October 28, 2014

5 books on my future reading list

Surprised by Oxford

I love memoirs!

I've had this one on my TBR pile forever and I'm really looking forward to reading it soon.

Amazon says of it:

"Surprised by Oxford is the memoir of a skeptical agnostic who comes to a dynamic personal faith in God during graduate studies in literature at Oxford University.

Carolyn Weber arrives at Oxford a feminist from a loving but broken family, suspicious of men and intellectually hostile to all things religious. As she grapples with her God-shaped void alongside the friends, classmates, and professors she meets, she tackles big questions in search of Truth, love, and a life that matters."

And Randy Alcorn says of Carolyn:

"Carolyn Weber is a formidable intellect and a sought after college professor, as well as a great wife and mom. But what I love most about her is her heart, which you'll find on every page of this book. She is candid, insightful, and charming."



Yawning at Tigers

This looks like such a interesting book.

We have an awesome and powerful God. Who is often referred to as a Lion and a Lamb in Scripture, but we often cling to the Lamb and forget the Lion.

Amazon says here:

"When was the last time you were overawed by God’s majesty? Have you ever stood in stunned silence at his holiness and power?

In our shallow, self-centered age, things like truth and reverence might seem outdated, lost. Yet we’re restless. And our failed attempts to ease our unrest point to an ancient ache for an experience of the holy.

Drew Dyck makes a compelling case that what we seek awaits us in the untamed God of Scripture—a God who is dangerous yet accessible, mysterious yet powerfully present. He is a God who beckons us to see him with a fresh, unfiltered gaze.

Yawning at Tigers takes us past domesticated Christianity, into the wilds where God’s raw majesty, love, and power become more real and transformative than we could ever imagine."

Here are a few reviews:

“A needed corrective to self-indulgent Christianity.” Philip Yancey

“A stirring challenge.” Lee Strobel

“A strong antidote against a domesticated God.” Matthew Lee Anderson



Love's Fortune

If you love Christian historical fiction and you haven't picked up a book by Laura Frantz...go now! : )

Her books are some of my favorites, with stories so beautifully and historically detailed, and with wonderful characters and Godly messages.

This is the third book in a trilogy called 'The Ballantyne Legacy.'

Here is Goodreads book description: 

"Sheltered since birth at her Kentucky home, Rowena Ballantyne has heard only whispered rumors of her grandfather Silas's vast fortune and grand manor in Pennsylvania. 

When her father receives a rare letter summoning him to New Hope, Rowena makes the journey with him and quickly finds herself in a whole new world--filled with family members she's never met, dances she's never learned, and a new side to the father she thought she knew. 

As she struggles to fit in during their extended stay, she finds a friend in James Sackett, the most valued steamship pilot of the Ballantynes' shipping line. Even with his help, Rowena feels she may never be comfortable in high society. Will she go her own way . . . to her peril?"

And Liz Curtis Higgs says of Laura's writing:

"Laura Frantz surely dances when she writes: the words sweep across the page with a gentle rhythm and a sure step."

I have to agree! : )



Emotions

I'm an emotional person. And that can be a good thing at times and a not so good thing at other times. 

I really have a great respect for pastor Charles Stanley and I'm looking forward to reading his newest book on emotions. 

Goodreads say of it here:

"Emotions contends that God has gifted us with emotions since the very beginning--and He did so with very concrete purposes in mind: so that we can enjoy life, so we can connect with others, so we can reflect God's image in us.

But too often, instead of making the best of this gift, our emotions make the worst of us. Though we cannot see, taste, or touch our emotions, we are constantly affected by their forceful presence and the incredible influence they have over us. They can alter how we view our day, other people, and even the major events in our lives. Through our feelings, we have the capacity to enjoy amazing triumphs and deep fulfillment or experience crushing defeat and ruined relationships." 




Rebellious Heart

I really enjoyed the last book I read by Jody Hedlund (A Noble Groom) and I'm excited to read this one which was inspired by the lives of Abigail and John Adams.

Publishers Weekly says of it here:

"Hedlund offers another beauty for fans of historical romance, unfolding an unlikely relationship in the midst of political and social machinations in pre-Revolutionary War Boston. 

