Wednesday, April 30, 2008

April Reading List

Anna's Books

Recently Read:

  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare - This play was a little better than the two comedies I read previously, but I still didn't enjoy it all that much. The two lovers act entirely on the spur of the moment, and kiss a little too much! I also did not like how many sexual puns there were in the speeches! However, I probably wouldn't have noticed them except for the explanatory notes that brought them to my attention. I think I'll take a break from Shakespeare, at least for now.
  • When Dreams Come True by Eric and Leslie Ludy - Having recently read When God Writes Your Love Story, I wanted to read the full tale of their beautiful romance, and Miriam was kind enough to let me borrow it. This book beautifully recounts, from both of their prospectives, their growing up turning points, and the circumstances that brought Eric and Leslie together. They started out just being friends, never guessing they'd marry the other until God led them step by step. It was wonderful how involved their families were in each step of the way. This is one of the most beautiful and encouraging true romances! The way they honored God and each other was wonderful!
  • God's Guidance by Elisabeth Elliot - This little book was a joy to read, as all of Elisabeth Elliot's books are! My dad had and recommended it to me. It delved into the promises, conditions, objectives, and means of the ways God has and does work. It was encouraging to read of God's guidance, "a slow and certain light."
  • Let Me Be a Woman by Elisabeth Elliot - I had wanted to read this book for a while, and was thankful for a family friend that let me borrow it. It was so good, I ordered myself a copy to read again! I didn't realize until I began it that it was letters to Elisabeth Elliot's newly engaged daughter so I guess it wasn't exactly intended for a single maiden like me. However, I really enjoyed it and found encouragement in its pages! She calls us to unashamed womanhood, and explores what that means in life and marriage. I'm letting my newly engaged sister borrow my copy, as it probably applies more to her. =)
  • Speaking in Tongues by Larry Christenson - This was a book my mom asked me to read for home education. It answered some of the common questions about speaking in tongues, and was interesting and insightful to read.
  • By Far Euphrates by Deborah Alcock - This historical novel told the story of the Armenian Christian who were persecuted by the Turks in the 19th century. The book was based almost exclusively on true facts (with names changed for protection), as told from a missionary, Ida Mellinger who helped the Armenians in the midst of this tragedy. Their story of steadfast faith in the midst of horrors is inspiring.
  • Jack: A Life of C.S. Lewis by George Sayer - This was a well-written biography about the life this great Christian writer. It faithfully told of his life, sad childhood, disillusioned period of atheism, all manner of his writings, his conversion to Christ, marriage to Joy, and eventual death. His life was not perfect, but it was great to see how he rose above obstacles and went on to write great books, including the much-beloved Chronicles of Narnia.
  • The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan - I'd started this book before, but had never finished it. Knowing it to be an important classic, I decided to read 30 pages a day for "literature". The book was an old edition, copyrighted 1903 and labeled the "Puritan edition". Some of the formatting was a bit different (it didn't even have chapters!) but I soon got used to it and enjoyed the old language. I now see why this book was often the only one immigrants had besides the Bible. It is a wonderful allegory of the life of a Christian, and has a lot of depth to the characters and discussions. I enjoyed both the account of Christian's journey, and the later pilgrimage of his wife Christiana and their children. Having seen a movie about it and heard "Little Pilgrim's Progress" (a radio drama) over and over again, I enjoyed reading the book!
  • Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris - I can't recommend this book enough! Encouraging, funny, and challenging all at once, this is a must-read. Read my full review here.
  • Enoch's Ghost by Bryan Davis - After finishing the 1st Oracles of Fire series, I looked forward to the second one, and the Harts were kind enough to let us borrow it. Jubilee finished it in one day - that's how exciting it is! Then she let me have it. ;-) I didn't read it right away, because I knew I should finish other books first. =) It was a fun read when I got to it, though! Although I could have easily finished up quickly, I had to spread it out and just read it in small slots when I had the chance. I stayed up a little too late a few nights getting caught up in it though... ;-) He's a masterful storyteller! Some of the things are a little strange - after all, it's SciFi - but it's a great Christian series!
  • The Helper by Catherine Marshall - This was another book my mom wanted me to read, and a favorite of my Grandma Nordholm. It was nice reading it and seeing all the underlining and notations she'd made years ago (she's been dead for 7 years). This book went in depth to explain the role of the Holy Spirit in our daily life and church life, and how "He will meet your every need." It was encouraging, yet at the same time challenging to live a life surrendered to the Lord.
  • The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom with John and Elizabeth Sherrill - Having grown up hearing about Corrie ten Boom's story and watching the movie, I thought at first that I'd already read the book. But, though I'd read many things about Corrie ten Boom, I'd never read her full story as presented in the book The Hiding Place. It is so powerful! This is a real-life story about God's provision and how, indeed, you can be thankful for everything. Her life of faith and the touching, heartrending story of her sister Betsie will inspire, even as the horrible conditions of the Nazi concentration camps will shock. Because of all she learned through the horrors of prison, Corrie went on to minister to others and bring healing and faith to many.
  • Papa Was a Preacher by Aleyne Porter - This is a delightfully funny book that everyone should read! Written in kind of the same spirit as Cheaper by the Dozen, the antics of these 8 preacher's children will have you laughing along. I, who almost never laugh out loud while reading, actually did once or twice with this book! Big families are so much fun!
  • Like Dandelion Dust by Karen Kingsbury - I read this as a way to relax over a tiring weekend; thanks to my sister Maria who let us borrow it! It was a beautiful story of two mothers' love, the anguish adoption sometimes causes with having to let go, but the eventual self-sacrificing love of one for her child. It was also a touching story of a young child's faith.
Currently Reading:
  • An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott - This book is well-beloved, and this is probably my 5th or more read-through! Every once-in-a-while I just get a longing to read this one again and get encouragement from Polly.
  • Favorite Poems of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - This is a long book of poems, and you can't read that many of them at a time! They've been enjoyable to read!
  • Knowing God by J.I. Packer - It's giving me a lot to think and ponder and pray about!
  • Phyllis Schlafly: The Sweetheart of the Silent Majority by Carol Felsenthal - Having heard a lot about Phyllis Schlafly, I'm enjoying reading the biography of her life.

