Three books are reviewed in this post.
April was during lockdown with no libraries open. I had read the library books I borrowed earlier. I decided to investigate the library’s ebooks, although I really do not enjoy reading books in digital form. A librarian of my acquaintance is very enthusiastic about BorrowBox. I downloaded the app to my phone. The search function is not very specific. The book I was looking for was not available. It had ‘Meeting’ in the title. Other books came up in the search results. I borrowed a children’s picture book by Michael Morpurgo – a master storyteller – Meeting Cézanne.
Meeting Cézanne is published by Walker Books. It is recommended for readers of seven years upward. The story of a ten year-old boy going away from his home and town for the first time involves new experiences in the country, hero-worship, misunderstandings and adventure. The delightful detailed illustrations by François Place add to the story. It displayed remarkably well on my phone and is available as an e-book or paperback. I read it twice!
The Vision of His Glory: Finding Hope through the Revelation of Jesus Christ by Anne Graham Lotz was a hardback book destined for recycling if no-one wanted it. Although it was several years old it was in new condition. Having read The Daniel Prayer, I was happy to give this book a reprieve. I began reading it, discovering that it is a study of The Revelation of St John the Divine. Before Christmas I was not ready to read a serious study, so after reading the introduction, I put it on one side. The Ladies’ Bible study group met and discussed what to study next. Revelation was suggested and I mentioned this book. Copies were obtained for the members and we began the study in January a week after watching a video: a lecture on Revelation by an American professor.
The book proved to be more easily used for individual study than for a group. The chapters were rather long. I missed a few meetings through illness and then we had to adjourn because of lockdown. It was towards the end of April that I reached the end of the book. While I appreciated the author’s intentions in writing this book* and found it hopeful and encouraging, some of the details really niggled with me. Perhaps I have too literal a mind, but describing the sun above Golgotha as tropical was something I’d have liked to see edited out. Realistically, it is only like us saying the weather is Baltic, when it is very cold. I am sure the author didn’t mean that Jerusalem is in the tropics!
*From the inside of the dustcover: The Vision of His Glory gives
- Faith to the doubting
- Courage to the timid
- Victory to the defeated
- Hope to the hopeless
Lost London: An A to Z of forgotten landmarks and lost traditions by Richard Guard was another book I borrowed as an e-book. It is very interesting and detailed. However the e-book with text and illustrations was not well laid-out. After renewing it for another three weeks I only reached the letter G on page 126 of 318. If I find a printed copy of this book in the library I shall try again.