Reading

What Am I Reading?

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I love to review books. It makes me think about what I’m reading more deeply and forces me to understand multiple facets of the book that I might not have thought of otherwise. However, I mostly review the Christian life/theological books that I read. Not fiction. Ironic for an aspiring novelist, I know.

So today I thought I’d give you a look at my Goodreads “Currently Reading” shelf. Am I doing it to prove that I read more than just nonfiction? Or as a chance to write mini reviews about everything I’m reading? Maybe. But, either way, I wanted to share with you the books that I’m in the middle of reading. And maybe you’ll have some suggestions for where to go next…

The Sacred Search by Gary Thomas

Yes, I’m starting with a nonfiction book, even after all that about needing to review more fiction. It was at the top of the list though. The Sacred Search takes a look at why we get married and thinks about whether those are good reasons. Is being “in love” enough to sustain a marriage through the decades? And if not, what is? Now, I’m not contemplating getting married any time soon – don’t worry. But I know it never hurts to be a little more prepared when that time does come.

The Little Prince (Der Kleine Prinz) by Antonie de Saint-Exupery

Somehow, I made it through childhood without reading this book, so now I’m discovering the little boy who rules his own planet for the first time. In German. That’s right – senior year rocks when your German assignment is to read a children’s book, complete with pictures.

Dreamlander by K.M. Weiland

I have taken a break from this one to finish off a few other books that I’m almost done with. However, I love the out of the ordinary plot involving the real world and a dream world. One thing that K.M. Weiland excels at is world-building and this is no exception. It is one of those books that is fun to read, but definitely has some substance to it.

Gregor and the Marks of Secret by Suzanne Collins

This is one that I’m reading to my little brothers, albeit very slowly. The fourth book in the Gregor the Overlander series sends twelve-year-old Gregor on another adventure involving saving the city of Regalia in the aftermath of a devastating plague. This is my second time through the series and it’s still fun to read.

Just Write by James Scott Bell

I’m not sure I can honestly include this in “Currently Reading” seeing as it’s been several months since I last read some of it. But it is an interesting book on not only the craft of writing fiction, but also what a life of fiction writing looks like. James Scott Bell’s perspective as an author has been valuable through this book and I should probably start it over.

The Berlin Candy Bomber by Gail S. Halvorsen

Do you ever get to the last chapter of a book and then inexplicably not finish it? Yeah. This is the sweet and heroic story of the man who dropped candy for children during the Berlin airlift after WWII. It’s a little dense with military (and especially airforce) language, but worth the read. Now to finish off those last 30 pages…

Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung

My mom and I are reading this for a Sunday School class and it has changed the way I’m thinking about busyness and obligations, even four chapters in. DeYoung writes about the problem of busyness in America today and how we’re hurting ourselves. But he also provides key truths about us and God that should change how we see our busyness – and make us think twice before signing up to organize another event. This might come back as a full review at the end of the semester, but I recommend it already.

Notes from Underground and The Double by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

I finished Notes from Underground for school and wanted to read The Double on my own. The former is a jab at what would become of society should the ideals of Romanticism be realized (if I remember correctly from class). The nameless narrator tells stories that illustrate his version of freedom: bitterness and acting against his own self interest just because he can. It was a little bit disturbing to read, but very intriguing to listen to that perspective.

When People are Big and God is Small by Edward T. Welch

I’m reading this one with a woman who is discipling me and we’ve just finished chapter two. This book is about fear of man versus fear of God. It takes a look at the root of our fear of man (because pretty much everyone fears people to some extent) and I’m hoping it will go on to explore how to more fully fear God instead.

Cress by Marissa Meyer

This book is, admittedly, not the most scholarly of what I’m reading right now. It’s serving as some light reading (listening, actually – I’ve got the audio book) in the middle of all of the heavy reading I have for other purposes. The third book in the Lunar Chronicles mixes fairy tales with dystopia to form a new kind of future. It holds my attention while driving or running and gives a nice break from the the seriousness of life. It also provides a good opportunity to look past the story into the themes and messages and examine whether those are true or not.

Beyond Good and Evil by Nietzsche

Okay, so this one’s for school and I don’t understand it at all. Based on class this week, it’s apparently about postmodernism. Nietzsche has kind of a sarcastic tone in his writing, in my opinion, and is not respectful of women at all (beware, ye feminists). I’m going to keep working on understanding his philosophy though, because I know it would be valuable to understand.

Battle Cry of Freedom by James M. McPherson.

Another book for school, but I love this one! Battle Cry of Freedom is an 800 page history of the Civil War. McPherson writes about all the contributing factors and looks at each side of the war by quoting directly from speeches, letters, books, and newspapers written at that time. Some of my classmates have called it dense and don’t seem to be enjoying it as much, but this future history major is loving every page.

A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix

This is another for-fun one that I’m reading rather slowly. It’s a dystopia set on different planets. The universe is ruled by millions of princes and this book tells the story of one of those princes coming into his title. So far, I’m enjoying it. I chose this book because I’m outlining a dystopian right now and I want to consider as many aspects of the genre as I can in the hopes of making my book unique and meaningful.

So there you have it. The exhaustive list of books I am in the middle of reading. I keep saying I need to finish a few and pare the list down so I can focus more on what I’m reading, but the number keeps staying the same. And it’s nice to have such a variety going at once.

Now I’d like to know: what are you reading? Do you have any recommendations for me? Have you read any of these books before? Comment and let me know! I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Kira

Book Review: The Cure

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We can never resolve our sin by working on it.

That was the first line of many that made me literally catch my breath and stare for a few minutes as I read The Cure by John Lynch, Bruce McNicol, and Bill Thrall. A few pages into chapter one and I was already filled with a feeling that few books give me: a feeling of longing, of knowing this is truth and it is truth that I have been missing. So here I am with another book review so close after the last. Because this is a book that must be shared.

I received The Cure from my best friend for my birthday. I remember asking her about it as she read it over the summer and then promptly forgetting the title. But she didn’t forget and gave it to me a couple months ago, assuring me that it gave a clear picture of Who God is and who we are in a powerful way. Turns out, she was right.

Once I started reading, I was hooked. The thought of this book is what got me out of bed several days while I was reading. But enough about me. What was so life changing about this short little Christian life book?

An analogy of two rooms runs through each chapter – the Room of Good Intentions and the Room of Grace. To be honest, I initially thought that was a bit silly. I mean, we’re all adults here (or almost). Do we really need a cute story to go along with our theology?

Yes.

The first chapter is titled “Two Roads” and discusses the paths to and consequences of both Rooms. It ends with the unnamed man finally coming into the Room of Grace. He has been trying so hard to please God. He knows he’s not happy and that no one around him is either. But he doesn’t know what else to do. Finally, he runs away from the Room of Good Intentions and sets out on the other road, leading to the Room of Grace.

As someone who has struggled with perfectionism and trying to get everything right for a long time, this book was the first to so accurately put into words all the feelings behind that. I learned things about myself and what I believe and then I learned the truth about God and how dear I am to Him.

After arriving in the Room of Grace, the man begins to learn what it means to live out of grace, not just good intentions. What it means is freedom, joy, purpose, nearness to God, and so much more. Each chapter addresses another aspect of a life of grace and is both painful and healing to read.

My review cannot do this book justice. I’ve tried to tell a few people about it, but my words never fully explain how God has used this book in my heart. Since reading it, I haven’t stopped thinking about it and before I was finished, I was ready to read it again. The pages are already full of notes, prayers, and, in some cases, tears.

I recommend this book to you, as my friend did to me, because it is a book everyone should read. Not just the perfectionists. Not just the Christians, even. Everyone. I don’t think it will ever grow old, though I foresee my own copy becoming quite tattered through the years.

Never has a book changed me like The Cure and I pray the truths in it will keep working in my heart for many years, freeing me and filling me with the wonderful joy of being near the Father. And I pray that you will read it and that you will join me in a more full and true understanding of this life we lead as disciples of Christ. I doubt you’ll regret it.

Kira

What are you reading?

4 Things to do First Thing in the Morning

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Have you ever woken up to the tune (or beeps) of your alarm and had to think for a minute to remember which day of the week it is? And then you groan, as everything comes flooding back to you and you remember what you have to do during the day. And you push your face into your pillow, half wondering if somehow you could get really sick today so that you can cancel on all your responsibilities – apologetically, of course.

Yeah, me too.

