I had a pretty good month, considering I’m still recovering from a slump.
What I Read:
Elemental Thief by Rachel Morgan is the first book in Rachel Morgan’s new YA fantasy dystopian series called the Ridley Kayne Chronicles. Rachel Morgan is one of my auto-buy authors. All her books are cute, clean, and addicting. I love them so much.
Elemental Thief takes place in a futuristic world and follows Ridley, a teenage girl who steals from the wealthy and gives to those in need… but stealing isn’t her biggest crime. Her biggest crime is that she welds magic. After stealing something from an old friend’s house, Ridley is followed home, a man is killed behind her apartment, her best friend is accused for the crime, and the guy she just stole from needs help finding the artifact she was asked to steal before lives are in danger.
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Humble Roots by Hannah Anderson is a beautiful, insightful, and theologically rich book for those struggling with anxiety.
In her book, Hannah Anderson elegantly explores humility in such a unique way, and she explains that it’s not until we realize how little we control that we begin to face our limitations. It’s calling upon Jesus that frees us from our burdens, and calls us into humility by relying less on ourselves and more on Him. Humility is understanding that without God, we are nothing but dust, and it teaches us that we don’t have to obey our emotions because the only version of reality that matters is God’s.
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Even Better Than Eden by Nancy Guthrie goes over nine themes found in Scripture that tell us that what God has planned for us is better than Eden.
Guthrie uses stories from both the Old and New Testament— beginning with Genesis and ending with Revelation— to tell us that what God has planned for us is even better than Eden.
This book is theologically solid and full of great quotes. Some chapters were really good, some were kind of meh. This book has discussion questions in the back, so I think I would have enjoyed it more as a group study instead of reading it by myself.
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Solace of Water by Elizabeth Byler Younts a historical fiction novel about healing, forgiveness, and finding friendship (and love) in unexpected places. This was my first Amish book, and it’s the perfect book if you’re a fan of historical fiction and want to dip your toes into Amish fiction.
This book is set in Amish country during the 1950’s. The narrators are an African-American preacher’s wife named Delilah “Deedee”, her teenage daughter Sparrow, and an Amish woman named Emma.
This book contains challenging topics that some readers may struggle with, or want to avoid completely (racism, alcoholism, stillbirth/miscarriage, and self harm).
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The children’s books I read were:
God Always Keeps His Promises by Max Lucado, Candy Apple Blessings by Maddie Frost, and Precious Moments Little Book of Thanks by Jean Fischer. Click the titles to go to the review.
What I Watched:
Aggretsuko is a hilarious animated series on Netflix that follows Retsuko, a twenty-five year old red panda who works an office job and channels her anger into singing metal.
Boys Over Flowers is a Korean drama adaptation of the Japanese manga Hana Yori Dango. (Click the title to view my review.) This was my first Asian drama show and I really loved it. It was a rollercoaster of emotions. Afterwards, I decided to start the Chinese Netflix Original version…
Meteor Garden is the Chinese drama adaptation of Hana Yori Dango. I actually finished the last 6 episodes on September 1st, and there are 49 episodes total. If you’ve never seen a Chinese drama, they’re dubbed due to different accents. It’s a bit hard to get used to at first, and if you look up the actor’s real voices, it might get on your nerves. Haha.
What I Plan On Reading:
The first two books are carry overs from last month, I had to take a break from reading (hints the Asian drama binge) before I put myself in another reading slump.
A Leopard Tamed by Eleanor Vandevort
Synopsis: The story of A Leopard Tamed is set in Nasir, a tiny village on the banks of the Sobat River in the Sudan. It reads like the story of another world, of another time–but it is very much of our world, our time. The author is an American missionary who lived with the Nuer tribe in Nasir for thirteen years. A Leopard Tamed is the vivid, exciting description of what those years were like for her.
