It’s that time again. Book review time. Although I’ve been thinking that this corner needs a little livening up, so I’m going to work on making this monthly feature a more fun and inspiring. Oh, and since what I’ve been reading isn’t limited to books, I might also start including magazines and articles next month. Who knows. I’m trying to be spontaneous. ;)
Full disclosure, I’m still reading this book about Bach that I got for Christmas. Note to self: you never wanted to know this much about Bach’s genealogy. It’s sort of like reading Leviticus. You know it’s important, because otherwise it wouldn’t be there, but it can just be tedious to get through. I really should have thought twice before starting this one, but now I’m in that spot where I really can’t stop because it would bug me till the end of time. Leave moral support in the comments if you so desire.
Nothing To Prove by Jennie Allen is a delightful devotional read. It’s a reassuring and thoughtful book for women on dropping facades of perfection and how our true identity is only found in Christ, not it what we do or accomplish. I really liked it. And cover is beautifully designed, so that’s a plus.
Another devotional read I’ve been working through simultaneously with some cousins and friends (several of us ended up reading it at the same time) is 31 Prayers For My Future Husband. I’m not very far into it, though, so check back next time.
I talked a little bit about this book, Detours, in an email newsletter recently, and I thought I’d mention it again here. This book is SO good. I loved it. It follows the life of Joseph and how God used each scenario that seemed off or out of control to bring Joseph to his destiny. It’s a very encouraging book, especially if you’re in a season of uncertainty. If there’s one book in this post you should read–this is it!
A recent Blogging For Books pick was a reprint of Eric Metaxas’s book: Everything You Always Wanted to Know about God (But Were Afraid to Ask). While the content is fairly basic, the real highlight is Metaxas’ witty writing style. While there are a couple of things I don’t quite see the same way (and the q & a format occasionally felt a little hard to follow), the book does a good job of explaining some basic Christian principles without all the Christianese lingo. It’d be great to give to someone who wants to know more about Christianity from an outsider/purely intellectual perspective.
If I’ve lost you by now, here’s a quick summary:
Worst book (in a sort of it’s good for me like vitamins way): Bach
Best book: Detours
Most unexpected book: Metaxas
Most beautiful book: Nothing To Prove
Well, that’s the reading stack I’ve been through recently. On to something fun. A few titles on my wish list:
Drawing Modern Florals (Not sure if I want this one to learn how to draw or because I’m attracted to things with gold spiral bindings.)
Sweet And Tart (the design of this looks to-die-for with beautiful photographs.)
Food Gift Love (I picked this up at the library and want to buy it. I love gifting food!)