Friday, November 2, 2018

What I Read- October 2018

Hello Everyone! Hard to believe its already November...
I set a goal at the beginning of the year to read 100 books in 2018. I've been working hard, and as of the end of October I've read 43 books! Here are my most recent reads...

I Am N (Voice of the Martyrs)
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Biography; 5 stars

The stories in this book are so encouraging, interesting, and, at times, heartbreaking.
This is a book filled with stories of persecuted Christians living in areas where Islamic Extremists are in control.
What they go through is heartbreaking.
How they overcome and respond is amazing.
The lessons we can learn from their lives are encouraging.
Their stories are inspiring.
I loved this book, cover to cover. So many amazing and inspiring stories.

Left Behind (Tim LaHaye)
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Fiction; 4 stars

Have you ever wondered what might happen if all the Christians on the earth suddenly disappeared? Well, that's what will happen with the Rapture. This book explores what that cataclysmic event might look like.

Buck is a newspaper reporter on an airplane, returning from reporting on a miraculous event in Palestine. Suddenly, half the passengers on the plane are gone, with no explanation and not a trace...except for fillings, wedding rings, and clothing, left in neat piles where they once were sitting. This shocking event sends Buck on a wild journey to find the truth of what happened to people all around the world. In the process, he meets Nicolae Carpathia, a seemingly humble and newly powerful world leader; Captain Rayford Steele and his daughter Chloe, and a Pastor named Bruce.

LaHaye has some subtle but interesting worldviews and opinions woven into this book. For example, he subtly states that he believes most working with mainstream media are not true Christians. He also confronts the idea that going to church is good enough to get to heaven, that you must actually believe in Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior.

Going into reading this book, I wasn't sure if I wanted to read the whole series (there are 12 books total). But when I got to the end, it left me at a now I have to go read the next book I guess. :)

One caution: There are a few things that may be considered "mature themes." I would recommend upper high school and older for this book.

One suggestion: If you decide to read this book, I would suggest reading it along with a friend so you can discuss it along the way.

The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano (Olaudah Equaino)
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Autobiography; 3 stars

This is the story of an African man who was kidnapped as a child and sold as a slave. Equaino tells the story of his travels from Africa to Europe to the New World, back to Europe, back to the New World...he went back and forth so many times I lost count.

I found this book a little bit difficult to read. He wrote it in the later part of the 18th century, and so it was difficult to understand sometimes. He had way to many run-on sentences.

But I also found some really good quotes in there. For example, at one point he encounters a group of men who claimed to be Christians and yet mistreated their slaves. He calls them "nominal Christians" and laments the fact that they don't follow God's command to "do unto others as you would have others do unto you." As slavery was a widely accepted practice at the time, it makes one wonder what culturally acceptable practices Christians today should stop participating in because they go against God's law.

Have you read anything good this month? 


  1. Left Behind is an awesome book; I wonder how many Christians would be or are fooled by people like Nicolae Carpathia? And good point about the slavery issue--I think many things we do without thinking could be seriously against God's law! "I Am N" sounds like a good book; I'll have to look into that one.

    1. It's really kind of frightening to read Left Behind and think about how easily we as humans are fooled by people promising peace and such. :(