It’s been a while since my last reading post. Here’s what I’ve been reading along the way.

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

This memoir about a man in his early 30’s and his family before him has been touted as a post-election must-read. I would agree. Vance traces his family’s tenuous travels from poor to middle-class, from Appalachia to the rust belt of Ohio, and from chaos to calm and back again. Vance demonstrates the long-term consequences of our family histories on our present lives while also encouraging personal responsibility. Perhaps because he and I are almost the exact same age, I found it fascinating to compare and contrast his story with mine.

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

Considered by some to be Austen’s most profound novel, Mansfield Park follows Fanny Price as she’s raised by her wealthy aunt and uncle in order to relieve her parents of the pressures of raising their many children. Not surprisingly Mansfield Park deals with themes of social mobility, morality, love, duty, and marriage.


Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

In Gilead, the reader listens in as Rev. John Ames, an old, dying preacher, writes a letter to his young son.  As he attempts to pass on the important pieces of the past, Ames also reflects on love, forgiveness, the pastorate, and understanding oneself. This novel is beautifully written and incredibly thought-provoking.

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

This book (whose movie form is currently playing in theaters) is subtitled, “The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race.” The story is fascinating, insightful, and full of hope. Not only did I read stories I’d never heard, but I learned history I never knew. I can’t wait to see the movie now!

Enneagram and the Way of Jesus by AJ Sherrill

The first half of this book gives a brief overview of each Enneagram type and discusses the current nature of discipleship within Christianity. The second half pairs personality with spiritual disciplines that help each type become more like Jesus. I found this book profoundly helpful in realizing my own particular propensities and ways of moving forward.

A Deeper Darkness Edge of Black When Shadows Fall by J.T. Ellison

These novels all follow Samantha Owens, a medical examiner, as she finds herself in the midst of her own and other’s tragedies and mysteries. These are fast-paced thrillers that will keep you turning the pages, though probably not finding lots of deeper meaning. (Check out the Chief Inspector Gamache Series for murder mysteries that keep you thinking for days). Warning: language and mature content.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

As a family we finished up the first book in the Chronicles of Narnia and have started the second. I was pleasantly surprised by how well our kids followed along and how much it has factored into their imaginary play. Our seven year-old has made the connections between the story and our faith. And our three-year old keeps telling everyone that Aslan is on the move…I love it!

What have you been reading lately?

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