Saturday, September 2, 2017

What I've Read- August 2017

Me without a book? Absurd! :) Here are the books I've read this month:

The Robe (Lloyd C. Douglas)

the robe

Per a recommendation by one of my faithful readers, I picked this book up at the library (technically, I downloaded it from the library on my overdrive app). It was...interesting. I liked the insight into Ancient Roman culture that it gave. But I felt like the plot was slow moving at first, and it took a long time for the driving event to happen. At the end, after Marcellus finishes his quest, I felt like it took a long time to finish the book, and the loose ends dragged on forever. And I wasn't entirely happy with the ending. I feel like I still have unanswered questions.
Let me tell you the basic plot. As I do in all my reviews, I'll try not to be a spoiler. Marcellus is a Roman centurion who is put in charge of crucifying Jesus. In fact, he is the centurion that wins Jesus' robe. He is quite shaken by the event, especially because he feels the man he just crucified was innocent. He goes on a long quest to find out the truth behind the man who wore the robe that is now in his possession.
So, my other complaint about the book was that it didn't stick to the biblical facts very well. It took liberties, left out very important things, and was not entirely accurate. I'm okay with books taking liberties, but it didn't stick to the important facts. It took too many liberties. And there was too much of Marcellus trying to explain away Jesus' miracles. I understand that he was a Roman Centurion, so he would not believe the miracles, but the other characters didn't do a good job of defending the miracles. It made those amazing things seem less amazing. It also did not accurately and clearly explain salvation. There was a very fuzzy line between just being a good person and being a Christian.
The faithful reader who recommended this book cautioned me about mild language. I do remember catching some as I read, but I don't remember what it was.
I would give this book a three or four star.

Playing With Purpose (Mike Yorkey)
playing with purpose

I'm not a baseball fan at all, but DodgerDog is. He enjoyed this book, and I like biographies, especially about Christian people, so I thought I'd give it a try. I didn't track at all with the baseball stats (I will openly admit that I skimmed or skipped most of them), but the stories about the players coming to know Christ were interesting. And the stories of how they try to live for him were super inspiring. Each one inspired me to live more like Christ. So if you are a Christian and a baseball fan, I would recommend this book to you without a doubt.

They Called Her Mrs. Doc (Janette Oke)

they called her mrs. doc

This was the second time I've read this book, and I loved it just as much. Janette Oke is generally placed in the genre of "Christian Romance." Although this book is about a girl who marries and moves west with her husband, it is not really in the "Romance" genre. Other books by Janette Oke (like Love Comes Softly) fit more in that genre.
This book is the story of a young girl, Cassandra, who has grown up rich and rather spoiled. Her father is a doctor, a doctor teaching young doctors, actually, and he has taken special interest in three young men. One of the young men (Sam) takes a special interest in Cassandra and after his internship is over, they marry and move west. He has always dreamed of taking his practice out west, and Cassandra is at first very hopeful that he will decide to move back to the city. But he doesn't. Cassandra goes through a lot of character building as she makes their small house a home and has five children, who all grow up to pursue great careers of their own. In the midst of it all, she learns to assist her husband in his practice...something she never thought she would do.

Ben Carson: A Chance at Life (Janet and Geoff Benge)

ben carson

How can I tell about this book without spoiling the story? That is the problem I have with all biographies. :) Many of you have heard of Ben Carson, I'm sure. And many of you probably know bits and pieces of his story, as I had before I read this book. But I still felt like I was reading his story for the first time. I was saddened by the story of his childhood, angered at the displays of racism he encountered, inspired by his mother, and fascinated by the brain surgeries he performed. I loved this book from beginning to end and was disappointed when it was over. :)

One final word for today....
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1 comment:

  1. I can see what you mean about The Robe... I don't agree with everything in it, but at least it has some food for thought. I just like the way Marcellus's character is changed throughout the story. Thanks for at least trying it!