Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Reading Up a Mid-Summer Storm

Today I'm dropping back into your life for just a bit, a quick break from my mini blogging sabbatical.  I just had to share all the great books that are piling up here, there, and everywhere as summer reaches its peak.  For while I might not be writing these days, I am reading up a storm.

Love it.




Land of Silence -
Tessa Afshar
Christian fiction at its best ... a seamless, compelling weaving of story, history, and Scripture.  Tessa's book was voted by Library Journal as one of the top five Christian fiction titles of 2016.  Born in Iran, she came to faith in Christ in her 20s and received her M.Div. from Yale University where she cochaired of the Evangelical Fellowship at the Divinity School.  I burned the midnight oil on this one ... a worthy read for sure.


The Opposite of Worry: The Playful Parenting Approach to Childhood Anxieties and Fears -
Lawrence Cohen, Ph.D
If you have an anxious little one in your world, this will quickly become your go-to handbook.  Insightful, hopeful, practical.  I'm reading slowly, I'm earnestly recommending this little volume penned by a psychologist specializing in children's play, play therapy, and parenting.


Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy -
Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant
A #1 New York Times bestseller, the authors take us by the hand and walk us through stunning grief to discover resilience, joy, and renewed hope ... at home, at work, in community with others.  Sheryl's wrenching personal story and Adam's superb research blend together in a way that will grab hold of your heart as well as your mind.  I was hooked by page 2.


Introverts in the Church: Finding Our Place in an Extroverted Culture -
Adam McHugh
Adam's The Listening Life was my favorite 2016 book {remember If You Read Only One Book This Summer ... This Is It}?  He's back with a revised and expanded edition of the first book I'd ever read on introversion.  The 2009 version was a game changer for me personally and professionally ... and I can't wait to put my feet up with this fresh read in this current era of social media's onslaught.  He's giving us a special emphasis on ministering to youth and new research on the neuroscience of introversion.  Easy to read, filled with personal stories, deeply insightful.


The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America -
Frances Fitzgerald
I've been greatly disturbed with the way that evangelicalism has become so interwoven into the political fray.  I'm quite interested in diving into this 700+ page historical tome, written by a Pulitzer Prize winning author.  I'll be reading from my own Christ-centered faith perspective and encourage you to do the same if this subject has been tugging at your heart ... or if you see life through evangelical faith eyes.


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What pages are capturing your attention this summer?


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16 comments:

  1. How nice to see you, Linda, and what an interesting group of books.

    Most interesting thing I read this summer was Ian Toll's "Six Frigates", about the birth of the US Navy after the Revolutionary War. lawrence Wright's "The Looming Tower", about the rise of Al-Qaeda, was also noteworthy. (The title of Wright's book is not a direct reference to 9/11; it's from a passage in the Qu'ran that says, "Death will find you, even in the looming tower.")

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    1. Andrew, hi! I love that even though recent weeks have left you depleted and worn, you're still investing energy in reading. As ever, my hat's off to you, my prayers go up for you.

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  2. All these books look so interesting to me, too, Linda. The best book I'm reading right now is The Power of Moments by Chip and Dan Heath. I love their writing style and content so it's been such a pleasure to pull it up on my Kindle each day to read a few more pages. Hope you're enjoying your summer---it sounds like you are!

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    1. Sometimes that's all we need - just a few more pages. And then we savor and let the truth or beauty or profoundness marinate somewhere deep within.

      Thanks for sharing, Lisa.

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  3. I'm glad you're having a good break and reading lots of books. The problem is there are so many brilliant books and not enough time! All your choices sound really interesting. I've been reading a bit more fiction recently than I have for a while and one I really enjoyed is The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman.

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    1. Oh, I loved that book, too, Lesley.

      A haunting, mesmerizing, classic read ...

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  4. The good news is that there will always be books to read. :)
    Hope you are enjoying your break!

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    1. I am loving the easier pace this month, yes! And, Sarah, I can't believe your kiddos are back in school already. Where did the summer go?

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  5. I always enjoy seeing what bloggy friends are reading. Currently I am LOVING "Deeper Waters" by Denise Hughes.

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    1. Thanks for being here, Joanne. So good to see you from afar!

      ;-}

      Thanks for sharing your current read.

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  6. Linda, your reading list sounds very interesting. I have a copy of The Listening Life that's still untouched on my to-read list. Thanks for the reminder to pick it up. Right now I'm reading The Daniel Dilemma by Chris Hodges, and it's a good one. Thanks for your recommendations!

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    1. Sarah, that listening book is surely one of my all time favorites. I look forward to hearing what you think!

      And thanks for the recommendation for us all ...

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  7. Linda, you read so many interesting books! I am adding The Opposite of Worry to my TBR. And I LOVED both of Adam McHugh's books and am curious about the updated info he has in his most recent release. I recently heard of Tessa Afshar from my book club and after reading your little blurb on her, I am intrigued! Have you read anything else by her? Several book club friends recommended Pearl in the Sand

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    1. Sounds like we're kinda like kindred spirit readers, Elle ...

      I do love paging through your reviews. You certainly give a thorough take on what you're reading and I appreciate that!

      So glad you're in on this discussion ...

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  8. I'm on the waiting list for Option B. I haven't heard anything negative about it yet!

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    1. I thought that the unique combo of authors made this book a stand out, Stacie. I hope you glean some helpful truths in its pages.

      Thanks for stopping in and saying 'hi' ...

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'I want the people in my life to know that when they come to me, with whatever is on their mind or heart, they will be heard. I am dedicated to hearing the hearts of those around me.'
~ Adam McHugh, The Listening Life

Linda