Ordinary Reviews of Extraordinary Books
I indulge for my birthday. . . with B&N, Borders AND Amazon gift cards, I really had fun ordering books. They are all in now, but it's hard to decide what to read or focus on just one book.The book I'm mostly reading is The Child in Christian Thought. Aloud to the kids I'm reading Trial and Triumph. And Hubby asked me to read Liberal Fascism. I want to pick up The Myth of You and Me, in hopes of attending the book club. And I'm reading/listening to bits of Calvin's Institutes as devotional.Though. . . I read a LOT slower now than I used to, so I'll probably not actually FINISH any of these books in the near future.
I just finished Wendell Berry's That Distant Land, a collection of stories set from the late 19th c to the mid 20th c. I didn't think I would like it as much as I did - it's not my favorite time period, I'm not that big a fan of American lit - at least in the classical sense - and I really tend to dislike short story collections, especially those set in rural Kentucky! But I found myself looking forward to my reading times at the end of the day, and fully invested in the characters. As for what I will start tonight - I might do a quick and easy Grisham novel that was just sent my way (I know, a little embarrassing, but everyone has their weaknesses!).Kristen
Tulip...I'd love for you to attend the book club with me! The girls and I read the Livingstone chapter from Trial and Triumph on Monday. It is such a great book.Kristen...That Distant Land sounds so good! Staci
Oh, we read the Livingstone chapter a few weeks ago! It's so good. Did you see what Hubby said about Paton? Cracked me up. . . We had friends with Wycliffe when I was growing up. They lived in our little AZ town, but spent a lot of time in Mexico doing language surveys. I remember they gave us a big box of missionary adventure stories when I was a kid. Had quite the impact on me.And Kristen. . . Books for pure entertainment certainly have a place. That's what I read in January. . . pure fluff, with little redeeming social or literary value. Grisham, at least, has some of those!
I just finished Bruchko By Bruce Olsen. It is about a 19 year old man (missionary)who obeys God and ministers to the Motilone Indians in the jungles of South American. It is quite amazing to read about his adventures and here about what God has accomplished through him. The book insprired me to have more faith in our big God!I am reading Caddie Woodlawn outloud to Mali. We are loving it. Thank you for this recommendation.A More Perfect Union By Betsy & Giulio Maestro, A story about our constitution. Great book for kids. My 6 year old loved the watercolor pictures. It prompted alot of questions for her. I am reading Mary Pope Osborne magic tree stories also - Mali loves too. She wishes there were more pictures.I want to get (for myself) Out of Captivity by Keith Stansell, Thomas Howes and Marc Gonzalez. It is a true story about these Americans(authors) who were held as prisoners in the jungles of South America.
Let's see – I just finished Killing Rommel by Steven Pressfield (well known for his historical novels of war, especially Gates of Fire) and I just started one called Thunderstruck by Erik Larson, author of The Devil in the White City. This one is another non-fiction account of a slice of history blotted by a vicious crime. Looks like I'm the only male commenting here. I guess it shows....
I'm not sure I fit in. . . I'm reading In Defense of Food, A Bully Father (about Teddy Roosevelt), and ProMetabolics (Santillo). Also dipping into some of the Maxwell literature just to keep my attitude in check.
Calli, what do you think about "A Bully Father"?Staci, what is your "Bac Ninh Book List"?
I just started reading "Dead Aid," a book about how aid to Africa has been a colossal failure over the past 40 years--and it provides hopeful solutions! I also just started "The White Guy: A Field Guide" which is mostly a lot of hilarious observations about cultural habits of white people, but it also has intermittent thought provoking (comic) commentary about how the things we assume to be really generic to all people are specific to white culture.
I'm reading "Infinite Jest" by David Foster Wallace. I'm not sure why, its enormous, hard to follow, most of the time over my head, sometimes humorous...but I'm hoping for some payoff. Chris
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