Living for the Glory of God ~ Vivir para la Gloria de Dios

Unshelved: What I Read in July (2018)

Cycling through the background of my computer are a series of photos from my favorite study spots in the world. One of those photos includes a former theatre in which the stage was converted into a coffeeshop while the lobby and seating areas (including the balconies) were transformed into a beautiful, massive, and beautifully massive bookstore called El Ateneo. It is set in the heart of the city of Buenos Aires, a city that has more bookstores per capita than any other city in the world.
The books envelop a person as they pass from one aisle to the next, eventually scaling the four levels of the bookstore. The beauty of the theatre more than creates an exclusive reading ambiance but is a reflection of the beauty one expects to find within the books as well. The importance that developers placed on the setting simply conveys the importance that should be placed on reading.
In an effort to inspire others to read, I enjoy sharing my own reading list of the past month. July was a slow-down month for me as I tried to focus on some projects while also attempting to take a small recess. The result is that I only made my way through seven books, and some of those were easy fiction reads, but here’s a look at what I read in the last month (click the links to read more about the book):
  • The Life of Moses by James Montgomery Boice: Put together from a series of teachings by Boice, the book quite wonderfully walks readers through the books of Exodus-Deuteronomy. Read my review of the book here.
  • Brave Companions by David McCullough: In his research for other books, McCullough has come across some fascinating people. Here he compiles a few of the most interesting in a selection of short biographies.
  • The Pilgrim’s Digress by Benjamin Szumskyj: Szumskyj explores whether or not Christians should read fantasy or horror. I read this book for a book review to be published later this year in an academic journal. While he has some important takeaways, truthfully the book borders on legalistic and condemnation and left me with more concerns than anything.
  • How the Nations Rage by Jonathan Leeman: This is a wonderful analysis of the merging of politics and religion and one that I would recommend immensely. You can read my book review here.
  • How the Light Gets In, The Long Way Home, The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny: I enjoy mystery novels, but I primarily stick to five authors in this genre. For the past 8 months, I have been reading through the Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penny, set in a small, unknown town in Quebec. I have just one more book to go before completing the series (not including the one set to come out in November). Penny offers some literary skill to her writings that make them interesting and thought-provoking, even if I don’t always agree with some of her worldview.
These books formed my personal literary world for the month of July. What about you? What are you reading this month, or what do you plan to read soon?

Photo “El Ateneo” courtesy of user Ryan Poole and Flickr.

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