Monday, June 02, 2008

May Reading List

Anna's Books

Completed this month:
I didn't have as much time to read this month... some of what took up time was reading all the old New Attitude Magazines that Miriam let me borrow - they were great!

  • Favorite Poems of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - As I blogged about before, I really enjoyed reading this volume of poems, mostly out loud. I must admit, however, after reading the first pages of Song of Hiawatha and not enjoying it all that much, plus running out of time, I did skip over that 100-page poem! I also didn't read all the poems out loud, for sometimes my voice was too tired. But, I enjoyed most of the poems. I really appreciated the imagery and analogies Longfellow used, also his weaving Christ into some of the poems. The poems of love were also very pure and sweet!
  • An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott - Every once-in-a-while, I get the urge to read this book again. Polly and her activities and the lessons she learns never fails to inspire and encourage me. Even though this was probably the 5th or 6th time of reading it, I still noticed more of the truths of the book, and really enjoyed the sweet story! I also found some great quotes in the book this time through.
  • Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis - Before going to see the movie, I read the book again, so that I could know more accurately what was changed in the movie version. As always, the book was better then the movie! I really enjoyed reading this great, classic story once again.
  • Passionate Housewives Desperate for God by Jennie Chancey and Stacy McDonald - Having wanted to read this book ever since it came out, I finally bought it at the recent Alabama CHEF convention. It was a wonderful read, even though I'm not yet a housewife! =) It exposed some of the feminist lies and how they took hold in our culture. It gave personal stories, and ways that we can truly be passionate workers at home, only desperate for God alone! It inspired me, and I learned things that I hope to put into practice when I am a wife and mother.
  • Home-Making by J.R. Miller - This was another one I'd wanted to read for a while and finally bought at the CHEF convention. It was originally published in 1882, yet the wisdom in the pages definitely applies to today. The book gives a lot of food for thought and inspires you to want your home life to be one of peace and encouragement. With specific chapters for the part of each member of the family, it gives good guidance and ways to strive to be better. I particularly liked the chapter on brothers and sisters - it made me think of the special and close relationship I have with my own brother.
  • Phyllis Schlafly: The Sweetheart of the Silent Majority by Carol Felsenthal - Due to the busyness of this month, I didn't get as much read in the biography or theology books I was reading. However, I got this one finished, finally! It was very interesting to read about Phyllis Schlafly and all the work she did in the political realm. I had heard about her and her Eagle Forum, and was very interesting to read about all she did with StopERA. Her work on behalf of the family and against feminist doctrines were greatly needed. Though she wasn't perfect (none of us are!) her life was inspiring.
Currently Reading
Yes, I'm in a lot of books right now!

  • Knowing God by J.I. Packer - Yes, this was on my list last month, and I'm still in it! Though it's very good, I haven't found (or taken, I suppose) the time to read it as much as I should have. I've only got a few chapters left; it's very insightful!
  • Cat and Dog Theology by Bob Sjogren & Gerald Robison - As part of our family devotions, we've been reading this out-loud together. It's a very thought-provoking book, that could radically change one's thinking. It reveals how most Christians today think more like a "Cat" (it's all about me, and God wants me to be comfortable) though they wouldn't want to admit it, while we should be more like a "Dog" (it's all about God and His glory). It's entertaining and challenging - a great book to read as a family!
  • His Princess by Sheri Rose Shephered - This is an encouraging little book that my penpal Ella sent me. It's beautiful, with "love letters from your King" written on each page, against a background of lovely roses. The book came a time when I needed encouragement, and reading a page a day helps keep me focused on my Heavenly Father and King. (Thanks again, Ella!)
  • Valley of Vision compiled by Arthur Bennett - Elijah has really enjoyed this book and been recommending it and buying it for people (thanks for my copy, Elijah!) This compilation of Puritan prayers helps one really think and pray deeply. I've been reading and praying through a page at the end of my devotions each morning.
  • The Eleventh Hour by Michael Phillips - This is the first of four in The Secret of the Rose series, which mom found for a great bargain at the homeschooling used book sale. It's a sweet story with lessons about God and others woven throughout. Set in the time of the Nazis' take-over in Germany, it gets pretty exciting!

Miriam's Books

Completed this month:

  • Ashes of Remembrance by Brock and Bodie Thoene - This was a good book. The plot was very well written and carried out. I look forward to reading the last book in this series sometime.
  • John Adams by David McCullough - This was actually a book on CD. Does that count? Mother and I listened to this together and we both really liked it. It was written so well and I was engrossed the whole time I listened.
  • Pre-Calculus by Math-U-See - I couldn't resist putting this on here. I am so glad to be done with this!!! Yay!!

Currently Reading:
  • Bleak House by Charles Dickens - I am enjoying this book, but it is also very hard reading. I am almost halfway through and had hoped to finish it this month, but that didn't happen. :) I love the way Dickens writes and this book is no exception.
  • Girl Talk by Carolyn Mahaney and Nicole Whitacre - I just started this and can already tell that it's really good. It's about mother and daughter relationships and has some very amusing true stories in it.
  • College Without Compromise by Scott and Kris Wightman - Almost done with this. I know it has been on my list for the past couple of months, but this past month was extremely busy and I didn't read as much as I usually do. It's very good, though, and I recommend it.


Ella said...

I loved Passionate Housewives, Anna! And I am not a housewife either! It was such an encouragement. (I am glad you are enjoying His Princess!)

Maria Pauline said...

Thank you once again for sharing your reading with us!

Sloan said...

Thanks for the book list again!

I don't know what I would do if I had that many books to read. My brain might burst. :o)

Sloan <><

Elizabeth Ellen Moore said...

I also reread Prince Caspian before going to see the movie! It was something my brother, sister, and I did together. The movie was sadly unlike the book. I liked the simplicity and wholesomeness of C.S. Lewis's imagination better.