Can you tell I went to the library this month? Variety bumps up when I do.
It’s the 4th Tuesday, so here’s what I’m reading. See what others are reading too.
I’m already uncomfortable. If you ever think you have it bad, just read how others live. But also be encouraged at how people find joy even in difficult places.
This Christian fiction is a story about Jesus returning in the flesh to our modern-day world through the character of Joshua. I’ve read it before (and its sequels) and it increased my love for the real Jesus, so I’m reading it again this year in light of my One Word 2013: Jesus.
It’s about how we’re rushing through life at a great cost. Demand exceeding capacity isn’t working out so well for us. It’s directed toward the business world, but I’m drawn to books like this nonetheless because we can apply the same principles to whatever our daily work looks like.
Great truths here about our identity in Christ. My special friend Selwyn gave this book to each in our small group after we finished a study on its root book last year. I’ve intentionally been saving it for a fresh season and this is it. It’s good!
This is another book I’ve been waiting to read. I’m only 6% in (on my Kindle) and I’ve already highlighted lots of passages. We can never get too much grace, right? Or books from Jerry Bridges.
FINISHED FROM JULY’S NIGHTSTAND
Loved it. Similar to his Predictably Irrational (which I also loved), Ariely shares results from experiments to see just how honest people really are in a variety of situations. It was a little discouraging to see that most people will be dishonest (but only to the point they can still rationalize feeling good about themselves), but also encouraging to see we’re not as bad as we could be. A fascinating book and I recommend it.
The overall gist is good—write what moves you—but the setting of a classroom of writing students got laborious at times. Trying to keep up with the personalities of the students, who was who, was distracting to me. However, it was still excellent in spots so it was a worthwhile read.
I didn’t like this book. I wanted to. Many people love it. But I couldn’t get past the style. Wilson is obviously gifted with words, but his stream-of-consciousness writing was too haphazard for me. He does make excellent points about beautiful ways of seeing God, if you can get pass the crazy flow. (I should have realized this from the title, huh?)
McKinley shows how the kingdom of God looks in our world and in our culture now. And how it has the potential to look if we’re willing to make some shifts in our thinking and behaviors. A good read. [My review here]
If you like grammar for whatever reason, you know who you are, you’ll like this book. Just when I think I know grammar inside out, I read a grammar book and discover otherwise. There’s always more to learn (not to mention that sometimes the rules actually change too). A fun book and full of facts.
It’s a story. But a true one. Ian tells about life with an alcoholic dad who also just happened to work undercover with the CIA (Ian himself didn’t even know for a long time). It’s sad but redeeming. I’m very glad I read it. [My review here]
Excellent, excellent. McVey has a way of explaining grace that always sounds new and exciting to me. He urges us to live our lives fully embracing God’s grace and see what a difference it can make. He interweaves his own journey from a life of legalism to a life of grace.
After several months, I finally finished this extensive work on not only the life of Jesus, but on the life around Jesus. It contained a lot of material I did know (stuff straight from the Bible) so I particularly enjoyed reading the stuff I didn’t know, extracurricular facts about the times Jesus lived in.
Viola does a good job here of narrating the intersections of Jesus with Lazarus, Mary, and Martha in their little town of Bethany. He tells first-hand stories as if spoken by Lazarus, then follows each section with his own commentary, eventually convincingly concluding that we need to be the real Bethanys of today—sweet homes for Jesus to live in.
Moms (and dads) of daughters—read this. Those working with adolescent girls—read this. It’s been out awhile, so the examples are dated, but the message is very relevant. It’s eye-opening to the struggles that today’s teen girls experience. (And there’s a movie. I haven’t seen it—I’m guessing it’s fairly different from the book.)
I tried. Really. But 267 pages in, I still cared nothing about the main characters or their problems. With over 800 pages still remaining, I cut my losses and closed the book. I have a hard time letting go of a book once I start one, so I’m proud of myself when I quit.
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What’s a good book you are reading or want to read?
- Let the body worship
- “Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl” – Book review