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Book Notes: All That's Good by Hannah Anderson

     Summary This is a book about engaging with God's world with discernment. She uses Philippians 4:8 as the lens to look through. Her writing style is engaging and smooth. Why I read it I wanted an easy-to-read book after finishing a big theology book. I tend to read theology after my Bible reading before my family wakes up. I wanted something serious, but not 500 pages. I also have been trying to read books my wife enjoys and books written by women. This fit all of the requirements. Quotes Discernment helps us see the world for what it was made to be and believe that God is powerful enough to restore it to its intended purpose. 42-43   So too, with eyes of faith, we can look at the world around us and discern enough of its original beauty to know that it is good and worth our engagement. 43 But more than drawing us to themselves, beautiful things draw us beyond themselves to a reality greater than either of us. 128   Key Takeaways As good as the book was, it wasn't very quot

Brief Entry on Portrait of an Unknown Woman by Daniel Silva

This is the entry I wrote for my book list:  896. Portrait of an Unknown Woman , Daniel Silva. 8/13/22 * * * * (In some ways, this is the most fun Silva book in a while. It’s also the most sensual that I can remember--not explicit, just sensual. For that reason, I won’t be keeping it in the house with our kids around. One thing I really liked was that the fate of the world was not at stake. It was an art heist book, and the book was fun with those lower stakes. Silva says that these art heist-type books are where he plans to take the series, and I am glad for that.) *I'm updating my book list and plan to republish it soon.

Book Notes: Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane by Suzanne Collins

    Summary I love this series. Gregor , book 2 in The Underland Chronicles, is an epic for young adults--probably the same audience as Narnia , Wingfeather , and Green Ember . It is a fast-paced, heart-tugging adventure story that takes place deep underground. This book has brains and heart. Like everything I’ve read by Collins, there isn’t a word in the wrong place. Nothing is wasted or confusing or missing. Why I read it I read and loved the first book in the series while we were on vacation. After reading several more serious books since then, I wanted a break to read a lighter book. I can't believe I waited so long to read this series since I loved Hunger Games . I've never heard anyone mention this book. f Quotes Gregor realized that the journey filled with squids and whirlpools and mites and serpents and loss, great loss, had change them. It had made the oath they had sworn in front of that furious crowd in Regalia real. 210   "Run like the River, Ripred," said

Book Notes: Emma by Jane Austen

   Summary This is my favorite Jane Austen novel. It feels like a modern situation and story. It is the story of a young woman who thinks she has the world figured out. Her attempts to craft people, relationships, and situations to her liking meet the chaos and complication of real life. When I finished it, the word that came to mind was “delightful.” It’s just a fun story. Why I read it I realized a year or so ago that my favorite books have tended to be literature, but I also realized that I don't read much literature. To correct that, I made a resolution this year to read all of Jane Austen's novels that I haven't read. This is the 5th of her 6 novels. Quotes If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more. 445   The affection which he had been asking to be allowed to create, if he could, was already his. 447   Key Takeaways This is my favorite Jane Austen novel. This is long (500 pages or so) and worth reading. I would just read it along with something lighte

Book Notes: All Things Bright and Beautiful by James Herriot

  Summary I love these short reflections on life as a country vet. They are good for reading one or two per night before bed. This collection of columns is deeper and more thoughtful. They draw from history and they jump back and forth more than the first collection. This one also describes the transitions in life on farms in the early-mid 1900's. Why I read it We have really enjoyed the TV series based on Herriot's stories. I intended this to be my light reading before bed. Quotes And as the years passed I often wondered on the beneficent providence which had decreed that an animal which had spent his first twelve months abandoned and unwanted, staring uncomprehendingly into that unchanging, stinking darkness, should be whisked in a moment into an existence of light and movement and love. Because I don't think any dog had it quite so good as Roy from then on.  78       "You are quite proud of your little dog, aren't you Nellie," I said, and the gentle squinti

Book Notes: None Like Him by Jen Wilken

Summary It is a short summary of the non-communicable attributes of God like eternity and self-existence, an explanation of our limits in the face of God’s limitlessness, and applications of that gap between God and us. I appreciate how she applies doctrine and doesn’t just describe it. It is aimed at women, but I think it is a book everyone should read Why I read it I finished reading John Frame's The Doctrine of God and wanted something shorter than 500 pages to read in my mornings. I've been reading systematics, historical theology, and N.T. Wright for the last 4 years. This also came highly recommended by my wife. Quotes Just as my assurance of salvation rests in the fact that God cannot change, my hope of sanctification rests in the fact that I can.  87      The raging of the nations can be navigated only by keeping a fixed point in view: the Lord God , seated on his throne. 91     We eagerly await Unbound 2.0 and 3.0, wondering what new advance will free us even further

Book Notes: Krakatoa by Simon Winchester

   Summary This is about the largest volcano eruption in recorded history. Winchester explores the causes, effects, and results of the explosion from many angles: history, culture, science, technology, religion, etc. Winchester's writing style is stiff and difficult (I've read two books by him this year), but if you are interested in Krakatoa or Indonesia, then it is readable. Why I read it I have heard interesting stories about Krakatoa, so I wanted to learn more. I also love Indonesia after spending two weeks there when I was in seminary. Quotes 13 percent of the earth's surface vibrated audibly, and millions who lived there heard it, and when told what it was were amazed. 264   To the outside world the eruption of 1883 may have spelled death and devastation. To the world of biology and botany, however, the subsequent energetic happenings on islands in the Sunda Strait represent nothing more nor less than a freeze-frame picture of the future of life itself--a demonstratio