November 27, 2017

5 books on my future reading list


Reflection on the Psalms

I haven't read a C.S. Lewis book in ages and thought it was time to pick another one up.

Lewis is one of my favorite authors and this particular book seems like an interesting look into the Psalms.

 Amazon says here:

"In this careful reading from one of our most trusted fellow travelers, C.S. Lewis helps us begin to reveal their meaning in our daily lives and in the world. 

Reflecting again and anew on these beloved passages, we can find both joy and difficulty, but also, always, real enlightenment and moments of transcendent grace."



 
Slave: The Hidden Truth About Your Identity in Christ

I picked this book up on kindle because it was only $2.99 and just began reading it.

In chapter one it says:

"...the Greek word for slave has been covered up by being mistranslated in almost every English version - going back to both the King James Version and the Geneva Bible that predated it. 

Though the word slave (doulos in Greek) appears 124 times in the original text, it is correctly translated only once in the King James...

...Instead of translating doulos as 'slave' these translations consistently substitute the word servant in its place. Ironically, the Greek language has at least half a dozen words that can mean servant. The word doulos is not one of them. 

Whenever it is used, both in New Testament and in secular Greek literature, it always and only means slave."

This has definitely piqued my interest! I'm looking forward to getting more into it.



All Creatures Great and Small

I've heard so many great things about this book series, which consists of memoirs by a country vet from Yorkshire in the 1930's. It was turned into a TV series a while back, but I haven't watched it, so I'm going into these books blindly.

I've recently started it and really enjoying it so far.

Goodreads says here:

"In All Creatures Great and Small, we meet the young Herriot as he takes up his calling and discovers that the realities of veterinary practice in rural Yorkshire are very different from the sterile setting of veterinary school. 

Some visits are heart-wrenchingly difficult...some are lighthearted and fun...and yet others are inspirational and enlightening. 

From seeing to his patients in the depths of winter on the remotest homesteads to dealing with uncooperative owners and critically ill animals, Herriot discovers the wondrous variety and never-ending challenges of veterinary practice as his humor, compassion, and love of the animal world shine forth."



Long Before Luther

The subtitle for this book is... 'Tracing the heart of the gospel from Christ to the Reformation.'

That got my attention!

I find reformation history, not only interesting, but inspiring, and I've often wondered what went on during the time period before. This book explores this and I'm excited to start reading it.

Goodreads explains it here:

"Where was the gospel before the Reformation?
 

Contemporary evangelicals often struggle to answer that question. As a result, many Roman Catholics are quick to allege that the Reformation understanding of the gospel simply did not exist before the 1500s. They assert that key Reformation doctrines, like sola fide, were nonexistent in the first fifteen centuries of church history. Rather, they were invented by Martin Luther, John Calvin, and others.

That is a serious charge, and one that evangelicals must be ready to answer. If an evangelical understanding of the gospel is only 500 years old, we are in major trouble. However, if it can be demonstrated that Reformers were not inventing something new, but instead were recovering something old, then key tenets of the Protestant faith are greatly affirmed. Hence, the need for this book."




Mrs. Oswald Chambers

'My Utmost for His Highest' is one of my favorite books ever. It's a devotional written by Oswald Chambers, and compiled by his wife Biddy.

This new book is her story.
 
"Bestselling novelist Michelle Ule brings Biddy's story to life as she traces her upbringing in Victorian England to her experiences in a WWI YMCA camp in Egypt. 

Readers will marvel at this young woman's strength as she returns to post-war Britain a destitute widow with a toddler in tow. 

Refusing personal payment, Biddy proceeds to publish not just My Utmost for His Highest, but also 29 other books with her husband's name on the covers. All the while she raises a child alone, provides hospitality to a never-ending stream of visitors and missionaries, and nearly loses everything in the London Blitz during WWII.

The inspiring story of a devoted woman ahead of her times will quickly become a favorite of those who love true stories of overcoming incredible odds, making a life out of nothing, and serving God's kingdom."



24 comments:

  1. My husband loves all the James Herriot books! And I read a Psalm every day along with my other Bible reading. Thanks for these resources.

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    1. Good to know! I'm enjoying 'All Creatures great and Small' very much. Thanks for stopping by Amy!

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  2. Wow, it looks like we have a similar stack of books going on! I just began reading the biography on Gertrude Chambers, and am already being touched. I am in the middle of another C.S. Lewis book, "The Problem of Pain." And James Herriot's books are some of my favorites. Be blessed in your reading!

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    1. Thanks Bettie! Glad you are enjoying 'Mrs Oswald Chambers', I'm excited to read it soon. Thanks for stopping by. : )

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  3. Looks like a great selection! The one about Oswald Chamber's wife looks intriguing!

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    1. I agree, I'm looking forward to reading it. Thanks for stopping by Julie!

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  4. I have yet to read a CS Lewis book though I quote him often. I'm interested in the book on Mrs. Chambers - I always like to know the woman behind the man. I'm reading so much right now but will eventually get around to this.
    Stopping by from #raralinkup

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    1. Lewis is one of my favorite non-fiction writers. I find him very thoughtful and thought-provoking in his writings. Hope you get a chance to read him soon! Glad you stopped by Nylse. : )

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  5. I've wondered where the true church was during the time before the Reformation. Long Before Luther sounds good! I loved All Creatures Great and Small. Some day I need to go on to Herriot's other books. I've read a lot of C. S. Lewis, but not that one yet. I imagine it would be really good.

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    1. I just finished 'Long Before Luther' and highly recommend it! Thanks for stopping by Barbara. : )

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  6. I’ve read bits and pieces of Lewis’s Reflections on the Psalms and found it very insightful. Hope you enjoy it! Years ago I read All Creatures Great and Small but I remember very little; probably due for a re-read.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed 'Reflections on the Psalms', I'm looking forward to reading it. Thanks for stopping by Lisa!

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  7. What a great reading list - and deep too!
    I'm going to have to check out the book about Mrs. Oswald. Looks interesting.
    Came over today on Porch Stories.

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    1. I'm looking forward to 'Mrs. Oswald Chambers' too. Hope you enjoy it. Thanks for stopping by Sue!

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  8. Interesting about slave, I'm doing word studies.

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    1. I just recently finished 'Slave' and it gave me a lot to think about. I'm still pondering it. Glad you stopped by Rebecca!

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  9. I love C.S. Lewis. The other books look great too...more hook to add to my to be read list! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hope you enjoy whatever you read next! Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. My youngest son and I have read all the James Herriot books out loud together and they were a treat. I have Mrs. Chambers in my pile as well, and am eager to begin. And I think my next C.S. Lewis read is going to be the Problem of Pain. I re-read The Great Divorce this fall and got so much more out of it this time than I ever did before.
    Blessings to you!

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    1. I've never re-read a C.S. Lewis book, but I've been thinking about 'Mere Christianity' lately. It's one of my favorites. Glad you enjoyed the James Herriot books, sounds like I have a lot of good reading ahead with them. : )

      Thanks for stopping by Michele!

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  11. Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com! Pinned!
    Tina

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  12. Thank you for adding to my book wishlist. I hope to read these very soon.

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