Monday, February 01, 2010

January 2010 Reading List

Anna's Books

Completed this Month:
  • Love and Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs - As a book for married couples, this is one I’ll want definitely want to re-read once I’m a wife myself. Its simple message is that a wife’s need is love and a husband’s need is respect. Yet, because men and women are different, conflicts often arise and they deny each other their vital need, resulting in a crazy cycle. With plenty of real-life stories, both humorous and touching, and tips for practical application, this is a helpful and enjoyable book – and one that may change your relationship. A minor criticism is that it seemed a little repetitive, but that may be good for really ingraining the message within you. Apply this message to get off the crazy cycle and onto the energizing cycle, and ultimately reap great rewards in your marriage.
  • Michael O’Halloran by Gene Statton-Porter - This heartwarming book tells the story of an orphan boy caring for himself on the streets of a big city, working as a newsie, and enriching the lives of others. His lonely life changes when he takes in another orphan, and begins selflessly caring for her. At the same time, we read the story of a sweet young lady living with her father, soon to be married. Her love story is very sweet and pure, and the way they reach out to “Mickie” (as he’s called) and his response and help to them is fun to read. The story is somewhat idealized, and some of the things that happen seem very unlikely, but it was a wonderful read. This author hasn’t yet disappointed me with her Christian-themed, touching stories.
  • Our Heavenly Inheritance by Ruth Stewart – When I got the ideas for a musical about Jericho and the characters involved, mom gave me this book, which is a devotional based on the Biblical account of entering the promised land. Now, as I begin to write the musical, I finally read the book. :) It’s short and easy to read, but very insightful in its parallels to the historical account of Joshua and our own lives as Christians.
  • When God Writes Your Love Story – by Eric and Leslie Ludy – Sometimes I just need to be reminded that the wait will be worth it, that God can script a beautiful love story if I surrender the pen to Him and wait for His time, that others walking the same path do exist. This book will cause you to think about the relationships around you, and chase you to the Author of Romance for all you’ll ever need. It also gives practical examples of how to prepare for marriage while in the waiting season. I’ve read this book a few times since I was 15, and I never cease to be delighted with the humor and the touching scenes, and nearly always notice something new to apply in my current season of life. If you haven’t read this book, I definitely recommend it! But, if you’re under 15 or so, you may want to have your parent screen it first, as it deals with some mature and heartbreaking issues.
  • Manners and Customs in the Bible by Victor H. Matthews – Subtitled “An Illustrated Guide to Daily Life in Bible Times,” this book presented facts about the way life was in 5 different periods of Biblical history, from the Patriarchs to the New Testament. It was interesting to read about things archeologists have discovered from those times and get glimpses of other historical things happening around the time of the Bible. It wasn’t the most gripping book, however, nor necessarily the most useful. I read it to get ideas for directing Biblical musicals, and didn’t learn much I didn’t already know. But, it is a good reference should I need to write about life in a certain Biblical period.
  • Unashamed by Francine Rivers - In writing a musical script that includes the story of Rahab, I remembered this book I'd read a few years ago about her. It's a fictional novel in an interesting series about the five women included in the genealogy of Christ. Though fiction, it stays true to the Biblical account, and has good insights into the way things might have happened. The characterization is great as well. One caution is that, as it deals with the story of Rahab - a prostitute, though she leaves the life by God's grace - I wouldn't necessarily recommend the book to anyone under 16, although it is written in a tasteful way.
Currently Reading:
  • Ninth Witness by Bodie and Brock Thoene
  • The New Evidence that Demands a Verdict by Josh McDowell
  • The Art of Theatre by Downs, Wright, and Ramsey
  • Dance Anatomy and Kinesiology by Karen Clippinger
  • John Adams by David McCullough
  • Faith Alone by Martin Luther, edited by James C. Galvin
Miriam's Books

Completed this Month:

I haven't completed any books this month has resumed! I've been slowly reading Little Dorrit a chapter-a-night, so it will be finished eventually.

Currently Reading:
  • Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
  • And The Shofar Blew by Francine Rivers
  • My Utmost For His Highest by Oswald Chambers
What about you? What have you read recently?


Maria said...

I just reached the halfway point in War and Peace today; only 569 more pages!

Robert said...

A couple of weeks ago I found the Love and Respect book in a thrift store.I hadn't heard of it till I saw you mention it.The book was on sale so I got it for 50 cents!

I'd like to read When God Writes Your Love Story.I read their book Romance God's Way and I own When Dreams Come True.

Recently I read Jane Austen's guide to Good Manners and currently I'm reading By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder.