Another book list already? Sorry.
I’d already started some of these so I didn’t include all of them in my Fall into Reading list. (Yeah, I can be unnecessarily strict with myself sometimes. But it’s okay; I’ll cut myself slack when needed, too.)
And I did finish quite a few books this past month to tell you about (I had a lot of beach time!).
Just found out this novel is ready for me to pick up at the library. Excited!
It’s the true story of the HeLa cells taken by scientists without Henrietta Lack’s knowledge in 1951, and used prolifically ever since. My interest was piqued when this book appeared on Auburn University’s suggested reading list for all students this summer.
Reading this on the faith of Peter with the ladies at Do Not Depart. We’re on Lesson 2 this week. If you want to join in the study, it’s not too late and the book is not even required (although helpful).
If you’re a mother of children out of their teens, you may have said (or wanted to say) to them at some point, “But I’m still your mother!” I’d like some tips on navigating these waters. Can I leave it at that for now?
Stories move me. This book helps me see why.
“Whenever I say ‘writing’ in this book, I also mean anything that you love and want to do or to make. . . . You must be sure that your imagination and love are behind it.”
– Brenda Ueland
The sleeper book of the year for me!
I was totally taken in by this one (published in 2011—why didn’t I hear about it?). I highlighted something from EVERY chapter. My Kindle quit notating it because I exceeded my limit. Even though I’ve finished it, I will go back and buy the paperback because I want to have it in “real” format. Highly recommended. (I need to do a review.)
You’ll see 52 Lies again at my end of the year Top 12 Books of 2012 post—unless something changes, it’ll be # 1.
Oh, such a beautiful book. I know a lot of people don’t like Rob Bell anymore, but I still find him very insightful. I’d call this a coffee-table book—striking photos, minimal words, and much white space. It’s a book to feed your soul. I read it in two sittings.
I’d been looking forward to reading this one for awhile, and while it was good, I was slightly disappointed. Sometimes you can get expectations up too high and it deflates a book. It’s about the messages you need to preach to yourself (which I agreed with, for the most part).
Um, still mulling this one over. I disliked the title from the get-go (sounds too self-help; too “Go, me!”) but I really like Les and Leslie Parrott, so I got it free to review. It definitely has some great points, but nothing particularly new. I’ll review it soon. (Sometimes in the reviewing process, I come to appreciate a book more.)
I Exalt You, O God
Encountering His Greatness in Your Private Worship
by Jerry Bridges
This is a 31-day devotional book about the attributes of God. Bridges writes a bit, then ends each section with scriptures-turned-into-prayers. Very good. Another review book I need to write up.
The Discipline of Grace
God’s Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness
by Jerry Bridges
I’m on a Jerry Bridges’ kick. This book is ongoing with the Reading Classics Together group on Challies’ schedule but I finished it already. It’s beneficial in helping you see the responsibilities we have in pursuing holiness and the enabling power of the Spirit to do that.
I hate not to say this is a fantastic book—it is very good—but it’s another that I had built up. So when I finally got around to it, it couldn’t live up to the hype. But I’d still heartily recommend it, especially for those of us who “grew up in the church” (if you did, you understand the phrase).
The only thing I knew about this book ahead of time was my sister Sandy liked it. So I got it, and LOVED it. Excellent explanations between the old and new covenant, Old and New Testament, and a few other things in between. You can read it free online here.
by Michael Neale
A good first novel by singer/songwriter Michael Neale. The story was a tad predictable at times, but not enough to get boring. It’s sticking with me awhile, the sign of a good story.
She writes so well, which is the best inspiration for writers. But she also writes about writing: “Life is so rich, if you can write down the real details of the way things were and are, you hardly need anything else.”
(Not sure if I should mention I read this one.) I hadn’t seen the movie and knew nothing about the book. But I took a chance with this novel on the beach a week ago. It was an intriguing story that I did enjoy, but I can’t recommend you read it because it does have some explicit sex scenes in it.
I had seen this novel recommended and can also recommend it myself. An interesting story that pulls you into having to know, “What’s next???” (Another beach book—great for that.)
What good (or bad) book have you read lately?
Please leave the title in the comments below because I might want to read it, too!