How are we a quarter of the year through 2017 already? I thought the past couple years had flown – I’m thinking things have accelerated yet again.
After finally dragging through The Mysteries Of Udolpho in February, I got through far more books this month, including my first Kindle read for the year. I don’t usually read on my Kindle – I have the Fire tablet and it’s far too easy to get distracted by apps and notifications. But for those occasions when a paperback is unavailable or cost prohibitive and the digital copy is free, I’m glad to have it around.
Respectable Sins, Jerry Bridges
Litany of the Ordinary, Trish Warren
These two theological books were both quick reads yet very deep in their short pages. Both kept coming back again and again to the idea of preaching the gospel to yourself. This was a dominant theme in Tripp’s Parenting I completed in January as well. As a believer in Christ, this is a theme I need to never get tired of, for it is the source of all my strength.
“When the day is lovely and sunny and everything is going according to plan, I can look like a pretty good person. But little things go wrong and interrupted plans reveal who I really am; my cracks show and I see I am profoundly in need of grace. But here’s the thing: pretty good people do not need Jesus. He came for the lost. He came for the broken.”
Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain
Miss Mackenzie, Anthony Trollope
The Princess and the Goblin, George MacDonald
Since this is the end of the quarter, I’m going to do a full update as well. Here’s where I am on all the challenges. Titles are linked to the reviews on my blog, the rest can be found on Goodreads.
Christian Reading Challenge – Light list 7/13 (Titles in italics are also on Back to the Classics)
- A biography
- A classic novel: Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain
- A book about history
- A book targeted at your gender
- A book about theology: Respectable Sins, Jerry Bridges
- A book with at least 400 pages: The Mysteries of Udolpho, Ann Radcliffe
- A book your pastor recommends
- A book about Christian living: Parenting, Tedd Tripp
- A book more than 100 years old: Miss Mackenzie, Anthony Trollope
- A book published in 2017
- A book for children or teens
- A book of your choice: Liturgy of the Ordinary, Tish Harrison Warren
- A book about a current issue: America the Anxious, Ruth Whippman
Back to the Classics Challenge 3/12