My point in sharing about the media fast is to say that I've been doing a LOT of reading lately. I have always been an avid reader. But, in the last several years I'v done a lot less reading and have allowed myself to get sucked into excessive tv watching in the evenings as a way to relax....or excessive computer use (especially Facebook).
I have really enjoyed reading again! And, I've come across some good stuff. I thought I'd share.
I really enjoy non-fiction...especially memoir type books. I came across the book, Spiritual Misfit by Michelle DeRusha, and was immediately drawn in. She shares her story of being raised Catholic, realizing at a young age that she didn't really believe in God, and re-discovering faith in God many years later slowly and tentatively. She's funny. She's honest. She's profound. Her writing was refreshing. And, she's totally relate-able.
Also, I've discovered the A.D. Chronicles by Bodie & Brock Thoene. This historical biblical fiction series is set in the time of Jesus life here on earth....from his birth to his death & resurrection. There are 12 books in the series. I've actually been reading them out of order because I get them from my library & I've just signed out whatever is available. But, the books are written in such a way that you don't have to read them in order. And, they are just absolutely incredible. They focus on so many different characters...some from Biblical accounts and some created as those who may have encountered Jesus. They bring to life the stories from the Gospels unlike I've ever experienced before. And while, it's a fictional series, they remain biblically accurate and they have done painstaking research on Jewish culture at the time. It's truly a fascinating and moving series.
What are you reading? What reading suggestions do you have for me?