BOOKS I FINISHED FROM OCTOBER’S LIST
1. Vanishing Grace
What Ever Happened to the Good News?
by Philip Yancey
Loved this one! I was blessed to also hear Philip Yancey speak about Vanishing Grace this month in Opelika, Alabama. He shares about 3 kinds of Christians that outsiders still listen to with respect: pilgrims, activists, and artists.
2. Les Misérables
by Victor Hugo
Finally!!! It took me almost 5 months to finish this, but I’m thankful I did. Hugo got mired down often in what seemed to me to be irrelevant details, but the story itself was beautiful indeed. And it was so much more than the films I’d seen (which were also phenomenal). I’m treating myself to a rewatching of the 2012 film today since this is my birthday!
3. Nickel and Dimed
On (Not) Getting By in America
by Barbara Ehrenreich
I recommend this one, too. It’s eye-opening about how people live (or not) on minimum wage jobs in America. (I listened to the audio book—it was nicely read.)
4. Praying in the Reign
by Bruce Green
My former youth minister Bruce wrote this book on the Lord’s Prayer. He takes you deeper into this model prayer, phrase by phrase. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this voice from my past and applying it again to my present.
BOOKS I’M READING NOW
1. Mudhouse Sabbath
An Invitation to a Life of Spiritual Discipline
by Lauren Winner
I’m on the 9th of 11 Jewish spiritual practices that are also beneficial to the Christian community. Some you’d expect (prayer, fasting); others you might not (aging, candle-lighting). It’s good!
2. Jesus Feminist
An Invitation to Revisit the Bible’s View of Women
by Sarah Bessey
Don’t let the word feminist turn you away from this one. It’s an important word for today. And it’s not just for women to hear. “Women aren’t simply or only blessed by giving birth to greatness; no, we are all blessed when we hear the Word of God—Jesus—and put it into practice. We don’t rely on secondhand blessings in Jesus.”
3. A Christian Survival Guide
A Lifeline to Faith and Growth
by Ed Cyzewski
I’ll read most anything that Ed writes because I know it’ll be insightful, well-told, and will make me think. He’s already proving that to be true in this book that I’ve just begun. “In fact, I would go so far as saying that it is unbiblical to say that there is a ‘biblical’ way to live.”
4. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
by Marie Kondo
My closets are getting out of control (again) so I’m reviewing this book for a kick in the pants to tidy them up again. Instead of deciding what to get rid of, the author wants you to consider what to keep.
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What’s a good book you are reading this month? Please share here.
- The Lord’s Prayer is more – “Praying in the Reign”
- On the blog – November 2014