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Date Posted: 1/17/2008 8:13 AM ET
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I am just going to start a new thread all together!  I think it is good to be able to discuss things with people with similar interests so I am going to attempt to start a new discussion. The only rules are: If you can't say it in a Christian Sunday School Class or in front of your 5 year old in a crowded room, don't post it.

 

Date Posted: 1/17/2008 5:01 PM ET
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If you like Christian Chick Lit I saw at Foozles (Don't know where all the Foozles Bookstores are) Perfecting Kate and These Boots Weren't Made For Walking...3.99! If I didn't already have Perfecting Kate and read These Boots Weren't Made For Walking I would have spent 8 dollars today. Great Deal.

Date Posted: 1/18/2008 1:01 PM ET
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Hey Shannon!  I don't have a lot to say, but didn't want your thread to go ignored. :)  What's everyone reading right now?  I'm kind of in between books.  I'm reading Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World for a Bible study group, but I need to figure out what to pick up next for my personal reading.

Date Posted: 1/18/2008 6:44 PM ET
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Well, I'm reading an ARC right now. It isn't christian fiction but it isn't bad. It's called "Time Off For Good Behavior". I haven't seen anything too suggestive or beyond my limit in it. It is a chick lit book and it is pretty funny.

Date Posted: 1/18/2008 9:32 PM ET
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I just finished a book that I thought would be really excellent, but it was just, "ehh..". It's called Desperate Pastors' Wives (it's a novel, not a non-fiction!) :-) Maybe it's just that I'm not so much into "chick lit", but it seemed a little fluffy. As a pastor's wife, I was expecting more, I guess. I did read the whole thing, though, so I can't totally pan it, can I? ;-)  The last few novels I've read were Francine Rivers, which all have a LOT more meat to chew on, so that's probably I was a little disappointed. It does show some interesting perspectives on the lives of four different pastors' wives (different denominations) but I just kept thinking, this really doesn't seem all that true to life. I think the other thing that bothered me is that the novel is set in Ohio, where I live, and all the characters were kind of stereotypical midwestern small town folk, which is a stereotype many of us in Ohio are sensitive to since it's not **near** the kind of farm-and-cow-town state that seems to often be portrayed everywhere.

Ugh. Okay, enough about that. If you are looking for a fluffy, sit back and read it in about two afternoons and not have to think much kind of book, it's a decent way to relax.

So, I'm also reading a GREAT book called Behind the Veil - stories from Muslim (actually former Muslim-now-Christian) women, and women missionaries to predominately Muslim countries. It includes lots of personal stories, but also a lot of background and history into the Muslim religion and gender issues. I HIGHLY recommend this one!!!

Date Posted: 1/18/2008 10:17 PM ET
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The one you are reading now sounds good.  I've seen the desperate pastors wife book but it didn't really interest me. Maybe because I'm single and sometimes the married women with kids books are difficult for me to identify with, not always. I really like the first two yada, yada prayer group books. Up next, I'm reading Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult. Anybody here read it?

Date Posted: 1/18/2008 10:21 PM ET
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i'm reading desperate pastor's wives right now....and it's ok. it's just bugging me at how these women act, and how everyone else keeps trying to make them perfect. i know that most of this is true about how people unfairly think PWs and PKs should be perfect, but i really don't like how the husbands keep treading their wives like dirt and then go out the next Sunday and preach.

Date Posted: 1/19/2008 12:29 AM ET
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Hmmm - I'm a PW too ... may be an interesting read but I live in a large metro area and used to city life so I'm thinking the midwest, small town thing is not something I can identify with?

Brenda P I have that "Mary heart" book on my wish list - I sooo want to get it but it's not coming up here at all... please keep me in mind if you're willing to part with it.

I'm trying to read The Visitation, Peretti right now and I honestly can't get into it.  Normally I can't put his books down - have any of you tried it?  What did you think?  I'm around chpt 6 and about to give up on it... does it get any better?

Some one gave me 3 Karen Kingsbury books so I"m really tempted to just start on those plus a I have a bodie Thoene book waiting to be read --- ugh so many books, so little time!

Date Posted: 1/19/2008 10:51 AM ET
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I absolutely loved "The Visitation".  To me, that was one of Peretti's finest pieces of work!  I need to pull that out and read it again, though.  I enjoyed the movie of it, too.

 

I am currently reading "The Dead Whisper On" by T.L. HInes.  He writes more in the vein of Steven King or Dean Koontz, but with a definite Christian worldview.  I loved Hines' first novel, but this one has been a little harder to get into.

Date Posted: 1/19/2008 10:58 AM ET
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Chris,

Wow - maybe I'm just not in the right frame of mind for it?!  I know I've been really busy and distracted so perhaps it's just not a good time for reading.  I didn't know there was a movie.  I've been thinking of getting some T.L. Hines.  How scary is he?  I don't mind thrillers but I don't like gore or something that would make me afraid to be home alone!  I'm a whimp.  That's why I like Peretti - he usually has a good balance.

Thanks!

Date Posted: 1/19/2008 12:36 PM ET
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Hi all. :) I just wanted to introduce myself and say thanks for starting the thread...

I'm totally in a read-nothing-but-Karen-Kingsbury phrase right now.  I've read about 6 of her books in the past 2 months.  The one I just finished was called Waiting For Morning and it was truly amazing.  Here's the description if anyone might want to check it out...

