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Read any good books lately?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by jacobsnchz, Oct 31, 2006.

  1. GonzoLeaper

    GonzoLeaper Well-Known Member

    Currently reading "Crazy Love" by Francis Chan, which is actually a really great followup book to "The Ragamuffin Gospel" by Brennan Manning, which I just finished before this one.
    "The Ragamuffin Gospel" reminds me of how much God loves me and that it is more amazing than I can ever comprehend. And it reminded me so well of what Romans explains, along with Ephesians 2:8-9 and other passages in The Bible. When we accept Christ as Savior, we are saved by grace alone- we are saved by putting faith in Christ and His death and Resurrection- it's not through any works of our own and nothing we do can change that.
    "Crazy Love" kind of takes it to the next level- now that I've read Manning's book and been reassured of my salvation and the wonderful grace of Jesus that is greater than all my sins- and I've acknowledged that I still fall but God is still ready to forgive- "Crazy Love" reminds me that God is the holiest One of all, that He is omnipotent, all powerful, all knowing and incredibly awesome! The book reminds me of God's great love for me and the sacrifice He made to save me- and then it challenges me to really keep my priorities set right in this life and to remember that I need to live in the light of eternity and live wholeheartedly for Christ. The book reminds me that if I truly know Christ and love Him, then I should obey His Word out of gratitude and love to Him. Not that those good works do anything to affect my salvation one way or the other- but it does serve as proof that The Holy Spirit is working in me and that I am truly following Christ. John 15:8 and James 1:22 make this clear. And of course, these good works are the good works God had prepared in advance for me to do (Ephesians 2:10).
    So basically- these are both great books and I would recommend both highly.:):wisdom::excited:
  2. Gonzo's Hobbit

    Gonzo's Hobbit Well-Known Member

    Right now I'm reading Frankenstien. It's a really good book but honestly I don't get were the sterotypes from Frankenstien come from. The whole reanimation of the creature doesn't seem to happen with this bug lightening scene, it actually read as being slightly anticlimatic. And the creature talks better that most people today it seems. But it's a really good book and I'm glad I found it really cheap.
  3. JJandJanice

    JJandJanice Well-Known Member

    I'm currently reading one of the most well known graphic novels in Watchmen by Alan Moore. It started out a bit slow for my taste, but it's getting good and interesting. Very dark.
  4. Puckrox

    Puckrox Well-Known Member

    Mmmmmmm, Watchmen. So good. It does start out slow, but it gets REALLY good! Keep reading! Rorschach is my favorite super hero of all time.
  5. JJandJanice

    JJandJanice Well-Known Member

    Rorschach is a VERY complex character, that is pure evil but in a good way. He's becoming my favorite character in the story by far as well.
  6. Puckrox

    Puckrox Well-Known Member

    Oh no doubt about it. He has a very twisted/warped view of the world, but he has it for such good intentions. He's just trying to make the world a better place and his ideals/values are so concreted. Gaaaah, now I want to reread Watchmen! It's my favorite graphic novel. How far are you?
  7. JJandJanice

    JJandJanice Well-Known Member

    I have two more chapters to go.
  8. GonzoLeaper

    GonzoLeaper Well-Known Member

    I'm currently reading "The Three Investigators in The Mystery of the Creep-Show Crooks" (#41 in the series.) This will be the last in the series that I have yet to read- so after this book, I will finally have read all of them.:)
  9. Justoneperson

    Justoneperson New Member

    I just finished Home by Julie Andrews, and now I can't decide between Odd and the Frost Giants By Neil Gaiman, or How to Stop Acting By Harold Guskin.
  10. GonzoLeaper

    GonzoLeaper Well-Known Member

    Why not read both? At the same time!
    Just read one sentence from one book and then jump to the other book to read a sentence there. Then jump back to the first book and read some and then back to the other book. It should make for a very interesting conglomeration of ideas- mainly: How To Stop the Frost Giants Odd Acting:crazy::D
  11. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    When i have more time/money to read more, that's how i tend to read: several books at the same time - a few chapters of one here and a few chapters of another there.

    My most recent books have been all eight books in the Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepherd - which the ABC Family show was based on. I love the show - started watching because there were several actors in it i really liked and had no idea it would turn out to be as good as it's been! The show does spin the stories in different directions than the books so it's not spoiling things if you read the books. Even the central mysteries (who killed Alison & who is "A") will more than likely be different - or somewhat vary that the books so it's not bad to read them while watching the show. Both show and books are a total guilty pleasure.
  12. Sgt Floyd

    Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    I read all of the Scott Pilgrim books over my week of absence. Now I'm a bit obsessive :p
  13. Gelfling Girl

    Gelfling Girl Active Member

    In English class last week, we started reading an excerpt of Flowers for Algernon, and it was pretty good. Today, I just got a copy of the full book and started reading it.
  14. Gonzo's Hobbit

    Gonzo's Hobbit Well-Known Member

    Arrgg! They made us read that play in middle school. It was so sad I hated it. I dont like things that make me cry that much :cry:

    I got a new book from some friends the other day. It's called "Reel Spirituality." It's about theology and how it relates to film. But what I like about it is that it's more in depth than other books and articles I've seen on the subject which are often very shallow when it comes to exploring the subject.
  15. GonzoLeaper

    GonzoLeaper Well-Known Member

    Sounds cool- I think you can find a lot of spiritual themes in movies. Although there is a balance between finding what truly is evidently there and just extrapolating beyond the scope of what the film is really meant to be - but then, as with all artistry, the interpretation really is in the eyes of the beholder despite what the artist may have even intended.
    HollywoodJesus.com is a good site for comparing the Christian elements and themes in movies too.
  16. crazed gonzo fa

    crazed gonzo fa Active Member

    I recently read Alone Against Tomorrow, a collection of short stories by Harlan Ellison. While the whole book was engrossing and well-written, and I did enjoy most of the stories, I found some of the others to be rather dissapointing and rather dry.
  17. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    I recently finished The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. It's about the woman whose cancer cells became immortal in laboratories, creating HeLa, a cell line that has been indispensible in medical and other research. It's amazing stuff; it puts a human face on the issue, showing what her family has gone through, and it explains some very technical matters in a way that average humans can understand.
  18. Puckrox

    Puckrox Well-Known Member

    I'm currently reading Water for Elephants. It's heart-stoppingly good.
  19. Gonzo's Hobbit

    Gonzo's Hobbit Well-Known Member

    I'm reading the second book in the Star Wars trilogy I'm going through. It's called Dark Force Rising. If the first book was any indication this next book should be great.

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