Monday, August 03, 2009

July 2009 Reading List

Sorry this is late! Other things (namely a certain musical that will be presented this coming Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) has taken up most of my time on the computer!

Anna's Books

Completed this month:
  • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen - Having not read fiction in a while, I treated myself to a lovely re-read of this book after seeing the new TV edition made by Masterpiece. This book was charming to read and provided nice relaxation as I enjoyed the tale of Elinor and Marianne once again.
  • The Provision by Clint Parks Goddard - This is a book I wouldn't recommend. I read it to the end, but the dialogue was somewhat stilted, the story far-fetched, and problems that seemed too easily resolved. It was written by someone involved in missions in Haiti, and the story is loosely set there. However, I didn't think it was worth the time to read!
  • Rocking the Roles by Robert Lewis and William Hendricks - This was a good book that examined in-depth the roles of husbands and wives in marriage. I had heard it recommended several times and was blessed to receive it as a gift. It dealt with the issues of today in a Biblical and thoughtful manner, and it's definitely given me things to prepare for as I look toward marriage one day. There were a few things I wasn't sure I agreed with 100%, but so it is with most books! This one will definitely require a more thoughtful re-read, especially when I'm closer to marriage one day.
  • With One Voice by Alex Chediak with Marni Chediak - Subtitled "Singleness, Dating, and Marriage to the Glory of God," this concise, easy-to-read book offers good perspective and advice on the subject of marriage to those who would like to be married one day. It examined the changes of cultures' attitude toward marriage, laid forth the normality of marriage (after all, most people will get married!), examined masculinity and feminity, the roles of husbands and wives, and gave good advice on making sure that you choose carefully and wisely.
  • Get Married by Candice Watters - This bold book, subtitled "what women can do to help it happen" was a breath of fresh air. Candice helps women see that marriage is a good and natural thing for women to want, and that it is something that most of us are called to. But, there is so much confusion over how much women are supposed to do about getting married. This book calls you to live as though you're planning (or intending) to marry, and to take steps towards it (surrounding yourself with a church community, letting friends know that you would like to marry, and praying boldly that God will bring it about) while still making sure that you don't usurp men's leadership in this area. I read it once and then read it again to take notes and really think through things presented. It's definitely a book I recommend to all unmarried ladies of marriageable age. It may even earn a blog post of its own one of these days...

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 Hidden Art of Homemaking by Edith Schaffer

Miriam's Books

Completed this month:
  • The Bravehearted Gospel by Eric Ludy - This was a wonderful book! Anna let me borrow it, recommending I read it and I wasn't sorry. I kept wishing I had my own copy to mark in, though. =) Eric wastes no time getting to the heart of the problems in the Body. He is humorous but also serious. The truth he lays out may be uncomfortable to some, but that just means it needs to be read. This is definitely a must-add-to-my-library. =)

Currently Reading:

  • The Way Home by Mary Pride
  • Peace Like A River by Lief Enger


AuthorMama said...

Hi Anna and Miriam,
Thanks for the positive mention of Get Married. I appreciate you spreading the word to other like minded women. Blessings, Candice Watters

Anne-Marie said...

Good luck for the musical this weekend, Anna. It sounds amazing!

Peace and blessings,

Sarah, lovely wife of... said...

Hey Anna and Miriam. I have been following your blog for a long time, silently. I love your blog and it is a real inspiration to me. I almost cant wait to see what you girls write about when you get married and have your own home. Well, you have inspired me to finally create one of my own. Will you be the first ones to view it?

Taylor Ks Brooke said...

Hi! I was reading through your book list (happy to see Jane Austen!) and noticed the last title, "Get Married."

Of course, being young, but still of marriageable age, this is something to think about, but I wonder how it might be a very fine line to walk with regard to pursuit and etc. I'd be interested to see what it says.

And for some reason, it also made me think about things like eHarmony and other internet dating/relationship sites and I wondered what you thought of those...

I feel they become so tempting for people today and while I'm not interested in that sort of thing, I know there are some Christian couples who have met this way.

It's quite a dilemma in today's society.

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Anna Naomi said...

Candice: Thank you for writing this book!

Anne-Marie: Thank you!

Sarah: It's good to hear from you! Your blog looks to be off to a good start.

Taylor: Sorry it's taken me so long to respond to your comment. I do suggest that you read Get Married. It does a good job of encouraging ladies to encourage the men to lead - not pursuing them in an aggressive way, but encouraging them to lead as God intended.

And, as my brother commented, by sister Miriam did get married to someone she met using e-harmony. I never thought it would happen in that way, but God used it in a great way, and her husband is a wonderful man. I don't plan to use such an online site, but God does work in different ways for different people. Who knows where the paths ahead shall lead!

Robert said...

I hadn't heard of Rocking the Roles before but it sounds interesting.I read some reviews of it on amazon and people mention that it's critical of both the traditional marriage and roleless marriage.I was curious as to what they didn't like about traditional marriage compared to Biblical marriage that the book supports.

It sounds like Get Married would also be helpful to males too.Another book that has got good reviews is Getting Serious about Getting Married by Debbie Maken.

In case you guys didn't know here is a link to some posts about the new Emma that the BBC is currently filming

There is also a second Cranford film coming too.

Anna Naomi said...

Robert: I was a bit unsure of the difference between the "traditional" and "Biblical" marriage roles as well, but reading the book helps clear it up and they have good advice. I didn't necessarily agree with all that they said about mothers/wives working (they don't generally favor it,though), but the book is very good all-around.

I've heard about Getting Serious About Getting Married and am interested in reading it sometime.

The new "Emma" looks interesting! I just saw "Cranford" (the first five parts) and am excited to see the new one when it comes out!