January 29, 2016

5 books on my future reading list

The Accidental Feminist 

As a Christian, I long to be a woman of God. What does this mean? Should a Godly woman stand up for her rights? Where does feminism come in when serving God, or does it at all?

This book looks very encouraging and I'm looking forward to reading it soon.

Goodreads says of it here:

"Many Christian women wouldn't identify themselves as "feminists." However, according to Courtney Reissig, we've all been influenced by the feminist movement in profound ways, unconsciously reflecting our culture's notions about what it means to be a woman. 

Helping readers navigate a wise path in the midst of a confused world, this book chronicles the journey of a wife, mom, and successful writer as she recounts her journey from "accidental feminism" to a biblical view of womanhood. Filled with wise insights related to relationships, body image, and women's roles in the home and the church, this thought-provoking book will help Christian women carefully consider these important issues."




Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice Illustrated

'Pride and Prejudice' is one of the few novels I've read more than once, and when I saw this beautifully illustrated version, I decided it was time to read it again. : )

The 'Book Depository' website says of the book:

"A beguiling and modern illustrated edition of a classic tale. 

The Classics Reimagined series is a library of stunning collector's editions of classic novels illustrated by contemporary artists from around the world. 

Each artist offers his or her own unique, visual interpretation of the most well-loved, widely read, and avidly collected literature from renowned authors. From Grimm's Fairy Tales to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and from Edgar Allen Poe to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, art lovers and book collectors alike will not be able to resist owning the whole collection. 

Enjoy Jane Austen's witty novel of love and misunderstanding as you've never seen it before! Alice Pattullo's colorful interpretation of Pride and Prejudice follows the romantic adventures of Bennett sisters, Mr. Bingley and his dour friend Mr. Darcy. Her folkloric, multi-faceted images, breathe new life into this engaging romantic novel, making it a collectible for book and art lovers every where."




Visual Theology

I am so excited to get this book! I'm a visual learner and these kinds of books are often rare to find. It comes out this April.

Tim Challies says of his book here:

"We live in a visual culture. Today, people increasingly rely upon visuals to help them understand new and difficult concepts. The rise and popularity of the Internet infographic has given us a new way to convey data, concepts, and ideas. 

But the visual portrayal of truth is not a novel idea. 

God himself used visuals to teach truth to his people. If you have ever considered the different elements within the Old Testament tabernacle or temple you know that each element was a visual representation of a greater truth. The sacrificial system and later the cross were also meant to be visual—visual theology."




Mozart's Sister

I've loved all the novels I've read in Nancy Moser's  'Women of History' series, 'Just Jane' (Jane Austen), 'Washington's Lady' (Martha Washington) and 'How Do I Love Thee' (Elizabeth Barrett Browning)

Now I'm looking forward to reading this final one about Mozart's sister, Nannerl.

The author says of the book on her website:

"In 1763, 11-year-old Nannerl Mozart performed before the crowned heads of Europe with her younger brother, Wolfgang.

But behind the glamour lurked dark difficulties-the hardship of travel, agonizing bouts of illness, and the constant concern over money. Their father, Leopold, is driven by a desire to bring his son's genius to the attention of the world.

But what about Nannerl? Was she not just as talented? In a time where women's choices are limited, what hope did she have of ever realizing her own dreams?"




The Things of Earth

How do we enjoy the gifts God has given, without becoming  idolatrous? I admit I've struggled with this. Sometimes feeling guilt for the things I have and other times feeling guilt for not being thankful!

I'm looking forward to some good advice from this book.

Amazon says of it here:
 
"Ice-cold lemonade. The laughter of children. College football. Scrambled eggs and crispy bacon. But what happens to these earthly pleasures when Jesus shows up? Do the things of earth grow strangely dim? Or does he shine in all that's fair?

In this book, Joe Rigney offers a breath of fresh air to Christians who are burdened by false standards, impossible expectations, and misguided notions of holiness. 

Steering a middle course between idolatry on the one hand and ingratitude on the other, this much-needed book reminds us that every good gift comes from the Father's hand, that God's blessings should drive us to worship and generosity, and that a passion for God's glory is as wide as the world."



43 comments:

  1. Visual Theology is on my future reading list, too! I saw this book discussed over on Challies' blog and immediately knew it was one I wanted to read.

    I read the Reissig book last year, and found it very helpful. She makes some excellent points throughout the book, and it was one of my favorite non-fiction reads of the year.

