Just like clockwork, my reading game is being upped as I settle into my fall schedule!
This month’s titles are definitely diverse! One of these books I have had on my shelf for years (which is super embarrassing because it was the shortest, easiest read ever!) and one I spontaneously picked up at the library because the book cover looked familiar from Instagram.
Read on to see what I thought of these picks.
18. Leap Over a Wall: Earthy Spirituality for Everyday Christians by Eugene H. Peterson
David with all of his rough edges. He never got around to loving his enemies that way his descendant Jesus would do it; his morals and manners left a lot to be desired. There aren’t narrated as blemishes, however, but as conditions that we share. They aren’t narrated to legitimize bad behavior but are set down as proof that we don’t first become good and get God. First we get God – and then, over a patient lifetime, we’re trained in God’s ways.
This book, written by the translator of The Message Bible, is written in devotional form. I most often abstain from devotionals because they are often more fluff than deeper thoughts, but this one definitely didn’t disappoint. I am glad I didn’t judge this particular book by it’s cover. This book gets you in the Word on your own (with a passage to read before you enter into the chapter), explains it culturally, and Eugene does an amazing job at putting it all under the perspective of God’s Big Redemption Story. I am often overwhelmed by Old Testament stories on my own, so this one was so helpful on the life of David.
RECOMMENDATION STATUS: I would definitely give this one all my support! It drew me closer to God as we peeked into the life of David. So good.
19. The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
What is a lizard compared with a stallion? Lust is a poor, weak, whimpering, whispering thing compared with that richness and energy of desire which will arise when lust had been killed.
I love C.S. Lewis, and this book has so many truth bombs that were thought-provoking and incredibly convicting. I didn’t like it as much as I liked and gleaned from The Screwtape Letters, but it is definitely a worthwhile, overall easy read. If I were to read it again, I would love to read it with a group of believers to get their thoughts on it.
RECOMMENDATION STATUS: Anything by C.S. Lewis is worth looking into, for both spiritual and intellectual growth. But I would start with another one of his books, such as The Screwtape Letters or Mere Christianity, before hopping into this one.
20. Onstage Offstage by Michael Bublé
All my life I felt too insecure to do a lot of things. I felt restless, and I didn’t know why. My life changed when I became a professional singer. I found my purpose and my calling. When I started to work at this career, I started to find my happiness. I had something to live for. I wasn’t so scared any more. . . . But I still feel like I’m just getting started. There is a lot more I want to do.
This is the book I was referring to that I have had on my shelf for years. I picked it up, read 3/4 of it, tucked my #MBWorldTour tickets and confetti inside, and then didn’t open it until last week. But I finished up the last few chapters and flipped through the pictures again, and fell in love with Michael all over again. It is slightly outdated because he has had kiddos and made several more albums since then, but it still made me appreciate him and his whole journey more. It seems that he is truly in love, and that his family keeps his feet on the ground, and I sure hope it is true.
RECOMMENDATION STATUS: If you love Michael’s music, definitely get your hand on this book! It gives great heartfelt background to why he does what he does.
21. The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan
I worry sometimes that humans are afraid of helping humans. There’s less risk associated with animals, less fear of failure, fear of getting too involved. In war movies, a thousand soldier can die gruesomely, but when the horse is shot, the audience is heartbroken.
There aren’t very many books that keep my attention well enough to keep me up past 2 and even 3AM, but this book did that several nights in a row!I tend to love short stories more than novels, and I breezed through the nonfiction portion of the book. Most of the stories and essays had a slightly depressing edge to them, but there were beautiful illustrations and portraits of hope throughout. Marina Keegan graduated at the top of her class at Yale, and died in a car crash five days after graduation. I wish that she was still living, and that we could continue to read her words… I loved these words that she worked hard to leave behind.
RECOMMENDATION STATUS: None of the content was life-changing for me, but her unique story and writing style is definitely worth getting to know if you’re into essay type books and love short stories!
What are you looking forward to reading in Autumn??