Thursday, April 30, 2009

April 2009 Reading List

Anna's Books

Completed This Month:
Yes, I only finished one book this month! Most of the precious reading minutes I caught was spent reading World Magazine, trying to at least stay a little up-to-date on current events.

  • Answering the Guy Questions by Leslie Ludy - I was very excited to see another book out by Leslie Ludy, and enjoyed reading this, finishing it over Easter break. Subtitled "The Set-Apart Girl's Guide to Relating to the Opposite Sex," it gave some helpful advice on how to relate to our brothers in Christ. As always, the emphasis on Christ as our true Love was encouraging. It provided some topics for discussion among my siblings, and I don't entirely agree with all the advice it gives. It can also come across as saying that if you follow these steps, your love story is guaranteed to be wonderfully perfect, which isn't always the case, and I don't think is what Leslie was trying to convey. This book also seems to be more for girls who are not old enough to get married, and left me with questions as to how we girls at marriageable age should be interacting with young men of marriageable age. That said, I still think it's a great and encouraging book, one that I would recommend!

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
  • The Bravehearted Gospel by Eric Ludy
  • So Much More by Elizabeth and Anna Sophia Botkin

Miriam's Books
I read mostly re-reads this month when I had the time.

Completed This Month:
  • This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti - This has to be the best book of Peretti's I've ever read. The first time I heard it was when my dad read it aloud to us and ever since then, I've enjoyed an annual read. Peretti deals with the spiritual warfare in people's lives tactfully and unoffensively (at least, in my opinion).
  • Piercing The Darkness by Frank Peretti - The sequel to This Present Darkness introduces new characters and a new plot, but with the same idea in mind. He shows how involved spiritual warfare is in our lives.
  • The Pendragon Cycle by Stephen Lawhead - An excellent trilogy and yes, this was also a re-read. Lawhead recreates the story of Taliesin, Merlin, and Arthur in his own way, making it almost more believable. I've enjoyed an annual read of this series for the last couple of years. I do recommend that kids younger than 16 don't read them, but it depends on the parents' decision based on their maturity level.

Currently Reading:

  • Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris


Ella said...

Okay, so I don't feel so bad.....I had only read two =)

That's why I will combine April's books into May.

Anonymous said...

Miriam and Anna,
Have either of you read any books by Isabella Alden or Jeff Barth?

I have read "Ester Reid Yet Speaking" by Isabella MacDonald Alden. I was reading "Ester Reid", the first book, but I found the 2nd book to be more interesting than the first. :-) Have you heard of the Bob and Arty books by Jeff Barth? I read them (I am a girl), and I enjoy them a lot. ;-D Jeff Barth also wrote a book about courtship. I forgot what it was called. Thank you once again for taking the time to post comments on your wonderful, encouraging blog!

~Love in Christ, Rachel, 11~

Anonymous said...

I also wanted to ask you, "Have you ever read Hopechest Magazine, Keepers at Home, or Nature Friend Magazine??" I have. My mother is a subscriber to Above Rubies, so I have the honor of reading all the issues, whether new or old. :-)

~In Christ, Rachel~

Anna and Miriam said...

Rachel: I just realized that we never responded to your questions - so sorry!

I have read Ester Reid's Awakening by Isabella MacDonald Allen, and enjoyed it. I've never heard of Jeff Barth. I subscribe to HopeChest and Above Rubies, and enjoy them both immensely!