Hannah Ryan is the mother of two adorable little girls and the wife of a doting husband. Her life is perfect -- until the night her husband and eldest daughter are ripped away from her by a drunken driver. Torn by grief and rage, Hannah finds her faith -- like that of Jeremiah weeping over Jerusalem -- tested to the limits. As she walks the long road of her own modern-day Lamentations, she must learn to forgive... and finally discover that God's mercies truly are new every morning. Sometimes the road home is only found by letting go.

Up next is Where Yesterday Lives, also by Karen Kingsbury...

I also love reading anything by Robin Lee Hatcher.  Both of these authors just speak to me in their writings and I find myself pulling my bible out in the middle of the stories to look up scripture quotations or read about a story used in the book.  I love it.  If anyone has any recommendations of others who write the way these women do, I'd love to hear them!

Edited because I forgot how to spell, lol!



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Date Posted: 1/19/2008 2:07 PM ET
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i've read T.L hines Waking Lazarus. i didn't think it was that scary, suspenseful but not too scared to be by yourself. now brandilynn collins or Collen Coble's Abomination...now that I would not want to read in a dark empty house at night!
Date Posted: 1/19/2008 3:18 PM ET
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I just recently finished The Oxford Chronicles trilogy by Melanie Jeschke. They were fantastic but nobody hold your breath waiting for me to post them, my copies are autographed and I'm not parting with them!

Right now I just started the Eden Hall series by Veronica Heley and not liking the first book very much. It's like a Victoria Holt or a Phyllis Whitney except with a Christian heroine, and I'm not fond of either of their books. I have the entire series though so unless I end up REALLY hating the first one, I will probably read them all.

I'm also reading C.S. Lewis (the non-fiction) for discussion in my women's Bible study group. He's really hard to follow sometimes.

Date Posted: 1/19/2008 3:24 PM ET
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Bren,

Which CS lewis are you tackling?  I had to read Mere Christianity last year - it was very difficult... I sympathize.

Subject: CS LEWIS
Date Posted: 1/19/2008 4:06 PM ET
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Oh CS Lewis is always good.  I recommend "The Great Divorce"  I thought it was genius.  I also liked his letters to children. 

As far as what I'm reading now, I'm finishing up "Little Women" but I guess you ladies have read that?

Date Posted: 1/19/2008 7:28 PM ET
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I have Desperate Pastor's Wives on my wishlist.  I'm wondering if I should take it off, since I'm not hearing glowing recommendations.  It sounded interesting when I put it on.

Behind the Veil sounds really good.  I'll have to check that one out.

Angela, if the Mary book turns out not to be a keeper, I'll definitely keep you in mind.  I think there are some books that you wait on the wishlist forever, cause nobody posts them.

I've never read any C.S. Lewis non-fiction, but I was thinking about reading The Screwtape Letters or Mere Christianity.  When I looked at Amazon though, where you can read a bit of the book, they seemed kind of dry.  Definitely not light reading. 



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Date Posted: 1/19/2008 7:34 PM ET
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ok now i'm almost done with DPW and it's actually not that bad. of course i'm at the point where things are FINALLY getting resolved. but keep it on your wishlist brenda. it makes for an enjoyable read



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Date Posted: 1/19/2008 8:53 PM ET
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I haven't read Screwtape letter yet but heard it was good. I have it at home.

Date Posted: 1/19/2008 10:12 PM ET
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Deborah K., Yeah, that's kinda how I felt about it too. Not that GREAT, but good enough that I kept reading the whole thing. :)  I did like it more towards the end when some things were getting resolved in the relationships. I wish they would have done something more with the character of Gracie, though. She was really interesting. 

Date Posted: 1/19/2008 11:15 PM ET
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Brenda,

The Screwtape Letters is actually a great read.  Do you know the premise?  It's letters between Lucifer and one of his minions (Screwtape) as he attempts to tempt a man to sin.  I've read it several times - definitely a classic.  Mere Christianity if full of doctrine - full of truth, but you really have to have you head in it!

Date Posted: 1/19/2008 11:28 PM ET
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Yeah, I knew what the premise of The Screwtape Letters was.  It definitely sounds interesting.  I think I'll get it from the library.

Date Posted: 1/20/2008 12:50 AM ET
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It's been a while since I've read The Screwtape Letters, but as I recall, they are letters from a demon named Screwtape to his nephew Wormwood.  I don't think even Lewis would have been so bold as to write a book from Satan's point of view!  = )  In the book, Lucifer is referenced as 'our lord' or something like that, and God is 'our Enemy' since it's all written from a demon's point of view.  Very interesting to read and think about the spiritual warfare going on unseen every day.

I think I may reread it now!

~Jori

Date Posted: 1/20/2008 8:27 AM ET
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Jori... you are correct - my bad!  It's been a LONG time since I've read it - obviously!

Date Posted: 1/20/2008 1:17 PM ET
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I have a copy.  I think I'll re-read mine, too.

Date Posted: 1/20/2008 2:52 PM ET
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Hi there,

Thanks for all of the great recommendations!! I have got lots of books in my TBR list because of this board!! I am currently reading the Tucker Mills Trilogy by Lori Wick. I'm on book 2 and am really enjoying them. But I enjoy everything by Lori Wick!!

 

 

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