1.16.2012

On My Nightstand...

...you will find:

  

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: How I Learned to Live a Better Story by Donald Miller
One Bite at a Time: 52 Projects for Making Life Simpler by Tsh Oxenreider

What are YOU reading this week?

{Re: Last weeks selections}



In the Company of Others: A Father Tim Novel by Jan Karon
There's a quote by Karon on the back of my book which says, "Of all the novels I've written, In the Company of Others is my personal favorite, my dark-haired child." After working my way through the same book, I can't imagine why this is her favorite. If you loved the Mitford series (as I did), I think you might be slightly disappointed in this story. Too many characters and story lines and I honestly couldn't keep the names straight (i.e. who was "Balfour"?). Compared to Mitford, I thought it felt disjointed, and although it turned around towards the end, it would never become a re-read for me.
If you've read this book and agree or disagree, please tell me what you thought and why!



Who Made God?: And Answers to Over 100 Other Tough Questions of Faith edited by Zacharias/Geisler
Finished. Finally. I purchased this book back in 2010 and started reading it the same year. I can sum up the book in five words: It Made Me Feel Dumb. I re-read passages, straining to understand, but most of the ideas being discussed went right over my head. If you're looking for a book to give to someone (not in academia) who is questioning Christianity vs. all other religions, this is not the book to give. While I love listening to Zacharias, and I've heard Geisler lecture, the majority of authors who contributed to this book appear to have a hard time communicating to people who might not have studied apologetics their whole life. My goal is to read more apologetic books this year so they won't go over my head, but I was still sadly disappointed in this one.
Have you read it? Did you understand it?

4 comments:

  1. Just finished Discipline by Elisabeth Elliot and Invitation to the Classics...not a "reading" book, exactly, but fascinating! I'm part-way through Fantastes by George MacDonald, and Hypatia by Charles Kingsley.

    It's been a good weekend for books! :)

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  2. Hi Carrie! I felt the same way about the first "Father Tim" book, Home to Holly Springs. In fact, I didn't even finish it. I loved and reread the Mitford books, but this new series didn't even seem like Jan Karon had written it. : (

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  3. Jamie - Sounds like some good books you've got going!

    Sandy - It was so disappointing, wasn't it? I feel like when you read the Father Tim series, Karon just lost her first love (Mitford). And yet, she says that the second Father Tim book was her favorite?? Go figure.

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