October Reads (2018 Edition)
This past week I read you can tell a lot about a person by the books on his or her bookshelf. In my case, it would be the books on my kindle. What would you find? First of all, you would notice the Christian Living section but probably not realize that many still have not been opened. Then you might gravitate to the young adult section that has a lot of fantasy/sci fi we have been read by our whole family. Next would be more fiction such as mysteries, chick lit, and even political thrillers. I don’t even have a favorite section. I like them all. What I read depends on the day, my mood, and what’s available.
Here is a sampling of the books I read this month.
In the first book, Ransomed Dreams, I cheered for the priest as he pushed the husband to start to find healing. In the second, Desert Gifts, I mourned for a couple who had lost their way, and I wasn’t sure that a happy ending was possible. In the third, Heart Echoes, I made a note to myself to talk to my kids about earthquakes as I read about forgiveness and facing your past. Great reads but lots of emotion.
A quote from Ransomed Dreams,
“We no longer have to make every decision based on fear. It’s time to move forward, to make decisions based on hope. Don’t you think?”
5. The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile
I figured out I am probably a 5 and my husband a 1. As I read about being a 5 (an investigator), it did help me understand some things about myself and that I am not the only one who does certain things. On the other hand, my husband read that section and thought only part of it fit me. It is good to remember that things like this are tools to help us better love and relate to those around us. They are not meant to stereotype or label. I love towards the end this quote from Thomas Merton.
The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our image. If in loving them we do not love what they are, but only their potential likeness to ourselves, then we do not love them: we only love the reflection of ourselves we find in them.
What kind of books are on your bookshelves or kindle? Do they describe you? Any good suggestions on what I should read this month?
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