BOOK REVIEWS

I haven’t reviewed too many books lately, so thought I’d catch up a bit. (The numbers are where I am toward my 100-books-this-year trek.)

38. Jackie as Editor by Greg Lawrence

Anyone who knows me well, knows I collect books on First Ladies. I am not collecting this book, nor do I want to, but I did see it on CD in the library. Since I spend half my life in the car, I am always looking for books on CD.

I would not have stuck with Jackie this time around if I was actually reading the book (as opposed to being somewhat entertained while driving).

I have read biographies about Jackie Kennedy and there are many things about her that I admire – the fact that she took a job the last 18 years of her life when she really didn’t have to – is one of them.

And of course books and words are important to me. Yet, I felt there was a sameness about this book page after page and though I found various stories interesting, there were others I didn’t find interesting.

So, if you’re going on a long trip and need something to listen to and like First Ladies and books, go for it.

Otherwise read:

39. Undefending Christianity by Dillon Burroughs

This was a giveaway from the conference I attended a few weeks ago and was a pleasant surprise.  Mr. Burroughs challenges the way we live our lives as Christians. He is funny and thought-provoking. Here are some quotes.

Apathists … people who say they care but really don’t care because they don’t do anything different from the apathetic people who don care and say they don’t care.

Where are the people who sing “Shout to the Lord” five thousand times when it is time to respond to needs?

Gluttony is the most neglected sin in the American church. If our bodies are the temple of God, then American Christians are the megachurch.

The thing I liked about this book is that it is not questioning the gospel, but the way that we live.

If you get an opportunity (or find this book on your chair at the next conference you attend) read it. I think you’ll like it and I think you’ll be at least somewhat challenged.

40. Larkspur Cove by Lisa Wingate.

Ok, this is chick lit, but it’s chick lit with extremely good character development. If you’re looking for a book to curl up with on a rainy day (not that we would have any rainy days around here) this is a good choice.

All right. Done with the reviews for now.

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