Some days, it’s just hard to roll out from under the blanket and greet the day, hard as we may try. Some days, we exit our beds already thinking negatively about what’s going to happen and what we have to do, putting ourselves in a bad mood before we even burn breakfast.

I often have a hard time making myself get up to face another day, but here are a four things that help me in my quest to not hate the sound of my alarm so much. Maybe they’ll help you too.

1. Wash your face.

Purpose: Start your day refreshed.

This step is about feeling clean inside and out first thing in the morning. For me, that means washing my face, drinking a cup of cold water, and getting dressed. It could also mean taking a shower, brushing your teeth, or whatever makes you feel fresh and awake.

Often, when we pull ourselves from our beds, we wander through the house with that gross taste in our mouths and blinking hard to see through the crust in our eyes. We feel kind of bleh. Making yourself feel clean first thing in the morning makes anything else a little easier to face. We feel more put together and ready to do whatever comes next.

By the way, this step also includes making your bed. Not to sound like your mother, but a made bed really can make your room feel more orderly and it’s a nice thing to come home to at the end of the day.

2. Pour that coffee.

Purpose: Start your day relaxed.

I drink coffee every day and it’s something that I look forward to. Having a cup of something hot and caffeinated relaxes me and makes the morning feel more gentle. Find something small that can soothe you first thing in the morning, when you’re still in that squinty I-can’t-see-anything phase of waking up. It could be coffee or tea. Maybe it’s a warm robe that you like to wear for a few minutes. Just pick something simple and give it a try. If it doesn’t work, try something else.

If you start off your day with something that calms you, you can refocus and think through the day without that obnoxious song that you thought would make a good alarm blaring in your ears. This step really is about collecting yourself and taking care of yourself before you enter into all the crazy that you know is coming next.

3. Pray.

Purpose: Start your day with a focus on God.

For me, this step also includes reading my Bible, working on my memorization, and reading a theology/spiritual life book. I know that’s a lot of stuff, but that’s what gets me focused on God for the day. You don’t have to do all these different things first thing in the morning. That might not be a good time for you (I used to fall asleep with my Bible open on my lap every morning). But I would encourage you to at least pray for a few minutes.

Take this time to praise God and to pour out your heart to Him. You’re not here to impress anybody, so don’t pray like it. Tell Him what worries you have about the coming day, pray for friends and family, and just be with Him for a while. It sets a new tone for the day and really centers you at the very beginning.

4. Read and write.

Purpose: Start your day with something you enjoy doing.

After I read my Bible and pray and all that, I write. In fact, I’m writing this as part of my morning routine. I chose writing as the thing I want to spend some time on in the mornings because it’s something I enjoy and I don’t really do it at other times of the day if I don’t do it first thing. Some days I blog and some days I outline. Soon, I’ll replace outlining with writing The Fiction.

For this part of your morning, pick something you like to do, but don’t really make time for the rest of the day. You could read a book, walk the dog, cook a nice breakfast, workout (I’ll do this once the temperatures rise above freezing in Virginia), or whatever else you like to do. Again, this allows you to focus and think before the day begins, setting you up to have a good outlook on whatever you have planned for the day. Plus, it’s something to look forward to first thing in the morning.

The collective purpose of these four things to do first thing in the morning is to start the day off in a way that doesn’t leave you smothering yourself with a pillow at 6am. If you build a routine that you actually enjoy first thing in the morning, you will be ready for the rest of the day. You will feel good because you took care of yourself and spent some time breathing before running off to work or class.

I would also encourage you to get up a little earlier if you don’t already do so. Give yourself the time you need to do the routine you build for yourself, even if that means rising before the sun and going to bed when the ten year old does. They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day because it prepares your body for whatever comes next. Your morning routine is arguably the most important time of the day because it prepares you as a whole for the rest of the day.

So maybe try adding one thing in the morning that makes you smile – once you’ve remembered what day of the week it is of course. It’ll make dragging yourself from bed just a little bit easier.

Kira

What does your morning routine look like right now?
Is there anything you want to add or take away from it?

Book Review: Rediscovering Humility

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We often define sanctification as “becoming more like Christ.” A more apt definition might be “resting more in Christ’s love.” One of the major sins that many Christians try to sanctify themselves out of is the sin of pride.

