I have had a herniated disc. It’s really painful and no fun at all, and I’ve spent over 2 weeks laying down. One of the things I could do while suffering is read. You would think I could have blogged, but the discomfort and bad attitude messed with my flow… The pain meds might have been part of the problem too… So, I read. After finishing 6 books in about 6 weeks, I thought I would do a mini book review blog and see how it goes…
I spent the end of November and beginning of December devouring Ted Dekker
The intensity was hard on me at times, and I found myself thinking about the story line even when I was not reading. I hadn’t done that with a series since I read the Hunger Games trilogy. (yes, I read it… and I read the Twilight series too..) Mr. Dekker made a valiant execution in making the books come full circle, and I can see the connection, but it didn’t ease my mind. Coming to the end of Green and thinking that the cycle would repeat, left me with a sadness for the main character. Bummer. Besides the frustration of the actual circle of the series, I did find it well written, engaging, exciting and seriously thought provoking. I was left with some unanswered questions, but it was definitely worth the hours it took me to read. I do highly recommend this series. I enjoyed it so much, I went and purchased the “younger generation” set and plan to read it soon as well…
The next book is one many have read. My daughter recommended it, so how could I not pick up this small, easy to read book called The Alchemist. I was almost disturbed by the simplicity of it, yet it was as deep a book as any self-help book you could ever find. I was completely caught up in The Boy’s quest, and taken in by his adventures. I was truly surprised at the ending, and it make me smile so big, my husband asked me what was going on. I loved it. It was one of those books, that makes you think and then…smile. I personally think everyone should read it, and with it being so short and simple, there is no excuse not to. Trust me. Really.
The last book I read is The Last Sin Eater, by Francine Rivers. This book also falls within the allegory category. I’ve always been a huge Rivers fan, ever since I read Redeeming Love and A Lineage of Grace. Both of those were life changing and are on my all time favorite list…My personal belief is that everyone should read those too… but I digress… The Last Sin Eater is an engaging tale of a young girl named Cadi, in a southern settlement, around the mid 1850’s. The settlement in which she lives has taken on the practices of their Scottish fore-fathers, and has assigned a “sin eater” to take the sins of someone when they died. The story is also loosely based on Leviticus 16:8-10. It was another engaging story from Rivers, although I did not love it as much as the other two I mentioned. Maybe it’s just me, but I did have a hard time putting this one down as well. Rivers does a fabulous job getting you to start the next chapter, which got me through this book in just a couple of days. The story was sweet, and thought provoking, and even a little intense at times. This book does carry the Gold Medallion Award for good reason. Another winner from Mrs. Rivers, just not a #1 for me.
So there you have it. If you are planning on reading any of the books I have mentioned, I would start with Redeeming Love… which I didn’t even tell you about. Really.
- The Power of a Praying Parent Stormie Omartian(I read this all the time, because I’m a mom, and all mom’s need to read this all the time…)
- Heaven is for Real, Ted Burpo (enjoyable – I was already a Believer)
- Mocking Jay, Suzanne Collins (loved it – but a little too disturbing at times..I did read the series as well)
- Weird, Craig Groeschel (awesome – although it was freakily like something I would write)
- Crazy Love, Francis Chan (this was a re-read…cause it’s worth it)
- Ordering Your Private World, Gordon MacDonald (another re-read…happy sigh)
- Already Gone, Ken Ham & Britt Beemer (Wow. Just Wow.)
- Hearts & Minds, Kenneth Boa & John Alan Turner (hard to finish…)
- Same Kind of Different As Me, Ron Hall & Denver Moore (a hard start, but worth finishing for sure)
- Captured by Grace, David Jeremiah (LOVE…5 stars)
- In An Instant, Lee & Bob Woodruff (enjoyable..)
- Lord, Change my Attitude, James MacDonald (another re-read – 5 Star – everyone who is breathing should be reading this one)
- How Good is Good Enough? Andy Stanley (worth it)
- The Short Life of Bree Tanner, Stephenie Meyer (yea, I read it. Wanna make somethin of it? Oh, and I liked it…)
- Ashamed of the Gospel, John MacArthur (Very good, but sometimes redundant)
- The Reason for God, Timothy Keller (Thought provoking – 5 stars)
- The Jesus You Can’t Ignore, John MacArthur (awesome.)
- Just Do Something, Kevin DeYoung (very good)
I also participated in a few group studies –
- R12 (Romans 12)- Chip Ingram
- When Godly People Do Un-Godly Things, Beth Moore
- The Book of Mark – Navpress – The Navigators
All 3 are 5 star studies and I highly recommend all of them…
Did you read something amazing in 2011? Tell me!! 🙂 Happy new year and happy reading!