Winters in Wisconsin tend to be cold, with lots of snow. There are days school or church will be cancelled because we are having feet of snow dumped on us. There are days school or church will be cancelled because it's -40 with wind chill. There are days I have to try a couple times before my car will start. This winter, there were days upon days of not seeing the sun. It can seem that the only two winter weather options are snowing, or temperatures below zero.
But I still find winter beautiful. Intricately formed snowflakes floating through the air. The sun glinting off the snow, turning the ground into a sea of diamonds.
In this chilly weather, it's always nice to curl up with a blanket, my cat and a good book. Having the enjoyment of books is probably what keeps me from getting cabin fever like my cat.
Here are reviews on a couple of books I've read since the start of this year:
He Said What?! by Brenda Poinsett
To be published February 5, 2015 by New Hope Publishers
This book is a Bible study on the conversations Jesus' had with women during His time on earth. Each chapter walks through a specific conversation Jesus had with a woman (or women). By looking at culture, the original language and the context in which His words were spoken, deeper meaning is found in these words. In examining these conversations, one learns about Jesus' character, and the same words He spoke to women 2000 years ago can speak to women today. At the end of each chapter, there are a few questions for one to ponder and answer, so the words can be taken to heart and applied to one's own life.
Many of the passages examined in this study are ones I have read, studied and heard sermons about, yet Brenda's teaching brought new understanding about these conversations. Reading this book helps one really listen to these words Jesus' spoke, as He is still speaking them to women now.
Cupid is a Procrastinator by Kate Hurley
Published February 1, 2015 by Harvest House Publishers
The title probably gives a pretty big hint as to what this book is about: being single, but desiring to not be single. But it's also about much more. In this book, Kate shares her own journey of being single, but desiring marriage and a family. She doesn't give a formula for finding "the one". She doesn't say you have to "let go" of wanting a spouse in order to be content in Christ.
She does encourage and inspire singles through sharing her own story and through sharing from God's Word. She explores the unique challenges Christian singles face. Most importantly, she reminds singles of God's love for them and inspires them to continually seek Him.
This book is not a Bible study for singles, it's a conversation, an authentic sharing of joys and pains. Being a single girl myself, I could really relate to Kate's writing, and this read was refreshing, inspiring and enjoyable.
I know I say this at the end of every book review, but seriously, if you've read anything good lately, please share!