from the recent book by Eric Metaxas: Miracles: What They Are, Why They Happen, and How They Can Change Your Life.
This was the last book I finished in December. It’s definitely inspiring. Despite being a person who believes in miracles, I did find myself having to check my skepticism a few times. But Metaxas is always a compelling writer and this book is no exception.
What I’m Reading Now:
Recent additions to my stack:
The Mitford Girls’ Guide to Lifeby Lyndsy Spence. I find the Mitfords fascinating reading material but so far I’m not exactly loving this book. (And I’ve found several typos and errors, which is always annoying.)
Recently finished (and mini-reviews):
The Paideia Proposal: An Educational Manifestoby Mortimer J. Adler. Adler was a respected academic, philosopher, and author. This was his proposal (along with a group of other influential people) in 1982 for improving the state of American education. I found much to admire in this book, but ultimately his (their) proposal fell short. I don’t accept the premise that mandatory K-12 education would be the best thing for ALL children. I don’t accept the premise that young people should not specialize. I do think public education could have been improved by following some of his (their) suggestions, but since we’re 30+ years on at this point, it seems unlikely to be tried.
Station Elevenby Emily St. John Mandel.I have a soft spot for post-apocalyptic or dystopian fiction. (Strange, I know.) This is a compelling story that jumps back to “before”, and forward. It also jumps from person to person as far as point of view and perspective (around a few central characters). I loved the concept that Shakespeare would be treasured in a world where so much has been lost.
All that said, there were a few times reading this where I found my eyes skimming text. It could have been edited more tightly. The connections between characters sometimes feel forced instead of organic. But those criticisms aside, I see why this made so many “best-of” lists last year. (For those of you who watch for these things, this book does contain some swearing and some violence – aside from the violence of “99%” of Earth’s population dying in a fast moving pandemic – as well as implied but not explicit or crudely depicted infidelity.)
Recent Kindle Reads:
What Women Fear: Walking in Faith that Transformsby Angie Smith. This is for discussion with ladies from my church. I initially had a hard copy, but when it went on sale for Kindle for $0.99, I snatched it up and passed my paperback on to someone else. It’s still $0.99 today, so if you’re interested in reading it at some point, I recommend ordering it before the price goes back up.
Lunch Break Blogging: Maintaining a Blog in 30 Minutes a Dayby Jenna Inouye. I’m always interested in reading about blogging. I ordered this when it was free but I haven’t read it yet. (It’s $2.99 now.)
Gospel Formedby J.A. Medders. Another one I picked up when it was free (it’s $2.99 now) because it sounds like something I would like to read.
Current Read Aloud:
Still reading through The Smuggler’s Treasure. She’s loving it. I’m tolerating it.
Current Book to Review:
Still nada. Really hoping my review organizations offer some new (and / or better) titles soon.
What are you reading now?
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