The first two books on the list are ones I have just finished.
“Seamos Dedicados” is the Spanish translation of one of the “Be” series devotional commentaries by Warren Wiersbe. Our Sunday school class has just gone through the book of Esther, and this book was support reading for that class. Through the series the verse that was both a challenge and a comfort to me was Esther 4:14. Mordecai tells Esther that her decisions have personal repercussions to her and her family. (Wasn’t Esther an orphan and isn’t Mordecai her family?) In the same verse we see that God will accomplish His will in spite of what Esther does. (I know, God isn’t mentioned, which ironically ads to the comfort I find in the verse – even when we are away from God and don’t call his name, He is still in control and cares)
My wife and I read “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins together. We initially picked up the book to look at how Suzanne Collins handled description in a first person fictional narrative. The story was captivating, though, and we now plan on reading the next two books. It felt a bit political-social “preachy” but was gripping, hard to put down.
We have now started “Blue Shoes and Happiness” the 7th book in the No1 Ladies Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith. We bought the Book at Barnes & Noble where it is shelved in the mystery section, although I think of it more as a story about a woman who happens to be a detective. Its strength is the description of life in Botswana. It makes you want to visit these places and meet these people. I find I want to keep reading, but I don’t wonder about the plot or the “story” The bishop’s car might or might not come up again in the book, and it doesn’t matter, because we read to share bush tea with Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi.
I have taken up “The Story of Christian Theology” by Roger E. Olson for my 2011 Theology reading as “The Greatness Of The Kingdom” by Alva J. McClain wedged its way into 2010. I am enjoying it thoroughly. I find I go back and reread previous chapters as events unfold. Although the book is thick in inches, it is light in reading and easy to understand.
On a lighter side I am reading “The Geese of Beaver Bog” by Bernd Heinrich. The author describes the geese that spend time around his house in semi-rural Vermont. I am fond of geese watching (I also like corvids) and am familiar with the area, which adds to my sense of connection. Although Bernd is a professor emeritus in the biology department at the University of Vermont this book sets aside technical language to narrate observations on his neighborhood honkers.
In “More Like The Master”, Randy Jaeggli presents very practical applications to theology proper. Early in the book he states “…the main purpose of the Old Testament was to show the character of God and to prepare God’s chosen people to recognize Christ for who He was-God in human flesh.” I am reading this book in preparation for a course that I will teach in the fall.
My interest in family history has given me with a desire to properly store and care for “family treasures”. From books and wedding dresses to tools and toys, I am learning to properly store and preserve these items. Don Williams and Louisa Jaggar have written a book entitled “Saving Stuff” for people in my position.