Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Summer Reads 2014


This summer I have been trying to read books that have been on my kindle for a long time.  Sometimes I start reading the book intrigued by the title, and other times I skim a few reviews to see if the book is what I want to read right now. The first method is actually a lot more fun. Seeing all the books I haven't read also helps me do better job of not just adding free books to my queue. So of the five books reviewed below four have been on my kindle for almost a year, and one was a library loan. Once again I am linking up with Anne at the Modern Ms. Darcy on the books that we are reading.  Here are my short reviews.


1. Transforming Prayer:How Everything Changes When You Seek God's Face by Daniel Henderson.  



The author advocates a prayer that leads to worship and is scripture based.  His thoughts are interspersed with testimonies from how transforming prayer has changed lives.  Currently I am enjoying reading the Psalms and using his prayer model of reverence, response, requests, and readiness.  I like how the focus of the book was focused on connecting with God not on getting a list of requests answered.


2. Erasing Hell: What God Said About Eternity and the Things We've Made Up by Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle.



This book is not a light read in terms of content but is well written and documented.  The authors wrote the book in response to Rob Bell's comments on hell.  I am finding answers to questions I didn't know I had.





3. The Swiss Courier by Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey




A fictional book about WWII set in Switzerland.  Most people know that Switzerland was neutral during the war but how did that affect their country?  The story follows a girl who is a Swiss American as she works as a spy to help the Allies.  An interesting fact I learned was that the Swiss interned downed Allied pilots in their ski resorts so that the Swiss could retain their neutral status. 



4. Singing Through the Night by Anneke Companjen



A book of stories of women living out their faith in persecuted countries.  Each chapter begins with a hymn or song and includes at least two stories of women that demonstrate what it means to stay close to Jesus, confessing and being free, or many other topics.  The author has me thinking of my own story and if I would stand firm in my faith no matter what.  




5. Undetected by Dee Henderson



Even though this is the third book in a series, it can be read by itself.  In fact, my husband read this book before the other two since it was a library loan.  In the book, Mark and Gina meet through her brother as she is making all sorts of discoveries about sonar for the Navy.  My husband and I both liked the slow romance. By slow, I mean they were friends and took their time getting to know each other.  There was no love at first sight.  It was in some ways practical and other ways beautiful.  This story is full of nuclear submarines, discovering who God made you to be, and the beauty of being known by someone.


What books have you read or are reading this month? 

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1 comment:

Anne said...

#4 on the list makes me grateful I live in the States with such freedoms. Great to read your list. Thanks for sharing!