Books Read: June 2020

Dear Reader,

Quarantine continues (to some extent) though I don’t think I’ve been as productive on the reading lately.  Here is what I finished in June:

Books Read June 2020

Little Fuzzy by H. Beam Piper — After having finally finished Middlemarch (see “Books Read May 2020”), I wanted a short audiobook. My daughter recommended this one and it was a pure joy. Set in a future time when humans are colonizing other planets, a new species is discovered (the fuzzies) and problems and debates ensue. There is a lot about what makes a species sentient. If I thought more about it, this is probably a pretty deep book. But it is also fun and charming.  It would be a good read-aloud for kids from maybe mid-elementary level and up. There are sequels as well. 

Recovering From Biblical Manhood and Womanhood by Aimee Byrd — A controversial book on gender roles in the church. Byrd has some good points and overall I agree with her position but they get lost in this book. I was particularly disturbed by her use of biblical texts. Read my full review here

Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers — This is an older adventure story. I picked it up at a yard sale and it was a lovely edition and the series title was something like “world’s best mysteries” so I thought, “I should read this.” It wasn’t an awful book but I found the mystery a little flat and there was so much — I mean really so much — that was about sailing and the German coastline. Honestly, if you love boating read this book; if not, skip it. 

How Does Sanctification Work? by David Powlison — I picked up this book (via Kindle) because someone had mentioned the author and I had never heard of him. Of his various titles this seemed like the most interesting to me. It is a short book for the layperson (though good for clergy too) on, as its title says, how sanctification works. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the theology is relatively solid and there are indications the author is reformed. Powlison has a very balanced view of the things that come into our lives to change us for the better, always placing the work of God at the foundation. Some of his points were well-taken. I think I needed to hear that people don’t all need the same thing and that you can’t overwhelm them with everything at once (I tend to overwhelm people).  I liked as well when he talked about the balance of good theology with reaching out to the emotions (I’m not saying that as well as he did but, hey, you should read the book yourself anyway). In the end, I had some disappointment. I have a few people in my life that really need change and that I feel like I keep saying the same things to and beating my head against  rock with and I guess part of me hoped that there would be more to tell me just what it is that finally makes people change their lives. But that may be unfair as a criticism of Powlison because, sadly, it may just not be that simple.

The Hurried Child by David Elkind — An older book on child development and how we in the modern world are messing our kids up. Though my copy was the third edition (I think) it was still a bit dated. A lot of the points are good though. I was particularly intrigued by Elkind’s theory of how socialization happens. Read my full review here. I have also picked up some of his other books.

What have you been reading?


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