Tuesday, March 31, 2009

March 2009 Reading List

Anna's Books

Completed This Month:
  • Family Circle dramatized by Anne Coulter Martens from the book by Cornelia Otis Skinner - Since we're encouraged to read a lot of plays, I borrowed this one from the theatre department collection. It's a story involving a lot of senior girls in high school in Pennsylvania around the year 1920. Cornelia is the daughter of a retired actress (so that she could stay home with her daughter) and current actor, a father whom she really admires. She and her friends work together to put on a few scenes from Shakespeare, for fun, and because Cornelia wants to impress her father. Things don't quite go as planned, but in the end Cornelia does get a small acting job, although she doesn't run away to act as she once planned. It was a clean story, but not one I think I'd want to produce, for I didn't agree with all of the messages it portrayed (rebelliousness towards parents that went unresolved, etc.).
  • Emotions: Can You Trust Them? by Dr. James Dobson - This book "gives practical guidelines and simple steps to help us understand, control and channel our emotions." Elijah lent this to me, and I read it straight through during a difficult time of wondering what to do. It was really interesting to read, and it helped me think through different things connected to the emotions.
  • The Prodigal God by Timothy Keller - We read through this book for Sunday School, discussing a chapter a week. Subtitled "Recovering the heart of the Christian faith," this book does an in depth look at the parable of the prodigal son. It discusses the younger and elder brother and shows how they were both lost, just in different ways, and it shows the overwhelming love of our God who gives abundantly, not holding anything back, just like a prodigal spends until he has nothing left. It pointed out that the parable was told not to the "younger son" sinners but to the "older son" Pharisees. It forces us to take a look at ourselves and the church as a whole, to examine which son we tend towards most. It is an excellent book, and I recommend it to everyone!
  • What He Must Be... if he wants to marry my daughter by Voddie Baucham Jr. - This excellent book is a challenge to young men to press for God's high standard in life and relationships, to parents to be looking for this kind of young man for their daughters, and for daughters to commit to waiting for such a man. While holding up a high calling, however, it is very honest about the fact that no man will attain it perfectly. It calls older men to cultivate such character in their own sons and also reach out to other young men, that they may help shape the next generation of men, the generation from which their daughter will be marrying. It outlined some non-negotiable characteristics potential suitors must be striving for while emphasizing that there are some preferences that shouldn't be requirements. I really enjoyed how it called upon men to disciple the younger men, for no one will have perfectly attained any of it. It was encouraging for me to read and think about what kind of man I should be holding out for. Next, I'll loan it to my dad and brother.
  • Handmaidens of the Lord by Crystal Paine - This book pulls together the experiences of the author and many stay-at-home daughters, giving real illustrations and advice on how a daughter at home can spend her time. The focus of the book is on living lives sold out to the Lord, being His handmaiden, and cultivating a servant's heart. It will challenge you to think and pray about ways you can use your time to serve others.
  • Create in Me a Youth Ministry by Ridge Burns with Pam Campbell - This was on the list of recommended book for my Theatre Ministry Administration class, and when I checked it out, I thought it would have to do something with youth theatre. It is actually about youth ministry in the church. While I am not planning to run a youth group, and don't always agree with the activities of youth groups (I'm for more parental involvement), it was interesting to read as I pray about and prepare to work with young people. While I didn't agree with everything in the book, I liked the emphasis on seeking the Lord and inspiring youth to do the same. The book outlines 10 things a youth minister should have: a calling, self-confidence, accountability, resilience, brokenness, renewal, flexibility vision, intentionality, and intimacy.
Currently Reading:
  • My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chamber
  • For the Love of God Volume 1: A daily companion for discovering the riches of God's Word by D.A. Carson
  • Answering the Guy Questions by Leslie Ludy

Miriam's Books

Completed This Month:

  • Lucy Winchester by Christmas Carol Kauffman - A sad story, but also very sweet. This book follows the life of Lucy Winchester through a hard childhood, two difficult marriages and the pain of losing children. All the while, Lucy is searching for God and what is His will for her. This is hard for her because she doesn't have a Bible to help guide her or many friends closeby to encourage her faith. I almost wanted to cry with Lucy when, in her late forties, she is finally given a Bible. It is also a true story. This is not a hard read and it has a very good message.
  • The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff - This is the first book of a loosely connected series. My dad has enjoyed all that he's read so far (I've only read this one). Sutcliff does an amazing job of blending true history with a fictional tale. This story is based on an ancient Roman artifact that was found during excavations and on the Ninth Legion that disappeared sometime about A.D. 117. I look forward to reading the next books.

Currently Reading:

  • If I Perish by Esther Ahn Kim
  • The Valley of Vision by Arthur Bennett
  • Schindler's List by Thomas Keneally


Brooke said...

Hi there!
I don't think I've commented here before, but I have been a regular reader for quite some time now. I just wanted to say that I love your blog and it has been an encouragement to me! I always enjoy seeing the books you have read and your thoughts on them. Keep up the great work!

God bless,

Ella said...

Anna, you read quite a bit this month, much more than I anticipated seeing. I really want to read "What He Must Be" myself.

Miriam, I expected you to read a lot =)

Rachael said...

Hi again girls...

Thanks for this post... I am a bookaholic, and often find it hard to find a decent book I haven't read yet! Here in Australia, I don't know that we have as wide a range as you lovely ladies in the USA, but I can take ideas and search for similar books here!

Thanks so much!

God's blessings to you...


Sara said...

Hi! Have you read the books by G A Henty? Good books!

BitterSweet said...

I LOVE Eagle of the Ninth. And the rest of the series is worth reading (repeatedly!). I also recently read "What He Must Be" and found it challenging. I sometimes wonder if my standards are to high and to ridiculous to be humanly achievable. Nice to get some encouragment that they're not.

Anonymous said...

i love eagle of the ninth!
-mary khris

Anna Naomi said...

Brooke: Thanks for commenting! Glad you find the book reviews helpful.

Ella: I was home on spring break in March, so I got to do some of my reading then. I know, Miriam is behind this month... Just teasing, you know that, right Miriam? =) I know that you've been really busy.

Rachael: I can understand it must be hard to get books in Australia! I order a lot of things off Amazon.com, but I know that shipping must be more expensive to there.

Sara: I haven't any G.A. Henty books, but would like to some day. I've heard that they're good!

Purl: I wonder if my standards are too high sometimes as well, but God will bring the right person in the right time. No man will be perfect, and we must remember that, but there are some things we can't compromise on. I think this book did a good job of balancing that.

Mary Khris and Purl: I haven't heard of Eagle of the Ninth. Perhaps I'll have to borrow it from the Harts sometime. =)

*~Virginia~* said...

I LOVE Lucy Winchester!!!!! !Its SUCH a good story!

Rachael said...

Hey again,

I was just wondering if anyone out there has ever read the Christy Miller series by Robin Jones Gunn, or any other books by Mrs Gunn. I really enjoy her books and would like to hear someone else's thoughts...


Anna and Miriam said...

Rachael: I've never read books by Mrs. Gunn, so sorry I can't offer much insight...