I had the opportunity to do a LOT of reading over the break, so I just want to quickly share two books I read.
The first is called Falling to Heaven, and I can confidently say that changed my life. As you can see, the sub-heading is “The surprising path to happiness”. James Ferrel discusses just that– the changes we need to make in our lives in order to be happy. I highly recommend it.
I also re-read The Great Gatsby. I don’t think I fully appreciated any of the books I read in High School, because I didn’t want to read any of them. So a current quest of mine is to re-read as much of the High School reading curriculum as I can. Gatsby was well-crafted and nauseating. Great book.
I’m in a really cool religion and culture class this semester. Its full title is Christianity in Film, Art, Music, Literature, and Theology, and I just love it. One of the required texts is Mere Christianity, by my beloved C.S. Lewis, and I have marked an average of one paragraph per page. Gold. I’m not going to do a book review right now, but I just wanted to recommend this book. The man was inspired.
So back in the day, I used to have a book review section of my blog. So it’s back! And the book is “The Power of Everyday Missionaries” by Clayton M. Christensen. It was the first book I read after my mission, and it totally changed my life.
Do you want to be a member missionary? Do you want to live your baptismal covenant? If the answer is yes to either of those questions, then this is the book for you. I invite you to read it asap. I know that if you do, you will have the tools to more comfortably and naturally be obedient by sharing our message of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ.
This has been my airport book for the last several years, and it serves that function quite well, because it’s a collection of various feature articles from the Washington Post, none of which are related.
Let me just say that the writer– Gene Weingarten– is a complete genius. I feel like I become more intelligent, and a better writer, with each piece of his I read. He is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, and has been called “The best writer in American journalism” by Dave Barry. (As seen on the cover.)
Read this great book.
A few months ago, I committed to read a book every month for the rest of my life, because I feel like being as literate and well-read as possible is very important for me. I’m going to try to blog about each book, if they’re good, to further promote literacy, or something. (Still vague there.)
July’s book was Heaven Is Here, by Stephanie Nielson. I’d like to give a short summary, but I have to go to bed. So, trust me that it’s good, and check it out! I really like her writing, and the whole story is very inspiring.
Next time I blog about a book, the review will be interesting, and you will most certainly want to jump up and immediately get your hands on the book. Just wait.