Saturday, September 15, 2018

A Litte Bit of Everything (Summer Reads 2018)

At the beginning of the summer, I was in a reading rut.  I was restless and nothing grabbed my attention.  As the summer went on, these titles caught my eye and made their way onto my kindle as I traveled through the midwest and finally back to West Africa.  The books ranged from devotional to fantasy to chick lit to memoir.  

Here are the ones that stood out to me...




1. A Long Obedience in the Same Direction by Eugene Peterson

This title had intrigued me for a long time so I decided to see what this gem was really about.  Peterson wrote about the Psalms of Ascent and centered each chapter around each one.  I loved using this in my time with God as I sat in my mom's sunroom looking out on the fields of corn ripening.  

Here is a small taste.
Discipleship is a decision to live by what I know about God, not by what I feel about him or myself or my neighbors. (Location 940-041)



2. Sisters First by Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush

I loved this inside look into the Bush family.  It gave me a great appreciation to the legacy of their parents and grandparents.  I often laughed as they shared growing up stories of what it was like growing up in and around the White House.



3. Dagger's Sleep (Beyond the Tales Book 1) by Tricia Mingerink

I loved Tricia's Blades of Acktar series so when I saw she had a new book out for a great price, I had to buy it.  This was a relaxing, fun twist on the story of Sleeping Beauty.  A prince has slept for 100 years, and it just might be Rosanna's job to wake him up.   The culture of the time had similarities to Native American culture with canoe travel and buffalo hunts.   It was a light read with a good message.



4.   Out of the Ordinary (Apart from the Crowd) by Jen Turano

This author always makes me laugh which why this book was a good fit for those nights when I struggled with getting over jet lag.  The series is set on the east coast in the time of full dresses, traveling by carriage, and coming out in society.  Gertrude is a paid companion to a lady who always gets herself in trouble.  Harrison, a shipping magnate, is fascinated by Gertrude.  This combination makes a fun romance of mishaps, misunderstandings, and mischief.  



5.  Legends of the Realm by Thomas Locke

This fantasy series, which starts with Emissary, was one of my more serious reads.  It is a story of discovering your purpose, dealing with your past, and fighting evil no matter what.  The kingdoms and people groups were well-developed and unique.

Here is a glimpse...
Will you squander your life and ours as well on questioning your past? What if these inquiries blind you to the future?  Your challenge, human, is to grow beyond whatever yesterday held and accept the challenge of tomorrow.



5. How to Read Your Bible for All Its Worth by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart

This book was the companion text to a course I was doing online.  It has changed the way I read my bible especially in the area of understanding how to read each genre.  The book was practical and accessible to any student of the bible.  

What books have you read lately?  Any good recommends?  For more book reviews, check out Modern Ms. Darcy's Quick Lit.

2 comments:

Linda Stoll said...

TJ. hi! It's so good to see you again. And I loved the Bush sisters' book, too. A sweet and interesting read.

Thanks for sharing some new-to-me books, too. My stack grows by the week!

Aimee said...

Eugene Peterson's book has been on my list for a long time as well. I didn't realize it was related to the Psalms. Sounds like it will be the perfect book for my morning inspirational times! I'm also intrigued by the Bush daughters' book. Thanks for the recommendations!