Books I Read 04/19

This month I read a bit of fiction, a bit of biographical, a bit of Classics, and a bit of theology. The ideal month! I love having a variety on the good all the time so I can read whatever inspired at the moment.

Jo's Boys by Louisa May Alcott

I finished this book on April 1st and was really tempted to just add it into last month's summary but I love rules so I couldn't, haha! This last installment of the Little Women series was very sweet but not my favourite of the trilogy. It was fun to read about Meg, Jo, Amy and Laurie all grown up and even with teen and adult children of their own. When I read good fiction I'm so absorbed into the world, so when there are subsequent books including those same original characters, I'm happy as ever. This was a lovely way to finish off the tales of the March family, but I think it was my least favourite of the three books by Alcott.

Women & God by Kathleen Nielson

I read this book with my friend Vanessa in a sort of penpal book club, since we live far apart and discussed each chapter over Whatsapp. I hope as I share these many books each month it inspired you to read and to remember that there are so many ways to do it - in a book club, with a friend over Whatsapp, on an eReader, from the library, as an audiobook, etc. I really loved chewing on each chapter and having a friend to compare notes with for this one!

Kathleen Nielson is extremely well-verse and thorough but also one of the most gracious authors I've read. In light of #metoo and modern feminism, Nielson kindly and diligently addresses the beauty of the distinctness between the sexes, our roles and privileges as women, and the honour of womanhood. Reading this book I felt honoured and seen as a woman, and God's word came alive in new ways. She teaches straight through the Bible from the garden of Eden right through to Jesus' ministry to women and is faithful to the Word and us women on every page. This is the best book out there on Biblical Womanhood to date. I can't recommend it enough to anyone interested in delving into issues of gender and roles and I suggest reading it in a group or with a friend as I did!

Toujours Provence by Peter Mayle

This seems to be the month to finish series! Toujours Provence was the second part of A Year in Provence which I read and loved last month. Toujours wasn't as great as the first installment if I'm honest. I still loved reading of the sights and happenings in the Luberon Region of one of my favourite countries, but the stories were less endearing this time around. I still recommend it as it's an easy and charming read, but it can't hold a candle to Mayle's first book.

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

I've already read this book in paper form (I enjoyed it with my book club two years ago) but I recently bought it as an audiobook narrated by Rosamund Pike when it was on sale for $5 in the Audible Daily Deal e-mail. It's such a dream to have on in the background of whatever I'm doing around the city or house. I mean, anything by Jane Austen is bound to be a win (minus Emma which I did not like!!). Marianne is so emo and tragic I have to laugh at her, and no one writes overly permissive and unwise mothers like Austen! I can't help but think Marianne is so unworthy of Brandon though!

Evidence Not Seen: A Woman's Miraculous Faith in the Jungles of World War II by Darlene Deibler Rose

You may know I have a strong interest in WWII, and that biographies are my favourite genre of book. I should add that missionary biographies are one of my favourite ways to learn and grow in my faith. They're like theology with skin on! The books that have impacted my faith the most are mostly biographies of faithful men and women throughout history. Evidence Not Seen was harrowing - the things Diebler Rose lived through are unbelievable and at times hard to read, but also her faith was such a precious jewel throughout and evidenced on every page. I borrowed this book from a friend but intend to buy it so I may read it again and again in years to come. I highly recommend it, and can't wait to one day meet her in heaven!

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