This fast-paced drama draws the reader in quickly while introducing engaging characters who wrestle with ethical and emotional challenges. As tensions begin to flare between the king’s soldiers and colonials, young lawyer Ben Ross finds himself winning court cases by day and smuggling molasses by night. He’s drawn to Susanna Smith, an intelligent young socialite with a heart for the less fortunate, but Ben knows his common social status is no match for her mother’s expectations. 

As their feelings for each other warm, Susanna struggles to reconcile her religious obligations and honoring her parents—duties that seem to conflict with her desires. Ben and Susanna form a growing, but seemingly impossible, bond while risking their lives to save an abused runaway. Both are faced with the same question affecting their personal and political loyalties: what is more important—doing what is right or obeying God-ordained authorities? 

Twin themes of faith and loyalty animate the story’s conflict. Don’t miss the author’s note revealing her real-life inspiration for these characters."



25 comments:

  1. I've heard Surprised by Oxford is very good. I look forward to reading it (someday!) myself. Yawning at Tigers does sound very interesting. Do let us know what you think.

    Emotions. Hmm...I might need that one myself. I can be pretty emotional at times too. :)

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    1. Glad some of these interest you Lisa. Hope you enjoy them. : )

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  2. Yawning at Tigers sounds very interesting. I think so often in today's world we want God's grace without His judgment. I look forward to checking this book out for myself and also hearing your thoughts on it when you read it.
    -Miranda at http://rahabtoriches.com/

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    1. It's so easy to distort truth to our own liking, isn't it? I'm so thankful we have God's Word to show us the Way! Thanks for stopping by Miranda. I'll come by and check out your blog soon. : )

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  3. The books sound interesting. Emotions are attitudes that often are carried forward from childhood. It is good to meditate and consider if what caused this trait to become yours, was from a happening in childhood. Consider if Jesus was there and what did he tell you to combat the lie spoken by the enemy and you believed the lie. Now believe the Truth from Jesus.

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    1. I believe Charles Stanley's book is about emotions all of us humans feel, not necessarily about childhood experiences. It's about how we should deal with them in light of Scripture. Hope you get a chance to read it and enjoy it. Thanks for stopping by. : )

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  4. Surprised by Oxford sounds interesting (just added it to my library list).

    I haven't heard of Laura Frantz but I do enjoy Christian historical fiction so I am off to check her out too!

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    1. I really enjoy reading Laura's novels and I'm excited to read Surprised by Oxford. Thanks for stopping by Tonia and enjoy your reading! : )

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  5. I agree, Surprised by Oxford sounds very interesting.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Carla

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  6. What a great list. Glad I popped over from the SDG link-up to read your words. Seems that there is never enough time to read all the books coming out....Love your digests. Blessings to you.
    In peace,
    Chelle

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    1. Hi Chelle, glad to stopped over! I wish I could read faster, so many great books out there. : )

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  7. Love the sound of Surprised by Oxford. Going to see if the library has it and add it to Good Reads so I don't forget.

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    1. Love Goodreads! Hope you find the book at the library. Thanks for stopping by Sharon. : )

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  8. Cathy, all of these books sound fabulous! I'm also looking forward to getting my hands on "Love's Fortune". :) And Jody Hedlund's upcoming YA Medieval. I've never read a memoir before, but "Surprised by Oxford" certainly does tempt! Bless you, and thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hi Gwen! Thanks for stopping by. Glad these books interested you! : )

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  9. The book by Charles Stanley looks super good! I can't wait to check it out!

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    1. I heard him speak on emotions and it was so good, had to get the book! Enjoy! : )

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  10. I don't read much fiction, but as an emotional person I definitely going to look at Charles Stanley's book!

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    1. Hope you enjoy it! Thanks for stopping by Deb. : )

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  11. I have not heard of any of these books that you listed but being an avid reader I am putting them on my list of books to read in the future. Blessings and thank you for linking up with The Weekend Brew.

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    1. Glad these books interested you. Thanks for stopping by! : )

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  12. My reading is list is constantly growing! I haven't heard of any of these before but I'm definitely bookmarking them to come back to. Thanks!

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    1. I know what you mean! To many books, not enough time! Hope you enjoy the ones you get too. : )

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  13. I need to find some books I'm excited about reading. I have a huge TBR list, but I've found my enthusiasm waning for most of them. Your list looks great! Thanks for sharing it at Booknificent Thursday!
    Tina

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