Wow, how is it already June?! Seriously, we’re halfway through 2017! :O I feel like I’m still somewhere back in March… 😀
This week I am going to be highlighting the top 5 books that I read in May. Kinda like mini-reviews for my favourite books of the month. If you guys like it, I may make it a regular (monthly :D) occurrence. So, without further ado, let’s get onto the reviews!
This Changes Everything: How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Years – By Jaquelle Crowe
Literally what the title says: how the Gospel totally changes and transforms teenagers.
Oh boy. This book is seriously amazingly transformative. If I could get every teenager to read one book, this one would be it. It has the potential to be life-changing!! Jaquelle is a very talented writer, and her heart for teenagers comes through so clearly through her writing. Each chapter deals with a different thing that the Gospel changes in a teen’s life (e.g. – the church, relationships, time, spiritual disciplines, etc.) I was so encouraged and motivated and challenged as I read this book, and I will definitely be re-reading it. I SO recommend it! If you are a teenager, if you know a teenager, if you will soon be a teenager, get this book and read it and then pass it on to others!!! It could be life-changing! This is most definitely a 10* book.
Fahrenheit 451 – by Ray Bradbury
Imagine a world where books are banned, and where firefighters start fires instead of putting them out. And then imagine it’s our world.
I read this book for school, and was very, very surprised by it. First of all, the writing is absolutely beautiful. The way Bradbury paints a picture with his words is… just wow. As an aspiring writer myself, I found a lot to chew over in terms of style. And then there is the story. The story was… I’m not even sure how to describe it. I suppose it’s about book burning and censorship. But it’s about so much more than that. I was very surprised by how much I loved this book (especially considering that it’s futuristic/sci-fi fiction, and I literally never go for that genre). It made me think very deeply about some really important issues. It also sobered me. Because the picture of the futuristic world that Bradbury paints is one that I can actually see growing in our world today. One totally immersed in the ‘now moment’, in technology, and in entertainment. A world that is caring increasingly less about books and history and relationships. And that is scary. So yes, go read this book, and be prepared to be sobered and surprised by the beauty and the truth contained in it. This is definitely a 9* book.
Evidence for Jesus: Discover the Facts that Prove the Truth of the Bible – by Ralph O. Muncaster
Jesus was real, and Jesus was God. The Bible is historically accurate. There is no doubt about it. And this book succinctly proves it.
I also read this book for school, and again was very happily surprised by it! Muncaster clearly and succinctly lays out truth-filled answers to many questions about Jesus posed by skeptics. He draws from historical documents to prove that yes, Jesus did exist, yes, he did rise from the dead, yes, the Bible is an accurate historical document, and to go even further, yes, Jesus is God. I found his writing very easy to read, follow and understand. I came away from this book feeling like I’d learnt a huge amount, as well as feeling very encouraged in my faith. It’s so good to get reminders that what we believe in is true and accurate and can stand up to questioning and research! In my opinion, this book is definitely a 9* book.
Pride and Prejudice – by Jane Austen
Apparently the ultimate romantic classic. It certainly has enough romance in it, and it’s not exactly the type you would imagine either. Oh, and it’s hilarious.
Believe it or not, this was my first foray into the world of Austen! However, I went in with high expectations, and came out with them not quite fulfilled. You see, you hear so much about this book, so much hype and drama and swooning, and I went in expecting to come out a die-hard Jane Austen fan. But I’m not. I’m a fan of her writing, but not a hugely-crazily-in-love-fan. Just a fan. That said, I really did enjoy this book. It was complex, but each ‘mini-plot’ helped to bring about the culmination of the main ‘big-plot’. And it was also really funny! That was not something I was expecting of a book that was published in 1813! I suppose I would classify this book as ‘unexpected’. Some expectations that I had were unfulfilled, and some parts of the book I totally didn’t expect, but I liked! But overall it was a good book, and I’m looking forward to reading more of Austen in the future. I’m giving P&P definitely 7* and just about 8*. So we’ll leave it at 8*. 😀
Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World – edited by C.J. Mahaney
Only through the power of the cross can we resist the seduction of a fallen world. A powerful Christ-centred look at engaging the world and worldliness.
My dear friend sent this to me for a late birthday present, and I devoured it in the course of about 3 days. And I was just so encouraged by it! This book is a look at worldliness, and how Christians should interact with it. I think it’s really aimed more for adults, or even pastors, but this 16 yr old home-edder sure enjoyed it and gleaned a lot of wisdom from it! Each chapter is by a different author, and deals with a different subject: e.g. God, my Heart and Media/and Stuff/and Clothes. I think that each one may have been a sermon that has been put into chapter-form, but I’m not sure on that one so don’t quote me. It’s all edited by C.J. Mahaney, and he also writes a chapter. And boy, this book was just seriously so good! It’s chock-full of Biblical wisdom and encouragement, and I just love how each chapter focuses back on Jesus and the Cross. After all, that should be the centre of the Christian life! This book is definitely a 10* book.
So there we go! My top 5 books that I read in May. Oh wait. I forgot… I have a bonus book!!
Rilla of Ingleside – by L. M. Montgomery (otherwise known as LMM)
Aaaaaaggggg this book is amazing and wonderfuly beautiful and the ending is the best and everything is just so good gaaaaahhhh!!!! *dies a little from sheer love for this book*
That is literally my reaction to this book. 😀 All the other books I’ve featured were first time reads, but this months reading of ‘Rilla’ was probably my 4th or 5th time through it. And I love it just as much as the first time I read it!!! This is the 8th and last book in the ‘Anne of Green Gables’ series by LMM, and in case you didn’t know, this series is my favourite set of books in the entire world. (excepting the Bible of course.) Now apart from the sadness that this is the last book in the series (which automatically makes it sad because there aren’t any more to follow! *sniffs back tears*) this book makes me so happy! The characters (gahhhh, so perfect and darling and hilarious!), the story (Ohhhh my heart! The sorrow and the hope and everything!), the stunning writing (what else can you expect from the genius LMM??) and everything about this book is absolutely frabjous. This is one of my favourite books from the AoGG series. (I’m not sure if you could tell that :D) But ohhhhh, I just love it. So if you haven’t read the AoGG series, get thyself to the books and read them, and then finish up with the beauty that is ‘Rilla’ and then come back and gush with me over the wonderfulness of this book. K? 😀 This is definitely a 10* book. So go, I command thee, read it (unless you haven’t read the first 7 books and then read them first because you don’t want to ruin the storyline and the ending). It will fill your day with sunshine and happiness.
Ok, so now I actually am done with this week’s post. Apologies for the length! (note: there will be a bonus post coming sometime this week, so keep your eye out for it!)
Let’s chat! Have you read any of the books on this list? What were your opinions on them? What was your favourite book that you read in May?