Ready for some stream of consciousness about books?? Here you go:
August was a bad month of reading. And since I feel about books how others feel about puppies… this was very, very sad. Why don’t the books love me??
Especially sad since it was summer. And summer reading is supposed to be the best. But it wasn’t. I never know what to do with “not the best.” In real life, I mean. What do you do? Do you fight it? Do you deal with it? Do you play the long game and hope for a good outcome someday in the future? But then you’re like, But this is my life and now I’m wasting my time waiting for some long game win?? But you know where the long game doesn’t count? It doesn’t count in dirty dishes, so you’re just standing around waiting…. doing the dishes.
I played the long game with a situation in my life? And it got answered two weeks ago. And I thought to myself, “Well, self, that took 2 years, 10 months and nine days.” Then my self sighed. Mainly because the solution was something I saw wayyyy back in the beginning, but I had to wait for everyone else to catch up. Blah. I’m sure I learned something in there. Somewhere. Like, “Nobody wants to hear your opinion. Keep your mouth shut.” Which is super inspiring.
Which is why I read. Long plotlines can be eaten up in a few hours or a few days. No long games here. It’s dreamy. And I love a character that can react in situations in ways I can’t. And it keeps my mouth shut when I’m reading. Except for last night. I kept reading portions of a book to my husband. He finally sighed and I got the point. But boy howdy, those paragraphs were funnnnny. So I say: You’re WELCOME, Huzband.
I also put myself on a Spending Freeze this month – which means no money on books or clothes. NO BUYING BOOKS!!!! This might not sound difficult – but oh, it is!!! I can’t even go to the bookstore. I couldn’t handle it! It’s forced me to go to the library over and over again to smell… I mean, borrow the books. I also have taken to borrowing books from people. Some I asked, a couple I didn’t. I just took the books. From their shelves. They didn’t notice. Meh… nobody notices if you just sneak in when nobody’s looking. Listen, if they aren’t going to pay attention to their puppies… I mean, books, then I WILL LOVE THEM FOR YOU.
Also, you could just buy me some books. Or give me some money. That would solve it.
I’ve put my list of August books down at the bottom of this post.
The only one that really mattered to me was one I read in September…but I’m including it here so I have at least one positive to present:
The Pastor’s Kid by Barnabas Piper
Barnabas is the son of John Piper, a popular/well-known preacher. Barnabas P – as I call him in my mind – writes a book from the viewpoint of the pastor’s kid, and does a good job of presenting what I would assume are fairly universal truths of being a pk. Listen, when your “dad’s boss is God” (his phrase) and people are expecting those pastors to be holy, pure and experts on every area of life… it gets tricky being the kid (or the adult kid). I grew up a pk. I have a love/hate with the church. I’ll leave it at that…
I liked Piper’s points about the reality of being a pk. He does come across somewhat cynical, but “somewhat cynical” is exactly what I am, so I related. He gives words to the churches – be careful what you expect from the pastor, and remember his family DOES come first. Honor that. He speaks to the pastors themselves – be a dad, don’t give sermons at home, goof around with the kids, and so forth. (One area I do give thanks upon thanks for my dad, who did these things.) A couple of the points he made were so eerily exactly something I had experienced, it was a little creepy… how did he know?? And a book that can normalize a situation and make you feel like you’re not alone gets a good rating from me.
One point he makes, and one that’s always been important to me is to not assume the kid has the same beliefs or opinions as the dad. Ha! Wanna hear a story? When I was an adult I went to the church my dad pastored. He died. And a few weeks later, somebody asked me, “What would your dad say about this [theology topic]?” My response? “I don’t know, my dad’s dead. I can tell you what I think, though.”
Rating: 9 out of 10. Probably more relatable if you’re a pk, but might be helpful for others to read to understand. Also: Pray for your pastor and his family.
Other books in August:
Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage by Dani Shapiro (memoir on passing years of marriage) – 6/10
The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena (baby goes missing. mystery ensues.) – 5/10
Sacred Marriage: Celebrating Marriage as a Spiritual Discipline by Gary Thomas (marriage book written by a man, good points on theology and sanctification – but I hate thinking living with me takes spiritual discipline from my husband. ha – that was a joke. laugh.) – 7/10
Unashamed: Drop the Baggage, Pick Up Your Freedom, Fulfill Your Destiny by Christine Caine (I have read a lot on shame and wrote a 24 page long paper on the topic (no, that doesn’t make me an expert, but it makes me watch for certain things)… and this book is not one you want to add to the list. Ugh. If the author doesn’t ever explain WHAT Jesus did for us to erase our shame… then you’re not explaining it. Shallow and disappointing. “fulfill your destiny”??) -2/10
Happily Ever After: Finding Grace in the Messes of Marriage by John Piper et al (Collection of devotionals. A couple made me mad. And I’m fairly conservative in my view of marriage. And yet, I was mad. Meh.) -6/10
If You Only Knew by Kristan Higgins (Fun, light read. Chick-lit.)-7/10
A Murder For Her Majesty by Beth Hilgartner (good kid’s book, but I’ve read it out loud three times now and I’m so sick of it). -7/10
That’s it! See you in September! If you want to buy me some books, let me know!!! IT IS SO LONELY WITHOUT AMAZON.