Even though I’ve spent many hours in a waiting room lately for my f-i-l, I haven’t been reading much there. Nonetheless, here are the books I’ll keep carrying around as well as brief reviews of the books I finished in April. Every 4th Tuesday we share our reading lists at 5 Minutes for Books.
The Brothers Karamazov
by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
I’ve been scared of this classic for nothing! It’s long but that’s okay. (I’m thinking of it like watching a season-long TV series.) The plot is an interesting one about three Russian brothers and their father. I’m only 21% in so I can’t tell you much more yet.
Pursuing the Dream of Organic Christianity
by Frank Viola
This one is about the church as an organism instead of an organization. There’s much I agree with; some I don’t. But either way, it’s been interesting material to consider and compare to scriptures. I’ve read other works by Frank Viola and I tend to agree with his way of thinking.
The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age
by Viktor Mayer-Schonberger
Back in the day, forgetting was the norm and remembering was the exception. But with today’s accessibility to cheap and accessible digital storage, more and more of our lives are being documented and retained. Is this necessarily a good thing though? The author hasn’t drawn hard conclusions yet but is showing how there are pros and cons on both sides.
The Four Agreements
A Toltec Wisdom Book
by Miguel Ruiz
Author Ruiz presents four agreements that he suggests are life-altering if we truly acknowledge them: (1) Be impeccable with your word, (2) Don’t take anything personally, (3) Don’t make assumptions, and (4) Always do your best. I’m reading this along with one of my sisters and a niece and we’re discussing it as we go.
FINISHED FROM APRIL’S LIST
A Memoir of Uneasy Faith
by Michelle DeRusha
Michelle makes me laugh and makes me cry in her spiritual memoir. She’s incredibly honest about the doubts she’s had about whether or not there is even a God. She takes you along on her journey to faith in such a way that you enjoy the ride. If you read her blog, you know what I mean.
Unlikely Lessons on Faith from Those who Doubted Jesus
by Ed Cyzewski and Derek Cooper
Not only can we learn about faith from those who have it, we can also learn about it from those who don’t have it (or who struggle with it). Ed and Derek have done a great job presenting different people in the New Testament who doubted Jesus.
The Shack Revisited
There Is More Going on Here than You Ever Dared to Dream
by C. Baxter Kruger
I didn’t agree with everything, but I loved this non-fiction follow-up to William P. Young’s fiction book, The Shack. Kruger expands on more theological issues related to the trinity and our relationship with Father, Son, and Spirit. If you liked The Shack (or even if you didn’t), you might be interested in this one just to make you think more relationally about it all.
The War of Art
Break through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles
by Steven Pressfield
Well, this was good, but I’d probably heard too much about how great it was to be impressed. It’s a motivational look at how to push back against the forces trying to prevent you from creating or producing or whatever endeavor you’re reaching for. It’s short and easy to read, and I will still recommend it, but maybe not as the best book I’ve ever read.
My Man Jeeves
by P. G. Wodehouse
This collection of short stories by British author P. G. Wodehouse was a light and entertaining book compared to the other British author I read this month (see below).
by G. K. Chesterton
I’m glad I read it, but I’m sure I didn’t read it well. Some sections were very insightful and easy to follow; other parts seemed to ramble a bit. I’ll try Chesterton again, but probably not this year.
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- “My Man Jeeves”
- Slow it down