1. Parenting Today's Adolescent. Non-fiction by Dennis & Barbara Rainey. I got this from Paperback Swap when it occurred to me that Polly will be 9 this December. Which means she'll be 10 (!) next year. Which means the "official" pre-adolescent years are upon us and we'd better start figuring out what parenting looks like in the next stage. I highly recommend this book, even if your child is already an older teen. There's still time!
2. Little Dorrit. Fiction by Charles Dickens. Loved it. Absolutely loved it! Almost makes me forgive Dickens for writing Pickwick. The characters, the plot, the twists and turns, the insight into human nature - it's all good.
3.Winston's War: Churchill 1940-1945. Non-fiction by Max Hastings. I believe I've mentioned before how interested I am in the Second World War and also that Churchill is one of my heroes. This book is excellent, and I admit that I initially started reading it skeptically because, seriously, what else can there be to say about this man? Maybe it's not all new, but Hasting puts it very neatly.
4. An Ideal Wife. Fiction by Gemma Townley. This is Brit Chick Lit and, as I read it before our two weeks of church camp, I have no idea what I thought about it. I think it was probably funny but it didn't make much of an impression on me.
5. Church Planting is for Wimps. Non-fiction by Mike McKinley. Prince Charming wanted me to read this one. I don't think it's going to be widely applicable unless you happen to be married to a pastor, but it is very well written and thought provoking.
6. An Echo in the Darkness. Fiction by Francine Rivers. Usual disclaimers apply: many Christians find Rivers' work to be controversial.
7. A Family Affair. Fiction by Caro Peacock. Delightful little historical mystery. Part of a series but I missed the first book and I don't think it hindered me too much.
8. What Happens When Women Walk in Faith. Non-fiction by Lysa TerKeurst. I read this because it's the only book by this author our library carries and I was thinking about purchasing a Bible study by her. I've decided to pass on that. The book is OK and I did find parts of it challenging, but I never really felt comfortable with the author's "voice". ("Pontificating" is the word that comes to mind.) I suspect I am just really picky, YMMV.
9. Love & War. Non-fiction by John & Stasi Eldredge. Here again, I am not overly fond of these authors. I did think that this book is better than the other two I've read by them (Wild at Heart and Captivating). I find them overly dependent on emotion and personal revelation and under-committed to the Bible and what God has actually said about things. Strong exhortation for married couples to be praying together was a high point of the book.
Totals for July:
Dickens completed: 1 (And I started A Tale of Two Cities but a real life "tale of two weeks of camp" interfered heavily)