This post is horrendously late – so late that I have already finished one book in March! That said, right now finding time for reading is rather tricky – after finishing school for the day, I rarely fancy sitting down with more books. Thus these posts help keep my reading motivated – always a good thing! – and also cause me to examine my reading material more carefully – in short, what I don’t want to admit to reading to other Christians is not what I should be reading.
- What Katy Did at School by Susan Coolidge
- What Katy Did Next by Susan Coolidge
I must admit to liking the ‘what Katy did’ books! I re-read these right back at the beginning of January as light relief whilst suffering from sinusitis. They are lovely stories.
- Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
I eventually finished this book. It wasn’t bad, but I don’t think it is my favourite Jane Austen story.
- The Holy War by John Bunyan
This lesser-known of Bunyan’s allegories is as well worth reading as his better known allegory, The Pilgrim’s Progress. It follows the fortunes of the town of Mansoul through its first rebellion against its Lord, through to the salvation of the of the town, then through a period when the Lord was absent from Mansoul on account of Mansoul’s sin. Finally, it ends with Mansoul restored to its former place of favour with its King, and the defeat of the Diabolians. There are allegorical portrayals of many aspects of the Christian life – well worth reading!
- Joy Unspeakable by D. Martin Lloyd-Jones
This book contains a series of sermons given by Martin Lloyd-Jones on the baptism of the Holy Spirit. I found refreshing his view that baptism with the Holy Spirit is not synonymous with conversion, having heard teaching to that effect in the past. I personally agree with his view that baptism with the Holy Spirit comes after conversion, and was challenged to seek after such baptism. Though its main topic is baptism with the Holy Spirit, there are also other valuable spiritual lessons incorporated. And as a total side note, there are recordings of his sermons available over the web – listening to them helped me read his style – which are worth listening to!
- Among God’s Giants by J. I. Packer
- Conformed to His Image/The Servant as His Lord by Oswald Chambers