It has been quite some time since I've done one of these posts. I do them mostly so I can keep track of what I'm reading....and to give my opinions for those of you who are readers. Enjoy!
The Shack by William P. Young
I read about this one on SEVERAL of your blogs. Since I enjoy reading, I had to find out what all the hype was about. After our move we figured out that we have WAY too many books. We need to downsize, and we are going to try to be more diligent about getting things from the library. So, off I went....I was 90th on the waiting list!!! Granted, there were at least 30 copies in circulation across the county, but still! Okay, now for the actual review...
I must admit, I didn't love this as much as I thought I would (based on the glowing reviews from most of you). However, after I finished it, I found it was still on my mind....FOR WEEKS! I guess it impacted me more than I thought. The author certainly helps to answer the age old question, "Why do bad things happen to good people?" He shows how God not only cares about the trials in our lives but actually REDEEMS them for our good and His glory. I think this one is worth the read.
My friend, Valerie, lent me this book over the summer, and I DID read it several month ago (sorry, Val, I know I need to send it back to you soon). I think she did this as a women's study at her church. I really enjoyed this book. The author really captures our God who LOVES us and pursues us with a passion and depth that we can only imagine. She begins by telling her story of how God redeemed a truly tragic event in her life and changed her forever. If you struggle with self esteem or feeling like you are truly loved by God, this book will help you to feel worthy and see yourself as God sees you. Pick this one up!
The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
A classic that I read for the women's book club at my church. I LOVED THIS BOOK! You really must read this is you haven't already. It is Corrie Ten Boom's account of her life during the holocaust and the witness she and her sister had in the concentration camps. Their story of faith, grace, and sacrifice will change your life. They truly believed you need to give God thanks and praise for EVERYTHING. At one point, Corrie is complaining about the lice, and her sister insists they must be thankful, even for the lice. Later, it is revealed that the guards stay around the perimeter of their work area and do not infiltrate the center because of the lice! This is the reason they are able to read the scriptures and share the gospel with so many. There are many examples in this book of how to live your life sold out for Christ. This one makes my all-time favorites list.
Sure as the Dawn by Francine Rivers
I don't know what it is about this series that just gets in my head! This was my fun vacation read, and I devoured it in 2 1/2 days. Although they are thick, they are quick, and action packed. I couldn't stop thinking about the characters and twists in the story. I still maintain my position that these are "chick lit," but this chick definitely likes them.