For fans of: The Astronauts Wives Club, The Space Age, women doing awesome and hard things, math, science, and other forms of torture
Shannan's blog for years, and I'm pretty familiar with her story. She and her husband had high-profile DC jobs and lived in their dream home. After losing their jobs and selling their house and farm, they felt called to move to a somewhat dangerous, low-income neighborhood to serve their neighbors. She talks a lot about how they hadn't realized how attached they had been to their money and things until they lost it all and finally felt liberated, and how success shouldn't be defined by your home or bank account. Those are the parts of the book I really loved. The book is mainly about social justice and the need to seek out and serve those around us. While she's not wrong in anything she says, and I was challenged in many ways, her tone bothered me at times. She occasionally comes across as one of those people that implies that if we don't share her exact convictions and give up all our earthly comforts for those around us, then we're doing everything wrong and not actually Christians. And it does seem like she ely evates feeding the hungry over sharing the gospel, both of which are highly important, but one even more so. It was good to read more of her story and her thought process through all their major life changes, and it is powerful and convicting, but I think I have to disagree with some of her stances and priorities. I don't know. I'm honestly still chewing on it.
For fans of: Shannon's blog, riches to rags stories, social justice, feeling like you're doing it all wrong
For fans of: missionary stories, Elisabeth Elliot, theology, faith, stress and conviction, Victorian England and ways of life
For fans of: coming of age stories, art, the civil rights movement, literature, faith, not knowing which boy you want the girl to end up with (like Gilmore Girls all over again!)
For fans of: Fixer Upper, wondering how Joanna looks that good after 4 kids (she doesn't say, but I still wonder), faith, Texas?
For fans of: Gilmore Girls, Sarah Braverman, Someday Someday Maybe, Adam Braverman, Gilmore Girls, Lorelei Gilmore, did I mention Gilmore Girls?
I also read Walden by Thoreau. You know, that one about nature that you probably had to read in a college lit class or something. Ok, so I didn't read the entire thing. I think I stopped with 30 pages left. I couldn't even make it 30 more pages! I was bored to tears. I loved the beginning, I loved the parts of it I read in college, and I loved the whole idea of building a cabin in the woods and hiding from society. But reading 10 page descriptions of the rocks surrounding Walden Pond is more effective than the strongest sleeping pill. I want to come back to it when I'm more in that frame of mind, but not now. I've also started reading the Harry Potter series, which I'm not reviewing since I'm the last one on the planet to read them. Curiosity got the better of me, and as a former student of literature, I feel like I would have to hand my degree back in if I didn't read them. I'm now throwing myself into the Little House book series. I haven't read them since I was a kid, and winter sounds like a good time to read about cabins in the wood. Just not the cabin at Walden Pond. Heavens, please no.
Tell me what's on your reading list. Every detail. Withhold nothing.