Posting again before I build up too high a stack! These books were got at library book sales during the month of July.
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I loved this article by Caryn Rivadeneira I found on Think Christian. I hope you get a chance to read it (it’s not very long), but basically, it is about the importance for Christians to read fiction as well as non-fiction books.
I confess that I am deeply concerned when I hear Christians say they ‘could care less’ about reading, or that they only read non-fiction. I have made two observations about these sorts of people. If they don’t read at all, they are usually a person I have a hard time connecting with because I find them narrow minded. The observation about the people who only read factual books is that they are usually men. As if ‘real men don’t read fiction’ the way they also don’t eat quiche. Or quinoa. (And if they don’t read at all, they probably don’t know how to pronounce them either.)
I don’t care if the Christian reader or care-less non-reader is male or female. There is an important spot in their intellectual, emotional, mental diet for fiction. They are probably not generally against watching movies, but the difference is that fiction requires more application and imagination. Yes, it is something to be developed. It is not a passive activity. There are different reading levels and one will probably start at the bottom and work their way up if their mind is not used to reading. But I have known deeply well-read people (even men) who have well-developed minds and emotions. This must be evidence that not all fiction is fluff.
I don’t believe any book is better than God’s holy Word, the Bible, and I am currently reading a marvelous non-fiction book on the spiritual life by Brennan Manning. But even so I often find that God can use fiction to speak to me in different ways. Not all books all the time, but recently there have been a few good reads that I believe God has used to draw some things to my attention, that have bothered me until I was forced to think about why. These books weren’t necessarily Christian or literary. But when I read fiction, I am put into the place of the characters and their feelings and I experience their lives in a way. And it reminds me of things in my life past or present, and it brings things to the surface. Is this scary? It can be sometimes. But God is there with me, holding my hand through it. What a friend we have in Jesus! He’s even my reading buddy. 🙂
I hope all of my fellow Americans enjoyed their Independence Day as much as I did! I felt like I had so much to celebrate this year. My enjoyment of the day was a little unconventional in that I attended an annual used book sale held every year on the Fourth of July. Of course, every time I attend I vow it will be my last. But I went again this year anyway and paid for it by getting severely sunburnt! It is still blistering and killing me as I post this.
Here are some of the great finds I pounced on:
Passed and Present, by Allison Gilbert~ Do you have a growing collection of objects that hold fond memories? Maybe they are things that remind you of your childhood, or memorabilia from a deceased loved one. Over time, these items—as beloved as they are—begin to take up a lot of space. It can be difficult to part with them and can feel like a loss all over again. Because I am very sentimental, I am beginning to feel stressed by the amount of material things I am fond of. That’s why this book caught my eye as I was passing the new release shelf at my local library. It’s chock-full of creative ideas one use to put their heirlooms and other memorabilia to good use. Some of it involves art projects, or different display techniques, while other ideas invite the participation of others (friends, family, even strangers). What’s nice is that this book isn’t just about the practical use of cold objects, but that the point is aimed at keeping the memory of one’s parent/grandparent/friend, etc. alive. I was able to get a couple of good ideas I would like to implement someday. It’s worth checking out!
The Gentle Art of Domesticity, by Jane Brocket~ This was a book I picked up at a book sale and didn’t realize how interesting it was until I got it home and got to looking at the pictures. Just the title alone has won me over, but each chapter after another holds it’s own interest as well. If you have an interest in noticing art in the everyday small moments, this book is for you. I don’t pretend to be a June Cleaver, I don’t like crochet or sewing or making every blessed thing from scratch. But I love the idea of glorying in texture and patterns, identifying one’s style and expressing that in everything. The author’s own style isn’t particularly my own but I was inspired to create different pinterest boards for myself based on what I like. Jane Brocket’s conversational rambling of thoughts also make for interesting reading. And I’m sure the bright colors in the photographs will be enough to brighten anyone’s day!