Question of the day...books...

What was the last book you read? How did you hear about it? Did you enjoy it enough to recommend it to others?


Maggie Adair said…
I read Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand recommended by a friend. I bought the kindle edition & landed up seeing and buying A Higher Call by Adam Makos which I am currently reading
Tammy said…
Unbroken was a fantastic read!!!
The last book I read was Pedro and I. I've been reading my way through a 1001 Children's Books to Read Before You Die list. Some of them I'm wondering why they're on the list! ;) I'm currently reading The Box of Delights (another on the list). I'm still waiting for the delight.
Hummie B said…
Maggie, Thanks for the suggestion of Unbroken. I have not heard of that book.

Tammy, lol at that delight in waiting!

I recently re-read The Women of Christmas by Liz Curtis Higgs and I'm ready to read it again next year! Love that book!

I am also trying to read Fifty Shades of Grey to see why it was so popular and because the movie is coming out, but mostly feeling guilty reading it at the same time as Christian books!

I am also currently in the 7th chapter of Beth Moore's book "To Live is Christ" and studying to learn more about Pauls' journeys. Quite interesting.
The unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry was my last book. It was so deeply moving with wonderful writing, that it is difficult to get into another book. I highly recommend this book.
Mary Ann said…
The last book I read was Hidden Treasures by Paddi Newlin and Ken Hartley. It's a fun story and easy read that I found as I'm trying to un-clutter my life. It was free to read on Amazon as a Kindle owner.

Hummie, I would love your final thoughts on Shades of Grey as I heard such mixed reviews that I decided not to read it. I have a hard time reading a book that is poorly written no matter what the subject is.
Dawn said…
I refuse to read or involve myself in debates over that book/movie. In my opinion, it is very worldly. There is black and white, no gray. There is hot or cold, not lukewarm. God says you are either hot or cold, you're all in, or He will spew you out of his mouth. Sorry... it's something that Pastor touched on today, and hit home.

I have been working on a couple books, both Worship related. One is called Worship Matters by Bob Kauflin, and the other is called The Heart of the Artist by Rory Noland.

When it comes to books, I find myself reading more and more for teaching than for pleasure. If I am going to put my time into a book, I want something that is going to spiritually feed me, not entertain me.

There are a few exceptions to the rule, but it is rare. I do enjoy a Karen Kingsbury novel on occasion, but I haven't read one in awhile.
Dawn said…
Oh, by the way, I do plan on reading Unbroken when I can. I did see the movie, and while it was powerful, I have read/heard that it is nothing compared to the book.

Another book I would recommend that would really put things into perspective for you about how well we have it here in America is called "The Heavenly Man" by Brother Yun. His story is soooooooo moving. Christians in China endure so much. We really have no idea what persecution is. Not compared to this.
Maggie Adair said…
Ja, I recommend Unbroken as a great read. The story grips you. I was recommended to read the book before seeing the movie too, Dawn. I'm glad I did. While It's not a teaching book, I've learned so much from it, namely how it's only God who can move our hearts to forgive our enemies because in our humanness, NO WAY HOSEA!
Hummie B said…
Unbroken is a movie? Ha! Great suggestion to read the book first! I learned something today.

Here's the trailers:

I remember the trailers now! Thanks all for these suggestions. On my to-do list!

Got it! $4.99 at Kindle store!
anitab said…
I have too many books 'started' right now! I recently finished reading 'One Thousand Gifts' by Ann Voskamp, and am working on finishing 'The Indwelling Life of Christ' by Major W Ian Thomas (anything by him is wonderful).

Dawn, if you want to read an author who does both teaching and fiction, check out Randy Alcorn - one of my favorite authors! :)
Hummie B said…
Anita, I agree, Ann Voskamp is a good author too.

I just started another new book, 40 Things to Give up for Lent (see separate blog post).

So now I have too many books started!

Hubby was reading the Unbroken one at lunch time and laughing out loud. Now I have to open it and start it too!

Will I finish any of them?
Bastet said…
Currently reading One Summer America 1927 by Bill Bryson (non-fiction) about events throughout the summer of 1927 - main themes so far have been flight and Charles Lindbergh, prohibition, Babe Ruth and baseball. Includes other lesser known events of the times as well. It's an interesting book, however, I've already been reading it an age (If I get a chance to just have a day to read I'll likely finish). Probably not for those who don't like history.

On the matter of 50 Shades of Grey - borrowed it from a fiend once all 3 were released to find out what all the hype was about and struggled to read the book. Found it extremely boring. Won't read the rest of the series nor see the movie(s). Wouldn't recommend the book. I think Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights and even Gone with the Wind evoke more romance to me than the 50 shades series.

A book I loved and would recommend is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith - a beautiful book.

I've heard some good reviews about Unbroken, the film, which was filmed in NSW and QLD Australia. I think I would prefer to read the book first as it is a powerful story.

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