January, February + March 2021 - Book Reviews
At the beginning of this year I set out to read one book a month. I started with several theological books, which I definitely enjoy reading. But I had a hard time finishing them because every time I sat down to read them I had to "turn my brain on". So to jump start my reading this year, I put down my theology books and picked up some fictional novels. And boy was that a blast! The best part was that each of these books were written by Christian authors. It was enjoyable and entertaining but also creatively leading me to little Biblical truths here and there. I highly recommend picking up a good story this year and reading it to enjoy the story not to learn. Besides, all good stories inherently must reflect the best story of all.
And who knows, as you learn to genuinely enjoy good stories, you might find you enjoy the Gospel more and more.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1)
by C.S. Lewis
three stars - Absolutely a classic novel. I enjoy Lewis's creative character development and imagery that somehow consistently reflect the Biblical narrative. My favorite quote from the book, is "Safe?" said Mr Beaver [speaking of Aslan the Lion] ..."Who said anything about safe? 'Course he isn't safe. But he's good. He's the King, I tell you.” Ultimately, I think I deeply want to like these books a bit more than I actually do. haha
The Man in the Dark
by Douglas Wilson
four stars - What a genuinely fun read! It's a fictional romance novel set in the early 1900's with good character development, an interesting victorian setting and a surprising plot twist at the end. Who knew a Christian romance novel could be so entertaining? Some parts reminded me a bit of Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. I told a friend the other day I'd actually like to read this again soon because I enjoyed it so much. Definitely recommend!
The Winter King
by Christine Cohen
four stars - Another enjoyable Christian fiction book. Excellent development of the main character and some really unique scriptural imagery woven into the setting. It follows a young girl who must work to provide for her family to survive the harsh winter caused by the Winter King. It has danger, intrigue, loyalty and even love. You should definitely give it a read this winter!
You can also find me on goodreads - Mason Sherrill
I'd love to follow you back and see what you're reading.
In the mean time, happy reading!