Within my ‘light’ reading for the month came a series of books that can only be classified as peculiar. A mixture of fiction and non-fiction these books helped to travel the world. The fiction included some strange stories of mystery and intrigue in Austria (Death in Vienna), Canada (A Great Reckoning), and Senegal (The Rooster Bar). However, the nonfiction also allowed me to journey overseas. First time author Todd Miner narrates funny stories of hunting in Washington State, with some oddities mixed in (Deer Diary), while Kati Marton takes readers to the east coast of the United States (with frequent trips overseas) following the baffling story of Noel Fields, a soviet spy during the time of Stalin (True Believer).
Not all the reading this month was light and instead included reading that included prompted deeper thinking about God and his plan. First, as pat of my devotional time I’ve been reading through the ESV Reader’s Bible set completing both Gospels and Acts book giving me time to reflect on God’s message and manner for delivering that message. That was further reflected upon through Andy Johnson’s new release, Missions that will challenge readers about how we ‘do’ missions and Thomas Boston’s book The Art of Man-Fishing. Finally, Paul Tripps devotional Come Let Us Adore Him and the new Reader’s Guide to the Major Writings of Jonathan Edwards prompted a deeper reflection upon God, Christ, and what a personal relationship with them means.
Finally, I cam across David Allen’s Getting Things Done and picked up for the opportunity to see what he has to say about productivity. For some, the book may be profound, but for me it fell flat. Partly because I have my own system that seems to work well. There were things that could be learned, but overall, I found the book to be lacking, repetitive, and outdated.
While lamenting that I was more casual in my reading this month, I do have to say there were some fun aspects to what I read. The literary skill of the authors collectively caused me to laugh, smile, contemplate, and consider (even in the peculiar books). Therefore, it was a profitable reading month in that regard.
If you would like to purchase any of the books mentioned above, click the links below:
- RECOMMENDED: The ESV Reader’s Bible Set (I personally enjoy the set, but it’s expensive, so if you prefer a cheaper option at a lesser price, try this one volume edition here, or you can also find it available in the Christian Standard Version here)
- RECOMMENDED: Come, Let Us Adore Him by Paul Tripp (read the review here)
- RECOMMENDED: Missions by Andy Johnson (read the review here)
- RECOMMENDED: A Reader’s Guide to the Major Writings of Jonathan Edwards
- RECOMMENDED (with reservation): A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny (Note: If you like fiction and mysteries, the literary aspect of this boo is quite well done for the genre it falls under; however, it’s unfortunate that the author chose to intersperse periods of foul language
- Deer Diary by Todd Miner (Disclaimer: due to a personal relationship with this author, I have refrained from a direct recommendation of this book but will confess that I was pleased with the author’s ability to tell a story)
- True Believer by Kati Marton
- Getting Things Done by David Allen
- The Art of Man Fishing by Thomas Boston
- The Rooster Bar by John Grisham
- Death in Vienna by Daniel Silva