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    1. 'Visual Theology' look like a beautiful book. One I will keep and use for reference for sure. Glad to hear you enjoyed Reissig's book and that it was one of your favorites! I'm looking forward to starting it soon.

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  2. The Accidental Feminist sounds intriguing - reminds me of Elisabeth Elliot's Let Me Be A Woman (so excellent!). :-)

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    1. Oh! I want to read Elisabeth's book someday too! I took it out from the library awhile back, but didn't have enough time to read it. I think I will just have to purchase it. : )

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  3. Great list! I read Things of Earth last year and it was life changing and, in a funny way, very entertaining as well.

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    1. I'm really looking forward to 'The Things of Earth'. I read the forward by John Piper and it sounds like its going to be a wonderful read. Glad you enjoyed it!

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  4. Each one of these sounds like a great read!

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    1. I agree! Can't wait to read them all. : )

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  5. To be Mozart's sister Nanner must be an incredible story. I love reading about another perspective of Mozart's life and escaping to another time in a book like that. I stopped by from The Saturday link-up.

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    1. I'm nearly done the book on Mozart's sister. It was filled with their family life and was very interesting, considering the time period.

      Thanks for stopping by Rachael!

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  6. I haven't not heard of any of these books, but they all sound wonderful. Thank you for sharing at Weekend Whispers.

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    1. Glad to be able to share them! Thanks for stopping by Barbie. : )

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  7. My daughter just started Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice! Can you believe I've never read it?! May have to now, and the illustrated version you mention here has piqued my interest!

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    1. The illustrated book looks so beautiful. I'm putting it on my birthday list for next month. : )

      Hope you get around to reading Pride and Prejudice, it's one of my favorites!

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  8. I love P&P and would love to read an illustrated version! How fun! I hope you can stop by:

    http://collettaskitchensink.blogspot.com/2016/01/songs-on-sunday-call-it-grace-by.html

    Colletta

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    1. I'm excited to read the illustrated version too! Thanks for stopping by Colletta. : )

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  9. Both The Accidental Feminist and Things of the Earth are on my to-read-list too! Actually, I've ordered them both from the library, but they haven't come in yet. Thanks for posting!

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    1. They both sound good, don't they. Hope you enjoy them Beth!

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  10. The illustrated Jane Austen looks fascinating, and I've had the Nancy Moser series on my to-read list for quite some time but haven't got to them yet.

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    1. I loved all of Nancy's series. Very well written. Hope you enjoy them Kym!

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  11. The Things of Earth caught my attention. I gotta check out that.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Lux, hope you enjoy the book.

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  12. How lovely is that Pride and Prejudice book. It would probably hold the attention of my daughter better too because of all the pictures. A good list!

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    1. Thanks Traci, glad you stopped by!

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  13. Love your list! And I definitely want to read Visual Theology also. The Mozart's sister sounds interesting, too.

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    1. Thanks Joanna, I'm really looking forward to the 'Visual Theology' book!

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  14. Great list. I like the sound of the book about Mozart's Sister too. These are books that really inspire Godly ideas and thinking. Thanks for sharing on Literacy Musing Mondays

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    1. Thanks Mary, Mozart's Sister is really good. I'm almost done it. : )

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  15. Oh, I love blogs on books! These look great, especially that last one. And Visual Theology….wow! Pinning! Coming to you from #EspressosOfFaith via #WomenWithIntention Wednesdays!

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    1. Glad you stopped by Bonnie. Come by again anytime!

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  16. these sound fab - i'll check them out - have you readThe Grave Robbers? so inspiring! next to you at kristin's this am in CA.

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    1. No, I haven't heard of that book. Thanks for stopping by Sue!

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  17. That Pride and Prejudice edition looks gorgeous. I don't really *need* it, but someday... I might *have* to buy a copy. ;)

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    1. Hi Rissi, isn't it beautiful. I'm "hoping" to get it for my birthday next month. (Or I might have to gift it to myself) : )

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  18. These sound like great books! I love the last two for sure!

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    1. Hope you enjoy them. Thanks for visiting Lori!

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  19. These books sound very interesting, I have added a few of them to my Amazon cart! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hope you enjoy them! Glad you stopped by. : )

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  20. Great book list! I'm especially interested in The Accidental Feminist :).

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    1. I'm starting that one now. Looks good! Thanks for visiting Alecia. : )

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  21. I've never heard of any of these books, and they all look amazing! Thanks so much for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday!
    Tina

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