Thursday, October 24, 2013

A Reading Respite

I feel so self-pampered when I take the time to enjoy a good book.  I can go far too long without allowing myself this "luxury."  But it can feed my mind and my soul, and refreshes me, so I would do better to have at least one book going all the time.  

I am trying to remember to always take a book with me, so in those guaranteed moments of waiting in the car for kids at various times and in various places, I have something worthwhile to while away the time.  And, of course, it always helps keep me reading to delve into a book I don't want to put down!  And these are 3 that have done that for me recently...

Crazy Tuesdays: Courageously choosing fun and free-spirited parenting was authored by the daughter of friends of ours.  She is a Christian military wife, and mother of 2 toddlers, and shares about their life together. Truthfully, I wondered if a mom of such young ones could have something to say to more seasoned wives and moms, since she has such a long way to go in the motherhood experience.  But I know her to be bright and clever, so I ordered her book.  

The evening it arrived, I meant to just glance at the opening pages before I started dinner.  I soon found myself past the title and intro pages, and to Chapter 3!  Granted, Chapter 3 meant I was only to page 7, but by then, as cliche' as it sounds, I'd laughed, I'd cried, and I'd found deep insight into my own psyche through what she'd shared about herself. It's a short book, with short chapters, so a quick and very fun read... but with lots to get from those comparatively few pages.

Seven Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness is the book we're reading for our church small group.  It's not meant as a Bible study book, but describes the lives of 7 (surprise!) men (surprise again!) in history and how they gave of themselves to serve others and follow God's leading. The short biographies of each man are packed with interesting information.  The book addresses the concept of what it means to be a great man, or to be manly, and what that has meant in previous eras, which, unfortunately, is in stark comparison to what we often see now.  That doesn't mean it isn't interesting to women, as we can all learn something about how we all serve as role models, intended or not, and how we might do better.  

The men discussed are an interesting and varied assortment: George Washington, William Wilberforce, Eric Liddell, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Jackie Robinson, John Paul II, and Charles Colson.

The Rosie Project: A Novel is pure fun!!  This is the only one of the 3 here that I've finished.  I loved it, and was so aggravated the few times I forgot to take it along to read in spare moments.  I looked forward to it, and would use it for motivation, like as a 'reward' for getting to bed early.  I was convinced to read it by the review by one of my favorite British chick lit authors, Sophie Kinsella, whose description included "quirky," "endearing," and "laughed the whole way through."  I love her novels because they're romantic, yes, but mostly, funny, so if she thought it was that entertaining, it was worth a try.  

Don is a character much like 'Sheldon' on The Big Bang Theory television show, a buttoned-up, socially-challenged scientist, most likely dealing with Asperger's Syndrome.  (I had a hard time picturing him without seeing Sheldon. Since he was supposed to be Australian, I wish I could have shaken that image. Trying to imagine Keith Urban in the role didn't work, LOL.)  He has some interesting ideas about friendship and marital relationships.  He gets caught up in helping Rosie, who is someone he would've never considered as a proper prospect for either, and of course, hilarity ensues.  

The ending is a little hokey maybe, but, for the most part, I thoroughly enjoyed every one of the 300+ pages.  The only sad thing is that this is Graeme Simsion's first novel, so I have to wait awhile to read another!  

The maybe good news is that The Rosie Project is probably going to be made into a movie.  After my disappointment in the movies made from Sophie Kinsella's Confessions of a Shopaholic, and Lauren Weisberger's The Devil Wears Prada, though, I am nervous.  But the movie based on Bridget Jones's Diary, was delightfully true to its book, so I have hope that justice is done for "Rosie," too.

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