Spring Reading Thing Update

Over the weekend I finished reading Out of the Silent Planet. It was good, but it’s not my favorite piece of fiction by Lewis. Probably because I’m not much of a science fiction fan. I didn’t have the second book of the trilogy with me (I was on an airplane on the way to Baltimore) so I started reading Memoirs of a Geisha. So far, it’s fascinating. I discovered Pearl Buck a few years ago and it’s been interesting to see how many similarities there are between the Chinese culture represented in The Good Earth and Memoirs.

Reading books like these make me very thankful to have always lived in a culture so heavily influenced by Jesus. I’ve never been treated like property, never been sold into slavery, and never been considered less of a person simply because I’m female. I tell my daughters regularly to be thankful they were born to be women in America today. Any other time and culture and it’s very possible that they would already be “married” to someone twice their age.

Not with Jesus. Jesus treats women as individuals. Jesus sees no difference between men and women. He blesses each with gifts to use for his service.

Jesus is good. God is good.

Proud Mom and Spring Reading Thing

First, you have to check out the write up about my daughter Noelle’s high school softball team. You can find it here for the next few days.

Soon I’ll post some pictures from my recent trip with my daughter Rebecca’s Forensics squad. No, that’s not a squad of future doctors, but rather a group of drama kids who compete in drama and oratory events. They call me their Drama Mama! They’re GREAT kids and I’m always proud to be with them when they travel to competition.

Don’t forget to check out the Spring Reading Thing. The idea is to commit to read a book you’ve always wanted to read but never have or to finish one you’ve started and set aside. Check out the details at Callapidder Days and be sure to sign her Mr. Linky to let other people know what you’ll be reading. I haven’t checked it yet today but I can’t wait to see what others are reading.

I’m planning to read CS Lewis’ space trilogy which consists of three books: Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength. If I finish those I’ll tackle either Life of Pi by Yann Martel or Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. The Lewis books have been on my list for a LONG time and the others have been floating around in my head for the last couple of years.

The weather is beautiful! Pick up a book and a blanket and go outside and read!!

Spring has sprung

I guess it’s official. In Arkansas, it is spring. The daffodils in my yard are blooming and we’ve had several day of 70+ degree weather. This week is even my spring break from both work and grad school so I’m enjoying some time at home. Yippee!!!

I would really like to encourage all of you to participate in the Spring Reading Thing. A few years ago my friend Denise can tell you that I rarely read fiction. I was all about self-improvement. After she and two other friends said, “Lisa, you really need to read Poisonwood Bible,” I gave up and tried fiction after a LONG hiatus.

I couldn’t put it down. I stayed up WAY into the night to read Poisonwood and then I was on a hunt for something equally good. I’d forgotten how much good, quality fiction can teach us about ourselves and the human condition. Next was The Red Tent (also amazing) and soon after that I tackled East of Eden. Denise and I eventually started a book club in our little SE Arkansas town.

So, all you moms out there — pick up a book that’s not about the pros and cons of breastfeeding or bottle feeding or about time management with toddlers in tow. Pick up a great work of fiction and feed your heart and soul. If you need some suggestions, try the list a couple of posts down. There are quite a few I haven’t read myself, but the ones I have are all REALLY GOOD!

If you’re taking up the challenge, drop a line and let me know how it’s going. What are you reading? What touched your heart? Do you agree or disagree with author’s worldview? Who’s your favorite character? Why?

And don’t forget — you don’t have to BUY the book to read it. Support your local library while improving your own mind! Oh — and they always need volunteers. Maybe you could start a book club of your own!

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