For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven, says Solomon in Ecclesiastes 3:1. I take that to mean that somewhere in there is a time to read!
I honestly don’t understand when people say that they enjoy reading, but don’t read because they don’t have time. For me, it’s like saying I never eat anything because I don’t have time. But that’s ok, I don’t have to understand everything about everyone else. Reading isn’t a test of godliness, you know. But I do like to read!
Here are some of the books I’ve read in the last few months.
I know I’ve talked about these two before, but I will give them another bump because they are so, so good. Very deep and inspiring, but highly readable. Your Christianity will be challenged and changed! The Insanity of God and The Insanity of Obedience by Nik Ripken.
I read Go Set a Watchman right over the time that Harper Lee died. Go Set a Watchman is not as good as To Kill a Mockingbird, in my opinion. I was disappointed in Atticus, but fascinated by Jean Louise’s struggle to find her own person, her own beliefs, instead of merely mimicking her father.
The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian gives a striking picture of both mental illness and homelessness–subjects many of us need greater understanding in. The ending is shocking! I would definitely not recommend this book for young readers. This one was required reading for our book club, which I missed because of being out of town right after the largest wildfire in Kansas history surrounded our town!
Penny Wise is a small book on tips for frugal living from the Keepers at Home publishers. My mom gave me this book for my birthday. I’m not sure if I learned anything new, but I still enjoyed reading it.
Center Church by Timothy Keller–I’ve just dipped into this book a few times. But I’ve read enough of it to know that I’m going to go back for a meal! I was intrigued by Keller’s description of four models of the church’s response to culture: transformationist, relevance, counterculturalist, and two Kingdoms, and the pros and cons of each model. It’s a big book, so likely I won’t read it all at once.
When I was sick, I read The Great Christmas Kidnapping Caper by Jean Van Leeuwen just for fun. It’s a lighthearted book kids love, and it has no nasty adult themes like too many kids’ books do these days. A couple of mice figure out how to rescue a nice man who was kidnapped.
Another children’s book to love: The Contests at Cowlick. My kids think this book is wildly funny. A clever little boy outwits a dangerous rascal and his gang–and makes them look utterly foolish in the process.
I read a novel about a boy with Aspergers, but I cannot remember the title! I am getting old, I guess. The book was heart-wrenching, but had a good ending. It reminded me of the fragility of children, especially those with mental or emotional problems. Well, what’s the use of talking about the book if I can’t give you the title?! Maybe I’ll remember later.
Two years ago I read Hearing God, and recently I got it out to read again. I’ve been reading snatches here and there, and every time I am amazed at the depth and quality of the book. If you’re interested in learning about hearing God’s voice, read Hearing God by Dallas Willard.
Ok, I am going to add one more book that I actually haven’t read through for a couple of years. But I’m including it because I often think about it, still. Thin Places describes postures for practicing missional community. The ideas in the book have been very shaping for how I’ve lived my life the last year.
That’s some of what’s been on my book-pile! What about you? I’d love to hear your suggestions! Because there’s a time for everything–including reading.
Have you read any of these books? If so, what did you think? What good books have you read lately?