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August Reading List

One of the nice things about so much time on the road is lots of time to read!  One of the big things I read this month was John's dissertation (thesis if you follow the UK system).  I was one of his proofreaders, so I spent a lot of road time on that.  It's really very good and I can even understand most of it!

Without further ado, here are my other books, in the order read:

Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome.  Three men take a trip on a boat from London to Oxford, with many an adventure along the way. Truth be told, though, a lot of the adventures are reminiscing about adventures. I love the dry British humor in this book and even though it was written in 1889 it is still humorous today. One of my favorite sections was the description of being a hypochondriac.

Rab and His Friends by John Brown.  This is a short story rather than a book, though it was published in book form. I got the free Kindle version after seeing it in a list of required reading for high school back in the day. It's a rather sad, depressing tale of a faithful dog, his master, his mistress (the dog's that is) who has breast cancer, and their dog. I didn't care for the writing style or the story itself, to be honest.

Through the Eyes of Hope by Lacey Buchanan. Lacey Buchanan writes about her son who was born with a severe cleft palate and without eyes. At first she would try to hide him when she was in public and she questioned God about why He allowed her to have such a handicapped child. But she came to understand that God uses tragic circumstances for His glory and that her little boy's story needs to be told. She is open about the rocky time their marriage went through as they both dealt with this challenge in their own ways. It is a beautiful and heart-touching story. As far as the writing itself, I felt that she jumped around a lot and it wasn't really written in a chronological order so I felt that things were repeated and felt a bit confused about where and when certain things were happening. For that reason alone I gave it four stars instead of five.  I highly recommend this book and I know you will be encouraged by it, especially if you are dealing with difficult things right now.

Humility, the Journey Toward Holiness by Andrew Murray.  You will definitely want to read this book, and you'll want to read it either with a pen and notebook in hand or have a copy in which you can write and underline as you read. This book is fairly short, but Andrew Murray covers a lot of depth in a few short pages! Some of my favorite quotes: 

"Humility, the place of entire dependence upon God , is from the very nature of things the first duty and the highest virtue of His creatures. And so pride -- the loss of humility -- is the root of every sin and evil." 
"His humility became our salvation. His salvation is our humility." 
"[Humility] is not something that we bring to God, or that He bestows; it is simply the sense of entire nothingness that comes when we see how truly God is everything." 

I believe being humble is something I will have to work on for the rest of my life, but this book is such an encouragement to stop thinking about myself and to see how truly God is everything.


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