Miriam's Books

Recently Read:
  • Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens - This was such an wonderful book! I loved it! A tale of greed, prejudice, the haughty aristocracy, jealousy, deceit, and patient love. The influence that money can have on man is shown much through the book. The characters were excellently formed and I got into the pages so much that I would have a different feeling about each character. Anger at the arrogance of the schoolmaster and his pupil, disgust at the the greedy and grasping Mr. Wegg, a sigh of hope for Mr. Rokesmith's success. I highly recommend this!
  • When God Writes Your Love Story by Eric and Leslie Ludy - When I saw this on Anna's list, I decided I wanted to read it again. When she asked to borrow the following book, I asked for this. It was a good reread. The story of their friendship and courtship combined with scripture and good advice for young people.
  • When Dreams Come True by Eric and Leslie Ludy - I went ahead and read this again before letting Anna borrow it. Yes, I do read fast. :) This is a more detailed recounting of the Ludy's life. It begins with the high school days of Eric and Leslie before they knew each other and when they meet. From there, they take you on the journey of their friendship and courtship. It's a beautiful story of God's bringing two people together.
  • Passion and Purity by Elizabeth Elliot - Yet another wonderful book. I think this was the second time I've read this, maybe third. It helped me to re-evaluate my beliefs and views on certain subjects and make sure that I'm doing something for the right reasons.
  • Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris - I wonder how many reading lists this book will be on this month. =) This book was excellent. It was all I expected it to be and more. I knew that I would be challenged and even convicted in areas as I read this book, but I knew that I needed it. I think that right now God has me doing "little hard things", though sometimes they seem big. But that will take another post. ;)
  • Aborted Women Silent No More by David C. Reardon - I was glad to finish this book. It definitely wasn't pleasurable reading, but it was very informative. It was hard to read so many blunt facts about abortion and know that they were true. It tore at my heart and I felt tears come to my eyes many times while reading. Other times, I would feel my stomach turn at the atrocities commited in the abortuaries. My heart would cry "Why God! Why do You let this live on in our country, in our world?". I'll never have the same opinion of abortion after reading this book. If you are researching this subject or need to know about it, then I do really recommend this book.
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy - I finally got to read this after reading so many recommendations. Starting on a Saturday night, I finished it the next morning. I really liked it! The plot of the story kept you on your toes wondering what would happen next. It's definitely on my read-again-in-the-future list.
  • Of Men and of Angels by Brock and Bodie Thoene - I read the first book to this series a few months back and really enjoyed it. The thing I like most about the Thoene's writing is the way they bring history into the tale. This is the sequel to Only the River Runs Free in The Galway Chronicles. It's set in Ireland at a time of great political turmoil. You can almost feel the people's desperation as the English try to take control and run the country. The aristocracy of Ireland see the peasants as only trash that needs to be gotten rid of. It's about the people's fight for freedom from oppression. Some want to gain it through violence and bloodshed, others through the Repeal, a call for freedom through peaceful protestation.

