January Reading Log

Here is the rundown of the 8 books I read in January.  It was an odd reading month.  I typically read books on theology.  Yet, I have recently started reading fiction.  I’m still getting comfortable seeing some of these titles on my reading log.

The Giver Quarter by Lois Lowry.

  • The Giverlowry-giver-quartet
  • Gathering Blue
  • Messenger
  • Son

I discussed these books in a previous post.  (Click Here)

Four Days To Glory: Wrestling With The Soul of The American Heartland by Mark Kreidler

Four Days to GloryThe sport of wrestling was the first love in my life – and break ups are hard.  Every once in a while I like to walk down memory lane and read a book on the sport.

This book follows two Iowa high school wrestlers seeking to become four-time state champions.  An incredible achievement in wrestling in general and a spectacular achievement in the state of Iowa.

The Collected Sermons of Dietrich Bonhoeffer edited by Isabel Best

Collected SermonsThis title of this book hits the nail on the head.  I appreciated this book on so many levels.  Bonhoeffer’s theology has impacted me deeply.  Prior to this book I had only read his sermons in snippets.  I throughly enjoyed reading selected sermons in their entirety.  Reading Bonhoeffer the preacher adds so much to understanding Bonhoeffer the theologian. Only die hard Bonhoeffer fans need to pick this one up.

Revival by Stephen King

RevivalOk. Ok. Ok.  This book is so far removed from my normal reading that I’m embarrassed to even mention it.  I guess confession is good for the soul.

I read this book for two reasons:

  • My sister-in-law read it and mentioned it during the Christmas holiday.  I always enjoy engaging people in conversations about books!
  • The story is centered upon a pastor.  This will get me every time. I enjoy reading perspective on pastors, church, religion from the pop culture perspective.

This book does come with a pastoral warning – there are references to drugs, sex, and other unpleasant things.  Even beyond that, this book was strange.  Well, it is Stephen King.  A strange story with a few strange twists. It does make a few statements about the afterlife.  Of course, I disagree with every statement made – but I’m always intrigued by non-Christian views of the afterlife. And finally …

Night by Elie Wiesel

NightThis book is the show stopper of the month.  I have wanted to read this book for a long time.  This book has been sitting on my TBR (to be read) shelf for about a year.  Now that I finished it I can only ask “What took me so long?!”  This book will now be placed alongside my all-time favorites. This book is a firsthand account of teenager from Romania taken from his home in 1944 to Auschwitz concentration camp (and then to Buchenwald).  It is an amazing memoir of a horrific account of world history and it also has some pointed theological statements about God in the midst of suffering.  You will see a future post about this book.

You might ask, “How did you read 8 books in one month?!”  The truth is … I finished 8 books in one month.  On average I’m reading 3 to 5 books.  I finished 8 books in January – many of which I started in December.

Happy reading.

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