I love pre-ordering books and having them show up overnight on their release date! This week I got lucky and ended up a Monkey Joe’s (an indoor bounce house play area) with our 7-year-old and her friend on the day Requiem was released, which meant I was able to sit and read guilt free while they played.
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This Week’s Reads
Forgotten God by Francis Chan
I’m just about halfway through Forgotten God, and I absolutely love this book. Francis Chan writes as if you’re sitting across from each other chatting over coffee and while he certainly hits some deep theological issues, he doesn’t write like a theologian but like someone who is wrestling and living this faith he talks about. I love this paragraph from the intro, which pretty much sums up the book:
“As we begin this book, may our desire to experience more of the Holy Spirit be our starting point. And may we open our hearts and lives to His presence and action more fully than we have ever done before. By the power and the presence of the Holy Spirit, may we be different people when we finish from when we started.”
Requiem by Lauren Oliver
I was so excited for the release of Requiem, the third book in the Delirium trilogy. In a world where love is considered a disease, the resistance to the “cure” is growing, and so is the violence and desperation of the government regulators who are trying to rid the world of Invalids. Written from the alternating perspectives of Lena (who is part of the resistance living in the Wilds) and her best friend Hana (who has been cured and is preparing for her wedding to the up-and-coming mayor), I loved most of this story, but I hated — hated — the ending, which left a million questions unanswered.
Love in a Broken Vessel by Mesu Adams
I almost feel bad writing a review of this book because I really think the issues I had with it were my own and not Mesu Adams’. Although I loved her storytelling and the emotion and detail she packed into the story, I just cannot seem to get into biblical fiction because I’m constantly evaluating the things that are said or that happen through a lens of, “Hmm, I wonder if that’s how it really happened?” Unlike the classic novel from Francine Rivers, Redeeming Love, which also tells the story of Hosea and Gomer set in a different time and place, I wasn’t able to suspend my disbelief enough to really lose myself in this story, which definitely took away from the experience.
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