    Currently Reading:

  • College Without Compromise by Steve and Kris Wightman - This is quite an interesting book. An alternative to college is presented in this book. It's been pushed aside in my reading of other things, but I'm planning on finishing it in the next week or two. It's not a hard read at all.
  • The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens - My next Dickens book to work through. This is not quite like his other novels, because it's a culmination of the Pickwick Club's adventures that were originally published in episodes, but later put into novel form.
  • Ashes of Remembrance by Brock and Bodie Thoene - The third book in The Galway Chronicles. I think there is four, but I'm not positive. I hope this one is as good as the last two have been.
So, what have you been reading recently?


Ella said...

Y'alls books sound wonderful. Let's see.....I loved Like Dandelion Dust when I read it. (I enjoy Karen Kingsbury immensely.)

Do Hard Things was great (you are right, Miriam. It will be on a lot of reading lists.)

The Scarlet Pimpernel is an all time favorite of mine. I would encourage the 80's version of the movie and reading "El Dorado" as well.

The Hiding Place I have read many times and do enjoy it...though the first time I read it gave me nightmares.

And because of last month, I am reading When God Writes Your Love Story....definitely one I will own!

Mardi said...

Y'all have read a lot of books I want to read, especially those by Elisabeth Elliot, Eric and Leslie Ludy and Alex and Brett Harris. I have "Do Hard Things," but decided to finish some other books I have started and read a few more books I planned to read before getting "Do Hard Things." "The Hiding Place," is one of my favorite books. I grew up hearing about Corrie Ten Boom from my parents and my school books. I admired her. "The Hiding Place" was required reading for English one year and I was glad to read it! Earlier this year I read "Tramp For the Lord" a sequel to "The Hiding Place" by Corrie Ten Boom with Jamie Buckingham, it was a great book. I enjoyed it!

Maria Pauline said...

My! So many books...

The Scarlet Pimpernel is a wonderful novel, isn't it? Not to mention the rather unpredictable plot...

Since you have read The Hiding Place, you must follow it with Tramp for the Lord! I actually enjoyed that one more.

I really must track down some Elisabeth Elliot, musn't I? Are there any in particular I should look for?

Anna Naomi said...

I, like many others, really enjoyed The Scarlet Pimpernel! Ella recommended it to me, and I to Miriam. =)

Ella: I'd never read any of Karen Kingsbury before, but I did enjoy the one I read! Yes, The Hiding Place is sad... but also gives hope. Yes, When God Writes Your Love Story is so good, isn't it?!

Mardi and Maria: I'll definitely be on the lookout for Tramp for the Lord. Her life is so inspiring!

Elisabeth Elliot is really good - you should definitely read those of her books you can find! I've enjoyed all the ones I've read, but Passion and Purity and Discipline were two of my favorites.

Maria Pauline said...

Thanks Anna! I can get Discipline from my library system, but I won't be able to read it until August. Oh well, something to look forward to. =)

eliasboudinotismyfriend said...

Another book that is good is Return to the Hiding Place. It is written by Hans Poley, one of the Jews hiding in the secret panel when the Booms were taken captive by the Nazis. I liked the Hiding Place and Tramp for the Lord too!

Elijah Lofgren said...

I like Miriam's recently read list:

I'm currently reading:
When God Writes Your Love Story by Eric and Leslie Ludy

I plan to read:
* When Dreams Come True by Eric and Leslie Ludy (borrowing from Miriam)
* Passion and Purity by Elizabeth Elliot (borrowing from Miriam)
Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris (borrowing from Anna)

I can't wait to see reviews like this on a website soon to be launched. ;)