Now that fall has officially begun, I thought I’d share with you the books that I read over the summer. Although I would consider myself a pretty big reader, I do have to take some time to detox between books. Maybe detox is not the right word… I have to take some time to digest what I’ve just read, and get it out of my mind a bit before I start reading another book. My reading sprees also come and go in spurts. I will read like crazy for a couple of weeks, and then take a bit of break before picking up a book again. For these reasons and more, I do not anticipate my fall reading list (if there is one) being quite as extensive as the list you are about to read.
1) The Harbinger: This is a book
my dad recommended. If you are concerned at all about the state of our country, this book will absolutely blow your mind. And if you are not concerned about the state of our country, I would definitely read this book, as it is a great (and scary) eye-opener. If you are a Christian, this book will make total sense to you, and if you aren’t, this book just might make you reconsider!
2) Safe Haven: I am not a huge Nicholas Sparks fan. His books usually have an ending that I do not like. But I Redboxed the movie over the summer and enjoyed it far more than I expected to, so I figured I’d give the book a go. It made for nice, light reading, but was suspenseful enough to keep my interest. And I actually liked the ending!
(The Kindle edition is on sale right now.)
3) Chosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther: This book, by Ginger Garrett, was so good! I could not put it down. Although it is a work of fiction, it is steeped in truth. And for anyone struggling with fertility, this book is such a powerful reminder that God uses our trials for His glory. Esther did not want to be a ward of the palace. She did not want to marry King Xerxes. But because of her, women experienced more freedom than they ever had before her time as queen, and the country experienced a longer period of peace than they ever had before. Through her pain, an entire nation was delivered, and an entire people (the Jews) were saved.
4) Reign: The Chronicles of Queen Jezebel: This book is also part of Ginger Garrett’s Lost Loves of the Bible series. Far more somber than the story of Esther, the story of Jezebel is a daunting account of what can happen when we do not listen to the voice of God in our lives. Through Jezebel, an entire nation lived through years of drought, hunger, filth, and political upheaval.
5) The Aviator’s Wife: This is a novel about the wife of Charles Lindbergh. And again, although this is a work of fiction, it was based on historically accurate information. Much research went into the writing of the book, and it is believed to be quite true to history. Prior to reading this book, I knew who Charles Lindbergh was. But I did not really know who he was. I knew that his firstborn son was kidnapped and never came home. I knew that he flew airplanes. That’s really about it. I knew nothing of his beliefs, his disposition, or his family. This book is the story of his wife, who was also an aviator. And she was miserable. This is another somber book, and it made me think about the way people who lack God in their lives must live and feel each day. Throughout the book, there were so many times when I thought, “if only they had Christ in their lives. If only they had His hope…” It was a good reminder that God is our hope. He is our source of life, and without him, even the most successful of us is not really fulfilled. Even though this book is different than anything I would normally read, I had a hard time putting it down!
6) Wheat Belly: Wheat Belly is one of only two non-fiction books I read over the summer. It was very interesting and quite persuasive! I’d recommend it to anyone who is considering eliminating wheat from their diet. The book is simple enough to understand, even though it is dripping with scientific research. This was a quick read, and certainly worth my time.
7) Bringing Up Bebe: The second non-fiction book I read is Bringing Up Bebe. If you do not have babies or young children, or if you are not planning on having children anytime soon, then you would not be interested in this one. But for anyone who does have young children, or who is planning on having them soon, I think this is a must read. I’ve read many pregnancy book, birthing books, and child-rearing books that just stress me out. They are long lists of what-not-to-dos. This book is not that way at all. It is refreshing, funny, and laid back. I enjoyed every single sentence, and will refer back to it time and time again. I do not see myself referring to many other pregnancy or baby books after reading this one. One of my favorite summer reads.
8) Rain Dance: This book is a must-read for anyone struggling with infertility. And it is only 99 cents on Amazon. The author is a Christian who has not been able to have children. The story is of two women who meet in a fertility clinic: one who is unable to have children, and another who is seeking an abortion. The story is so powerful, and the use or scripture throughout the story will challenge and encourage you. Be prepared to shed some tears!
8) The Walk: This is the first book in a series that my dad recommended (my dad is constantly reading something). The series is a bit difficult to describe. It is about a man who loses everything: his wife, his business, his money, his house. In his grief, he decides to walk from Oregon to Florida. The book describes the people he meets, the places he goes, and the experiences he faces.
9) Miles to Go: The second book in The Walk series is simply a continuation of the first. It’s an account of a broken man’s journey to healing. It does not sound like much, but the whole story is incredibly intriguing.
10) The Road to Grace: By the time we get to the third book in The Walk series, Alan has already been in the hospital twice, once after a near-death experience. He has met lifelong friends, and his life has been completely changed.
11) A Step of Faith: Alan finally nears his destination (Key West, Florida) when a sudden change of events sends him back to the opposite end of the country. Unfortunately, the end of the fourth book in The Walk series gives no closure, as there is still another book to come (March 2014). Alan’s life has been radically changed as a result of his walk. I am hoping that, in the fifth book, his heart will be changed as well. The heart transformation is gradual, but it has been slowly happening since the first book.
I spent hours upon hours at the fertility clinic over the summer, and that is
where I did most of my reading. I am believing with all my heart that our upcoming transfer will work, and that I will be spending less time at the fertility clinic over the fall than I have these past several months. Since I am believing that, I am also believing that I will be reading fewer books in the fall!
I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.
-Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice