Friday, June 11, 2010

Books read in May

Cough, cough... sniff sniff.  Sigh, another night with little sleep.  Did I mention I made a post Emergency Room visit appointment with my doctor and could not get in until Thursday... next Thursday?  Oh, well.

Let's talk books.  All my books read last month were before getting so sick with the bronchitis and the various symptoms which came with it.  So, I didn't read nearly as many as planned.  May was also the first of my warm weather "Hodge Podge" selection of books to read. That will continue through the warm weather months.

Books read were...

Long Journey Home; A Guide to Your Search for the Meaning of Life by Os Guinness
This is an interesting book about the journey various people have taken in their coming to Christ.  Os has been around a long time and has many stories in the volume. I thought it quite good.  However, it is a rather deep and philosophical book and I admit to not being quite up to such deep thinking at times and perusing the last third of the book.

Victoria's Intimate Home (Victoria Magazine) (Repeat)
I think I mentioned this book in another post.  It's a lovely book published by the old Victoria Magazine about decorating the private places of our homes... bedrooms, sewing room, "get away from it all" room, etc.  Beautiful pictures.  Out of print but available used (usually fairly cheap) online.

Read For the Heart by Sarah Clarkson
This book is going to receive its' own separate review.  However, I can tell you I really liked it and I wish I had it by my side when homeschooling from a Charlotte Mason perspective.  I'll be writing a review soon.

Walking From East to West by Ravi Zacharias and R.S.B. Sawyer

Loved this book by Ravi and Sawyer.  He explains in the introduction why he asked for a co-writer for his autobiography.  It proves to be a wise decision, making the book both easy to read but covering all the basis.

Ravi looks at his life from an Eastern perspective, which looks back multiple generations and all the unlikely series of events through the years which brought him to where he is today.

He is very truthful about the suicide attempt and depression he suffered brought about by the verbal and physical abuse of his father.  He shares how years later their relationship is restored and made close after his father comes to know the Lord, too.

This is a good read for every age but I'd highly encourage older teenagers and young adults to read it to see how God can take a man from very difficult circumstances to become one of the world's leading apologists for the Gospel.

Edge of Apocalypse by Tim LaHaye and Craig Parshall

I didn't know what to expect with this book but the cover looked interesting at the library.  :)

It is certainly not a deep book but it also isn't the easiest to read... written in a very conversational style.  (You can tell Craig Parshall... hubby of Janet... is an attorney in the way he writes).  It could be just me, I have to carefully read novels where much of the story is told in the conversations between the main characters.

Having said that, I found it fascinating.  It is suppose to take place a few years out, during the first presidency after the Obama administration.  It begins with a nuclear attack on New York City by the North Koreans and how a new technology developed by the main character stops the attack from happening.  Once this technology is brought to light, both our government and foreign powers want to control it.

I found this book rather chilling as it takes so much of what we see in the headlines now going on in Washington and shows us what would happen if our government and media were both corrupt and the average American began to believe that which was not the truth.  It's kind of like... what would happen if our worst fears about where America is heading were to come true.

Being a Christian novel, it also plays out a scenario in which characters come to faith or have their faith challenged due to increased persecution of those who believe in a Judeo-Christian way of life.  This is done in within a believable storyline and well thought out.

It is obviously set up as the first book of a series.  I'll definitely want to read the next in the series when it comes out.


Kristi in the Western Reserve said...

I know you must have many books on your tbr pile, but I want to mention one I am being charmed with right now. It is How the Heather Looks by Joan Bodger and was first published in 1959 and reissued in 2009. The subtitle is "A Joyous Journey to the British Sources of Children's Books" and I am finding it completely enchanting........I think you would enjoy it too, Brenda, if you haven't already read it.

Heather L. said...

I'm reading Sarah clarkson's book right now!! I was SO excited when my library finally got a copy. And I loved Ravi's book...was even thinking recently of reading it again.

just finished Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte myself and have a few other fascinating ones on the go. Must write about books sometime.

Vee said...

Interesting selection of books...far over my head I think. Looking forward to the review on Sally Clarkson's book. Janet Parshall? How do I know that name? I must Google. Oh, good heavens, yes. I remember listening to her program from time to time.

Acacia said...

Thanks for sharing those lovely books and book ideas!!
I hope you'll feel better soon!
In Christ

Super Single Mom and Her Side Kids... said...

So looking forward to a cozy lazy day reading in the yard... Just adore your blog!
Crystal Lynn

Malinda B said...

You have opened my world to some great authors (like Elizabeth Gouge) that I didn't know about.

My daughter got a copy of Sarah Clarkson's books (with her autograph) for Christmas. She has read so many wonderful books from her recommendations. The stack beside her bed is tall.

Like mother, like daughter....