Books Read in August

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Mystie’s Books Read

Ideas Have Consequences by Richard Weaver

Own. Recommended by Cindy Rollins, who did a book club on it before I was an engaged reader.

My own thoughts are scattered throughout the Ideas Have Consequences Book Club I hosted and that has just concluded. I also had a few spin-off posts on housework: Housework is Transforming and Profitless Housekeeping.

It was a very dense, thought-provoking book. I think his opinions are somewhat exaggerated or too pessimistic, but nonetheless his eye for showing how particular conceptions of the world and life affect actions and how certain popular philosophies have led directly to popular culture.

Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus by Elyse M. Fitzpatrick

Own. Recommended by Kendra Fletcher, among others.

This book makes a much needed companion book to any of the more abundant how-to-parent style books. Give Them Grace isn’t about the nitty-gritty of daily parenting (though there is an appendix with application examples), but about stepping back and realizing it’s not about how you parent, but about knowing, loving, and imitating Jesus.

The theology was solid and well applied. Though I wish she’d had more covenant theology and presumed paedobaptism, by not having done so her message does have a broader audience. She does address a needed category: parents coming to the faith when their children are older and other situations where it is clear the children are not yet saved. She talks about how to address children who are and who are not [as far as we know] saved. It’s left open enough to appeal to and apply to both baptists and paedobaptists.

Parenting is one primary avenue for sanctification, and Fitzpatrick’s approach comes at it more from that angle, avoiding and decrying the “how to turn out [i.e. manipulate] ‘good kids.'” She is correct in pointing out the problems with this easy-to-fall-into mentality: we don’t save our children, our children’s salvation is more important than their behavior, ‘good kids’ isn’t even a biblical category. Instead, we must work out our own salvation with fear and trembling, and invite our children along for the ride, knowing God is the one working in them according to His plan and not ours.

Uncle Dynamite by P.G. Wodehouse

Audio book.

You simply can’t go wrong when turning to Wodehouse for entertainment. This cheered up the last leg of our drive home from vacation several weeks ago and since then has kept the smile on my face and chuckle in my throat during dinner prep and dish washing. Wodehouse is the master of simile.

Hans’ 3 Favorite Books This Month (9-year-old boy)

Peter Pan and Wendy by J.M. Barrie


Jim Elliot: One Great Purpose (Christian Heroes: Then & Now) by Janet & Geoff Benge

Church library.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming


Jaeger’s 3 Favorite Books This Month (7-year-old boy)

The Great Brain books by John D. Fitzgerald

Own. Jaeger received these three books for his birthday in May and read them again this month.

Ilse’s Favorite Book This Month (4-year-old girl)

A Baby Sister for Frances by Russell Hoban

Own. Ilse has been asking for only Frances books lately, and this is her favorite one right now. I wonder why? [smile]

What have you and yours been reading lately?

4 Responses

  1. Brandy @ Afterthoughts

    I’m still reading Give Them Grace, and I like it, of course. I must say that I thought some of the examples of conversations, though, were actually examples of overtalking. What do you think?

    • Mystie Winckler

      Yes! They definitely were way too long and wordy and preachy.

      I don’t think it’s the best way to talk to kids through things, but as I thought about it I gave her the benefit of the doubt in that she’s trying to explain the thinking behind what you say and how you treat misbehaving kids. She did clarify at one point, I’m pretty sure, that you shouldn’t use them as scripts or say all of it. So the dissertations, I think, were primarily as an example of what’s *behind* what you say to your kids rather than what you actually verbalize.

      Her thinking + a good dose of Auntie Leila’s straightforwardness would be a perfect mix. :)

      • Brandy @ Afterthoughts

        “Her thinking + a good dose of Auntie Leila’s straightforwardness would be a perfect mix. :)” Agreed.

        Thank you for making me feel like I wasn’t just being cranky. Sometimes, I do think children need a swat and then to move on with their day, other times I agree it needs more and that is where we tend to need refinement…

        • Mystie Winckler

          I agree that both are appropriate, depending. That’s why parenting really is a wisdom thing and not formulaic.