Today it’s time for What’s On Your Nightstand? hosted at 5 Minutes for Books. I’ve read some interesting books over the last month and this is a prime opportunity to revisit them. Here they are, with blurbs and links to my reviews.
- The Discarded Image (C.S. Lewis): “Lewis was a classicist, and I’ve always wondered: if he speaks so compellingly in these areas outside his field of expertise, how does he sound when he’s in his sweet spot? The Discarded Image provides the answer. Not being a medievalist myself, I found this “introduction to medieval and Renaissance literature” quite challenging because of the dense thicket of literary allusions. I’m more familiar with the literature of the Renaissance than of the medieval period, and Lewis ranges widely and deeply among the writers of both eras. But I found that I gathered momentum as I went along, getting better at harvesting the insights without having read all the works.” Rest of my review is here.
- A Place In Time (Wendell Berry): “These stories went straight to my heart. I’ve been a Berry-reader since the mid-nineties and have read everything he’s written, but not since my first reading experience (The Memory of Old Jack) have I been so deeply moved by something he’s written. A Place in Time offers twenty short stories about the people and events of Port William, the fictional community in Kentucky that Berry has been developing imaginatively since Nathan Coulter in 1960.” Read the rest here.
- The Evolution of Adam (Peter Enns): “It’s a book about the Bible, one that challenges us to think about how our view of Adam needs to evolve in the face of the archaeological and scientific discoveries since the 19th century. I found it to be a fascinating, informative, sometimes destabilizing, ultimately exhilarating read.” Rest is here.
- Holy Discontent: Fueling the Fire that Ignites Personal Vision (Bill Hybels): “I would put this book in the motivational/inspirational category. Hybels includes a number of stirring illustrations of people who have found their “one thing” and their life trajectories changed forever — and improved the human lot in significant, lasting ways. It’s the kind of book that sets a single idea before you and asks you to think about it long and hard.” Rest is here.
In addition to these I finished rereading Elizabeth Goudge’s Little White Horse, this time as a read-aloud to my daughters (ages 11 and 9). (My first reading from a few years back is reviewed here.) Even though Goudge can be a little long-winded at times she creates such an appealing imaginative world the girls absolutely loved the story. We’re entering a new era in our read-alouds, one in which my daughters occasionally do the reading, and this is a good thing because much though I love reading aloud, and committed though I am to doing it, it makes me very sleepy. (Oxygen deprivation? The monotony of my own voice? What?) I have been known to veer gently away into the narrative of my own dreaming while reading aloud, one of our funnier family secrets. So I’m quite happy that I get to be in the audience sometimes now. We need a new gripping chapter book to read aloud, so feel free to give recommendations!
Right now I’m revisiting an older book called A Place for You, about the significance of place, by psychologist Paul Tournier; I’ve also been enjoying N.T. Wright’s Luke for Everyone as an accompaniment to my Bible-reading.
I have some exciting reading to look forward to in coming days:
- Fearless Daughters of the Bible (J. Lee Grady) is a Christmas gift from my sister-in-law.
- Nature’s Witness: How Evolution Can Inspire Faith (Daniel Harrell)
- Quantum Physics and Theology: An Unexpected Kinship (John Polkinghorne)
- The Divine Hours: Prayers for Springtime (Phyllis Tickle)
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