Wednesday, November 1, 2017

What I Read- October 2017

Konnichiwa! (That's Hello in Japanese)

I can't say that I liked or enjoyed every book I read this month...but here they are anyway. I'll list them from least enjoyed to most enjoyed.

Foxes Book of Martyrs (John Foxe)

Foxes Book of Martyrs looked like a really interesting book. I love biographies, and I love stories of persecuted Christians. I was excited when I found it on Kindle for a dollar. But I was sorely disappointed when I began reading it and found out that it was not at all what I had expected.
I began reading this as a History assignment in September. My first disappointment was when I saw how long the chapters were. My second disappointment was that the book skipped around and tried to cover so many martyrs that I got lost in the process. It was hard to track with and understand. Even the chapter devoted entirely to Martin Luther was confusing. I only read half the book.

An Uncertain Choice (Jody Hedlund) 

This is the first book in the series by Jody Hedlund....I read the third book first...oops. :)
Rosemarie has been told that her parents made a vow before she was born that on the day of her eighteenth birthday she would go into a convent and become a nun. She has spent her whole life to this point preparing herself for this coming day. She has given up all hopes of falling in love and getting married. She is also a kind ruler over her people, thwarting the plans of the bailiff and making sure that true justice is carried out and torments and tortures are not used. You see, she had an encounter as a young child with some form of torture that still haunts her.
A month before her eighteenth birthday, a friend of her father's enters her kingdom and proclaims and exception to the vow...if she can find true love and get married before midnight on her birthday, she is free from the vow.
It takes Rosemarie a couple days to accept the fact that there may be a way to get out of being a nun. Before long, she is presented with three knights who will try to win her favor. When the contest turns foul, she begins to wonder if  she should just enter the convent. Especially since the man who has begun to win her heart is appearing to be the most guilty.
I read this at the beginning of the month, and I can't exactly remember how it ended, but I know it was happily ever after for Rosemarie and one of the knights, while the other two went home.

The Merchant's Daughter (Melanie Dickerson)

This is one of the Fairy tale Romance books I have written about a few times before. Although, I've never written about this one before.
This is the second book in what I call the "Hagenheim Books". Each book parallels a fairytale story. The first time I read this book, I didn't understand or like it. A beautiful girl, a mean, disfigured man, a desire for books, a rose, falling in love?
That is, until I watched the old Disney Beauty and the Beast.
I fell in love with the story of Beauty and the Beast, and just had to read this book again.
All that to say, the girl in the book, named Annabel, is in trouble because her family has refused to do the wok required of them and pay their tax instead. The city leaders pronounce their judgement on them-either one of them has to go to work for their new Lord (who is rumored to be mean and nasty) or they have to pay the tax.
Annabel volunteers to go and work for the Lord. She tries to remain unnoticed, but through a variety of circumstances, keeps being put front and center before her Lord. In the process, she finds out that he is kind and gentle beneath his scarred face, shriveled hand, and hardened manner. When he lets her read the Bible (her one greatest desire), she feels indebted to him. As she reads it aloud to him, they have conversations about what the passages mean. This leads to questions about the past of both of them...and gradually, Annabel finds herself falling in love with her Lord. Through some other circumstances, the two of them do end up together and live happily ever after. And they appear in a later book or two, although right now I can't for the life of me remember which books they are! Oh well, I suppose I shall have to read the rest of the series again! :)

Imprisoned in Iran (Dan Baumann) 
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In this book, Dan tells his story of being imprisoned in Iran. He had dual-citizenship in the U.S. and Switzerland, so he used his Swiss passport to get into Iran. On the way out, he and his South African friend Glenn got detained. Their passports were taken, and they were put in prison where they were interrogated. After a while, they were moved to Evan Prison…the most notorious prison in Iran. Glenn wasn’t held in solitary, but Dan was. Glenn was also released sooner than Dan. Dan shares the important lessons about love, faith, fear, and sufferings that he learned while in Evan Prison.
Jellybean even liked this book, and it wasn’t too scary for her (she is six), so that would be an extra couple of points in favor of this book! 😉

In closing....
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1 comment:

  1. Coincidentally, I just read the Book of Martyrs for a book report! I agree it jumps around a lot, but I like the way it showed that the martyrs weren't afraid of death for Jesus. Glad you tried it.