Books I read in June 2009

Well, now that we’re half way through August, I figured I’d better at least briefly mention the books I read in June and July. I was on vacation during those months, so I was able to read significantly more than normal. I haven’t read nearly as much since starting in-service at the beginning of August.

Christian Living:
Safely Home by Randy Alcorn
This is a novel, but I put it under Christian Living because it definitely wasn’t “fun” to read. I profited greatly from reading this fictionalized account of the underground church in China. I highly recommend this book!

Let Me be a Woman by Elizabeth Elliot
Written as letters or essays to her daughter during her engagement to Walter, this book had an intimate feel to it. I’ll probably reread this book someday if I ever get married because a lot of the book applies to married women. There were a couple of gems of chapters for single women.

A Chance to Die by Elizabeth Elliot
Incredible book! When my roommate finishes reading it, I’m going to read it again. This book has provided much food for thought over the last few weeks and spurred me on to read as much by and about Amy Carmichael as possible. I’ve mentioned before that I read her collection of devotional thoughts, Whispers of His Power, every morning and this week Pastor gave me a collection of her poems, Toward Jerusalem, to read.

Professional Development
Grammar Girl
by Mignon Fogarty

This book provides quick answers to some of the most common and most difficult grammar questions you’ll face. Mignon Fogarty writes with a light-hearted style that is fun and easy to understand and remember. I also read the Grammar Girl’s newsletter and listen to her podcast.


Fun:
My Life and Hard Times by James Thurber

Short, funny book. These chapters could be easily cut for humorous interp speeches. I love the story “The Night the Bed Fell” and “The Day the Dam Broke.” Thurber is such a great author.

Redwall by Brian Jacques
I wish I had read this book about 15 years ago; I think I would have read the whole series! I probably won’t now, but I really enjoyed this book.

The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman
I cannot recommend this book. At first, I thought, “Why was there so much controversy about this series?” And then I got within a few pages of the end and was greatly dismayed by the blasphemy!

I’d write more, but I really want to get this posted. There is no way in the world I’d ever give this book to a child to read.

Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
I really enjoyed this book. So far, I’ve liked everything I’ve read in the Ender series.

I reread: A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23

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