Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Books of 2012 - November

It's hard to believe 2012 is almost over. I managed to polish off some of the massive "to-be read" stack in November...but then I filled it up again.

The books I finished in November are:
1.Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II. Non-fiction by Keith Lowe. This is an informative, gripping book. It is truly tragic how the "end" of the war didn't end the killing. Genocide went on, and in some cases, went on for a long time after the conflict was supposedly over.

2.Orthodoxy. Non-fiction by G. K. Chesterton. I can't believe I haven't read this before. Honestly deserves the "classic" label. I'm finding that I enjoy Chesterton's non-fiction more than I did his Father Brown mysteries, for whatever reason.

3.Indelible. Fiction by Kristen Heitzman. I tend to be very picky about what "Christian Fiction" I read. I enjoy Heitzmann because she deals with real life and her characters are not cardboard cutout Christians. This book is a thriller and uses Paradise Lost to interesting effect.Some of the characters could have used a bit more of development but all-in-all it was a good read.

4. Calm My Anxious Heart. Non-fiction by Linda Dillow. I started this devotional a while back. I was slowly working through it and then I set it aside. Well, I think that's what God wanted me to do because I ended up reading it and really focusing on it after the election. Which turned out to be a good, timely thing for me. I recommend this book highly and I'd like to do it as a Bible study with some friends in the future.

5.Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies. Non-fiction by Ben Macintyre. I enjoy Macintyre's chatty style. This true story is fascinating and would be unbelievable were it not so well documented. Recommended for history and WW2 buffs.

6.The Hole in our Holiness. Non-fiction by Kevin DeYoung. DeYoung's most important book since Just Do Something. I highly recommend this for all Christians. Kevin DeYoung also dealt recently with some reviews of his book in his blog post Striving After Godliness Should Not be Controversial and you may want to check that out as well. I really need to dedicate an entire blog post to this book. So much of it resonated with me and I found myself filling page after page in my commonplace book with things I need to remember.

7. One for the Books. Non-fiction by Joe Queenan. I doubt Queenan and I have similar worldviews except for this: so many books, so little time. I do enjoy reading a book about books and reading. This one is witty, although, as I said, I doubt Queenan and I agree on much else.

8.Killer Dolphin. Fiction by Ngaio Marsh. Enjoyable mystery set in an historic theater.

9.Sticky Faith: Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids.Non-fiction by Dr. Kara Powell & Dr. Chap Clark. Decent effort but not what I was looking for or expecting. Emphasis on social gospel in later chapters left a sour taste in my mouth. Guess I'll keep looking.

10. Clutch of Constables. Fiction by Ngaio Marsh. Mystery starring Detective Alleyn's wife, a painter. Interesting framing device in this one, with Detective Alleyn sharing the story with other policemen.

Totals for November:
Fiction: 3
Non-fiction: 7

What have you been reading lately?
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