Friday, February 29, 2008

February Reading List

Anna's Books:

Completed This Month:
  • Desiring God by John Piper - Elijah purchased and recommended these Piper books to me, and I've enjoyed reading a chapter a day for theology. This one was a challenge to live each day with a hunger and desire for God. Although the term "Christian Hedonism" put me off for a while, I've come to understand it, and been reminded that our chief end should be to glorify God and enjoy Him forever - or to glorify God by enjoying Him forever, as Piper writes.
  • Rees Howells Intercessor by Norman Grubb - After finishing The Story of the Constitution, a textbook I was doing for history, I decided to read biographies for the subject of history. The life of Rees Howells was amazing, as well as challenging. He gave up so much and trusted God in all things, following Him even when the ways He led seemed strange. He was a powerful prayer warrior, and the ways He influenced history through intercession (especially during World War II) were amazing to read about.
  • Cashing It In by Ethan Pope - After this book sat for quite a while in my to-read pile, I decided to read a chapter a day for home education. I guess you could say it's a course in economics for me. =) Anyways, it was interesting to read how the world is shifting to using less cash, and this book gives practical ways for "getting ready for a world without money".
  • The Heavenly Man ~ the remarkable true story of Chinese Christian Brother Yun with Paul Hattaway - The experiences of this man sold out for God throughout China's persecution of Christians is amazing and sobering. It challenges us to ponder whether we'd have the same level of commitment that the Chinese Christians of today have. At 16 Yun and his family came to know Jesus after He healed Yun's father. Immediately, he was on fire for God, praying and fasting for a Bible. God provided him a Bible in an amazing way, and Yun memorized huge portions and books at a time, then began preaching to others hungry for the truth - all at the age of 17! His life and the beatings, persecutions, and blessings he experienced are amazing. This man's life will challenge and inspire you in your faith.
  • The Bema by Tim Stevenson - "A story about the judgment seat of Christ", this novel follows the life of one lukewarm Christian businessman. He goes to sleep one night, and has a dream about Christ's return and his experiences at Christ's judgment seat. Saddened by the way he's not lived for God wholeheartedly, the dream/vision wakes him up to his spiritual state and he begins living for God, even when it's hard. This story challenges us to live for The Day, rather than merely for today.
  • Doing Things Right in Matters of the Heart by John Ensor - Geared towards older teens and young adults, this book revealed the lies and current state our generation is in matters of love, and gave a great alternative to what we should do in matters of the heart.
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott - A beloved book friend that I thoroughly enjoyed reading again. After ordering a play of Little Women, I wanted to see how it measured up to the book. It delighted and encouraged me yet again and I found some wonderful quotes as well.
  • Psalm 91: God's Shield of Protection by Peggy Joyce Ruth - This book really broke down each part of Psalm 91, revealing the promises God has for us if we honor and believe Him. The testimonies in the back of people who claimed and lived Psalm 91 were very inspiring! There were especially a lot of stories of soldiers who had people at home praying for them, or who said Psalm 91 as a troop every day - and never lost a single man in their squadron.
  • Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper - This book was a challenge to live all of life with the Gospel in mind; to really try to make a difference in the world instead of simply getting by and being caught up in your own affairs. My prayer after reading this book is to be able to say at the end of my life, "I've not wasted it."
Currently Reading:
  • Daniel Deronda by George Elliot - Miriam Rebekah loaned me this book, and although I've only just started it (and it's quite long!) I think I shall enjoy reading this classic book.
  • R.G. LeTourneau: Mover of Men and Mountains, an autobiography - This is another biography I'll be reading for history. The life of faith of this man looks very interesting and inspiring, and I'll enjoy learning about the man who started the college my brother attends!
  • When I Don't Desire God by John Piper - The follow-up to Desiring God.
Miriam's Books:

Completed This Month:
  • Mansfield Park by Jane Austen - Definitely enjoyed reading this again!
  • The Inheritance by Louisa May Alcott - A sweet story that was Alcott's first novel at age 17. It's not exactly an in-depth book, but if you like the author, I do recommend it.
  • Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss - This was also a second reading (I'm sure there will be many!). It's written as a girl's journal and begins with her 16th birthday and ends a little before her death. It's her spiritual journey as well as her life story. I definitely recommend this book.
  • Seventh Day by Brock and Bodie Thoene - I have enjoyed reading this series. Having borrowed them all from Anna, I've been anticipating this one. Part of the A.D. Chronicles, the series chronicles the life of Jesus and those who might have had close contact with him.

    Currently Reading:

  • Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper - Very convicting book. I'm learning quite a bit through reading this.
  • Aborted Women: Silent No More by David C. Reardon - Though I've just started this book, I can tell it's going to be hard to read. Hard to read because it's going to have so much honesty about the subject of abortion in it. It's a terrible thing and I've always had trouble reading stuff about it. But I'm going to finish this one.


John said...

Hi Anna,

Hope you are doing well lately.

While in Kansas City with Miriam L. and you all I went to a book store and bought the Heavenly Man. I have read through about half of it so far. I really am enjoying the book.

I am glad that you are reading that book as well.
It is amazing to hear testimonies of God's direct intervention and leading of people's lives such as Yun.

I am betting that your Mom knows a little bit about the Norwegian missionary that was in China that Yun parent's knew.

While driving to get Miriam L. last week, I saw the largest snow flakes I have ever seen. They were
1.5 inches in diameter and they were very thin.

Take care,

Ella said...

I loved reading y'alls lists! Miriam, I also read The INheritance this month and loved it! I will be doing mine on my blog today!

Maria Pauline said...

It is so fun to read of your reading! I am noticing how little I have been reading lately.


Anna Naomi said...

John: Thanks for the comment! Yes, I'm doing well. We're looking forward to seeing you at camping!

It's great that you're reading The Heavenly Man as well. It's an amazing book! I'm not sure that mom knows about the Norwegian missionary, however; we haven't really kept up with people in Norway! =)

Wow! That sounds like big snowflakes! It's hard to imagine when we have weather right now that feels like summer - highs around 74* today!

Ella: I enjoyed reading yours on your blog!

Maria Pauline: Writing my lists on my blog inspires me to read more. Sometimes life just is too busy, though!