Tuesday, September 27, 2011
What's On My Nightstand - September 2011
This month I read:
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. This was my first time reading this classic, and now I'm eager to see the movie. I loved the witty dialogue and the development of the characters which made me change my initial perception of several people in this book. The book started slow for me since I was struggling to keep up with the many characters, but by the end I was sorry to get to the end of the book.
Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire With God, Not Food by Lysa TerKeurst. The author honestly tells of her struggle with food and her weight and her journey to control these issues which had seemed uncontrollable for so long. Even though I have not experienced these same struggles, I found many nuggets of truth in this book so many that I must re-read it in order to glean them all. The heart of this book is about turning to God instead of food or anything else to fill our most pressing need and to replace God's truth with the lies Satan would have us to believe.
Escape from the World Trade Center by Leslie Haskin. This is an autobiographical account of an insurance executive who worked in Tower 1 of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. This book vividly describes all that Ms. Haskin saw and heard that fateful day, and from her account it's understandable why she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. Additionally, this is a story of a woman who grew up in a Christian home who had been living away from God, but amid the tragedy and the horror she began to find her way back to the Lord.
Charlotte Figg Takes Over Paradise by Joyce Magnin. Charlotte Figg moves to a trailer park called Paradise after her husband dies. What she finds is a community of seemingly mixed matched people, but discovers that the common thread among them is the pain and suffering that they have each had to face in life. The author manages to interweave humor and Scriptural references while addressing the painful subject of spousal abuse.
Aesop's Fables came with my Kindle app download so I decided to read it. While I was familiar with some of the tales, I was surprised at how many stories actually make up this book. I appreciate the values that these tales impart, but I believe there's a better way to do so without referring to mythological gods.
Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back by Todd Burpo. I had heard about this book and got the opportunity to read it when a friend loaned it to me. Colton, the author's four year old son, gets a glimpse of heaven while he was seriously ill in the hospital. The story tells of how his parents and others come to know of his trip to heaven and describes heaven from a child's viewpoint.
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