My favorite time of year is fall. Once again Katrina over at Callapidder Days is hostessing the Fall into Reading Challenge. Last year I participated in the carnival and had a great time. Due to time & family commitments I haven’t joined in any reading programs for a while. So I’m really excited to “read with a plan” for a while, again.
Thirteen books seems manageable for a twelve week reading challenge. But which ones to choose? Books I didn’t finish the last challenge? Books I didn’t finish the challenge before that??? Pull off the top of the stack nearest my chair? (Yes I have multiple stacks!) Start at the bottom of one of the stacks and work up? Check out a lot of new & recommended books from the library? Go to Half Price Bookstore and buy more? Oooooooooooooooh…tempting.
Well, I kind of did a little of everything and came up with these thirteen. And since I wanted to resume my participation in the Thursday Thirteen posts, I thought I’d combine the two. (Reviews or notes in italic are from the publishers.) So we have:
(Thursday) Thirteen Books for Fall into Reading 2008
1. But Who Do You Say I Am? by Bishop John A. Marshall
Bishop John A. Marshall looks at the Gospels from a unique persepctive by examining every question that is asked--by Jesus, by his disciples, by his friends and his enemies. The result is a lively, practical and profound book which gives the reader a vivid sense of the issues and conflicts that Jesus faced.
I purchased this at a Christian bookstore I was sad to see going out of business. I want to say I spent less that $2 for it. I couldn't pass it up.
2.Sabbath, Finding Rest, Renewal and Delight in our Busy Lives by Wayne Muller
In today's world, with its relentless emphasis on success and productivity, we have lost the necessary rhythm of life, the balance between work and rest. Constantly striving, we feel exhausted and deprived in the midst of great abundance. We long for time with friends and family, we long for a moment to ourselves.
Millennia ago, the tradition of Sabbath created an oasis of sacred time within a life of unceasing labor. Now, in a book that can heal our harried lives, Wayne Muller, author of the spiritual classic How, Then, Shall We Live?, shows us how to create a special time of rest, delight, and renewal--a refuge for our souls.
We need not even schedule an entire day each week. Sabbath time can be a Sabbath afternoon, a Sabbath hour, a Sabbath walk. With wonderful stories, poems, and suggestions for practice, Muller teaches us how we can use this time of sacred rest to refresh our bodies and minds, restore our creativity, and regain our birthright of inner happiness.
I read this book before, about seven years ago, checked out from the library. It was wonderful. It is time to read it again. It really is time.
3. The Solution by Laurel Mellin,
These days, it's fashionable to look at the problems of overweight people and write them off as too much food and too little exercise. But for many it's more complicated than that, and Laurel Mellin has identified six root causes of the behaviors that lead to obesity. She believes it's never too late to develop the skills to overcome these problems, whether the root is an inability to set limits or a life lived out of balance.
This book was recommended to me by one of the women who is part of a weight loss blog I belong to. The library had it and hopefully I will see some positive results from reading it.
4. Hold On to Your Kids by Gordon Neufeld and Gabor Mate, M.D.
Like countless other parents, Canadian doctors Neufeld and Maté woke up one day to find that their children had become secretive and unreachable. Pining for time with friends, they recoiled or grew hostile around adults. Why? The problem, Neufeld and co-writer Maté suggest, lies in a long-established, though questionable, belief that the earliest possible mastery of the rules of social acceptance leads to success. In a society that values its economy over culture, the book states, the building of strong adult/child attachments gets lost in the shuffle. Multiple play dates, day care, preschool and after school activities groom children to transfer their attachment needs from adults to their peers. They become what the authors call "peer oriented." The result is that they squelch their individuality, curiosity and intelligence to become part of a group whose members attend school less to learn than to socialize. And these same children are bullying, shunning and murdering each other, as well as committing suicide, at increasing rates. The authors' meticulous exploration of the problem can be profoundly troubling. However, their candidness and exposition lead to numerous solutions for reestablishing a caring adult hierarchy.
I saw this book over at Jen's Conversion Diary (formerly Et Tu?). What can I say? It just looked like a book that I had to read.
5. Preparing for Jesus by Walter Wangerin, Jr.
In Making Ready, Wangerin contemplates the miracle of Advent, Christmas, and God's kingdom, and once again illuminates, in richly personal detail, what those who were actually there must have seen, heard, and felt. As he considers the possibilities of each key figure-- Zechariah, Mary, Elizabeth, John the Baptist, Joseph, Jesus, Simeon, and Anna--he applies their reflections to our own readiness for Christ's coming.
I was supposed to read this book last year during Advent, during my Reason for the Season series. I got overwhelmed and didn't. So, I'm taking another try. It looks fabulous.
6. The Bias Against Guns by John R. Lott, Jr.
Slicing through the emotional--but factually wrong--arguments of gun control advocates this book busts a number of myths, demonstrating with hard statistical data and riveting anecdotes.
7.Category 7 by Bill Evans and Marianna Jameson (Finished the review is in the link on the title.)
This was an impulse buy at the grocery store. I never do that. I am all about cheap, so this better be good.
8. A Bride so Fair by Carol Cox (Finished the review is in the link on the title.)
This has been in the pile for a long time. I am going to read it.
9. At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon
I've wanted to read this series for several years. I found the first four books at the Half Price Bookstore for a dollar each--could not pass them up.
10. Wild Country/Little Britches by Ralph Moody (Finished the review is in the link on the title.)
This has been on my list since I began homeschooling. It is on Roo's reading list for this year too. I try to read some of what he's reading. It's getting harder to keep up.
11. The Andromeda Strain by Michael Criton
I read this in high school. It is always interesting to read things from a (hopefully) grown-up perspective. I see that there are two movies made from the book--one from 1971 and one from 2008. If the library has them, I may check them out.
12. The Keys to the Kingdom: Mister Monday by Garth Nix (Finished the review is in the link on the title.)
A juvenile fiction book, that caught my attention. I've been trying to get it read for a long time. Now seems as good as any. If I like it I may pass it on too Roo and my neice. We'll see.
13. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin (Book One in the Earthsea Cycle)
A recommendation from a stranger in a hospital waiting room. I've read good reviews from other bloggers, also. I found the first three books at (you guessed it) the Half Price Bookstore for $1. (I'm starting to sound like a broken record.)
Six non-fiction, seven fiction. We'll see how I do. We'll see what gets me side-tracked. I'm looking forward to getting more reading done.
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