Monday, August 31, 2009

August 2009 Reading List

Anna's Books

Completed This Month:
  • All the Way Home by Mary Pride - This excellent book was published in 1989 and is full of practical ideas for a home-centered life. It is the sequel to The Way Home, and gives more real-life stories and suggestions for what to do at home. It covers marriage, pregnancy, birth, raising children, home education, cleaning and organization, church, ministry, and home business, among many other things. Because of some mature topics covered, I wouldn't necessarily recommend it to people under 18, for it is definitely geared toward married folks. However, I really enjoyed it and look forward to one day putting into practice some of its material.
  • Jamie MacLeod: Highland Lass by Michael Phillips and Judith Pella - Trying to find her place in the world and fulfill her father's dreams, the orphanes Jamie is faced with many different circumstances in her young life. Full of mystery and lessons learned, Jamie finally finds rest in what she was meant to be: a woman of God. This sweet story was a delightful treat, one that kept me turning pages.
  • The Hidden Art of Homemaking by Edith Schaffer - This book is full of "creative ideas for enriching everyday life." I really enjoyed its suggestions for finding beauty in the little things and creating a home pleasing for the family that lives there and the visitors that come. It began by pointing us to our Creator, from whom we get our creativity, and then explored many "hidden arts" that can be put into practice in the home, from music to the visual arts to food and interior decoration. Even if you're not an expert in any of these arts, you are encouraged to use what you can do to beautify your home and surroundings, thus encouraging those around you!
  • Ballet for Beginners by Nancy Draper & Margaret F. Atkinson – I borrowed this sweet book, published in 1951, from the library to help give inspiration and tips for teaching. It introduces ballet to the young beginner and is complete with explanations of the basic positions and moves and clear photographs. The dancers are fairly modestly attired compared to current days. Exercises complete with piano sheet music are included for the dancer to practice at home. The back gives brief biographies of famous dancers and synopsis of popular ballets.
  • Ballet for Beginners by Marie-Laure Medova - This was another library book borrowed to aid in teaching. Complete with full-color pictures, this book shows the basic ballet poses and steps for young beginners, as well as a few more complicated ones to practice at home. It gives good tips and things to remember, and it broke down each step in very understandable picture illustrations. The back also gave a brief history of ballet. Because of the more scantily-clad dancers, it’s not a book I would like to have on my shelf.
  • Magdalene by Angela Hunt - This novel was written about the Biblical Mary Magdalene, taking dramatic liberty to flesh out what her life could have been before she met Christ and was delivered from demons. With all of the different views about the woman Mary Magdalene could have been, I enjoyed the setting and characters in this story. It provided nice respite and escape as I battled a cold. It was such a great read, I finished it in 2 days!
  • The Glass Menagerie by Tennesse Williams - A memory play written in 1944, it gives a glimpse into the lives of three people – a mother and her crippled daughter and restless son – and their hidden aspirations, or lack thereof. The mother has high hopes for her children, but they always seem to disappoint her. What happens when a “gentleman caller” is introduced? Soon hopes are dashed once again, and we are left wondering.

    Currently Reading:
  • Worldliness by John Piper
  • Basic Principles of Classical Ballet by Agrippina Vaganova
  • The Wonderful World of Dance by Arnold L. Haskell
  • The Actor at Work by Robert Benedetti
  • PlayMaking: A Manual of Craftsmanship by William Archer
  • The 100 Most Important Events in Christian History by A. Kenneth Curtis, J. Stephen Lang, & Randy Peterson
  • The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
  • The Keeper of the Bees by Gene Stratton-Porter
  • Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge
  • 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

Miriam's Books

When I sat down to put my books on this post, it hit me that I hadn't read anything this whole month! How that tragedy happened I don't know, but I'll do my best to make it doesn't occur again. =)


Mardi said...

Anna, how are you liking "The Total Money Makeover" by Dave Ramsey I have the book sitting on my beanbag in my room, I haven't started it yet, but I enjoy listening to Dave Ramsey on the radio and occasionally watching him on television.

Ella said...

That is rare for you, Miriam, to not have read even one book this month......I really need to do my reading lists, as I haven't all summer =)

Anna Naomi said...

Mardi: The Total Money Makeover is really good! I'm not exactly its target audience, as I'm not in debt and don't plan to be, but it is good to know what to avoid! Dave Ramsey writes in a fun and interesting way.

Ella: College will do that to you. I remember a few months where I only read one or two books. You're reading so many textbooks and things, you don't often have time to read much else.

I look forward to reading your reading lists. =)

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Elijah Lofgren said...

Dude, you read lots of books. Keep it up! Thanks for the many books you've recommended to me and let me borrow! :)