Tuesday, January 30, 2018

January Reading

I read a diverse group of books this month, but I enjoyed all of them and would recommend any of them.  As a new thing, I thought I would start listing them in order of importance, that is, how important or entertaining each book was to me.  Here's a list of what I read:
  • The Busy Homeschool Mom's Guide to Romance:  Nurturing Your Marriage Through the Homeschool Years by Heidi St. John.  I listened to a podcast by the author, and it intrigued me, so I found a copy of this book.  What a wonderful reminder of how important marriage is, even when a family is homeschooling.  As wives, we must remember that our husbands are more important than our children, and the author gives practical ways to help busy homeschooling mothers do this.
  • Destination Moon by James Irwin.  This engaging book was written by the eighth man to walk on the moon.  While it is written for children, I found it fascinating, and I learned a lot while reading it.  Irwin gives a quick summary of the previous space missions, then concentrates on his personal trip to the moon and how it changed his perspective.  After visiting the moon, his new mission was to tell the world about Jesus Christ who created the moon and saved his soul.
  • A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs.  The narrator is transported to Mars from the "Wild West" in the late 1800s, and he doesn't know how.  While there, John Carter makes friends in a savage, warring tribe and falls in love with, you guessed it, a princess of Mars.  This book is jam-packed full of action and adventure, and it's still a wonderful read even though it's over a hundred years old.
  • The Healing Hills by Ann H. Gabhart.  When World War II ends, Fran receives a letter from her fiancee that he has found someone else.  In order to start a new life and to continue her nursing training, she moves to the Kentucky Applachians to learn midwifery.  She has many adventures as she finds her way in the mountains and learns new skills.  I really enjoyed this book, especially when I learned that it's based on the work of a real person.
  • Miracle in a Dry Season by Sarah Loudin Thomas.  This book was recommended in World Magazine, and I'm glad I read it.  When Perla moves into town with her daughter and no husband, almost the whole town judges her.  As she becomes an important part of keeping the town going through a severe drought, they come to appreciate her more.  The author reminds us not to judge others for their repented, forgiven sin because we have our own sin, too.  
What did you read this month?

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