I’ve just finished reading the book Rediscovering Humility by Christopher Hutchinson that addresses the attempt to eliminate pride by looking at it from the opposite side. What if we stopped trying to get rid of pride and instead started trying to live in humility?

Pastor Hutchinson begins the book with the admission that it is a work of which he is “exceptionally proud,” immediately setting the humble and slightly humorous tone for the rest of the study. He then goes on to describe why he wanted to write a book on humility – it’s not something the church talks about very much, but there is a need for such discussion.

Rediscovering Humility divides the subject of humility into three sections: Humility Found (Faith), Humility Embraced (Hope), and Humility Applied (Love). Before reading this, I didn’t realize there was so much to the pursuit of humility. The slightly thick and deep book looked a little daunting as I began. And it became more and more convicting as I read.

But I did not pour hours of reading and thought into this book just for the feeling of conviction or that of superiority upon finishing it (that would be ironic indeed). I continued reading because the underlying premise of each chapter was grace. If you’ve read this blog for long, you probably know that I am a perfectionist and hold myself to a high standard rather than resting in the love of God. Rediscovering Humility was the book on Christian humility that I needed.

On almost every page, Pastor Hutchinson writes about the source and example of our humility: Christ. He humbled Himself to the point of death (Philippians 2). He came to serve, not to be served (Matthew 20).

We are able to live in humility because our Savior first lived in humility. We live in humility by recognizing the grace and love that we have in Christ. It’s not a cruel game of trying harder and counting up failures. It’s a life of joy that comes only from resting in God’s grace. If we do that, we cannot help but be humble.

Rediscovering Humility is not an easy book to read. As I said, it is incredibly convicting. I’m still looking around and seeing all the ways that I am prideful that I never noticed before. As Pastor Hutchinson writes in the preface, “Pride is all-pervasive. It is capable of turning any old thing into a curse, especially those things that are otherwise praiseworthy. Pride so easily masquerades as godliness that even the attempt to quell pride may just as easily feed it.”

So, it is not a comfortable book to read. It will take hours, if done with a spirit of self-examination and a desire for understanding. But it is worth it. Because, at the end of the day (and book), it all comes down to grace.

Kira

What are you reading?

The Fiction: An Introduction

Hello, dear readers! (I’ve never called you that before – what do you think?)

Today, I’m going to give you the first sneak peek of my next novel. Following Orders is going to rest for a while (maybe forever) and I am turning my attention to a new work. The working title of this story is The Fiction.

I’m still working on outlining this novel, so for now, I just have the premise for you. Think of this as the first draft of the write up for the back of the book. I hope that you will come to love Kimbey as I do and will enjoy reading about different facets of her story as I write.


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The Fiction

When it is discovered that her disabled brother was not killed in a eugenic abortion years ago, Kimbey Stewart and her family must answer for it in court. The sentence for such crimes is time in the games – a series of courses designed for the entertainment of the people, especially President Desmond. When Kimbey volunteers to take her brother’s place in the games, President Desmond takes an unwanted personal interest in her.

While Kimbey tries to get home, he works to keep her there for his own entertainment and control. Kimbey’s fight to return to her home and family turns into a battle against the president himself – a more powerful opponent than she ever intended to face.

Kira

Book Review: Mary Poppins

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Some stories are heavily laced with deep meaning, themes, and protagonist goals. Others are simply stories: interesting events that are fun to read about. In my mind, Mary Poppins belongs to the latter group.

Mary Poppins is the story of a nanny and the family for whom she works. Mary Poppins, Jane, Michael, and the twins have several adventures over the course of Mary Poppins’s stay in the Banks household. Mary Poppins herself is rather prim, proper, and prideful. She isn’t necessarily a pleasant person, but the children quickly fall in love with her.

From that point on, they do many different exciting things. They manage to travel the world with a compass they find in the park, they join Mary Poppins’s uncle for tea, and they meet a woman made of candy, among other fanciful events.

While I love a book with a strong story, good theme, and well-written character arcs, sometimes nonsensical stories such as Mary Poppins are an excellent break from the seriousness of everyday life. Mary Poppins is a wonderful example of enjoying the journey instead of the destination.

And of course, who could talk about Mary Poppins herself without mentioning the original movie? Well, in brief comparison, the book and the movie are different in many respects. On the screen, Mary Poppins is more gentle and kind – and musical. If one does not expect both book and movie to portray exactly the same story, the two are very much enjoyable and worth the few hours to watch or read.

