274/366 - Glorious fall. Even more excuse to read!
Some notes on the books I've got stacked around the house:
Morning devotions: I love Shane Claiborne's "Common Prayer" for its inclusiveness. It celebrates and highlights Christians of all different countries, denominations, branches, and political persuasions. The prayers and songs are intimate, wise and thought-provoking. A beautiful book.
We say this blessing from the book together every morning:
"May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors."
For a simple Bible study/devotional, we are using Francis Schaeffer's 25 Basic Bible Studies. I like this book because the studies are simply Scriptures arranged according to topic with simple notes from Schaeffer showing how the Scriptures fit into the bigger context of the theme. I have my youngest son look up the verses and we just read them aloud and talk about how they apply to the topic we are studying. Very straightfoward basic Protestant theology, which works for us!
I picked up the Winter Harvest Cookbook by Lane Morgan in hopes that I can learn to cook more seasonally. It's packed with ideas for salads, soups, main and side dishes using the mystery vegetables of winter. I'll let you know how it goes.
Macrina Weiderkehr's writing has been recommended to me several times and I chose Seven Sacred Pauses as an introduction. I'll tell you, I love the idea of this book and I love that Weiderkehr illuminates the monastic model for ordinary people in ordinary ways, but as with Chittister earlier, I keep wanting her to be a little less...broad...with her spirituality. *smile*
On the other hand, Dallas Willard's The Divine Conspiracy is knocking my socks off. I'm reading this with some friends and all I can say is WOW. It's really ministering to some deep places in me.
Just to prove I'm a very eclectic reader, I'm also making my way through Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives by (Orthodox) Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica. I've been waiting a long time to read this one as well, but it's not the kind of thing you hurry through. Just little bits day by day.
Fiction: I've got two days to read Abraham Verghese's Cutting for Stone before it's due back at the library. Only 530 pages or so...no problem.
We're getting close to finishing our family read-aloud: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. I don't know why I didn't read this before but my goodness...so much more depth than I thought. Lots of good conversations coming out of this one. And yes, the teenage boy appreciates the creep factor.
I don't know a thing about The Flight of Gemma Hardy, but it came home with me from the library and really wants to be given a chance. Glad to oblige.
I also just finished When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams, (not fiction) which was beautifully written, if a little heavy in the feminism department (not that I complain about that usually!) The best part for me was this quote at the end, which said so lovingly what is in my heart when it comes to words:
"I thought I was writing a book on voice. I thought I would proclaim as a woman that we must speak the truth of our lives at all costs. But what I realize with Louis walking behind me is that I will never be able to say what is in my heart , because words fail us, because it is in our nature to protect, because there are times when what is public and what is private must be discerned. There is comfort in keeping what is sacred inside us not as a secret, but as a prayer.
The world is already split open, and it is in our destiny to heal it, each in our own way, each in our own time, with the gifts that are ours."
I'd love to hear what you're reading! Please feel free to share!