Monday, March 01, 2010

February 2010 Reading List


Anna's Books

Completed this Month:
  • Ninth Witness by Bodie and Brock Thoene - Having enjoyed the 8 previous books in the A.D. Chronicles series, I anticipated reading this one. Mom got it for me for my birthday, but not wanting to get too caught up in a book, with all the other things going on, I delayed reading it. Our weekend at Orange Beach gave me the relaxing opportunity. Like the other books, this one presents a unique and Biblically-based look at the life of Jesus, this time when he was 12 years old. The other characters woven in are endearing and flesh out the story in a powerful way. If you haven't read this series, I definitely recommend that you do!
  • John Adams by David McCullough - Though masterfully written, this 651-page biography took me 3 1/2 months (including break weeks) to complete. It's fascinating, but not a book I could read straight through - I scheduled it in 20-30 page increments as part of my study schedule. The book presents great insights into a president I knew little about. Though misunderstood by many, John Adams was a man of principle, who sacrificed much for the good of America. From Harvard student, to lawyer, to member of the Continental Congress, he persevered. From signer of the Declaration of Independence, to foreign diplomat, to vice-president, and at last, president, though misrepresented and not without fault himself, he continued to honor God and work for the good of the country as best he could. His wife Abigail was an amazing helpmate to her husband, and it was touching to see their love woven throughout. If you want to learn more about early American history, following the life of one of its great leaders, I would definitely recommend this book! Just plan on it taking a while to complete. :)
  • Seasons Under Heaven by Beverly LaHaye & Terri Blackstock, audio book narrated by Ruth Ann Phimister - With the trip to Ohio and back totaling 24 hours, I checked out this 10-hour audio book from the library to help pass some time. This novel follows the lives of 4 women living in the cul-de-sac ofCedar Circle. Though neighbors and friends, they couldn't be more different, with one an empty-nester, another a divorced mother with three teens, another a frustrated mom of two preschoolers, and the last a homeschooling mother with four children. The characters are uniquely brought to life in a realistic and heart-warming way, and when serious sickness strikes one of the children, the neighbors pull together in an amazing way. Because of some mature themes, I wouldn't recommend the book to anyone under 16 or so. However, the book wonderfully reaffirms the value of motherhood and investing in the lives of your children.
  • Before the Ring by William L. Coleman - Full of questions to be discussed before two people get engaged, this book has a lot of good things to think through. Although I currently am not courting anyone, it's good to be prepared! It's definitely given me more questions to ask whenever that time comes. The book is laid out well, funny in places, and full of good quotes. They do assume you date around somewhat, though, and I disagreed with a few of the husband/wife roles they thought were okay, but all-in-all it's a good book. Perhaps, when the time comes, I'll end up working through it with my future husband.
  • Tenth Stone by Bodie and Brock Thoene - This tenth book in the A.D. Chronicles follows the stories of lepers who were healed by Jesus and the prodigal son of Melchior, one of the magi to visit Jesus years ago. Though loosely based on Scripture, these stories didn't draw as much from the Biblical account; however, they definitely fit with the overall theme, and were an enjoyable read. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: if you haven't read the A.D. Chronicles, I encourage you to check them out!
  • The Lost Art of True Beauty by Leslie Ludy - To a culture where basic manners seem to be missing, this book is a breath of fresh air. To girls caught between the prissy, "hot" girly look and the rebellious boyish attitude, this book will help you understand the true meaning of femininity. It points you to Author of beauty, and the inside-out loveliness that won't fade, but it also gets down to specifics in the exterior realm, asking questions and giving tips to help you glorify the Lord in the way you dress, talk, walk, and interact, while not getting caught up in legalistic rules. If you're a girl, this book is for you! :)
  • Still Growing by Kirk Cameron - I have to admit; I'd never heard of Kirk Cameron before I saw him in the first "Left Behind" movie; I never knew he was such a popular child actor. But both fans of his early show "Growing Pains" and followers of his later works will enjoy this autobiography. It's full of funny moments as well as serious and touching scenes as you get a glimpse of a normal guy living a not-so-average life. Growing up as a star actor had its benefits and downsides, but Kirk's parents helped keep him on the right path. God also got a hold of his life before highschool was out, and the way He's used Kirk Cameron is inspiring.
  • The Bible and Birth Control by Charles D. Provan - This little book is the compilation of a few essays, rebuttals and responses, and the opinions many historical theologians had on the subject of birth control. It's a touchy subject in today's world, but it's interesting to note that, before the 1900s, Protestants, not just Catholics, were completely against the use of birth control of any kind. The Bible very clearly paints children as a blessing. I don't plan to limit my family intentionally, but trust that God will give me the children He wants me to have in His time, and this book reinforced that conviction. Because of the candid subject material, I wouldn't recommend the book to younger teens. And, I don't think it's the best out there on the subject, but it is interesting in that it presents the views of historic theologians such as John Calvin and Martin Luther.
Currently Reading:
  • 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
  • God's Warrior by Frank G. Slaughter
  • America's Christian History by Gary DeMar
  • Business by the Good Book by David L. Steward
  • Faith Alone by Martin Luther, edited by James C. Galvin

Miriam's Books

Completed this Month:
Unfortunately, I don't have any books to add on right now. I'm looking forward to when I can do a lot more reading again.

