Wednesday, December 11, 2013

What I'm Reading Wednesday


Showdown (A Paradise novel) by Ted Dekker

Love Dekker's books. This trilogy ties in with his Circle trilogy (Black, Red,  and White) but having read those books isn't pertinent to understanding the Paradise trilogy. The only confusing part is that Showdown, Sinner, and Saint were published in one order, yet he recommends reading them in another. Having followed the recommended path, I already know what happens to several of Showdown's characters. Still, I put the book down with 60 pages left last night - knowing if I didn't stop while I could, I'd stay up all night to finish.  His books are that good.

The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis

I've been reading on this one for a while now. A book in the Chronicles of Narnia series, I'm using them as Lewis intended - reading it to quiet my mind before bed. I've been on a fiction kick lately, and reading my daytime book-of-choice at night. The goal is to finish this one before year's end.

Just Finished:

Through the Fire by Diane Noble

A light hearted mystery about a Pastor & his wife who agree to work at a new church in a new area. The day they arrive in town, they find the church engulfed in flames. I read this book over the Thanksgiving holiday and it was just the right amount of fluff needed in combination with a story line that actually advances. Reading the book in small snippets didn't hamper my enjoyment.


The Life-Changing Power of Prayer by T.W. Hunt

I've been reading this book a few pages at a time during my morning devotional. I'm about 10 pages from finishing and its mostly a meh. Nothing particularly wrong with it, but nothing I haven't read in other books by other authors. I think its time for me to stop reading about prayer and start doing it more.

Beyond Ordinary: When a Good Marriage Just isn't Good Enough by Justin & Trish Davis

I'm in the early pages of this book. So far I've just read the basics - how they met and the early stages of their marriage. From what I understand, the book will cover troubles they have encountered along the way (which are fairly universal to most marriages) and how to overcome them. More on this one when I've gotten further along.

Just Finished:

The Exodus Road: One Wife's Journey into Sex Trafficking and Rescue by Laura Parker

As you can imagine, this was a tough read. Not in style, but rather in content. I'm a bit ashamed to admit I'm glad to be done with this short book. Now I can give them a bit of money and return to life with my head in the sand. (Totally not the path the book recommends.)


  1. I haven't read any of those books, but I've read a lot of Ted Dekkers books and I've always enjoyed them. I read the circle trilogy and loved it!

  2. I am a big Dekker fan, too. I wasn't overly pleased with the Paradise novels -- I liked two of them, but one of them (maybe the last one -- where you find out what happens to the characters...?) didn't really draw me in. Same with one of the books he co-authored with...someone (I'm REALLY bad on names and titles, can you tell? Lol.). But he has a young adult series that ties in with the Circle trilogy -- it's FREAKY. Definitely scary for a YA (in my opinion, and I read R.S. Stine in high school) but good. Don't read before bed, though, haha!!

    Last book I finished was Rising Tide by John M. Barry (shocking I remember name AND title!). It's about the Mississippi flood of 1927. SO SO good! The first part was a little slow, but it picked up FAST dealing with racism in the 20s (and in places where I grew up!) and how the river changed politics locally and nationally.