Its a good thing we had an extra day in February this year, because I totally scrambled to finish up two lingering books yesterday. This month I was questioning myself if the reading challenge made me read too fast through books without thinking as much about the content. But I concluded if it were not for the challenge, they would linger on and on and I wouldn't actually finish them, which would be even less beneficial. So I press on. Here is our progress, folks!
The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs (Book by a Puritan) - Though only 140 pages, this one took me the whole month to conquer, not because I was thinking all that deeply but because it is the first Puritan book I've read from cover to cover and I had to reread paragraphs a lot! The book is jam-packed of sermon illustrations about every tiny inner layer of contentment. It is thorough and I needed that repetition on the beauty of contentment and wickedness of discontentment.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (Pulitzer Prize Winner) - Set in World War II, it followed those dark times through the lives of a young orphan turned Nazi boy and a blind French girl. One quote is burned in my mind for its irony and beauty. When the boy sees the girl, who embodied all of the external weaknesses the Nazis hated, he says, "This is the purity they were talking about at Schulpforta."
The Inscrutable Americans by Anurag Mathur (Author of Another Ethnicity) - This book is about a young Indian boy who comes to America for a year of higher studies. Warning : it is very crude! I probably wouldn't have finished it, but having spent the past three years as a foreigner in India, I found some parts interesting and meaningful. And I have no doubt that it is an accurate portrayal of the experience of thousands of Indians who come to America for education.
The ISIS Apocalypse : The history strategy and doomsday vision of the Islamic State by William McCants (Book about a Current Event) - Its a thorough history of how ISIS got to its current position, and what the underlying beliefs are for their actions. I acquired a greater understanding of the variety of Islamic beliefs. McCants presents the topic is an easy to read and unbiased perspective.
The Shadow of the Galilean by Gerd Theissen (Theological Viewpoint I Disagree With) - This is a fictitious account of a common Jewish man during the time of Jesus, with the author's self-proclaimed agenda being to present Jesus from the perspective of the historical Jesus movement. I appreciated the fact that I could understand more of the movement without having to read long, scholarly books and articles. This was much more engaging. I came away more thankful for the gift of faith, through which we believe what the word calls foolish, and by which we are saved to the glory of God.
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