Eleanor became friendly with Kuac, a small boy whose burning ambition was to do the work of God. He proved invaluable in helping her. He taught her his language, which enabled her to translate the Bible for the Nuer people for the first time. After she discovered he was a born teacher, he even led Bible classes for her.
Although Kuac is the central figure in this engrossing story, it is also the story of the whole Nuer tribe. This book stirs the reader with strange tribal customs–such as the brutal rites initiating young boys into manhood; a typical native wedding; detailed description of housing, cooking, child-bearing, and so on. The author transports us to a land that lies flat on its back, rolled out like a pie crustand crisscrossed with a network of footpaths linking village to village. The path is the highway in this land, covering hundreds and hundreds of miles, the imprint of a people who walk in order to communicate and who must communicate in order to live.
Sioux Center Sudan by Jeff Barker
Synopsis: Arlene Schuiteman has a lifetime of stories to tell. They ramble across the Iowa fields of her farm-family childhood, they settle into the one-room schoolhouses that nurtured her first years of teaching, and they sweep away to Africa, where her gentle hands nursed thousands.
Sioux Center Sudan is the story of a missionary nurse’s eight years on a tiny mission station in Nasir, Sudan, during the 1950s—the golden age of missions in America. There, Arlene faced immense challenges and yet learned to trust God in spite of the difficulties, including her unwanted expulsion from the country in 1963. Only decades later would she finally see the fruit of her work.
Filled with fascinating details of intense medical situations, stories of God’s faithfulness, and periods of deep and personal grief, Arlene’s journal entries could serve as a chapter in any textbook on the history of medical missions. Arlene’s story also intersects with those of other contemporary women missionaries including Elisabeth Elliot, Eleanor Vandevort (A Leopard Tamed), and Betty Greene, pilot and cofounder of Missionary Aviation Fellowship. Quotes from letters between these women are included in the book.
Sing! by Keith and Kristyn Getty
Synopsis: Sing! has grown from Keith and Kristyn Getty’s passion for congregational singing; it’s been formed by their traveling and playing and listening and discussing and learning and teaching all over the world.
And in writing it, they have five key aims:
• to discover why we sing and the overwhelming joy and holy privilege that comes with singing
• to consider how singing impacts our hearts and minds and all of our lives
• to cultivate a culture of family singing in our daily home life
• to equip our churches for wholeheartedly singing to the Lord and one another as an expression of unity
• to inspire us to see congregational singing as a radical witness to the world
They have also added a few “bonus tracks” at the end with some more practical suggestions for different groups who are more deeply involved with church singing.
God intends for this compelling vision of His people singing—a people joyfully joining together in song with brothers and sisters around the world and around his heavenly throne—to include you. He wants you,he wants us, to sing.
Reforming Joy by Tim Chester
Synopsis: Would anyone say that the heart of the Protestant Reformation was joy? The Reformers saw that the requirement of rules and regulations by the Roman Catholic Church was in direct contradiction to Scripture’s message of joy and freedom. Similar false messages provoked the apostle Paul’s letter to the church in Galatia and continue to threaten the joy of Christians today by weighing them down with unbiblical duties and obligations. Exploring how the 16th-century Reformation was a return to the gospel joy originally preached to 1st-century Galatia, this book helps today’s Christians rediscover the path to true freedom and lasting joy in Jesus.
A. W. Tozer: Three Spiritual Classics in One Volume
Synopsis: Encounter God. Worship more.
What Tozer lacked in formal education, he more than made up for in experiential wisdom. Tozer was a man who really knew God, and it showed. People came from all over to hear his sermons because they knew they would go home more in awe of God. That’s why millions keep coming back to his writings, but particularly these three books.
Considered to be Tozer’s greatest works, Knowledge of the Holy, The Pursuit of God, and God’s Pursuit of Man are now available in a single volume. In 3 Spiritual Classics, you will discover a God of breathtaking majesty and world-changing love, and you will find yourself worshipping through every page. Encounter Tozer and the God worth worshipping today
What I plan on Watching: