March Books

Even though I didn’t write many book reviews this month, I did actually finish reading three books. Partially due to being sick, unfortunately. But hey, at least sickness has its advantages, like reading! 🙂

You can read my review for Dominion and the two other books in Randy Alcorn’s trilogy here. It is such an amazing book…very eye-opening for me. Tears were streaming down my face as I closed the book (I hoped nobody would come in the living room and think my sore throat had turned strep or something!).

That same day I finished Crazy Love by Francis Chan. It’s such an inspiring book and presents a much-needed message to today’s churches. The chapter talking about the lukewarm Christian really convicted me; so many of the descriptions are of my attitude toward Christ.

“The core problem isn’t the fact that we’re lukewarm, halfhearted, or stagnant Christians. The crux of it all is why we are this way, and it is because we have an inaccurate view of
God. We see Him as a benevolent Being who is satisfied when people manage to fit Him into their lives in some small way. We forget that God never had an identity crisis. He knows that He’s great and deserves to be the center of our lives.”

 -Francis Chan

And how about this question: “Are we in love with God or just His stuff?”  Ouch. Talk about thought-provoking!

Since I’m taking American Lit this semester, I’m trying to read as many American authors as possible. I found The Scarlet Letter on our shelf and started to read it, expecting to get bored quite quickly. But soon I realized why Nathaniel Hawthorne was such an admired author. The plot quickly drew me in, and I was caught up in the emotional struggles of the main characters. Although I think Hawthorne was overcritical of the Puritans, and stereotyped them a bit much (such as saying that Puritan children only played “church”), his perspective was very interesting. I downloaded a study guide to help explain some of the imagery he used, which is fascinating to study.

This month is reserved for Mark Twain, and perhaps Benjamin Franklin (I’m debating whether to read his autobiography…Jane Austen’s books are tempting me so badly…). I’ve already started Tom Sawyer and am enjoying it immensely. The other night as I read in bed I was giggling so hard I was afraid I would wake everyone up. Here are a few of those quotes I couldn’t stop laughing over:

“‘Thomas Sawyer’s the name they lick me by. I’m Tom when I’m good.'”

“…he could button the flower inside his jacket, next his heart–or next his stomach, possibly, for he was not much posted in anatomy, and not hypercritical, anyway.”

Describing the girl next door: “Where the Adored Unknown lived”

Tom won a contest a church, when he claimed to have recited 2,000 verses (although he didn’t really). So he was asked to prove his knowledge.
“‘The names of the first two disciples were…’
  Let us draw the curtain of charity over the rest of the scene.” 

2011 Total Book Count: 7
Total Page Count: 2531

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Steve Finnell
    Apr 03, 2011 @ 02:27:46

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  2. Samantha R.
    Apr 07, 2011 @ 04:25:41

    I plan to read through Crazy love starting on May 1st with the YLCF Goodreads group


  3. ladyfelicity
    May 25, 2011 @ 10:57:55

    I keep hearing such good things about "Crazy Love". I guess I need to get a copy and discover what people are loving about the book!The description of the girl next door in "Tom Sawyer" made me smile! :)And I love the picture at the end of your post!


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