Wonder by R. J. Palacio
It's children's literature, but sometimes, those are the very best stories. (It actually makes me want to pull out some old classics like Where the Red Fern Grows. Oh, wait. I'd have to be in the mood to cry my eyes out for that one.) I'm only halfway through, but loving it. It's impossible not to love Auggie, disfigured face and all, for his vulnerable heart. And it speaks a beautiful message about kindness from what I can tell.
The Freedom of Self Forgetfulness by Timothy Keller
It's a short read, but an important one concerning joy and the freedom we have in Christ. Highly recommend. I mean, how can you go wrong with Tim Keller?
Hey Worship Leader, Are You a Theological Lightweight? by Ronnie Martin
This topic is kind of a soapbox issue for me, and I think he handled it well. Theologically rich worship is just so necessary in a healthy church.
Just read (this month):
The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman
The most disappointing ending ever, but such thoughtful writing and a story that asks so many ethical questions. Even though I wish I could've rewritten the final pages, I'd still recommend it simply for the quality of writing. It's her first novel. I can't wait for more.
The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride
This was my second time reading this memoir, and I loved it just as much as the first time. It's a black man's tribute to his white mother, and deals with race and identity issues, faith, and a strong willed mother who I wish I could've met in real life. Fascinating.
Looking for Alaska by John Green
I adored The Fault in Our Stars by the same author but didn't like this one. The characters were very well developed, but the coarse language in it was such a turn off for me, I hardly finished it. I wish I'd been forewarned.
Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel by Maria Semple
A quick, delightful read. And it made me want to visit Seattle stat.
I Will Carry You: The Sacred Dance of Grief and Joy by Angie Smith
I love Angie's blog, but had a hard time getting into this book. I really wanted to, and would highly recommend it for those who have experienced a miscarriage or have lost a child, but it felt very heavy and drawn out to me. Perhaps in another season it will be more meaningful. Her writing is certainly beautiful and her trust in the Lord is inspiring.
Your turn. What are you reading these days?