Wednesday, December 31, 2008

December Reading List

Anna's Books

Completed This Month:

  • Set-Apart Femininity by Leslie Ludy - This was my second time reading this book, and it was even better! Reading it more slowly helped me really think about each thing and how I can apply it to my life. This book will challenge you to go deeper in your relationship with Jesus and be a bold light for Him. Leslie challenges us to be willing to stand alone in our generation to be set-apart for Christ's work and let Him live through us. To read a few quotes from the book, go here.
  • The Reason for God by Timothy Keller - Subtitled Belief in an Age of Skepticism, this book starts with common arguments against Christianity and refutes them and then goes into giving compelling arguments for Christ. We studied it for the college Sunday school class at Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church, the church I attend while I'm at college. It was very interesting to go through, and as a result of reading and discussing it, I feel more prepared to "give an answer to anyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have." (1 Peter 3:15) In some places I wish the book had gone more in-depth, but overall it was a good book covering a lot of the doubts facing our world today.
  • Only the River Runs Free by Bodie and Brock Thoene - Celebrating my break from college and more time to read, I allowed myself to check out some fun novels from the library. Once again, the Thoenes have woven a gripping and masterful tale in this historical novel, the first in The Galway Chronicles about Ireland. It is set in the 1830s and 40s during a time of upheaval and bitterness between English landlords and Irish tenant farmers. It was fun to read the store and enjoyable to read the dialogue in the accents of the Irish! This book begins the story about the Donovan family and the thought-dead landlord heir of the family Burke. This whole series is recommended for older teens and up because of some of the real-life situations.
  • Of Men and of Angels by Bodie and Brock Thoene - The second book in The Galway Chronicles, this book continues the story, weaving in historical events in an interesting way. Joseph Burke has reclaimed his ancestral manor and is helping the push for the formation of an Irish ruling body instead of having to submit to English tyranny. Much opposition faces them and sadness comes, but in the end, although facing loss, Joseph and Kate have finally realized their love for each other.
  • All Rivers to the Sea by Bodie and Brock Thoene - This is the fourth and last of The Galway Chronicles, though when I read it I mistakenly thought it was the third. Joseph Burke is in exile for his part in the opposition to the English, and his wife is expecting their first child. The potato harvest looks fruitful, until a dreaded blight is discovered. Set in the time of the potato famine in Ireland in 1844, the hardships they endure are heart-rending, but they trust God and push through. In the end, the whole community on Burke lands has to emigrate to America, but by God's grace they are able to go together. This series was very enjoyable and exciting - I read 3 books in 5 days!
  • Radical Womanhood by Carlyn McCulley - Subtitled Feminine Faith in a Feminist World, this book traces the history of feminism and the impacts it has had on our culture. The statics are heartbreaking. We have come so far and are reaping the bitter rewards. This book is important to read to understand where we have come and to give us a vision for where we want to go. Because of the sobering and true statics, although the book has tried hard to keep them discreet, I still wouldn't recommend it to anyone below 16.
  • A Return to Modesty by Wendy Shalit - After reading about this book in a few different places online, I decided to order it. It turned out to be a bit different than I'd thought (more about sexual modesty than modesty in dress, though it did mention it). The information it compiled about how our culture has gone so far wrong was really sad. Though written ten years ago, it still seems to describe our culture pretty well. It was a hard book to get through because of all the sobering information, and I wouldn't recommend it to most of you, as it goes into far more detail into some things than I would have liked to know. Plus, I didn't really appreciate the fact that the cover had a picture of a naked Eve with just her private parts covered - I put a piece of paper over it when I read it, as I didn't like carrying that around. Reading it has helped me to know what many of the girls today have gone through and how horrid the effects of becoming desensitized have been, and hopefully I will know more about how to show God's light to those who have lived through it. But, to someone who has been protected from having to live through the sex education in the schools and so on like I have, I wouldn't necessarily recommend this book.
Currently Reading:
  • Recovering Biblical Manhood & Womanhood edited by John Piper and Wayne Grudem
  • The Courtship of Sarah McLean by Mr. and Mrs. Stephen B. Castleberry
  • Valley of Vision compiled by Arthur Bennet

Miriam's Books

Completed This Month:
  • Pearl Maiden by H. Rider Haggard - A reread of a favorite book given to me by Anna. The story follows a Christian Jewish girl named Miriam as she is born on a lonely shore and adopted by her uncle. When she turns eighteen she goes to live with her grandfather. Forced to flee to Jerusalem, she has to live in hiding as the city is destroyed by the Romans. There is much more, but I would recommend you read it for yourself. =)
  • Deadline by Randy Alcorn - Three friends, a car wreck, and one survivor. Journalist, Jake Woods, is left alive with the mystery of his friends' death constantly on his mind. He sets out to find the truth and finds more than what he bargained for. A wonderful book by one of my favorite authors. I think this is one that all teenagers should read. Well, at least ages 15+.
  • Deception by Randy Alcorn - There is a second book between this and Deadline, but as we didn't have it at the time (Dad got it for Christmas), I just went ahead and read this one again. This one is about Jake's friend, Detective Ollie Chandler and his own journey to find the truth. All three books in this series are very well written and very good.
  • Music as Medicine by Deforia Lane -This is the biography of music therapist, Deforia Lane. She has a really neat story and she gives all the glory to God. I enjoyed reading this book.

    Currently Reading
  • Set-Apart Femininity by Leslie Ludy
  • A Chance To Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmicheal by Elisabeth Eliot


Ella said...

You both have kept very busy with books.

Anna, I started to read another book by Wendy Shalit. I think it was "Girls Gone Mild." But for several reasons you stated, I stopped. Let's say it was graphic.

Lilly said...

I love reading your book lists, they always give me so many ideas on what books to buy next!

Happy New Year.

Anonymous said...

I am afraid I have not been diligent enough in seeking out good books to read and therefore usually find something to do other than read Robinson Crusoe.


Anonymous said...

I love seeing the books you two have read, and getting book recommendations. I hope you don't mind that we've started posting the books we've read for the month on our blog too.