My Summer Reading (Part 2)

My Summer Reading (Part 2)

Well, somehow the summer is drawing to an end. I seriously can’t believe how quickly it went-I know how cliché that sounds. At the party the library held for the end of the summer reading program V won a prize. David screamed and I cried. It is so strange and wonderful to be a parent. Just when everything in life starts to get boring and routine, you get to do the fun parts over with your children and it’s SO much better than you remember it.

On a more depressing note-when I went to turn in my summer reading list to the librarian she told me it was over for the adults, and had been for a full week. I had a hefty list-15 books, that I was proud of, so I was a tiny bit devastated that I didn’t get to turn it in. Also-I genuinely think the librarians hate me. I am in the library a lot….like…a lot and they always pretend like they don’t know me and didn’t think to tell me that the summer reading program was almost over when I was bragging about finishing 15 books since the middle of May…

Whatever. What’s done is done. Here’s my list for YOU to admire. hahah

 

 

Your Beautiful Purpose by Susie Larson 

I started this book in January, so I’m not really sure if it counts as my summer reading, but I finished it two weeks ago (finally!) so here it is, on my list. It’s a really great and encouraging book, without being either condemning or fluffy. When I started reading it, I was really in a place of desperation and brokenness. I approached this book with my hands and heart open to God and what His desire for me and my life would be. I cried in the opening pages and just asked God to direct me. I know that God has good plans for me and my life, but this book helped me to take steps in what direction I think He is leading me to. It’s been amazing. I mean, you are here, reading this right now. That in its self shows how many ways God had been pushing, pulling, and sometimes dragging me to follow Him.

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

I faintly remember my mom reading this book and asking her what it was about to which I think she responded with something like, “It’s too sad for you to know about right now.” Corrie Ten Boom is known as a “Christian Hero” and I wanted to know why for myself. Her story is honestly unreal. She protected Jews in her home along with her father and sister. After she was caught she was in a concentration camp for months, and escaped by a miracle. There are in fact, many miracles in this story and it’s amazing to remember that all of this took place only a few years ago.

Auschwitz: A Doctor’s Eyewitness Account by Miklós Nyiszli

Ug. I would not recommend this book. I did not realize that the Nazis were at times recruiting Jews to help them with their medical experiments (really just torture trying to prove their own delusional narrative) and running the gas chambers. This book is the true account of Jewish doctor who upon arriving at Auschwitz concentration camps is recruited to perform autopsies. It’s really horrible. Like the kind of thing that will keep you up at night, trying to forget what you’ve read, or dismiss it as exaggeration. While this portion of history was almost wiped out (the Nazis killed all of the Jews working for them after three months, like clock work, to try to hide what they were doing) it is still grisly and horrible to read and remember that someone could murder and experiment on their own people…even with their excuse of trying to survive themselves.

None Like Him by Jen Wilkin

I really like Jen Wilkin’s books. I think she is an excellent author and teacher and I really appreciate her heart for women to know the Bible for themselves. This book is about 10 attributes of God-that only apply to God. For instance, God is holy, but humans are able to achieve some level of holiness. This book focuses on the attributes of God that are specific to Him, like being Omniscient, Omnipresent, and Everlasting. I think when our view shifts from ourselves and our lives to God and His greatness life is put into the proper perspective. We are able to focus on the Creator and not the madness going on in the world. When I feel fear creeping into my heart it is so amazing for me to be able to know that even with the small part of God I am able to comprehend I know I can trust that He is good.

The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

This was just a fun fiction one to throw in the mix. I’ve read everything by Stephenie Meyer (all the Twilight books and The Host) and they are all somewhat predictable and similar, but fun to read.

The Turquoise Table by Kristin Schell

I LOVED this one. Hospitality has been something that I’ve been curious about for sometime (I would say since I first saw Biblical hospitality modeled to me on a mission trip when I was 15) but haven’t really known how to go about taking the right steps. The Turquoise Table talks about hospitality reaching outside of our houses and into the communities that God has put us in. I love the practicality of this book-Kristin includes tons of really easy ideas to invite others into our lives. I can’t wait to buy/build our own turquoise table some day!

Mr. Rochester by Sarah Shoemaker

Spoiler alert-If you have not read Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë then you need to, and don’t read anymore of this review.

I remember when I was “forced” to read Jane Eyre for school when I was probably 13. I thought it was so boring and dull…until she went to Thornfield Hall and met the dark and mysterious Mr. Rochester. I was hooked then, but after the incredible reveal of Bertha it became one of my favorite books of all time. This one is the story of how Edward Rochester became Mr. Rochester. It follows his life and goes right up to after him and Jane are finally together. Love, love, LOVE.

 

 

Currently Reading:

Treasuring Christ When Your Hands are Full by Gloria Furman

Wild and Free by Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan

What are you reading? I’d love some new recommendations and I love hearing what other people are enjoying and learning!

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