Wednesday, July 9, 2014

W...W...W...Wednesdays - July 9

This meme was created by MizB at Should Be Reading. To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

The worlds of Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, and other modern epics feature the Chosen One--an adolescent boy who defeats the Dark Lord and battles the sorrows of the world. Television's Buffy the Vampire Slayer represents a different kind of epic--the heroine's journey, not the hero's. This provocative study explores how Buffy blends 1990s girl power and the path of the warrior woman with the oldest of mythic traditions. It chronicles her descent into death and subsequent return like the great goddesses of antiquity. As she sacrifices her life for the helpless, Buffy experiences the classic heroine's quest, ascending to protector and queen in this timeless metaphor for growing into adulthood.

I'm really enjoying this book. It's a very academic look at Buffy, so it might not be for everyone, but I find it fascinating.

What did you recently finish reading?

Corrie ten Boom and her family are just simple watchmakers in Haarlem, Holland, where they give what little they have to spread God's love and help others. But everything changes when World War II breaks loose and Nazi soldiers take over. As the Nazis force Corrie's Jewish neighbors out of their homes and send them to deadly concentration camps, the Ten Boom family must make a difficult choice. What can Corrie and her family do in the face of so much evil?

Read the amazing true story of Corrie ten Boom, a Torchlighter hero of the faith, and discover how her obedience to God saved lives and continues to inspire others today.

This is a fabulous book for kids looking to learn more about Corrie ten Boom and World War II. This would be helpful for a school project.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Have you ever been through a hard time in life? Ever wondered why bad things happen? Amber Neben has you covered. The 2x Olympic cyclist for Team USA knows a thing or two about shmack- her word for describing adversity that comes our way in life. Follow Amber’s journey as she overcomes major obstacles both on and off the bike-and encourages you to join her in developing the perseverance, patience, perspective, and power than only Christ can give us. Very few people may know or understand what road cycling is, but everyone knows what it means to be an Olympian. The champion road cyclist chronicles her disappointments and failures, as well as amazing comebacks and victories-while thrilling audiences along the way with gripping stories of faith and hope. After reading When Shmack Happens, you’ll feel equipped and encouraged to face life’s tough moments, and find yourself cheering for Amber to get back on the bike…one more time. Learn what it means to be a spiritual champion in God’s eyes.

I would love to get to this parenting book next too.

Every parent wants the golden key to raising well-behaved, academically gifted, successful, happy children. Embedded in our collective psyche is the notion that discipline is the cornerstone to achieving these goals. This book lambasts this notion, offering a never-before-published perspective on why the entire premise of discipline is flawed. Dr Shefali Tsabary shows that the very idea of discipline is a major cause of generations of dysfunction.

Out of Control goes to the heart of the problems we have with our children, challenging society’s dependence of discipline, daring us to let go of our fear-based ideologies and replace them with an approach that draws parent and child together instead of alienating them. The key is ongoing meaningful connection between parent and child, free of head games such as threats, deprivation, punishment, timeouts—indeed, all forms of manipulation. Parents learn how to enter into deep communion with their children, understanding the reasons for a behavior and how to bring out the best in the child. Far from a laissez-faire anything goes approach, this is how a child learns responsibility and takes ownership of their life, equipped with character and resilience that flow naturally from within.


fictionfanblog said...

The Buffy one sounds interesting - I look forward to reading your review. :)

Cleo Bannister said...

What an interesting and eclectic set of books. Despite my children having grown-up I'm interested to see what Out of Control recommends. The book about the Second World War interests me as I had Jewish relations who were in Amsterdam at this time so I look forward to reading your review on this one. Thanks for visiting my WWW