Kira

Book Review: Robinson Crusoe

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I never thought I would enjoy Robinson Crusoe.

Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe was assigned in a literature class I am taking this year as the second book of the semester. I entered into it with a slight sense of dread, trying to temper that with the hope that it wouldn’t be as bad as I thought it might. After all, how could a book with a single character for the majority of the story be interesting?

Much to my pleasure, Robinson Crusoe showed me.

Rather than purely an adventure story (though there is plenty of adventure both before and during Crusoe’s island stay), Robinson Crusoe is the exploration of a man’s heart.

At the beginning of the book, Crusoe is a headstrong young man. He would rather have his way than listen to the pleading and reasoning of his parents. So he goes to sea. After a few mishaps (and some good fortune), Crusoe is the only man to survive a storm at sea and is deposited on his island for most of the remainder of the book.

And this is the point where I believed I would lose interest and have to start forcing myself to read. But once the physical journey of Crusoe’s life slows, Defoe begins to emphasize the spiritual journey.

Being left alone on an island leads to plenty of hours for introspection. Fortunately for Crusoe, a few Bibles were preserved from the storm and he begins to read them, having never done so seriously before. From there, Crusoe surrenders his life to Christ. He is made into a new man and now sees his island as God’s providence rather than his own ill fortune.

Robinson Crusoe had its dull moments, of course. But overall, Defoe wrote a satisfying and convicting spiritual story. Often, when Crusoe recognized sin in himself, I came to see the same within my life. Unlike in many other stories however, Crusoe turned to repentance and Scripture at such turning points rather than his own intelligence or even depression.

Daniel Defoe’s classic adventure novel holds the treasure of biblical truth which the majority of books today fail to follow. Without waxing on about the depravity and darkness of most of today’s literature (if it can be so called), I will only say that the clear acknowledgement of God in Robinson Crusoe gave me great pleasure to read.

As to whether I would recommend this book, I would say yes. Read it. Push through the boring parts because there is truth and excitement just around the corner. Besides, it does us modern readers good to stretch our attention spans every once in a while. Especially for such a worthy book.

Kira

Book Review: The Prisoner of Zenda

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After my post of a few weeks ago bemoaning the depravity of today’s literature, let me assure that there are indeed still excellent books in the world. Books that spin a tale of adventure and keep you up far later than is right (oops). The Prisoner of Zenda is one such book.

Rudolph Rassendyll is a typical young man with too much money, not enough ambition, and a peculiar connection to the royal family of Ruritania from several generations back. He is floating through life with ease – much to the frustration of his industrious sister-in-law. She takes it upon herself to nag him into becoming an attache to Sir Jacob. Rudolph takes it upon himself to go on a different trip entirely, visiting friends and going to see the coronation of the new King of Ruritania.

Once there, he stumbles upon the new king and his two closest advisors – Colonol Sapt and Fritz von Tarlenheim. The four spend an evening of celebration together which ends with much less joy than when it started. Rudolph is thrown into a role he never imagined having and holds the fate of all Ruritania in his hands. He must struggle with the king’s brother, Black Michael, to defend the throne, while keeping up appearances with the rest of the court – especially the Princess Flavia. And through it all, he must remember who he really is, though the rest of the world thinks him someone else.

Anthony Hope’s story of Rudolph’s misadventures in Ruritania is fast paced and written with the beautiful yet easily comprehensible language that seems only to spring from the 19th century. The style of the writing led me to be wrapped up in the fictional time and place of Ruritania and I even learned a new word:

compunction: a feeling of guilt or moral scruple that prevents or follows the doing of something bad (according to Google)

I won’t bore you with a lecture on why I love Anthony Hope’s language so much, but I will say that it was refreshing to have to work a little bit to stay engaged in the book. And the excellence of the story itself provided plenty of reward for the minimal efforts it required.

The Prisoner of Zenda holds within its pages an adventure novel, a romance, and a story of personal struggles and growth, all woven perfectly together to create one unified tale of a man thrown out of his own world and into one where much more is required of him. And, (maybe this is also typical of books of this time period) it was clean. I had no fear that The Prisoner of Zenda would take a dark or disgusting turn. It was a thoroughly enjoyable story from start to finish and one that I am glad to have read.

