Reading List August 2011

1.  Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray:  At over 700 pages of thick prose, this one obviously took me a while to get through, but I found it a really interesting read.  I had kind of watched the movie version with Reese Witherspoon a few years ago, but there were things in the book that I wasn’t sure if they were omitted or changed in the movie version.  I love, though, how Thackeray is mocking everything from the time period, to the idea of heroes and heroines, and the whole idea of writing a book at all.  From what I remember of it, I don’t think that came through in the movie version.

2.  License to Pawn by Rick Harrison:  A few months ago we started watching some episodes of Pawn Stars; it’s been a fun and educational show to watch.  This is the autobiography of the owner of the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop.  If you are familiar with the show and its “characters”, this book is a great read.  It’s also a great lesson about how hard work and a love of learning can be more important than how many years you spend in a school or what your grades were.

3.  Boy Meets Girl by Josh Harris:  This is the follow-up to his book I Kissed Dating Goodbye.  In this book he offers guidance for those who feel that they are now ready to pursue marriage.  He makes it clear that it doesn’t matter if you want to call it dating or courtship, and he explains that each couples unique circumstances may keep them from following an “ideal” model.  But he offers guiding principles for this period that keeps God at the center of it all, and he makes it very clear that a courtship period isn’t successful only if it leads to marriage but also if a couples realizes that they are not meant to marry each other but have not damaged each other in the process.


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