I have just finished, am in the middle of, or am about to start several different books this month. I decided in December that I would add some non-fiction to my reading this year (some crazy idea of having a more balanced mental diet). Here is what is on my shelf right now.
My Bible readings right now are in the New Testament as I work through my Names project. I have just finished the Gospel of Matthew this week and am moving on to the Gospel of Mark. I am also reading through Acts, as that is where our Pastor is (still) preaching (I love when a Pastor takes his time through a book!).
Kelly Minter. I do not like a lot of the Bible study books that are currently available for women. This one is exceptional. This young lady is very careful with what she writes and how she writes it. Her studies come from the Bible, rather than from a personal agenda. She is thoughtful, she is well-grounded in the Bible, and she writes well. Working through this book with my Wednesday evening class has been convicting, encouraging, and motivating.
A couple of years ago, Mr. Marvelous suggested that I read these two books by Richard Foster. I finally got around to Celebration of Discipline (and I am embarrassed by how long it took me to get to it). No, I do not agree with everything he writes; however, there are some good nuggets in here. Read this one carefully and ~ like the Bereans ~ judge what he says against Scripture. I will be reading through his Freedom of Simplicity this month or next.
Killing Lions was recommended to us by our good friends and neighbors. This is the stage of life where we find ourselves as a family right now. I bought a copy for both Mr. Marvelous and Mr. Marvelous Jr. for Christmas. They were surprised (I don't pull that off very often). Mr. Marvelous started reading it and couldn't put it down. In between garden planning, he spent his evenings reading this ~ often aloud to me. He asked me to read it when he finished and I did. I probably do not appreciate it the same way that men do, but I did appreciate a lot of what he said.
As we approach Lent, I picked up my Dad's book, Killing Jesus of Nazareth and will be reading it through again this year in preparation for Easter. You may also find copies of it by contacting me directly.
I am also trying to read what I refer to as "Smart Books" to improve my intellectual mind a little bit (it could use some improvement these days). This is at the top of my "Smart Book" list, written by one of the smartest people I know:
This book is written for those of us who do not have advanced degrees in Geology or other sciences, but want to know how to respond to the Academic Intellegentsia who tell us that we are ignorant because of our faith. I have enjoyed working through this book and am pleasantly surprised by how understandable it is. Yes, the author is my brother and yes, I think he is almost as wonderful as Mr. Marvelous.
Next on the list are two practical guides for the home.
Mary Englebreit + the garden = happy!
This was a gift from my parents. We discovered it at their house and Mr. Marvelous and I both fell in love with it. I'll be working through this one. As Mr. Marvelous is working to get the garden ready, he'll need some extra nutrition. Right?
Of course there are some novels in the mix.
I am eclectic in my reading taste!
I found a copy of James Michener's Poland. It has been several years since I read that and I will be revisiting this month. It's an old, good friend.
The Nancys have re-introduced me to Nero Wolfe and we are all reading through his stories as written by Rex Stout. Good mysteries and lots of fun.
The Library director in nearby Leeds introduced me to Jasper Fforde. His Thursday Next books are almost as quirky as I am with a lovely mix of classical literature and Sci-Fi fantasy.
Elizabeth Musser is one of my all-time favorite Christian Authors. I will be writing more about her soon and about the opportunity I recently had to meet her. The best way I can describe her books is to say that she writes with excellence. Sadly, that is not something that I can say about too many Christian authors these days. It is obvious as you read her books that she took time to work through the plot and the character development. Writing is a calling for her, and it is something at which she works in order to bring glory to God. I purchased a new copy of The Swan House which I will be re-reading (another old friend), and a copy of Waiting For Peter. Warning: if you get a copy of Waiting For Peter, have the Kleenex handy! You have been warned.
I am not the Ted Dekker fan that Mr. Marvelous is. I tried to read his color books and could not finish the first one. When we were at the library recently, Hacker was on the shelf and I picked it up on a whim for Mr. Marvelous (since he is a Dekker fan). Mr. Marvelous never did get to it, being busy with the garden planning. After a couple of weeks (and having to renew it), I picked it up and started reading. I could not put it down. It was a fascinating story and there were some lessons in the book that I needed to hear. It is not for everyone, and I don't know that I will even read the other books in the series, but this one was well-worth my time.
Finally, Mr. Marvelous Jr. came home last night with this little treasure for his dear Mama:
You tell her, Vader; I'm with you on that outfit!