Two books I read during Lent

A friend gave me a copy of An Ocean of Grace by Tim Chester. This is a Lent book organised with an introduction followed by one reading for each day from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday. The subtitle is ‘A Journey to Easter with Great Voices from the Past’.

The readings have been collected and edited by Tim Chester, who provides an introduction to each. The theme is God’s great love for us. The readings are full of praise and the original writers’ understanding of what God has done for us. They included the work of many writers new to me and some I had heard of but not read before.

As I wasn’t well during Lent I only read through each day’s reading once. I hope to use this book again next year and spend more time on it.

Photo of the two books reviewed in this post

The other book I read had been on my TBR pile for some time. I bought Hallowed be Thy Names: The revelation of God through His names by David Wilkerson in the local Christian bookshop. The title attracted me. Perhaps I should have read it before writing my series of posts for the A to Z Challenge in 2015! I was interested to learn about some Hebrew names.

Hallowed be thy Names is one of a series of Christian classics from Rickfords Hill Publishing (RHP) available at the price of £1.00.

David Wilkerson’s purpose in writing the book was to share the names of God, which had been most help to him during difficult times. The book does not claim to be exhaustive in the names explained, but takes us through the Bible concentrating on people’s encounters with God. The aim is to help readers to gain heart knowledge of God. I found it very interesting and helpful, reading a chapter at a time as the author suggested.

I have begun to read it for a second time and intend to look up all the Bible references this time.

Books about writing and reading from BorrowBox

The next two books I am reviewing are connected by subject matter.

Ernest Hemingway on writing edited by Larry W. Phillips is a compilation of Hemingway’s thoughts about writing. I have not read any of Ernest Hemingway’s books, but he was a famous author living from 1899-1961 who is currently being featured due to the 60th anniversary of his death. (I learned that sadly he took his own life.)

This is not a book for people, who avoid reading bad language, but it is an insight into the way one author thought about and approached his work. The extracts are taken from personal letters and from his works of fiction.

The Girl who reads on the Métro by Christine Féret-Fleury is a delightful story with some sad events, which was quite different from anything I had read before. It is the first book by Christine Féret-Fleury to be translated from French to English. There is mystery and sadness, but as the blurb on BorrowBox indicated it is a book to leave you with a smile on your face.

Like The Librarian by Salley Vickers and Lucy Mangan’s Bookworm, The Girl who reads on the Métro includes a list of titles. Unlike the other two books with lists, there was only one book listed, which I have read: Tess of the D’Urbevilles. There are also questions for book groups. I recommend it to lovers of fiction.

What I read in January 2019 (Part 3)

I chose two “How to” books from the Fiction section, having a bit more time to spare than usual when I went to the library. Did the fashion for fiction with titles sounding like non-fiction begin with A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian?

The first book I chose was How to Measure a Cow by Margaret Forster, whose writing I have been enjoying recently. It is set mainly in Cumbria, but partly in the south of England. The characters are well-drawn and the mystery behind the main character is revealed slowly. I found it to be a page-turner.

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The second book was How to Stop Time by Matt Haig. It is a fascinating book, well researched and well-written. Although this is definitely a book for adults, it had some similarities in content with a children’s book I read and reviewed – King of Shadows by Susan Cooper. Coincidentally I reviewed that book in the same post as A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian (linked above).

Apart from the “How to” in the titles, these two books have a few other similarities. Both explore assumed identities and differences in culture between places in the same country among other things. I recommend them both wholeheartedly.