Reading is a huge part of how I like to spend my free time. I love to get lost in a book. I’ve read several books in the last few weeks and thought I would share them with you.
Sparkly Green Earrings is a humorous true story written by Melanie Shankle. She shares her life from trying to get pregnant, actually being pregnant, having a baby and being a mom. I laughed out loud several times as I read this book. As a mother myself and close to her age, I personally related to so much of what she wrote about. This book, which was sprinkled with scripture, made me think about all the ways parenting shapes us and why I do some of the things I find myself doing as a mother.
What Alice Forgot is a fictional story about a woman who falls at the gym and loses her memory. She actually loses 10 years of her memory so she does not remember having her three children or that she is in the process of getting divorced. She still thinks and feels like she is 29 years old, happily married and pregnant with her first child. Although not a Christian book, what I found interesting was the truths this book revealed about how much time really does change us and how the people we meet and the decisions we make shape who we are and what we become. As I read, I kept reflecting on who I am now and what I used to be like 10 years ago – with my children but also in my marriage. We really do change over time. This book also caused me to pray. I prayed that God would keep me from hardening to the things that happen to me in life.
The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert is a true story about a woman who used to be a leading lesbian professor who becomes a Christian and over time her whole life changes. Keith wrote briefly about it here. In light of the recent ongoing debates on gay marriage, this book was an eye-opening picture into the life of someone who God has dramatically changed. I found myself amazed at the way God not only changed my life 27 years ago but at how he works in so many different ways to redeem someone and accomplish his will.
Scouting the Divine is filled with insight and stories that engage the mind and the soul. Margaret Feinberg shares of her search for God in wine, wool and wild honey. Each chapter tells of her time spent with someone who lives day by day as a shepherd, a vintner, a bee keeper and a farmer. Each person she meets shares their thoughts on bible passages and what they mean to them in light of what they do. I learned a lot that I didn’t know before and it gave several passages new meaning to me.
These books have all made me think, laugh and some have caused me to pray. Do you have any book recommendations?