Literary Pursuits

Currently Reading


I mentioned in my New Year’s Post that I was taking on a reading challenge for 2016. So far I’ve finished 4 books which is on pace to finish The Obsessed Reader phase by the end of the year. Not sure if I’ll be able to maintain that pace or not, especially if I mix in books that don’t fit the list. I’m currently working on the first phase with the following list.

The Light Reader

A book about Christian living: Let Me Be a Woman by Elisabeth Elliott. Finished. I enjoyed reading this, but it had more to do with preparing for marriage than I expected. Not exactly something I need at this stage of my life, but would be excellent for younger women.

A biography: Phineas F. Bresee: A Prince in Israel by E. A. Girvin. Currently Reading. I’ve read 4 chapters of 45 so far. Phineas Bresee was the primary founder of the Church of the Nazarene. This biography was written in 1916 and is quite lengthy. It is very interesting, but there are parts I don’t understand, due to the archaic language. Not the vocabulary necessarily, but more the colloquialisms of the time. For example: Why is the subtitle A Prince in Israel? He wasn’t a prince and he didn’t live in Israel. I think it’s going to take me awhile to get through this one.

A classic novel: I’m undecided on this one. Any suggestions?

A book someone tells you “changed my life”: Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You Are Saved by J.D. Greear. Have Not Started. It is available at the public library, so I need to go check it out.

A commentary on a book of the Bible: Undecided on this one.

A book about theology: Orthodoxy by G. K. Chesterton. Have Not Started. I do have it loaded on my Kindle, though. (It is available free for Kindle. Click on the link above to get it.)

A book your pastor recommends: The Boy Born Dead: A Story of Friendship, Courage, and Triumph by David Ring. Finished. David Ring is an evangelist who has cerebral palsy. This is the story of his early years. Great read!

A book more than 100 years old: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Finished. I had heard that it wasn’t the horror story that Hollywood makes it out to be. And it’s not. But it is a very tragic, sad story. Not one I will re-read. (It is also available free for Kindle if you’re interested.)

A book for children: Haven’t decided yet.

A mystery or detective novel: The Spellman Files: Document #1 by Lisa Lutz. Finished. I enjoyed the story which had multiple plots woven throughout with a whole family of private investigators (including the 14-year-old kid sister). Great premise and good writing, but I did have a problem with the strong language and the lifestyle of some of the characters. Not recommended if that kind of thing bothers you.

A book published in 2016: Like what? Isn’t it a little early for that?

A book about a current issue: Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem by Kevin deYoung. Have not started. Another one I need to pick up at the library.

Have you read any of these? Any suggestions for me on my undecided categories?

One Comment

  • Sheila @ Making the Most of Every Day

    I need to quit reading blogs and get back to reading books! Good job on your challenge! I need to compile a list. I really do.

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