Saturday, December 30, 2017

What I Read: December 2017

I can't believe it's the end of the last month of 2017. Wow. Here's what I've been busy reading...

The Angel Tree (Daphine Benedis-Grab)

Every year, the tree goes up in the middle of the town. Everyone knows how it works. You tie a slip of paper with a wish on it to a branch on the tree. Someone takes it down, and by Christmas, your wish has come true. No one knows who is behind the miracle tree. But four kids are about to find out. They set of on a journey to solve the mystery and thank the person behind the angel tree. This is a fun book for all ages!

The Attributes of God (A.W. Pink)

This was a school assignment for this semester. It was a little bit above my reading level at times, but it really stretched my vocabulary and my understanding of God. I think sometimes I'm tempted to "put God in a box", and try to make him fit my own idea of what he should be like, so this was a good book to read to challenge my understanding of him. Pink discusses 17 attributes of God, from the sufficiency of God to the love of God to the mercy of God to the wrath of God. I highly recommend  this book.

Waiting Here for You (Louie Giglio)

This was a nice short advent devotional that I read this December. Each day had a passage from the Bible to read, a thought from the author, a song, and a prayer. It was easy to read and a good way to focus my attention on God throughout the Christmas Season.

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (Mark Twain)
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 This was another book assigned for school. It was absolutely entertaining! A man from the late 1800s gets randomly placed in the time of King Arthur. He is appalled at the way society runs with the feudal system, slavery, lords with absolute power, the church with absolute power, and no hygiene. He pretends to have magical power, even more than Merlin, and gains the respect of the King. He becomes the King's most trusted official, called "The Boss" and begins to "reform" the kingdom  by bringing in modern conveniences. He performs "magical" feats that actually come down to using his head and then playing it up as magic. In the last half of the book he decides to dress as a peasant and see life from their side. The King decides to go with him. Both of them nearly blow their cover several times, and are taken as slaves. Eventually they escape and return home. "The Boss" continues over the next three years to make Medieval England into a "modern society." He marries and they have a child. Then, all of the sudden, the modern society goes down the drain. The Boss is mad, and he fights back. This starts a full-out war. The Boss and his followers are victorious. Although the book was amusing and comical, the final three chapters or so were rather confusing, and, in my opinion, unnecessary.

The Captive Maiden (Melanie Dickerson)

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Based off the fairytale of Cinderella, Gisela is an orphan mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters. She finds her way to a tournament where she meets Valten, and the two fall in love. Her stepmother tries to sell her to a slimebag named Ruexner and locks her in her bedroom. She finds her way out and makes it the banquet following the final day of the tournament. In a desperate attempt, her stepsisters help Ruexner kidnap Gisela, but Valten follows. Gisela and Valten have quite a time of it trying to escape from Ruexner, but they finally succeed, express their love for each other, get married, and live happily ever after.

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