bookishness.

In the past year i’ve read just over 40 books. I don’t know what is happening. But, while I’m busy wondering whether this is a problem or a wonderful new side of myself…here’s a couple of thoughts on some of the things i’ve read recently that I would recommend (some links are affiliates!): bernadette Where’d You Go Bernadette? This story is so light-hearted and funny, and the telling is unique. Maria Semple created some endearing characters – especially brilliant and quirky Bernadette. An easy, page-turning fiction. Be forewarned – there is some objectionable language in this one! douglass Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. This short narrative/memoir is written by Frederick Douglass himself. My husband and I both read it and felt as if new light had been thrown on the darkness and dehumanization slavery. His writing is superb and his story is a testament to bravery and the grace of God. He also includes some poignant thoughts on true religion. piper Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist. It would be no overstatement so say this changed my life. Piper is scholarly, yet accessible, and makes plain some of the deep truths about God and life. His over-arching theme in this book (and many of his others) is that the chief end of man is to glorify God BY enjoying Him forever. This is a profound invitation to enter into loving and enjoying the Lord as the highest possible pleasure. keller The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness: The Path to True Christian Joy. This short work from Tim Keller is more like a booklet at only 48 pages. He looks specifically at the Pauline example of self-forgetfulness for the sake of the gospel from 1 Corinthians 3:21-4:7. This could be translated easily into a Bible study or small group topic. Very refreshing and full of truth for living a joyful Christian life! austen Northanger Abbey. Classic Austen in the beautiful story-telling and knowing glimpses of human nature and personalities, but unique from her other works with more sarcastic humor. Austen has a way of inspiring readers to discern the character of friends and suitors, and also to encourage young ladies to put away destructive foolishness. Thoroughly enjoyable, as I find most of Jane Austen’s books to be! insanity The Insanity of God: A True Story of Faith Resurrected. How does faith survive under brutal persecution? How do we know God is loving when all around us we see hurting and broken and lost people? This book wrestles with the very deep, the dark and the mysterious things. It was challenging and inspiring to me and I am already wanting to read it a second time and I’m sure I’ll glean richly from it again. It stirs the missionary spirit, strengthens the bruised faith, and challenges the comfortable believer.   orthodoxy Orthodoxy. G.K. Chesterton is one of the clearest-thinking persons I have ever read (his heavy influence on C.S. Lewis is apparent!), and Orthodoxy, as his sort of spiritual autobiography, is witty, wise and full of everyday truths and evidences of orthodox Christianity’s reliability. This was a little more theologically “thick” than my normal reading fare, but his humor and brilliance were worth pushing through for! (I wrote “Homesick at Home” while ready Orthodoxy.)  “I did try to found a little heresy of my own; and when I had put the last touches to it, I discovered that it was orthodoxy.” – G.K. Chesterton   And for the kiddos… daydreamers Day Dreamers: A Journey of Imagination. We love the imagination, poetic words, and beautiful illustrations in this fanciful book from Emily Winfield Martin. HelloNinja Hello Ninja. This darling board book is a perfect bedtime story for the preschooler in your life. Short and sweet with great rhyme. I look forward to reading more children’s books by ND Wilson. [Check out a list of some of our favorite children’s books here!] What are you reading? Do you have any goals for what to read in 2015?  ❤ jc

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