It feels like a long time since I’ve talked about books… and I’ve missed it. Now that I am married and no longer working full time, I actually have time for reading! Our bookshelves are full (we both have a lot of books!) and I’ve been having fun exploring the books at my new library. Not to mention a few people gave me books as bridal shower and wedding gifts, plus I’ve been given some books to borrow as well. So, needless to say, I won’t be out of reading material for quite a long time!
So, here’s a list of what I’ve been reading lately, and what I think about each one. 🙂
This is the most recent book I finished. I read Katie’s first book Kisses from Katie several years ago after hearing SO much about it. I enjoyed her book very much, so when I saw Daring to Hope, I jumped at the chance to get a free copy through blogging for books. (I occasionally use this site to get free books to read and review – if you’re a fellow blogger, check it out!) This book arrived just before our wedding, and I only read a few pages. Surprisingly, it was the first book I reached for once we were settled in and I had time to read again. There were a few days this past month that I just didn’t want to put this book down! Even though I may not agree 100% with everything, there is something about Katie’s lifestyle and her relationship and walk with God that is very inspiring, even motivating. The lifestyle she has chosen is one that is full of joys and sorrows – and so much different from what we know here in America. What she writes is open and real – and she truly shares her heart in the pages of both of her books. This book brought both tears to my eyes and joy to my heart as I read it. If you enjoyed Katie’s first book, you will love this one as well.
This is one of the books I found at my new library the other week. The author is the creator and blogger of MomAdvice.com. I am not sure what originally attracted me to this book, except I found some extremely simple and helpful recipes in the midst of it all – which is the reason why I brought it home. I’ve since copied several recipes and started implementing a few of her budgeting and home keeping tips. I was also really excited to find some ridiculously easy household cleaning recipes to use around the house. This book needs to go back to the library this week, but I;m sure I will check it out again in the near future.
After hearing about this series from both my husband and my sister-in-law, I decided it was time to give it a try. All about the Middle Eastern culture, a CIA agent, nuclear weapons and Muslim extremists, this book is gripping! The very first night I started reading it, I really didn’t want to put it down (but sleep and the need to turn out the light forced me to stop). Now I’m already reading through the second book The Tehran Initiative which is a direct continuation of the first book. If you like gripping adventures from a Christian perspective you may want to check out this series.
* I will mention that I think the author could have left out a few things – such as an inappropriate relationship between two teenagers, and some odd “appearances” and visions of Jesus Christ himself – which I don’t believe in that kind of thing. But other than that, I love this series so far!
- The Happy Wives Club by Fawn Weaver
This is one of the many books I found at my new favorite book store. I heard of the author and her blog before… so I thought I would give the book a chance (it was only 50 cents!). So far, the book is good – although nothing spectacular. I love the thought of traveling around the world to learn marriage “secrets” from happily married women – which is exactly what this author got to do. I’m enjoying the book so far – although honestly it isn’t proving to be as exciting as it sounds. However, the book is giving me some food for thought and good ideas to put into practice in our (very) new and happy marriage. This author really doesn’t write from a conservative Christian perspective – so if you decide to read this book, please keep that in mind.
A Little Side Note
Although most of the books I’m reading are from a morally conservative perspective, and even from Christian perspectives… that does not mean they are necessarily written from a Biblical perspective. Please remember- every book we read must be read with discretion… and always strive to keep God’s Word as the judge for every book that you read.
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What books have you been reading? Please share in the comments below! I always love to hear what other people are reading – and it’s so much fun to add books to my ever-growing to-read list. 😉