I miss the What I'm Into posts that were such frequent entries here, but somehow the end of the month always, always passes me without me thinking to write up a new list.
I love looking back though, remembering how what I was into at that moment both shaped and spoke to with such accuracy all that I was navigating mentally, spiritually, and emotionally at that moment in time.
Perhaps nothing is more telling than my reading list, and because I've been super intentional about making myself make time to read in the past few months, I actually have some books to share with you. I thought I would break it down into what I've just read, what I am currently reading, and what I am most looking forward to diving into next!
Outlander: A Novel, Diana Gabaldon
For years, I've heard friends rave about the Outlander series. Historical fiction is generally not my thang, but the release of the TV series on Starz piqued my interest, and I decided to pick it up. I almost put it down again straightaway, as I found the opening fifty pages less than engaging. However, the story picked up incredibly after that, and yes, I fell head over heels in love with Jamie and Claire and their epic love-across-time story.
I've not yet picked up the next book in the series, though. I was prepared for the intensity of the sex scenes based on what I'd eavesdropped from friends and pop culture at large; I was, however, completely unprepared for some of the more graphic violence included in the story. I understand that it is completely organic to the story. I don't fault Gabaldon one bit for the way she writes it; in fact, because it is so well-written, I found it to be deeply disturbing.
This HSP is needing a bit of recovery time before moving on ahead to the next installment with Jamie, Claire, Scotland, and time travel.
I picked this up over the summer just for fun, and it did not disappoint! My friend Megan of Fried Okra recommended it, and I found it to be as delightful as she did. The cultural mores of French culture are endlessly fascinating to me, and so I just loved this little glimpse into the lives of women in France. Of course with any book like this, there will be those who say, "well, that's not accurate because ...." but a book like this has to paint with broad strokes by its very nature.
Anyway, if you are intrigued by French culture, I think you'll find this a fun, light read.
I just got this one (provided for me through Speakeasy) and the jury is still out for me. I think I was expecting an advanced course in what it literally looks like to approach the days of mothering with a contemplative mindset. I enjoy what Crowder has written (I'm about halfway through it right now), but I'm finding these are attitudes and approaches I've already cultivated in my own life. And I am far from an expert. *grin* I'll update when I finish this one!
Healing, Francis MacNutt, PhD
One thing I utterly love about Amazon is that when you click on an item you have ordered from there, it reminds you of when you ordered it. The good folks at Amazon reminded me that I ordered Dr. MacNutt's book in March 2011, back when I was very first starting to investigate what it means to have the gift of healing. I promptly stuck it in my nightstand drawer and have ignored it ever since.
I picked it up again last week, and I have found it to be incredibly engaging. In its pages, MacNutt breaks down the ethereal concept of praying for healing by examining a central truth of Christianity: Jesus Saves.
This is precisely how Jesus conceived of his mission: the time of the Messiah would be a time of healing, of liberation, of salvation. Because the Hebrews did not think of human beings as being divided into body and soul, but as whole persons, when they spoke of salvation they thought not only of saving souls but of healing persons. And our person includes our body, our feelings, and our spirits (41).
This is taking me more time to read because I often stop to underline, pause and think, and put it down to walk away and process. I am very, very encouraged and invigorated by it overall and look forward to continuing to learn from this classic work.
I make heavy use of the Save For Later function of the Amazon Cart, and I'm not ashamed to admit my cart has pages and pages of books I want to get to ... someday.
Here is a sampling of what I would love to pick up next:
The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion
I am hankering for some fiction and I need something contemporary before I return to Outlander. This one comes highly recommended from my friend Leanne, and I trust her taste implicitly.
Now, listen. I will be the first to admit I am far too guilty of giving a hasty and unwarranted side-eye to all things "Christian Women Issues." However, this one is being talked about by even the more Christian-culture-cynical like myself. I am in a season of accepting the reality that what I am capable of is only a fraction of what I think I can do, and so I'm hoping to find encouragement and guidance in the pages of this one.
I'm no poet, but I will never tire of working on the craft of writing. Never. I want this one just because I just want it.
Y'all, that is the tippiest-tip-top of the iceberg of my want-to-read list, but I've already topped 1000 words on books, so I'll stop for now.
I'm never opposed to adding to the wanna reads, so please do go ahead and tell me all about what YOU have just read, are reading, and want to read, too! ISN'T THIS FUN?!?!?
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