When my daughter was a classroom teacher she had D.E.A.R time scheduled for her students: Drop Everything And Read. I love to read; but, typically, I don't have (or, to be more honest) I don't make the time to sit down, even for a short period every day, and read. This year I vowed that it would be different; I declared this year to be my D.E.A.R year! The books pictured are ones that I have already read in 2015; with the exception of the Lutheran Study Bible, I haven't read that through in its entirety, but rather, am enjoying digger deeper and reading all of the notes and commentary included by Bible scholars that appear in the margins and in the additional sections. My reading of this Study Bible will be ongoing. The Hiding Place was added to the top of my list as the result of a book report by Quiltkeemosabe during a "Bible Study" workshop, I've known of the book and Corrie Ten Boom for decades but had never read the book, it has left an indelible impression. Firstlight has been a re-read for me, it was like being reaquainted with an old friend; one who never fails to inspire me. Walking On Water is the conclusion of Richard Paul Evans' "walk" series, this one too was almost like a reunion with some old and dear friends; although each installment could easily stand on their own. The Quilt That Walked To Golden is a fascinating historical compilation that I found I couldn't get enough of; which led me to the spin off of that book, The Quilt Walk (a novel written for 9 - 12 year olds). This is a sweet and endearing historical tale; I like knowing what's available for young readers in this same genre. A Quilt For Christmas was predictably charming and, yet, I never lose interest in the winning way that this author weaves story and characters into a seamless whole. I have plenty more in the queue for February and am excited about the prospects of my growing "I've read that" list for 2015; I've certainly not found that I'm missing out on whatever D.E.A.R. time has replaced, perhaps it's just the satisfaction of making this happen that's far more valuable. Hannes is most pleased with the lap time that D.E.A.R affords for him as well, it's a win-win!