Reading in September 2017
My reading life took a backseat during the summer, but this month we’ve hit the rhythm of back to school. With all the kids back to school, I have found myself with several drop off, pick up times that make for good audiobook listening. And there is time in the day for a chapter or two of a good paper and ink book.
First off, the audiobooks I “read” this month are rather varied. One evening a week or two ago, I purchased a treat for my kids…. the complete Harry Potter DVD collection. After watching a couple of the shows with them, I decided that I want to get back to reading the series. So there’s some fun story telling going on during my afternoon drives.
Both of those are books I’d like to get in paperback and reread. My current Christian Audio read is Everything by Prayer by Tozer. This is one that I ordered a print copy, and have on my book shelf for rereading chapters here and there.
On a short road trip during the month, I listened to The Scarlett Pimpernel. Last spring my daughter’s theater class performed the play, and it was fantastic, delightful. Now I’ve finally “read” the book, and taken it off my “to be read” list. Many of the classics are very long, and/or have very long chapters. Those stories are much more enjoyable when I can listen longer, rather than the short 10-15 minute drives I have during the week.
The paper and ink books I read this month are:
How to Stay Christian in High School by Steve Gerali. This book was handed to me during the summer, when I became the teacher for the girls in our youth group, 7-12 grades. It took me awhile to press through the book, as I just couldn’t engage with the style. Gerali takes personalities from the Old and New Testaments and sets them in our modern times. Putting these characters into our high school and trying to pull the Biblical lessons from their lives was a big stretch to me. I just couldn’t wrap my head around the idea.
Each chapter of this book had some thought provoking questions as well as ideas for applying the lessons to life.
Come and Eat by Brianne McKoy. I technically read this book in August, but carried it into September. It’s just that good. A book that can be read, and reread, with recipes and tips and encouragement to try.
The best book I’ve read in a long time is Love Lives Here. Some years ago my youngest three daughters and I read Love Does by Bob Goff. That book rocked our world and provoked great conversations. In that book we were first introduced to his wife, Sweet Maria. When I heard that she had written a book, I could hardly wait to read it. I bought it, and it went right to the top of my stack.
Through many stories Maria weaves a life long story of love, redemption, laughter, tears and love. Simple ideas, practical encouragement fill the pages with inspiration I wish I’d read as a much younger mother. Even so, Love Lives Here can be my story, your story, starting today. Here are just a few of Maria Goff’s wise words.
The variety of titles read in September makes for an interesting list:.
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
Knowing God by J.L. Packer
The Scarlett Pimpernel
How to Stay Christian in High School by Steve Gerali