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
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
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?