Can't believe it's already July! This year is flying!
In The Presence of My Enemies
by Gracia Burnham -- I'm over a decade late reading this memoir, but I
saw it at a local thrift store, and it drew my attention. I remember
when New Tribes missionaries Martin and Gracia Burnham were kidnapped by
the Abu Sayyaf, a terrorist group, in the Philippines in 2001. It was
interesting reading this account of how they were treated, and how they
passed the time during their year-long captivity. I especially enjoyed
reminders of God's faithfulness to them even during those very low
points, and found myself praying for these awful men, that God will show
them their need for salvation through Christ. I prayed that the lives
of the Burnhams showed them the peace and joy they can have in following
Christ rather than a horrible ideology.
The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen
Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me: a memoir ...of sorts
by Ian Morgan Cron -- I found this book at Goodwill awhile back and
finally read it this month. The author recounts his years growing up
with an abusive alcoholic father, and his own struggles with drinking
too much, too young in an effort to earn his father's love. My favorite
part was when he recounted his childhood to an elderly black woman whom
he met at a church he attended in Denver when he was in seminary. The
part about Jesus asking him for forgiveness and her reply that "love
always stoops," really touched me. (pg. 175)
Listen to the Squawking Chicken
Shadowed by Grace by Cara C. Putman
-- I found this novel in the new book section. It was about a
photographer who went to Italy during the final months of World War II
in search of her father. It wasn't really all that interesting to me
although it made me think of my times in Europe which have been nice.
Need to visit Italy one day.
Last Train to Paris by
Michele Zackheim -- another book from the new books shelf at the
library, and I liked this one much better. It's about a reporter who
covers news in Europe during WWII. The reporter is Jewish, and it was
interesting reading about her adventures, her family, and her friends
by Elaine Lui -- a
Chinese-Canadian tells her story which includes so much about her
mother's influence on her life. I learned quite a bit about Chinese
culture (at least her version of it) in this book. The part about filial
piety (pg. 58) was quite interesting especially at how much it differs
from how people raise children here.
James -- I read a similar book about Louisa Mae Alcott that I really
liked more than I thought I would. So when I saw this one at the
library, I decided to see if it were similar. I liked it.
by Jennifer Lauck -- a biography
my mom finished and said was good. It was. But so sad, too. I wanted to
jump into this book a few times and intervene on this child's behalf.
Goodness, there are some mighty cruel people in this world. I'm reading
the sequel to this book now. Not sure if I will finish it in time for
this post. (nope)