Summer break has always meant “reading time” to me. I’ve always thought it was fun to read what I want to instead of what I have to, and summer was the perfect time for that – reading at the pool, in the yard, during a rest on a bike ride. This summer is no exception. I’ve been reading a lot, and I thought I’d share my choices.
Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth. A memoir of Jennifer’s adventures delivering babies for the poorest families in post-world war London. It’s very well written, and captures the squalor and perseverance of the people. There’s a PBS series based on the book, and I watched that – and LOVED it (surprisingly). I’m now reading the sequel: Shadows of the Workhouse, and have Farewell to the East End waiting.
Because I love all things British, all humor, and anything well-written, I often return to James Heriot’s All Creatures Great and Small. Hilarious! I feel that I vacationed in the country-side of England!
I’m always reading either Pride and Prejudice or Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. They are on my Kindle app on my phone, so at any moment I can zip back and see how the girls are getting along. My husband thinks that they’re the same book, same family with the same problems – but NO! I laugh hysterically with Elizabeth Bennett and cry continually with Marianne Dashwood, but both families always end up happy, so I’m happy. She’s by far my favorite author, so there’s never a time when I’m not in one of her books.
Enough British lit – I also read a lot to prepare for the Women in Ministry class this summer. Danny Silk’s The Glass Ceiling, Lee Grady’s 25 Tough Questions About Women in Churchand Lies the Church Tells Women, and a book by Loren Cunningham and David Joel Hamilton called Why Not Women: A Fresh Look at Scripture on Women in Missions, Ministry and Leadership. Right now I’m reading Lee Grady’s latest on the subject called Fearless Daughters of the Bible.
I always have a book on health and wellness within reach, and this summer there have been two. The first is Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis. Oh my GOSH! You have to read it! It’s absolutely amazing what’s been done to wheat and how intervention has changed wheat to become something so terribly bad for us! It took away my remaining cravings for muffins, that’s for sure!
The second is Paleo Coach by Jason Seib. His emphasis is to eat for health – strive for health and you’ll end up looking good, too. He’s against weight loss as a goal and re-iterates the basics of paleo that we need to know to attain health. For those who don’t know, there’s more to paleo than food selection – they also subscribe to similar work-out techniques. He goes over those techniques and has illustrations of the correct way to do them. I even signed up for an on-line coaching program with him – he works me hard and I love it!
And the last one I’ll tell you about: The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do by Charles Duhigg. LOVED IT!! It was uncomfortable the way he was inside my head – telling what I think and why I think the way I do. There was a lot of scientific research about habit, then a lovely flow of stories that all illustrate habit in our daily lives. It was very good – a must read.
There were a few more, True Sisters by Sandra Dallas, The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adrianna Trigiani, The Jewish Roots of Romans by Joseph Shulam, and Dispensationalism by Charles Ryrie. And the summer isn’t over yet, so there may be more to tell you about.
If you’ve read any of these, let me know because I love to sit and talk about books! Just add a comment about your favorite book(s) below.