Monday, December 01, 2008

November Reading List

Anna's Books

Completed This Month:
Yes, I only finished one book this month, though I've read a lot of textbooks and short stories/plays for college work, magazines, and am in a few other books. I'm looking forward to Christmas break when I'll have more time to read!
  • Thunder from Jerusalem by Bodie and Brock Thoene - This was the second book in the Zion Legacy Series, and I really enjoyed reading it in the spare moments I had backstage and after the show. It presented more of the tension leading into the foundation of the Jewish state in 1948. It was a great break from school work in the little time I found!
Currently Reading:
  • Set Apart Femininity by Leslie Ludy
  • Recovering Biblical Manhood & Womanhood edited by John Piper and Wayne Grudem
  • The Reason for God by Timothy Keller
  • Valley of Vision compiled by Arthur Bennet
Miriam's Books

Completed This Month:
  • Brisingr by Christopher Paolini - The third book in the Inheritance Series was an enjoyable read. The second book dragged a bit because of the length but this one was much better. My favorite part was when the title of the book became clear.
  • Before You Meet Prince Charming by Sarah Mally - This was my second time reading this. The first time was with a girls group but this time was specifically for myself. I found myself needing some clarification and answers and this book more than answered my questions and problems. I recommend this book for any teenage girl. It's a definite must-read!
  • The Cat Who Saw Stars by Lilian Jackson Braun - The Cat Who books are light mystery novels that center around a man and his two Siamese cats. The male cat, Koko, knows things that people don't and tries to get the message across in strange and often funny behavior. This particular book was not quite as good as others I've read, but I enjoyed.
  • A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers - A young Jewish girl is sent to Rome as a slave where she serves a rebellious young Roman girl. Hadassah is also a Christian and her faith shines through her service. She changes the lives of all who meet her, including her mistress' brother and the captured German who was forced to become a gladiator. Her mistress, Julia, sinks more and more into the decadence of Rome and Hadassah continues to pray unceasingly for her, all the while resisting her feelings for Marcus, Julia's brother. He loves her, but doesn't understand why her faith should come in the way. Julia is later angry at Hadassah and when she finds out she's a Christian, sends her to the arena where she is supposedly killed by the lions.
  • An Echo in the Darkness by Francine Rivers - A Roman doctor who saw that Hadassah was barely alive was able to save her life. Marcus, grieving Hadassah, travels to Judea to find "her" God. He has a life-changing experience with God and accepts Jesus in his heart. His first thought of what he must do is return home and forgive Julia for what she did to Hadassah. He comes home and finds his sister dying with an veiled woman watching over her. Before Julia dies, the veiled woman reveals herself as Hadassah and forgives Julia for what she did. Julia sees the light of Christ and is accepted into His arms.
  • As Sure as the Dawn by Francine Rivers - Atretes, the German who was captured, won his freedom in the first book and has led a bitter and immoral life. He finds out that his child by Julia, whom he thought dead, is actually alive, but was given to a young woman who lost her husband and child. He decides he wants to return home and forces the woman to come since the child won't nurse with anyone else. Rizpah is a Christian and is rather shocked by Atretes' lifestyle, but isn't willing to let go of the child. When they reach the land of his youth, they are attacked by a tribe and Rizpah is killed. A Roman officer traveling with them who is also a Christian, prays for her and she is brought back to life. Atretes sees the power of Christ and believes. They return to his tribe and after many troubles, have to leave again. But Atretes realizes that you can't force the love of Jesus on others, you can only live it.
  • Lady Susan by Jane Austen - This story is written in letter form. Lady Susan is a rather loose woman by Regency standards but always makes sure in her letters to put herself in the best light. Letters are exchanged through friends and relatives and some of them are quite humorous.
  • The Harvester by Gene Stratton-Porter - This was a sweet story. The author is one of mine and my mother's favorites. The Harvester lives out in the woods and once a year for six years, he has asked his dog two questions that the dog then decides for him. Whether they should move to the city and whether he should look for a wife. The first is answered as always, stay in the woods, but the second is answered differently this year. The Harvester must find a wife and when he has a dream about a woman, he is confident God has sent him confirmation of what she should look like. So, to prepare for his "Dream Girl", he builds her a beautiful house in the woods. When she shows up in town, a sick and distressed girl, he nurses her back to health and then comes the most fascinating part of the story. But it would take too long to explain, so I really recommend you read it!
  • A Daughter of the Land by Gene Stratton-Porter - Kate is the youngest and rather angry over that fact. She is not given choices that her older siblings were given and as a result of a rather overbearing father, runs away to teaching school. Her father having told her he never wanted to see again while he lived, she must find a place away from home to teach. Her dream is to own two hundred acres of land to farm. With she and her father at odds, this is not likely to happen. In the passing of time, she makes a bad marriage which ends after 7 years, in which time her father has also died. She returns home and is given the land that she has always longed for. She had learned valuable lessons and is a wiser woman and now knows that material possessions aren't the only thing that make one happy.
  • Echoes From the Edge Book 2: Edge of Eternity by Bryan Davis - These books are science fiction, quite different from Bryan Davis' Dragons in our Midst series. It was hard to get into at first, but idea that he works with is really fascinating. There are three different worlds (all in different time zones) and a mirror. The way to transport yourself through the mirror to the different worlds is through music. Different musical pieces will cause different things to happen. Quite interesting.

Currently Reading:

  • Music As Medicine by Deforia Lane


Ella said...

Okay, so Miriam read for both of you =) Anna, I was so bogged down with took all of November. You will see that in October and November, I only read 4 books.

Miriam, those ones by Francine Rivers sound good. What series is that?

Alicia said...

Impressive reading! I've read several of Gene Stratton-Porter's books, but not the ones Miriam listed. I'll have to check those out!

Sarah H said...

Anna and Miriam, you have been tagged! Come over to my blog to see the rules.

Anna Naomi said...

Ella: Yes, she did. =) I told her I was glad she had books to put on, as mine were rather pitiful this month. I did read a lot, just not many books to review. Next month should (hopefully) be different!

Miriam, there are so many on your list that I want to read! I'll have to borrow from the "Hart family library" sometime. =)

Anna and Miriam said...

It's the Mark of the Lion series.

Miriam Rebekah said...

Sorry, that was me. =)

Robert said...


The books by the Ludys sound good.I enjoyed the song faithfully that Eric and Leslie sing.I noticed that Leslie has new book out in March called Answering The Guy Questions.

I was wondering what the name of the book you are reading in the picture? I could make out the name Tyndale in the text.


The Harvester book sounds interesting! I will have to look for that one.

I know that you are a fan of Janette Oke and was wondering if you have read her Canadian West Series? I saw them in the library and the story sounds good.

Anna Naomi said...

Robert: I have enjoyed everything I've read by the Ludys! I saw that she has a new book coming out, and I'll most likely get it then or put it on my wish list.

The book I'm reading in the picture is called From Tyndale to Madison by Michael Farris. It is an interesting book tracing religious freedom from the time of Tyndale to the time of Madison. I read it way back in June, but needed a picture for this post, so decided to use this one.

Anonymous said...

I'll second Ella here- Miriam reads enough for two!

Another great New Testament times book is "The Robe" by Lloyd C. Douglas. And it's a classic.