Saturday, May 2, 2015

What I Read in April

I did not read as much as I wanted to in April. And the three books I read I don't know that I even recommend that much, although they were decent reads, just not anything that is going to stick with me for months and years to come. I did spend a few evenings watching mindless programs on Netflix because we were recently gifted Netflix. This may be bad for my love of reading. The three books I completely finished were:

  • Faith Unraveled by Rachel Held Evans - A long time ago I read Rachel's blog. I don't any more for a few reasons (unless someone shares a link and I find that it sounds interesting), but I read this book which was actually her first (it used to be called Evolving in Monkeytown). She asks a lot of the same questions as I have (and still do) about theology and faith and doctrine, but on several issues we differ - or at least I think we do. I like her questions, but I wish I could understand more on how she ended up on the more liberal end of theology than I have. I found myself frustrated during part of this book, but encouraged or understood by other parts, but overall I found it just a so-so read. (Sorry to all of my RHE fan friends.)
  • Before I Go by Colleen Oakley - I don't remember who recommended this novel to me, and I found it to also be a so-so read. I didn't like the beginning or the last ten-twenty percent of the book. I liked most of the storyline, but I only sort of liked the characters. I did get emotional during parts of the story, like the mother-daughter aspects and the tension of being married during stressful medical conditions, and this was a quick read for me. There are better novels out there to read, in my humble opinion, but I don't regret reading this. (Obviously.. I finished it.)
  • I am a Church Member by Thom Rainer - Extremely short book and to the point of what it really means to be a church member. Someone at our church bought one copy for every member's household. The focus was on the different attitudes and commitments one should make to a local church if he/she is a believer in Jesus. There were some good things of which to be reminded of, but the writing wasn't profound or beautiful. However, this would be a good book to launch some meaningful discussion with a group of friends/small group.

I have two additional library books I am currently reading that I hope to recommend next month as well as a few more on the "to be read" list.

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