Reading Life – July/August 2019

I feel like my reading life the last few months has been pretty disjointed. I’ve been desperately trying to finish up some books and I’ve also had to start doing all my weekly pre-reading for the kid’s school. I’ve also found myself putting aside more books than I’ve ever done. Here’s a quick recap –


Mere Christianity (pre-read) – I read this back in college as a pretty new believer and my son is reading it later on this year as part of his school. I’m about four chapters in and I’m sort of trying to figure it out honestly.

The Road Back to You – a pastor friend gifted this to us a while back and I just threw it on the shelf to read later. I’ve read a handful of “personality” books and some about the enneagram and I just couldn’t get into it. For whatever reason, I pulled it down about 2 weeks ago and I can’t stop reading it. It’s honestly the first book I’ve ever read that really does make sense when it comes to talking about your tendencies and sort of your make up.

Richard Halliburton’s Complete Book of Marvels (read aloud) – we’ve been reading through this since last year and it’s really fabulous. If you like anything about geography you would probably love it.

The Sea Around Us – (pre-read) We are reading the junior version of this and while it starts out super heavy with evolutionary ideas (some I’d never even heard of before) it’s moving into the world of the oceans and it’s really amazing so far.

Church History in Plain Language (pre-read) – my son is reading this for his history class this year. It’s a pretty readable history book and has been fascinating to see how church history weaves around “regular” history. As one who was educated with that great distinction between church and “state”, it’s really kind of neat to study history in light of the Bible – I can totally understand Paul’s letters to the new church in such a different light.

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (pre-read) – I read this in high school and it’s pretty interesting. I can’t say I’m a huge fan of Stevenson’s work.

The Inklings – this has been on my to-read list for like two years and I am determined to read it before the end of 2019. So far it’s totally fascinating.

Abandoned and/or set aside

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek – I started this and then my Inklings book came in from the library so I had to set it aside since I own it. I was also reading two “nature” books at the same time and was getting both of them mixed up in my head.

Great Possessions: An Amish Farmer’s Journal – I had to return this book to the library, but I’m hoping to get it back again soon. I really loved it and have learned so much – really just about paying attention to the world outside. The rotation of the seasons and the birds and insects that come along with those.

Everything that Rises Must Converge – this was on my to read list this year and I finally got it from the library. I made it about half way through before I decided I just couldn’t read it. I really, really want to love O’Connor, but this book was way too much for me. The stories are filled with such anger and frustration and then end when these horrible endings. It’s almost like reading stories of what people wish in their minds they could do in the midst of their anger and frustration – only they actually act on it.


The Scarlet Pimpernel – this is up there as one of my favorite books ever. I really need to buy a copy to have and I want to re-read it again. It was so, so clever and just so good.

Finding Quiet: My Story of Overcoming Anxiety and Practices that Brought Peace – I really liked this book at first, but then after a while it sort of grated on me. There were some really good practices in there that I do think I’ll pick up in the midst of anxiety issues, but I’m sort of not sure what to do with this book.

Man, The Dwelling Place of God – This was a really great little book. The chapters are short, but rich and there was much to be gleaned from it. I read it over the course of a year – very slowly – and it is one to be picked up year after year and go through again. Tozer is one that can say really thought provoking and amazing things in two sentences.

Emily of New Moon – I was reading this because I wanted my daughter to read it and also because so many people say they love this series more than Anne. I’m not sure. I think I recognize more of myself in Anne and will always love those books – but I’m curious which way my daughter will lean as I see way more of Emily in her.

Beate Not the Poore Desk: A Writer to Young Writers – this was a super little book about writing. I really love reading Wangerin, he has such a conversational style of writing it is like he is sitting there with you.

I think that’s it for what I’ve been trudging through. I need to start Les Miserable, because I’m supposed to be reading it along with my son this year – he’s way ahead of me already. And I also need to start Watership Down to read along with my daughter.

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