Here are the books I’ve read over the past month and a few of my thoughts about each one. At the end of each entry, I’ll also give a rating from 1 to 10, 10 being the highest possible rating. These ratings are just my personal opinion. If you disagree with my evaluation of a book, let me hear it in the comments section.
The Hunger Games trilogy (Suzanne Collins)- I ordered this set of books after hearing a few of my friends rave about the series, which takes place in post-apocalyptic America. The series centers upon Katniss Everdeen, a teenage girl that is forced to the Capitol to participate in the Hunger Games, an all-out death match by teens from various regions that is sponsored by government authorities as a demonstration of their power over the citizens, in order to save her little sister’s life. Here’s a little confession: I read the whole trilogy in four days (pathetic, I know). Needless to say, I was immediately sucked into the story and couldn’t put it down. Having said all of that, the first two books were much better than the third. I would like to rewrite the final 100 pages or so, but overall, the series was enjoyable. I have to mention, though, that there is some nudity and a lot of violence throughout the books. As a side note, the first book will be released as a movie in March. (7 out of 10; It would be higher if not for the final book.)
Reckless Abandon (David Sitton)- Not often do you find an autobiography by a missionary, or at least not while the missionary is still living. Generally, missionary biographies are published after death, but this is not the case with Reckless Abandon. This book outlines the life and ministry of David Sitton, a man whose desire to take the gospel where it had never gone before landed him in Papua New Guinea for many years before returning stateside to train future missionaries. I’d never heard of David Sitton before picking up this book, but I’m so glad I did. My only squabble would be that the beginning of the book seems to jump around in time a bit, so it was difficult to stay in the flow of things. But eventually I easily drifted along in the stream of the story. If you want to be encouraged and convicted about God’s mission to take the gospel to the nations, this book is for you. It was a joy to read. (8 out of 10)
Wordsmithy: Hot Tips for the Writing Life (Doug Wilson)- Guides on writing can sometimes be a bore, but Wordsmithy is nothing like that. As I was reading, there is one adjective that kept running through my mind: delightful. Though his advice to the aspiring writing isn’t groundbreaking material, Wilson’s wit and smooth writing style made this book a delightful read. One particularly helpful feature is the recommended reading that he lists after every point, so this book becomes a good resource for the aspiring writer. Since it is actually a book about becoming a higher-quality writer it will only draw interest from a small crowd, but I would definitely recommend it. (8.5 out of 10)
This Momentary Marriage: A Parable of Permanence (John Piper)- Piper does a wonderful job of teaching about the purpose of marriage to reveal Christ’s love for the church. Reading this book not only made me love the institute of marriage more deeply, but, more importantly, it made me love Christ more deeply. Though many will disagree with Piper’s view on divorce and remarriage, which he discusses in the final two chapters, the book is well worth the read. This book should be in the hands of every person who is married or desires to be married. (9.5 out of 10; I’m not fully convinced of Piper’s position on divorce and remarriage, so that’s why it’s not a perfect score.)