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:
- 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!
- 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?)
- 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.
- 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 way...so 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!