Kira

What’s your favorite adventure story?
Have you read any older books lately?

Please Read the Gospels

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Have you ever heard a story that you loved so much you could listen to it over and over again? Is there a book that you’ve worn through from so many re-readings? A movie with scratches on the disc because you have to watch it again?

Stories are incredible and many of them are so good that we could experience them again and again without growing bored. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched The Princess Bride or Annie. Whinnie the Pooh never gets old and Narnia will always have a special place in my heart.

But even those stories can wear down some eventually. I have to take a break between Doctor Who marathons and Lord of the Rings can only be seen so often.

But there is one story that is just as awe-inspiring and moving no matter how many times you read it. The gospel feels just as fresh the first time as the thirtieth, as we see our sin and then see what Christ went through to save us from it.

I’ve been reading through Luke for my morning devotions and I love to read all the stories of Jesus’s ministry again. The two that stand out, though, are His birth, and His crucifixion and resurrection.

My soul magnifies the Lord along with Mary and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior (Luke 1:46-47).  How could Christ have humbled Himself so much and been willing to suffer so much just so that I could be with Him? How could anyone love me that much?

And yet, God does love me that much. He loves all of His children that much. And the four Gospel accounts are refreshingly full of that love.

It seems simple to read through the Gospels over and over again. Shouldn’t more mature Christians be studying other parts of the Bible? We already understand salvation.

But the Gospel is the basis of Christianity. It is Christianity. They are encouraging and lovely and convicting and beautiful all at once.

Don’t forget to read the Gospels. Don’t forget the most important story ever told.

Kira

What’s your favorite part of the Gospels?

Why I Read Old Books (and like them)

Let me start by apologizing for going AWOL for the past couple months. I’m back and I’m working to find a blogging schedule that isn’t interrupted by the rest of my life. Now, onto the post…

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Have you ever read Chaucer? Dickens? Thucydides? I have. Granted, all of these examples were for school, but I am glad of the chance to consume such literature.

A common problem in many readers today is that of reading only recently published books. But (and I am generalizing here) many of those books are shallow. They contain love triangles, vampires, and dead parents. Especially in books written for teenagers, the writing itself is simple and contains small words. The plot is straightforward and the characters have no crushing moral dilemma beyond whether it is socially acceptable to date whichever attractive person they are desperately in love with.

Now look at old books. Yes, some of them do contain these elements. Jane Eyre is quite the love triangle. But it is more than that. It is a young woman’s journey of growing up and learning what sacrificial love really is. It contains rich dialogue, deep characters, and a morally gripping plot.

Old books not only use more complicated sentences and bigger words (offering wonderful exercise for the brain), they also bring us into the thoughts and ideals of people in the past. Charles Dickens wrote about the French Revolution in A Tale of Two Cities, giving a story of political tumult and redemption which combined many plots into a rich climax. He offered his perspective on the revolution through his characters and his storytelling.

Of course, so far, I have only mentioned novels of a few hundred years ago. But the nonfiction is just important, even though those books may be a bit more dull than their fiction counterparts at times. The Federalist and Antifederalist Papers show us the discussions and disagreements between some of the core founders of the United States. The History of the Kings of Britain shows both the complicated history of Britain and the political corruption (and purity) in some major players in said history.

The theological books are, yet again, powerful and offer insights into the early history of the church. Eusebius gives us a thorough Ecclesiastical History, as does Bede. Augustine wrote countless books on different aspects of theology and the Christian life. He examined the kingdom of God in The City of God; he wrote his own testimony in Confessions; he looked at some basic Christian truths in On Faith, Hope, and Love (the Enchiridion). Calvin wrote almost too much to read in his Institutes of the Christian Religion and while we may not agree with everything these theological giants believed, they were pivotal in the development of the church and fighting the heresies of their day.

Old books offer us wisdom that recent books are unable to provide. They put at our fingertips the knowledge of the ages and the ideas and records of thousands of years. Old books are priceless. They enrich us.

Let me leave with the the advice of the great writer C. S. Lewis in his introduction to Athanasius’s On the Incarnation:

“It is a good rule, after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between. If that is too much for you, you should at least read one old one to every three new ones.” (full introduction here)

Go forth and read!

Kira

What’s the last old book you read? What did you learn from it?