Books, Books, Books!

     My recent bout with the flu was, of course, unpleasant.  However, I was able to spend a lot of time reading and that really did make it seem a lot less worse.  Okay, maybe not, but I did enjoy being able to put my feet up, cozy up with warm blankets and read.  I finished quite a few books, and started a few more.  Had it not been for the flu, it would have been bliss!  What follows is just a brief recap of what I’ve read.  If you’d like more information about any of these titles, feel free to email me (copperswifeATsoftcomDOTnet) and I’ll be happy to give you more details.

     Back to Basics: Rediscovering the Richness of the Reformed Faith, by Douglas Wilson, Douglas Jones, David Hagopian, Roger Wagner.  Copper and Aaron read this book a couple of years ago as part of a book study with a group from our church.  The book does a pretty good job of outlining the basic principles of reformed doctrine, though I found a couple of the contributing authors a bit harder to read than the others.

     What to Do on Thursday: A Layman’s Guide to the Practical Use of the Scriptures, by Jay E. Adams.  This book is outstanding.  The basic premise is this.  While we might have the ability to read a Scripture and apply it to our lives, what we lack is the ability to go to the Bible in time of need to find the Scriptures we need to help us with the problems we face in our daily walk.  To really put this book to its best use, it would need to be read through once to get a grasp of what is being taught.  Then, a more thorough study (the author outlines a year long study) would enable the reader to put all of the book’s content to good use.  Be advised, though, that the author advises the purchase of multiple suggested resources to assist in this study.  While these additional resources would be a terrific investment, they are also very expensive. 

     Teach Them Diligently: How To Use The Scriptures In Child Training, by Louis Paul Priolo.  Excellent!!!  We parents tend to think we need to attend child training seminars and read book after book about raising our children.  While these may be helpful, God has already given us everything we need in His Word!  Lou Priolo does an excellent job of explaining how every parent can use the Scriptures in training their children. 

     The Wine-Dark Sea (Aubrey/Maturin Series), by Patrick O’Brian.  The is volume 16 in this wonderful series set in the time of Nelson’s Royal Navy.  This is historical fiction at its best!  (This is not historical fiction suitable for children, and sensitive readers will want to avoid it, too.)  Personally, I find the main characters very likable and the story lines captivating.

     Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God, by Francis Chan.  I’d had this book on my “to be read” queue for quite awhile.  When I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Georgene in real life, she had so many wonderful things to say about this book, I immediately downloaded it in audiobook format.  The audiobook is read by the author, which I very much like.  However, this book has a lot to say and it was too easy for me to let Mr. Chan’s voice go in one ear and out the other.  I ordered a copy of the book and read it through, with the added benefit of being able to “hear” Mr. Chan’s voice as I read.  Crazy Love will be on Aaron’s reading list this spring, and I’m hoping to read it again myself before then.  The book gave me a lot to ponder and consider, and that’s a very good thing!

     The Commodore  (Aubrey/Maturin Series #17), by Patrick O’Brian.  Mr. O’Brian died before finishing this epic series.  The series ends, really, with book 20.  There is a #21, but it is an unfinished manuscript.  I am almost dreading that there are only three “real” books left in the series.  I’ve enjoyed it that much!   (Be sure to read my caution about the series above.)

     Please remember that I think it is vitally important that your are reading!!  The Bible first and foremost, and that daily; but do not underestimate the importance of reading other books.  Please read this post for more information and to understand why I think it is so very important that you have a good book or two to read at all times.  Read!       
      The books I am currently reading, as well as the books that I have already completed this year, can be found on the side bar.

God bless you as you look well to the ways of your household!
Proverbs 31:27

Disclosure:  All of the books reviewed are books that I have chosen and purchased with my own money, or books that I have received as gifts from friends.  I do not receive free books from authors or publishers, nor do I receive any sort of compensation for the reviews I write.  I do maintain an affiliate relationship with  This arrangement allows me to receive a very small percentage (pennies on the dollar) of any purchases made when readers click through to Amazon from my blog.  Though I see a list of what has been purchased, Amazon never discloses their customer’s names or other personal information.  For those of you that make Amazon purchases through my blog, thank you.  Your doing so is a tremendous blessing to my family.  I use the credit I receive through Amazon in three ways:  To help offset the cost of maintaining this blog, to purchase books for our home Heritage Library, and occasionally to purchase prizes for drawings offered to readers of this blog. 

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4 comments to Books, Books, Books!

  • Very happy to see your review of Crazy Love.  You’re the second person to recommend it to me, which makes me think it must be read!

  • I too am reading “Teach Them Diligently.” As a mama with a 2 year old and a 6 mo. old, I want them to know the scriptures and God’s authority. I’ve enjoyed the practicality of Mr Priolo’s suggestions. I’m also reading Ted Tripp’s “Instructing the Child’s Heart”. The two are similar in principle and have been both encouraging and challenging to my heart. Thanks for the reviews that you share.

  • I’ve thought about reading the O’Brian series.  Now I know I will.

    Would you be interested in The Fallacy Detective?  I’d love to send it to you if you think the boys would enjoy it.

    LOVE what you did to the bathroom (am I lazy, one comment for two posts?  🙂

  • @BrendaKayN – You are not lazy!!  I’m just glad to see that you are back to feeling well enough to be “up and around”, at least on line.  I’d love to check out The Fallacy Detective.  I think it might be just the thing!  Thanks!