Friday, May 3, 2019

What I Read and Watched in April

I read a mixed bag of genres this month (Christian fiction, Christian classics, non-fiction, and vintage), which I'll list in order from least liked favorite:

Poetic Wonder of Isaac Watts by Bonds (I would have enjoyed this more if the author had not spent an inordinate and unnecessary amount of time bashing non-Calvinists. It was a definite distraction from the main subject.)
Interior Life by Upham (some good insights on the holy life, but outdated in language)
Secrets of a Charmed Life by Meissner (fabulous writing for CF, but lacking in theological heft. I hate preachy books, but this one had a fluffy take on forgiveness.)
Read-Aloud Family by Sarah Mackenzie(Gives reasons for reading together and many book lists)
The Great Divorce by C. S. Lewis (much easier to read than I expected!)
Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller (The best book I've ever read on the subject. Review forthcoming)
Fair Harbor by Joseph Crosby Lincoln (1922 fiction that had me rooting for the hero and chortling at all the foibles of the townspeople. Free for Kindle)
The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer - An absolute must-read for any Christian. Reviewed here. (Free for Kindle)
The Princess and Curdie by George MacDonald (audio narrated by Ian Whitcomb. Pure delight. E-book is free for Kindle)

We avoid most new movies so I cannot explain how we happened to watch these three within a seven day span. The Avenger's End Game was overlong but fun. Since we hadn't watched Ant Man, Black Panther, Guardian's of the Galaxy, and Captain Marvel, we were lost some of the time. Next we watched The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, a true story of a young Malawian boy who brought an end to drought in his village with his home-made invention. Lastly, we watched The Return of Mary Poppins and were delighted with most of it. (The topsy-turvy song with Meryl Streep was a low moment.)

Did you read or watch anything that you'd recommend?



Anonymous said...

I have read your blog on and off for a number of years. I enjoy these posts where you tell what you have read for the month. A few weeks back you reviewed The Long Winter and These Happy Golden Years. Laura Ingalls Wilder has been a favorite of mine for many years. I don’t usually comment on blogs, but I do check your blog regularly.

Carol said...

I agree with you about The Meaning of Marriage. The only other marriage book I enjoyed was The Mystery of marriage by Mike Mason. MY 14 yr old & I watched 'The Guns of Navarone' the other night. I don't often watch movies or TV but I enjoyed this. Based on the book by Alistair MacLean & it had a star-studded cast of old actors - Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn, David Niven etc.

Julie said...

You mentioned Susan Meissner in your post - I HIGHLY recommend "The Shape of Mercy." That book has stuck w/ me for years and forced me to alter my definition of mercy.