Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Book Haul (5)

No vlog this week, Reader Friends.  My home computer is having issues and I'm too lazy to move the webcam from my laptop to Luke's PC.  So instead, I took bad pictures with my iPhone!  You are welcome.

I got two books for review over the past two weeks, one as a prize, and one as a gift.  Oh wait!  I actually got four for review, but one was immediately discarded.  Sidebar: Why, why, why would you send me "urban erotica"?  I don't review erotica (as specifically stated in my review policy) and I don't even know what urban erotica means.  Please save yourself a stamp and do not send me this, ok?

Not sure why this one didn't load all the way, but you get the idea (if you're starting to think laziness is a theme here, you are totally correct)

Slant of Light by Steve Wiegenstein - I won this one from a giveaway on Life Is Short, Read Fast.
Cold Light by Jenn Ashworth - I got this one for a TLC tour

American Lion by Jon Meacham - this one came from my friend Jacki at Lovely Little Shelf for the Presidential Challenge.

Tolstoy and the Purple Chair by Nina Sankovitch - this one came from Harper Perennial for review

Luke and I also made a trip to McKays, our favorite used book store.  I had quite a bit of credit, so I was able to get some really good books.

Ravi Zacharias is my current obsession.  I've been listening to his program, Let My People Think obsessively.  Zacharias is a brilliant philosopher, theologian, and apologist, and his program has really rekindled my interest in apologetics.  So I picked up several of his books, including:

Walking From East to West (his memoir about moving from an Eastern religion and culture - India - to a Western religion and culture).

Deliver Us From Evil (about the nature of evil, why it exists, and what led to the greatest atrocities of the 20th century).  I'm most excited about this one because I've heard his lecture on how secularization has led to a loss of shame, pluralization to a loss of reason, and privatization to a loss of meaning.  It's a fascinating lecture and I'm really looking forward to reading it in the book.

Sorry for the sideways and upside down shots - again, lazy.

Who Made God by Ravi Zacharias and Norman Geisler.  This one is a book of short answers to modern questions about faith and apologetics.  It has some light philosophy and is a great introduction to apologetics.  I'm already a good ways into it.

Best American Short Stories 1996.  Unfortunately, I already had this one.  I have a list of what I'm missing on my phone, but I left my phone in the car and...yeah, lazy.

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.  Even upside down, i think it's a pretty book.

100 Books for Girls to Grow On by Shireen Dodson.  Because even grown up girls love to read amazing heroines. 

Badass The Birth of a Legend: Spine-Crushing Tales of the Most Merciless Gods, Monsters, Heroes, Villains, and Mythical Creatures Ever Envisioned 


Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell.  This one is a futuristic literary fiction novel in which Jesuit scientists make first contact with beings from another world. 

Bed of Roses by Nora Roberts.  This is the second book in her Bridal Quartet.  I still haven't read the first, but it was on sale and you know I go for sale books.


The Heartache No One Sees by Sheila Walsh.  I heard Sheila on Focus on the Family's radio program recently talking about her struggle with depression.  This book is based on her experiences with depression and will, I hope, also address her experiences as a Christian woman who has treated depression medically in a culture that doesn't always approve of medical treatment.

Cries of the Heart is also by Ravi Zacharias.  This one addresses the prevalence of the feeling of futility and sorrow in modern culture and how to overcome those feelings and find what's missing.

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