Posted by: R M White | 07/31/2013

Summer-time Readings

Hubby, Lowell, and I are enjoying our readings outside and only a few times have the rains put us out of our routine. It’s been an insanely rainy summer but those rains are usually confined to the afternoons. This morning was too wet. It has been wet all day – so we held our early morning rituals indoors. We’ve finished up the book of Acts yesterday – man! I was not ready to finish with those adventures. I read the book of Acts and just want to know more. You know how Proverbs warns neighbors not wear out their welcome? Well, it’s like God didn’t want Luke to wear out his welcome in what he shared with us and it leaves us longing for a longer visit! We’re on to the book of Romans; started that today and I LOVE the book of Romans! And in the OT we’re in the middle of Psalms – oh joy! Lowell lent me a book on the Psalms by Charles Spurgeon and although a little anciently classic in some its expressions, it is proving to be a jewel. Psalms is so rich!

Our family just loves reading – my parents were avid readers; so were Lowell’s; both of us love getting wrapped up in a good tale; and it’s a favorite past-time of our kids and grand-kids too.

We’ve always thrived on outings to the local public libraries. Oldest son and I met oldest daughter and her 3 little ones at the library yesterday for kid-time activities. It was all about minerals and geology and the girls got to use a sluice and now have their own rock treasures! Our Wilkes Library has some great programs for kids and adults as well. Every time I visit the library I am impressed with the activity.  It’s a true storehouse of information and place of learning.  I enjoy my share of non-fiction books – usually I research in hard-copy if I’m getting into projects in crafts or gardening, or even health issues.

I love getting lost in a good novel. I especially am happy if there is a series involved so I am able to ‘hang out’ with the characters for a while longer! I enjoy various genre – mysteries, suspense, historical, romance, science fiction – and fortunately, I have found a number of Christian authors that have writings in each of these areas. There’s a lot of magnificent fiction available but there’s quite a bit of what I would consider trash at your finger-tips as well.  Unfortunately, some popular fiction for women is downright pornographic in its misguided portrayals of love (lust) and adventure. On the other hand there are loads and loads of fictional writers who still hold true to our traditional, God-fearing morals and the true code of wrong vs. right – and honestly, the stories are still exciting as all get out! I have a friend who has basically made up her mind that she is only going to read Christian fiction for her enjoyment. She said she was so tired of weeding through the muck and letting the world influence her. I admire her. I’m not there yet although, probably 80% of what I do read is by Christian authors. Some folks say you can just ‘skim’ through the yuck; but I know myself, and I don’t enjoy being tempted to read something that is just as well left out of my mind and heart. So often really bad stuff is there before you know it – taking you by surprise and your hard to keep purity is threatened.  Whelp, that’s just me and my little soapbox but it’s okay, it’s my blog.  😉  Every body is so different and I just know my own head – things become ‘alive’ to me when I read.   I think I should just use common sense on guiding my reading habits – a good guideline is if I’d pass the book off to Jesus to enjoy. Okay …

I love good news and here is some for you … along with those regular Bible readings I’ve gotten into some excellent fiction this summer too.  Here is one example of the several good books I’ve completed over these summer months.

The Centurion’s Wife  was an absolute joy to read. I am ready to read the next in this series – I think there’s three – hooray!

205149: The Centurion"s Wife, Acts of Faith Series #1 The Centurion’s Wife, Acts of Faith Series #1Caught up in the maelstrom following the death of an obscure rabbi in the Roman backwater of first-century Palestine, Leah finds herself also engulfed in her own turmoil–facing the prospect of an arranged marriage to a Roman soldier, Alban, who seems to care for nothing but his own ambitions. Head of the garrison near Gallilee, he has been assigned by Palestine’s governor to ferret out the truth behind rumors of a political execution gone awry. Leah’s mistress, the governor’s wife, secretly commissions also to discover what really has become of this man whose death–and missing body–is causing such furor.
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