Saturday, August 18, 2012

Book Review Part 3

1000 Days:  The Ministry of Christ -Jonathan Fallwell

This was a great book about Jesus’ time on earth during his ministry. Simple, straight forward, and in language that’s easy to understand whether a person is well versed in the Bible or not, I enjoyed it. It takes you back to the basics of what Jesus said to do and the example He set.

The Newlyweds-Nell Freudenburger

I’ve read everything by Freudenburger. This is her second novel, and she has a collection of short stories that were published before anything else. Her writing style is simple yet intricate, and her books always take the readers on a journey, this time from the U.S. to Bangladesh. This story is about a couple who marry only to realize they don’t know as much about each other, or maybe even themselves, as they thought. It’s a great study in how our cultures, our pasts, and our desires can conflict with the life we’ve created. Very good book.

Memoirs of Pontius Pilate-James Miller

Dennis read this one after I did because I told him how good it was. This book is a fictional account of the time of Christ from the perspective of Pontius Pilate. From what I know of history at that time, it seemed accurate, and being able to get into Pilate’s head, even through another author’s view of what he might have thought, really was incredible. Some questions I had about why certain things happened during that time were given possible explanations when looked at from the eyes of others involved. Ultimately, as Christ is about to be crucified and the reader knows it’s going to happen and knows it has to happen, it’s hard to feel anything but one emotion: don’t let it happen. Dennis and I walked away from this book so grateful for what Christ did for us and so saddened it had to come that. This was a very sad book, and I highly recommend it anyway.

A Moveable Feast-Ernest Hemingway

Hemingway’s account of life in 1920s Paris is both entertaining and informative. Whether he meant this book to be taken as fact or if he embellished is still up for debate, but it’s a good read either way. Hemingway’s straight forward style paired with interesting characters like Gertrude Stein, the Fitzgerald’s and more helped me finish this book in one night.

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