As usual I am in the middle of multiple books. First up is Falling Free by Shannan Martin. I was in the middle of another book, but realized 4 days before it was due that someone else had requested this one, so I have to give it back (and the Lincoln Library only has one copy…)
I’m about halfway through, and I am LOVING it. This book has been hovering at the edges of my TBR for months, I wish I’d picked it up before now.
And I’m thinking I might have to buy a copy to keep. But the Kindle version has been on sale at least once in the last month, so I’m going to try to wait and see if it goes on sale again. But this is a book that is begging to be highlighted and written in.
A beautifully written spiritual memoir, Shannan’s story is gentle and encouraging while also packing quite a punch:
We so often say we believe that there is no safer place than the center of God’s will, but we refuse to believe He would ever lead us to places o brokenness or danger.
Afflicted with relentless humanity, we view the world with person-eyes, then project what we see onto the flawless creator of the universe, assuming he operates as we do. We trick ourselves into thinking God is just a holier version of us – our brain, our worldview, none of the sinfulness. We forget that while we bear his image and harbor all his love, we can’t comprehend the scope of eternal reality from our anthill vantage point. We say we trust God’s will but feel so much better if we run ahead of him with our dustpan and broom, doing what we can to eliminate pain and minimize risk. (Shannan Martin, Falling Free)
Once I’m done with Falling Free, I’ll go back to Faithful Presence: Seven Disciplines that Shape the Church for Mission. I’m reading this one for work/ministry and so far, it’s the best book I’ve read about living on mission (and I’ve read a lot): It focuses less on the mission and more on the presence of God. Because God’s mission is to spread awareness of His presence here on earth, and it’s about Him, not us. So good.
When Breath Becomes Air has been on my TBR for nearly a year, and I finally picked it up. I have so many questions: How is a neurosurgeon such a breathtakingly good writer?? Why are we so heavily invested in avoiding the truth that physical death is inevitable, how we all will end? And how can a book about death (you know at the outset that the author is already gone) be so hopeful and life-affirming?
When I finish these, have a whole stack lined up for summer reading.
I’ve also requested a stack of fiction from the library. I’m DYING to read The Hate U Give, but I’ve been inching up the hold list for months. I am a little irritated that the Lincoln Library only has a few copies of such a buzzed about YA novel.
I just got a notice that Lady Cop Makes Trouble is waiting for me. Isn’t that a great title? It’s the sequel to Girl Waits with Gun, which was the first book I read this year and which I quite enjoyed. These fictional stories are based on what is known about the first female police detective in the US, I think the titles might both be from actual newspaper headlines in the early 1900s.
I’m waiting on a couple of other YA novels that look like great poolside reads:
One of Us is Lying, which is labeled as “Pretty Little Liars meets The Breakfast Club.” This mystery might end up being too intense for me, but they had me at Breakfast Club.
And my first pick from Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Summer Reading Guide: When Dimple Met Rishi is a frothy looking YA romance about Indian-American teenagers who are set up to be in an arranged marriage – only one of them knows about the arrangement, and the other does not. It sounds delightful, but I’ve got quite a bit of teen romance going on right in my own house, so we’ll see if I can take it in my fiction too.
What are you reading right now? And what are you looking forward to reading this summer?