March Book Report:
There’s this sweatshirt I have that is old and doesn’t look great and is super scratchy to wear and yet I wear it because sometimes you’re like, man, I just need a junky sweatshirt to wear to do chores in and the whole time you’re doing the chores and itching your neck because this stupid sweatshirt is the MOST UNCOMFORTABLE THING EVER
That’s how I feel about March.
But! The good news is that March is Thinking Weather. Oh, and the other day it rained. I bought four books. Correlation? Yes.
But I digress – March is Thinking Weather and I tend to turn toward non-fiction, which is why you see three non-fiction and one fiction on this month’s list:
In no particular order, here are my March Reads:
In this book, McCall looks at four questions: Was the Trinity broken [on the cross], did the death of Jesus make it possible for God to love me, was the death of Jesus a meaningless tragedy and does it [the cross] make a difference? McCall then gives short summaries from historical theology (which, no, you don’t have to be a theological scholar to read these summaries, and, in fact, it gives a helpful first look at some names you may not be familiar with. Moltmann?…Moltmann?… Moltmann?). He then gives his stance on each answer in a helpful way – pointing out the problems with the different approaches. But also the beauty of the relationship of the Trinity. Loved this book because McCall manages to take a difficult subject and make it approachable and understandable and faith-affirming. Rating: 8 out of 10 comfy sweatshirts
Rant: I know theology might not sound super exciting to read about, but knowing what and why you believe does absolutely help grow your faith. When you sing How Deep the Father’s Love For Us and you sing, “The Father turns His face away…” what are you actually proclaiming? Sounds like you might be saying the Trinity is broken in that instance or…not? What do you think? If the Trinity is a foundational belief you hold, understanding the Trinity and the submission of Jesus Christ the Son to the Father is not hard to think about, it is beautiful and just… it’s just grace, friends. Be willing to think through what you believe and spend time on it. Calvin and Moltmann would appreciate it.
A fun look at the making of The Princess Bride movie. Elwes tells the stories from his point of view, with short quotes by his co-stars. Seeing as how we had the Storybook Love song played at our wedding, my dad routinely told me, As you wish, and our dog is named Westley… yes, I did enjoy this book. If you like the movie at all, you may enjoy the behind the scenes look – oh, and Andre the Giant sounds like he was an amazing person. Rating: 7 out of 10 comfy sweatshirts (or a pirate cape) (actually, Princess Buttercup’s pretty red dress…)
Ugh. I don’t know why I hate the title of this one… However, I do love a good leadership/management/business or you know, just a book that talks about the why behind things! I love love love reading them. And this one manages to be the rare type that gives you the WHY of selling something or being heard, and then goes into the HOW. Very practical steps. I implemented one of them the next time I had something to “sell” and immediately noticed an uptick in the responses. Huh. Seems like it worked! Rating: 8 out of 10 comfy sweatshirts
Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach
A twin dies. Her estranged twin comes home from Paris to help the family…but starts finding letters and clues that begin with each letter of the alphabet. Is her twin dead? Or is she alive? Rating: 7 out of 10 comfy sweatshirts and I think this book got an extra rating because it was raining and windy when I read it one night. Definitely gets an atmosphere point!
Thanks for reading! Any book recommendations?? I need some!
What’s the best book you’ve read lately?
Also – in case you missed it – there’s two new episodes of the podcast available! Love these eps!