Tuesday, April 3, 2018

March Reading

As I look down this list, I'm surprised at how much I read this month -- and at how many good books there are on it.  I had a hard time putting them in order of how much I enjoyed them, and honestly I'm still not sure I like the order.  :)

Here's what I read:
  • Missional Motherhood:  The Everyday Ministry of Motherhood in the Grand Plan of God by Gloria Furman.  Does this book sound familiar to you?  It might because this is the third time I've read it.  It's just that good!  There is no such thing as "just" a mom; God uses us mothers to grow His kingdom as we teach our children about Him.  But He doesn't stop with mothers as He also uses every woman as she ministers within her sphere of influence.  It's amazing to think how God can use us "just" moms.  
  • Daughters of the Night Sky by Aimee K. Runyan.  When my mother recommended this book, I knew it was  a good one!  Telling the story of a Soviet Union women's flying squadron during WWII, it is a fascinating fictional read based on a real squadron.  This book tells the tale of a specific woman as she goes to flight school, gets married, and enlists.  It kept me riveted while I jogged on the treadmill!
  • Mary Slessor:  Queen of Calabar by Sam Wellman.  I read a little blurb about this lady in an email I received from Christian History Institute, and I thought she sounded very interesting.  So I picked up a book about her, and she did indeed live a fascinating life!  Slessor moved to Africa to be a missionary, but the Lord placed the unreached people on her heart.  She moved into the jungle to teach them about Jesus.  Once they knew, she moved further inland, and again.  The Lord used her in a mighty way to end barbaric practices and to bring people to Him.
  • The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan.  Sarah Beth found this series at a bookstore and loved it.  After Daniel read it, too, and really enjoyed it, I thought I would read it, as well.  I was surprisingly pleased with the engaging story and interesting characters.  Rangers are a kind of peace-keeper in a medieval-type world, and this book tells the story of Will who is apprenticed to one.  
  • Exiles by Jaye L.  Knight.  This book is the fourth in this Christian fantasy series.  I think it is absolutely wonderful, and I recommend it highly.  But I won't bore you with a summary because if you haven't read the first three, it won't mean anything to you.  :)
  • All She Left Behind by Jane Kirkpatrick.  Based on a true story, this book tells about Jennie Parrish one of the first women doctors in the state of Oregon.  She had to overcome many obstacles along the way from an abusive husband and subsequent divorce to the prevailing idea that women should not be doctors.  I really enjoyed this book.
  • Sacred Influence:  How God Uses Wives to Shape the Souls of their Husbands by Gary Thomas.  I've read several books by this author, and usually I find his advice on marriage to be very helpful.  I guess his teaching in this book is as well, but I didn't like it.  Neither did the other ladies who studied it with me.  Thomas feels like wives can have a tremendous influence on their husbands, and I agree with that.  However, the point in the book seems to be that we wives need to help our husbands as much as possible, accommodate them completely (as long as no sin is involved), and basically bend over backwards to make them happy.  Then maybe, just maybe, if we're lucky, our husbands will respond in kind and do nice things for us, too, hopefully.  Honestly, this advice made us angry:  why should we give and give and give just for the hope that we will receive something in return?  I know it appears to be scriptural, but it's exhausting.  
What have you read recently?  Anything good?  Or not so good?

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