Monday, December 03, 2012

Current Reads

Pin It Now! I love to read, but right now I feel like I am suffering from reading overload. I think my brain is going to explode at any moment!

So, what's on my book menu at the moment?

Well, I am in the middle of reading A Christmas Carol aloud to my children. I am ashamed to admit it, but I have never read it before. I watch George C. Scott's version of the movie every year, and I have also seen the animated one with Jim Carrey a couple of times. Although I am very familiar with the story, it's nice to finally be reading it. :)


For the past week, I have also been reading the story of 'Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves aloud to the kids.
During homeschool time with Shiloh, I've been reading about Vikings and Plants. Reading about the vikings is always interesting especially since my great grandpa and great grandma and their ancestors were from Norway. Thorson is even part of my family's name, which my kids think is pretty cool. Hopefully none of my ancestors actually took part in raiding and plundering the European coasts, and thankfully, sometime Christianity was introduced to my ancestors, though I am not sure how far back.
I thought reading about plants was going to be kind of boring, so I put this Apologia elementary science book off until last. Actually, I am loving it. Which, I guess, makes sense because I am so into natural remedies and essential oils and stuff. Again, as with all of the Apologia science books, I am in awe of God and His magnificent creation! (In a different post, I will elaborate a bit more and include all of the additional books we've used for this course.)
 For my own reading time, I just got finished with a historical fiction novel called, A Lasting Impression by Tamera Alexander. The setting was located in my home state of Tennessee. :)
A Lasting Impression - Tamera Alexander
As soon as I finished that book, I picked up the autobiography, Save Me From Myself, by Brian Welch - Korn's ex-lead guitarist. I don't ever remember listening to any of Korn's music. I think by the time they'd made it big, I'd already pretty much given up all of my secular music. When I heard about his conversion to Christianity, though, I knew this was a book I wanted to read. It's raw and real, and maybe even a tad offensive, but what I LOVE is how his life is a testament to God's amazing grace. It's a reminder that God is the one holding on to me, not me holding on to Him. It's a reminder of just how big and powerful and undeserving His love is. I am not quite through with the book, but I am sure I will be in a couple of days.
I am surprised I am not having nightmares about overly tatooed spirits dressed up in viking garb who enter my ornately decorated Belmont Mansion room by chanting "Open Sesame" and who try to strangle me with giant, meat-eating plants. Whew!

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