Currently Reading:
  • Simply Christian by N.T. Wright

16 comments:

Joanna said...

Thank you for continuing to do the reading lists, girls. It's always good to hear your thoughts on certain books and recommendations. Quite a few of the books I read come from your suggestions, so thank you! I think it's such a great idea that I'm going to start doing it on my blog.

Ella said...

I always love hearing about what you have read....I haven't done mine in a long time =)

Katie said...

Miss Anna,
Do you happen to know whether the library has a copy of the book "The Lost Art of True Beauty"?

Marlana said...

You are the only person I know that reads as many books as me. :)

I haven't read that book on birth control yet. I'll have to check it out. Thanks!!!!

I am in between on that issue. I am against the Quiverfull idea as a movement and for natural family planning (catholic method). The church has always taken a stand against abc; however, they were also largely against sexual gratification except when trying to conceive a child, which I obviously disagree with (what if you are already pregnant?)Last year I compiled quotes on the church fathers and reformers against birth control; simultaneous to that I found deeply trouble quotes from them....its as if they understood the procreation part but not the pleasure part. Today we get the pleasure part and not the procreation part.

firstjohnoneseven said...

My friend just gave me a copy of the "Lost Art of True Beauty" and I can't wait to start it!

Anna Naomi said...

Joanna: Glad it helps you! It would be fun to read your reviews. :)

Ella: You should do yours! It's a built-in subject to blog about. =)

Katie: I've never seen Leslie Ludy's books at the Prattville library. You can borrow my copy - I'll bring it to dance class next week. Just promise to return it. ;)

Marlana: Like I said, I don't this book is necessarily the best on the topic, but it was interesting. I know what you mean about being between on the issue - intimacy is for both reasons, but I am for God giving me children when He sees fit.

Firstjohnoneseven: Hope you enjoy it!

Savannah said...

I love your reading lists, Anna :) I was wondering, would you considering putting up a compilation list of some of your most favorite books? I would love to see which ones you love best. Savannah

Erin said...

A friend of mine just told me about your blog recently and I'm looking forward to reading more of what you've written in the past. I was wondering what you think is the best book(s) on birth control? I would be interested in checking it out, because I also feel that limiting God's blessings is not something I want to do. Thanks!

Anna Naomi said...

Savannah: It would be hard to choose my favorite books - there are so many good ones! But I will try to compile a "best of" book post up soon.

Erin: I really haven't ready many books on the subject, since I'm not even married yet! The book I recently read just didn't seem to be the best out there. A few years ago I read Be Fruitful and Multiply by Nancy Campbell, and from what I remember, it was a good book! It's one of my mom's favorites as well - she gives it to almost every new married couple. :)

Karin said...

I have recently decided to switch to feminine dress(I've started a blog describing my switch, which is linked in my name at the top of this post), but would like to do some more reading on the subject. Do you have any books or blogs you would recommend?

Heather said...

I looked through "Before the Ring" in a previous relationship, but when I actually got engaged to my now-husband, I didn't pick it up again. I don't think the book had anything that new or revolutionary that we didn't talk about already or in our premarital counseling.

Renee said...

I borrowed The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict from our library, but sadly it had to go back before I could finish it. I loved it - some of it was hard to understand, but it helped me prepare to 'give a reason for the hope inside of me'. :)

Anna Naomi said...

Karin: The Lost Art of True Beauty by Leslie Ludy does go into dressing femininely, though not limited to skirts/dresses exclusively. I know of quite a few books about modesty in general, but not many about specifics of feminine dress (if by it you mean specifically skirts/dresses). Femininity is definitely not limited to skirts, but they do help me feel more feminine.

Blogs... I did some blogging at my previous blog (categorized here: http://danceranna.com/categorized-posts/femininity/ ) in which I linked to some blogs I liked on the subject. http://isthismodest.com/ is a good blog that often talks about feminine dress, though again not just related to skirts. Hope that helps somewhat!

Heather: Thanks for your review of Before the Ring. Like you said, I didn't find it very revolutionary, but it did help me think of good questions to ask. As one who isn't extremely good at asking a lot of questions, it gave me ideas. :)

Renee: I'm enjoying working through The New Evidence that Demands a Verdict! It is weighty at times, but very good!

Anonymous said...

Hi Anna,

I am curious - where do you find your books? Library, internet, Christian bookstore?

Julie from Maine

MJ said...

I've read that John Adams biography after seeing the mineseries. It was a great book...I couldn't stop reading it

Anna Naomi said...

Julie: Sorry it's taken me so long to respond! Most of my books are ones my mom has on the many bookshelves in a our home. She is a huge reader, and has amassed quite a collection. Quite a few of the books are from my local library, and a few of the new ones I really want to read I order online, usually through Amazon.com.