Thursday, September 9, 2010

August Books

I just keep reading. Really, it's becoming quite a habit again. And I'm so glad. It's so nice to rediscover a first love, so to speak.

I'll be honest and say that my reading is directly correlated to the absence of television in our house. No joke. Since we moved in June, we have also NOT had television. Well, we have a TV but don't get a signal/cable/any TV channels, not even PBS!!

Again, no joke. While I admit in my sinfulness, it was a bone of contention between my husband and I (guess who wanted her Food Network and HGTV?), I gradually came around to full submission on the issue. I wish I could say I was a more excellent wife, but even now, as the fall television season gets ready to rock n roll, I'm feeling a little apprehensive.

My angst aside, my husband had very good reasons for giving up the tube. And I agree with his reasons too:

  1. The expense-- do you know what cable costs these days? Even the "deals" out there will rope you in for $700+ a year. I don't know about you, but I'd rather spend that on SHOES!! Especially when you can watch most things online for free these days. Thank you, hulu!
  2. The time--doesn't it always start with, "I'll just see what's on," before 2 hours are spent watching "The Next Food Network Star?" (are you catching my Food Network vibes here?)
  3. The trash-- how did TV/movies get so bad, so fast? Almost nothing is appropriate anymore. Bad language. Bedrooms scenes. Disobedient/defiant children. The list goes on.
  4. The example--It can be such a big time waster, and, personally I'd rather my kids see me reading, cleaning, playing soccer in the backyard, than sitting in front of the TV. I actually kind of feel the same way about the computer. I have mixed feelings about email/blogging/Facebook/Internet games/chatting that so often are really a means of procrastination and idleness. There, I said it. Even if I'm incriminating myself!

So... all the reasons my hubby and I discussed made perfect sense, yet my human nature had such a hard time letting go. Ahh! I love to unwind in front of the TV. Or to watch a good movie and sip hot cocoa.
But... I will say that in the 2 1/2 months we've gone without TV, I've not really missed it. Honest and true.

So enough of my preamble...and onto the books I read in August.

  • The Persecutor by Sergei Kourdakov

This book is a biography of a modern day Paul. This young man, who grew up in Communist Russia, served Communism and all its ideals, even as far as persecuting and sometimes killing Christians. Shortly before the book draws to an end, he tells of the saving work of Christ in his life. I admit I felt a bit disappointed of the ending, wishing that I could see this young man who had done so much evil, now turn around and serve God. But his life was cut short (22 yrs) and he barely had the chance to serve the God he had spend so long fighting. Yet in his lack of time to perform redeeming works, the beautiful message of the story is actually made more striking--we are justified by faith alone, not by works, lest any man should boast. Additionally, despite our sinfulness there is nothing that can separate us from the love of God.

  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone by J.K Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

While the boys were picking out books in the children's section at the library, I saw these books on the shelf and decided to see what all the fuss was about. And I've found these books to be well written, fast paced, and enjoyable. The disclaimer, of course, is that they are filled with wizards and sorcery in a very likable and enjoyable put on your filtering glasses and enjoy! Or judge me. Your choice.

  • Homeschooling: take a deep breath, you can do it by Terrie Bittner
  • The Homeschooling book of answers by Jane Dobson

Can you tell I'm gearing up to potentially homeschool my boys? Isaiah turns 4 in September so schooling is still a ways off... and I admit that I'm fighting it. Fighting homeschooling, that is. I really feel like it is the best option, especially for us a Christian military family, but...still I fight it. And would appreciate your prayers.

  • Bringing up Boys by Dr James Dobson

If you have boys, you should read this book. While Dobson is a believer, he writes the book using his vast psychological and medical training as well-- which happens to be the only caveat I have with the book. While I learned so much and feel that I am better equipped to raise my brood of boys, I also felt a twinge here and there when I saw Dobson fail to call sin, sin (e.g. homosexuality, addictions). So again, put on your filtering/discerning glasses, and enjoy. I think we would all be better/have better parents if we understood so much of what is in this book.

  • The Bible-- keeping up with reading the entire Bible in the year, I read Isaiah, Jeremiah& Lamentations.

Whoot! I love my daily Bible reading!


Andy and Amy said...

We've given up TV, too, but we do watch Netflix a lot. They have a lot of stuff on "view it now". The kids even have had to admit that there are benefits to watching everything on that or HULU. You can watch when you want and skip the commercials!

Do you think you'll let your boys read the Harry Potters? I haven't yet, but I'm trying to make a decision. (I haven't read them either, so I guess I should start there.)

Kathryn said...

Amy-- I have mixed feelings about my kids reading the Harry Potter books. They really have a lot of evil things painted in a nice picture. So in one way, its just an enjoyable story. But in another way, it lets its readers think that witchcraft/sorcery/demonry is all okay. Which it isn't! You know? I'm not sure what we'll do when the boys become of age. I'd be curious to hear other Christians thoughts on this.

The Eskestrands said...

we only have the TV for movies - and I do Hulu for shows I like. :) I don't miss no cable.

And I'm so glad you're reading HP!!! They get really good at #4, so I'm excited to see what you think! I've read the entire series about 5 times now - haha - that's how much I enjoy them. :)

I have given a lot of thought to the boys reading HP and heres my take. I truly believe that we as parents need to raise them up in a Godly manner an to be able to distinguish between good and evil and think for themselves. The HP books are SO well written that you really do (even as adults) get lost in the drama and stry line that JKR weaves so tightly.

All that said, I will probably only let my boys read the books when they are old enough to realize the distinction between fact and fiction and also old enough to really know that the books are a pretty picture of evil. The last few books are quite scary, so I'm thinking not until High school. The reason I say so late is that it's hard to read only the first 5 books and not the last 2 - so I don't want them to start something I'm not willing to let them read all the way through. And I'm not willing to let them read the last couple (even 3?) books until high school.

But considering they are 2 and 5months, this may change.

Tettelestai said...

i fought the HS thing as well. my hubby was the first to bring it up and i simply said "i am not a teacher, and i don't have the patience for it!"

that was 5 years ago. there are still days when i don't have the patience for it, and i would love to drop them off someplace and hit starbucks on my way home from the gym or a girls' lunch. but, i can also honestly say that i LOVE being the one to open their minds to new things and there are SO MANY times during our school day that we get to discuss how God plays a part in all things from math to english. so i will gladly pray for you!! faye has a great curriculum sale thing, ask ms. hilbert about it. you can get your hands on books to check them out before buying, very beneficial!!

Kathryn said...

Kay-- your comment meant more to me than I can express. Thank you for praying for me and encouraging me. I've really been scrutinizing my reasons for avoiding homeschooling, and more and more of them boil down to selfishness on my part. I want the gym, the Starbucks, the "me" time, and to not have to work so hard every day... and it has been almost unbearable to discover that I desire freedom (and even laziness!)more than teaching my children myself!! Wow!!

The flip side is that I was homeschooled myself. And I know, probably better than most, that homeschooler's can "check out" and even neglect what is truly important as well.

Whew!! Big subject matter for thought and discussion. One thing's for sure, Soli deo gloria. :)


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