Monday, 15 August 2016

'By the Book' tag

Emily from A Purpose and a Promise tagged me in the By the Book tag. Thanks, Emily! This looks fun.

1. Answer the questions
2. Tag 3 others 

What book(s) are on your nightstand now? 
Disciplines of the Heart (Turning Your Inner Life to God) by Anne Ortlund
A Man Called Peter by Catherine Marshall
The Innocence of Father Brown by GK Chesterton

What was the last truly great book you read? 
I really enjoyed Hannah Hurnand's Mountains of Spices which I read about a month and a half ago. I also read Decision Making and the Will of God by Friesen and Maxson - I enjoyed reading that because it got me thinking! I wouldn't recommend it to everyone, however if you are okay with critically reading a book and intentionally thinking, "What about this do I agree with and what about this do I not agree with?" then it's quite good.

If you could meet any writer - dead or alive - who would it be? And what would you want to know?
Catherine Marshall would be my first choice, probably. Also some of the authors of some of the books of the Bible would be interesting! Isaiah and Paul, perhaps.... not sure.
I don't think there's anything in particular I'd want to know, since most of their great advice has been written down for me! :) However, it would be interesting listening to their wisdom in person and just chatting. It would be awesome.

What books might we be surprised to find on your shelves? 
I don't actually have my own library. I keep my books with the family's books. I still love reading mystery stories and Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, Hardy Boys, Three Investigators, Sherlock Holmes etc and Agatha Christie are among my favourites. GK Chesterton has some great ones (yay Father Brown!).

How do you organize your personal library? 
If I had my own personal library it would definitely have an organised system. Authors names alphabetical within categories, I am going to say, although I'm not completely sure how that would work or look like. I can't arrange our library like that because we have too many books and everyone's used to the current system, but it's too hard to find anything! A proper system like what the libraries have would be my first choice.

What book have you always meant to read and haven’t gotten around yet? 
I don't think I have any in this category that I can think of at the moment, although I'd quite like to read Nick Vujicic's Love Without Limits. Also perhaps Surprised by Joy by CS Lewis. Both of those are not because I haven't gotten around to reading them, but because we don't own them.
Oh! And I'd love to read the Aggie's Inheritance series by Chautona Havig.

Anything you feel embarrassed never to have read? 
Not that I can think of.

Disappointing, overrated, just not good: what book did you feel you are supposed to like but
I know I've said this before on the blog, but Lord of the Rings. I love the Hobbit but LOTR is a bit overrated and I didn't enjoy it much.

Do you remember the last book you put down without finishing? 
True Stories of the Miracles of Asuza Street and Beyond by Tommy Welchel. I only put it down unfinished in order to do other things, but I haven't gone back to it in weeks! I will finish it, sometime. It definitely has some interesting stuff in it.

What kind of stories are you drawn to? Any you stay clear of? 
I love fast paced stories that go somewhere. As I've said before, mysteries are great (well, usually!). I also like reading autobiographical stories (such as Catherine Marshall's books). Stories of miracles and people's experiences are great. Don Piper's 90 Minutes in Heaven is fantastic.
Trying to think of books I stay clear of... hmmm, books that normalize witchcraft (Harry Potter, I'm looking at you - and yes I realize that's controversial!).... intense romances.... just books that aren't going to be helpful or beneficial to me!

If you could require the president to read one book, what would it be? 
The Bible.

What do you plan to read next?
I'd like to get hold of more of Dorothy L Sayer's stories. I read The Nine Tailors recently and really enjoyed it. Lord Peter Wimsey is such a great character! :) I wonder if the library has any of her books.... other than that, maybe I'll reread K P Yohannan's Revolution in World Missions. Sometime I'd also love to read Fervent by Priscilla Shirer and Sarah Young's Jesus Calling. Heard great things about those last two.

And that's all the questions! Thank you, Emily, for tagging me. It was a neat tag with some good questions that made me think. I'm going to pass on tagging anyone, since I tagged people in a tag recently. But if you would like to participate, consider yourself tagged! :)

Have a great day.
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  1. I just bought a copy of Hannah Hurnand's Mountains of Spices, I enjoyed, mostly the first book so am excited to read that one too. I am currently reading Surprised by Joy by CS Lewis and it is really good. I am kinda sad to find you don't like LOTR but of course it is not a book for everyone, I think it is the best human written masterpiece out there, but each to her own right.

    1. Oh, cool! :) Mountains of Spices is great.
      Yes.... I've always loved the Hobbit though, so go figure!! I guess the Hobbit is more of an easy read. I've always found LOTR kind of hard to swallow (too long, I guess) but that's probably saying more about me than about Tolkien! I do agree with you that it's a masterpiece, very well written, but that doesn't mean I like it. :P The Hobbit is great.

  2. The Father Brown books by G.K Chesterton are awesome. You should read some of his full length novels as well. They are brilliant.

    1. I know, right! I should. They sound good from what I've heard. Do you have a favourite to recommend?
      Nice to see a comment from you, Matthew. :) Been a while since I've caught up with your family! How are you all doing?

    2. I'd recommend starting with Manalive. Although I think The Ball and the Cross is the best one.

      And we're doing good, thanks. :) (Come back to Tecorians. :P) :D

    3. Manalive and The Ball and The Cross. Right. Got it.

      I am! Well, to judge the intraclub humorous competition. 20th September. 'Twill be fun. :) I miss Tecorians.

  3. Loved your answers, Bonnie! And Catharine Marshall...I loved her writing, Christy being my favourite book by her!
    Thank you for sharing with us today...
    Hugs to you!

    1. Fantastic! Catharine Marshall is amazing. Have you read Something More by her?
      Hugs right back at you!

  4. Love your answers! Thanks for doing the tag! =)

    1. Thank you! No, thank you for tagging me. It was fun.

  5. I reread 'A Man Called Peter' last night/today. (I wasn't sure if I had read it before or not, but after reading it I remember reading it a first time.)

    Our copy is quite old. Printed in 1955. (the book was only published in 1952!)

    I don't think I've read any other Catherine Marshall books.

    1. Catherine Marshall's 'The Helper' is amazing. Best book on the Holy Spirit I've read. :)
      I'm still in the middle of A Man Called Peter. It is quite old, isn't it.


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