1. A Classic: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
For Big D's history/English, he has to read a book every two weeks. I am trying to read with him so it makes it easier to discuss. This classic was confusing at first until I became accustomed to Mr. Dickens' writing style and started figuring out how all the seemingly disjointed plots were important to the story. The book takes place in England and France before and during the French Revolution. It was a story of love, forgiveness and second chances, but it was also a story of revenge and a bloody revolution. I found myself crying as I read the last few chapters to see the love that these friends had for each other even to the point of being willing to sacrifice themselves for the other.
2. A Biography: 10 People Every Christian Should Know by Warren W. Wiersbe
This has been a book in progress for over a year. I love my kindle but every once in a while I will lose track of a book that I am reading. Each chapter is a short biography of a different person such as Jonathan Edwards, Hudson Taylor, and AW Tozer. I liked the idea of learning about each of these people and their lives through reading just a chapter not a whole book. I didn't like how the author would spend part of the chapter mentioning other books that could be read on that person when he could have just listed those books at the end. Here are three quotes that stuck with me.
A quote from Hudson Taylor. "All God's giants have been weak men, who did great things for God because they reckoned on HIs being with them."
A quote from D.L. Moody. "I'd rather be able to pray than to be a great preacher. Jesus never taught his disciples how to preach, but only how to pray."
A quote from Oswald Chambers. "Never make a principle out of your own experience; let God be as original with other people as He is with you."