I’ve been reading some good books lately!

About a month ago I decided I watch too much tv so I’ve traded in the hours spent mindlessly staring at the tv for some extra time reading! I’ve really enjoyed many of the books I’ve read lately and am still reading so I thought I’d share a few of my thoughts.

First of all, one of our goals for our first year of marriage was to read a faith/marriage book

Mere Christianity

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together. Well we were having trouble choosing a book (I had almost given up on our goal) when we both became interested in reading Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. While it’s not a book about marriage it was an incredible book about Christianity! C.S. Lewis is a former atheist who became a Christian and was asked to talk on a radio show during the 1940s in London. So, it’s during WWII and he is on a radio show talking about what Christians believe perhaps to give the people of that time a sense of hope during the war. Because the book is basically just the transcripts of his radio talks it is easy to read and understand. Additionally, he makes it very clear that he is trying to explain and defend  the belief that is common to nearly all Christians – not one denomination or another, just Christianity itself. It was a great read that had Mike and I thinking and talking about things we had never discussed before! AND… Lewis was a atheist, so he has a very intriguing perspective on many of the misconceptions/attacks on Christianity. Christians – you should read this book! Non-Christians – you should definitely read this book!

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Last summer I started reading the Left Behind series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. I read the first four during the summer and then decided to take a break. Recently I picked it back up and read the 5th book, Apollyon, and am currently about a fourth of the way through the 6th book, Assassins. Basically these books tell the story of the end of the world, starting with the rapture in the first book. Basically the books are a fictional account of the book of Revelation. They are fast paced with likable characters and even though they are each about 350 pages I can ready through one in about a week.

 

Thirdly, a couple of weeks ago I was subbing at a school and Aaron Thomas, the son of Ed Thomas, was a guest speaker at an assembly at the school. Ed Thomas was a high school football coach from Parkersburg, Iowa. He was known for many things, sending 4 players from the tiny town of Parkersburg to the NFL, rebuilding Parkersburg after the EF5 tornado destroyed the town, his faith, and his untimely death at the hand of a former student. It was inspiring to listen to his son tell their story during the assembly so I knew I wanted to read the book detailing Ed Thomas’ life, The Sacred Acre. I picked it up from the library and got about 75 pages into it, and it was confiscated by Mike who has started reading it as well. The first 75 pages were great! Can’t wait to read the rest!

Lastly, I’ve joined a group of friends on Goodreads.com in reading a book focusing on a Christian marriages. There are about 10 of us reading the book The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller. On Goodreads.com we have discussion posts/blogs that allow us to share our thoughts on each chapter as well as add any links to related articles. This book has a lot to say, so I’m taking it slow, but I’m enjoying the group because it allows for a more dynamic understanding of each chapter!

Phew! That’s a lot of reading! But I’m loving it! Have you read any of these books?? Or any other good ones you recommend?

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Looking for a good book?

So recently at church we have been going through a series called Total Family Fitness. Each week we have looked at a different aspect of a family and how we can be a husband/wife/brother/mom/son/friend who is a blessing to other people. This is the study guide that goes with each week (you can find a copy here with all the information) and Mike and I have really enjoyed further studying different ideas about a family.

One of my favorite things about the study guide is the back page. One the back there is a list of additional resources (books!) to go along with each topic. Mike and I have started reading some of them and are really enjoying it so I thought I would share the list for anyone looking for a good read. Enjoy!

I/we have/are reading/read the following:
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis (awesome! more to come about this!)
The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller