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What I'm Reading

Perhaps some of you are starting to hate the fact that the sun is now setting around 5:30. I, on the other hand, relish this particular aspect of Fall and Winter seasons because it means our whole family starts to settle down, usually with a book or toy (depending on which decade you were born in) around 6:00PM. People 3 and under are in bed around 7:00PM and it feels like there is more time to relax at night. I love it! Here's what I've been reading these days:
Our community group (home group) is currently reading this book, Counterfeit Gods, as is a big portion of our church, so of course I'm following along. Unfortunately it's at a snail's pace (averaging a chapter every two weeks) and so it's very disjointed for me. Neither Stefan nor I have ever read anything by Timothy Keller, but our church seems to love him and his books. To me it's a very average read. I wouldn't have been happy had I just picked it up and bought it. The interesting thing about this book is the current events he uses as his intro into each 'idol-type' chapter. I've got about 2 chapters left which would take me about 30 minutes to do and will, in reality, be about 3 weeks before it will be done. Meh, is my one word answer.
For pleasure, I'm currently in the middle of the Anne of Green Gables series of 8 books, Anne of the Island being #3. I'm also about half-way through it and though the first two books I read in about a week and a half, I've totally stalled at page 104 in this book...for almost 2 weeks. It's not that the book is bad, it's just a filler book, in my opinion. I'm still waiting for Anne and Gilbert to get together and she's off at college and renting a little old cottage. I know I'll plow through it pretty soon, hopefully be done by the end of the week, but I need something to happen in #4. Anything! Still, the books are well written, witty, and quaint. That's always helpful. photocredit

I recently traded in a book at my favorite local used bookstore, Bluestem Books, and picked up this and C.S. Lewis' Mere Christianity as a swap. Of course I've read all of Ted Kooser's books, except for his sweet children's story, I'm just going back through it again. The thing I love about Kooser's poetry is that it's for the everyday Joe. It has been rumored that Kooser (when he was working at an insurance company, I believe) ran every single poem he wrote by his secretary to see if she could understand it/liked it. Not many poets are like that; poetry has become a very elitist and exclusive art. Ted Kooser can talk about a dirty potato and turn it beautiful, into a Valentine.

What are you reading these days?


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