: How to Be the Perfect Christian by The Babylon Bee (Renee)
  • self-improvement book: The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron (Renee)
  • a book about prayer:
  • a graphic novel:
  • a book about Christian Living: Humble Roots by Hannah Anderson (Renee)
  • a book from a theological viewpoint you disagree with
  • a book by or about a politician
  • a classic novel:
  • a book with a two word title: The Fledgling by Jane Langston (Renee)
  • a book by a male author: All the Way Home by David Giffels (Renee)
  • a book you are pretty sure you won’t like
  • a book of your choice: The Borrowers Afield by Mary Norton (Renee)
  • a book of theology
  • a memoir or autobiography: The Autobiography of George Muller (Renee)
  • a book about christian living: Shopping for Time by Carolyn Mahaney (Renee)
  • a book published by Christian Focus
  • a book of poetry: Joy: 100 Poems edited by Christian Wiman (Renee) 
  • a book targeted at your gender
  • a book about christian living
  • a book by R.C. Sproul: What is Reformed Theology (Renee)
  • a book of your choice: The Borrowers Afloat by Mary Norton (Renee)

Teir 4 (obsessed)

  • a book you read in the past three years: Peter Pan by J. M. Berrie (Renee)
  • a book of your choice: The Book of Endings by Leslie Harrison (Renee)
  • a book by your favorite author
  • a book about science
  • a book written in the nineteenth century
  • a book about christian living: The Gospel-Centered Mom by Brooke McGlothlin (Renee)
  • a book by or about a martyr
  • a book about history
  • a book by or about a world leader
  • a book on the ECPA bestseller list
  • a book published by P&R publications: Why Johnny Can’t Sing Hymns by T. David Gordon
  • a book about a book of the bible
  • a book about war
  • a book about heaven
  • a book from the library: The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage (Renee)
  • a book about relationships: How To Be Free From Bitterness: And Other Essays on Christian Relationships by Jim Wilson (Renee)
  • a novel for young adults
  • a book of your choice: Gloved Against Blood by Cindy Veach (Renee)
  • a book about christian living: Let It Go by Karen Ehman (Renee)
  • a book about history
  • a book used as a seminary textbook
  • a book of your choice: The Rim Benders by Lola Haskins (Renee)
  • a book about church history
  • a book by a southern baptist
  • a book by an author who is still alive: Odes by Sharon Olds (Renee)
  • a book for children or teens: The Borrowers Aloft by Mary Norton (Renee)
  • a book about the church
  • a book about business
  • a novel longer than 300 pages
  • a book about leadership
  • a book you have read before: Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder (Renee)
  • a book by jerry bridges
  • a book with a great cover: Book Girl by Sarah Clarkson (Renee)
  • a book by a Puritan
  • a book about animals: Abel’s Island by William Steig (Renee)
  • a book about theology
  • a book of comics
  • a book by Albert Mohler
  • a book about the bible
  • a book about theology
  • a biography of a christian
  • a christian novel
  • a photo essay book
  • a book about holiness or sanctification
  • a book about the bible
  • a book of your choice: The Art of Losing: Poems ed. by Kevin Young (Renee)
  • a book about money or finance
  • a book you have always wanted to read but haven’t: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (Renee)
  • a book recommended by a friend: The Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh (Renee)
  • a book of church history
  • a book by a speaker from Together for the Gospel
  • a book your pastor recommends

So this is the new year | 2014

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.”
 – t.s. eliot, four quartets


1.       Lose the baby weight
2.       Write 20 new poems
3.       Pay off half our loans 
things I want to work on:
  1. potty training zu
  2. organizing a few readings to promote my book
  3. beginning homeschool for zu in the fall. 
things we’re praying for:
 for bryan to find a new job with better hours.


What are your resolutions, hopes, and prayers for the new year?

~ contests

1\ Cider Press Review Editor’s Prize: June 30 deadline, $25 fee
2\ Crab Orchard Review First Book Prize: July 6 deadline, $25 fee
3\ U of Wisconsin Brittingham / Pollack Poetry Prize: September 30 deadline, 60-90 pgs, $30 fee 
4\ Philip Levine Prize in Poetry: September 30 deadline, 48-80 pgs, $25 fee
5\ Arkansas University Press Contest: October31 deadline, 60-90 pgs, $25 fee
6\ Yale Series of Younger Poets: November 15 deadline, 48-64 pgs, $20 fee
7\ Walt Whitman Award: November 15 deadline, 40-80 pgs, $30 fee
8\ Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry: November 15 deadline, 50-80 pgs, $25 fee
9\ White Pine Poetry Press: November 30 deadline, 60-80 pgs, $20 fee 
10\ New Issues Poetry and Prose Prize: November 30 deadline, 48-80 pgs, $20 fee 
11 \ Richard Wilbur Award: December 1 deadline, 50-100 pgs, $20 fee 
12\ Tupelo Press Dorset Prize: December 31 deadline, 48-88 pgs, $28 fee 
13\  New Southern Voices Prize: April 1 deadline, 48-120 pgs, $25 fee
14\ The Backwaters Prize: May 31 deadline, 60-85 pgs, $25 fee