Posts Tagged ‘Book’

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien


Join Bilbo Baggins and 13 dwarves as they journey across the mountainside and through the woods as they travel in search of a huge treasure. This treasure is guarded by an ominous dragon who’d rather die than give up this treasure. Along the way, the misfit clan must endure elves, men, spiders, and much more. The journey doe not end at the treasure. Once the treasure is secured, a war begins. See what Bilbo and his friends do to survive.

This is  a fantastic book. It does a good job of describing each character and place. You can almost see it as Tolkien is describing them. This book is full of adventure and you are left on the edge of your seat at the end of some chapters. Overall a great book and one I would recommend to anyone.

The Giver by Lois Lowry


This book is about a young boy named Jonas living in a community. This community is one in which every does their part for the community. Every one is categorized by age and each age has certain things they live by. When one turns 12, he receives his job assignment which is generally decided based on where he volunteered when  he was younger. When Jonas goes to his 12 ceremony, his number is skipped. After giving everyone else their job descriptions, the Elder gives Jonas the assignment as the new Receiver of the Community. After learning about his job and receiving several memories, he realizes how great the world would be if the whole community had those memories. The only way for that to happen is for Jonas to die or to leave the community. Jonas and his instructor, the Giver, create a plan to help Jonas escape. Jonas escapes the community with a young child. The end of the book is vague as the reader is unsure of whether Jonas is alive or not.

This is one of my favorite books to ever read. It is very easy to read and invites the reader to think, “What if everyone was the same?” This book does have a few objectionable elements that I would warn the reader about, especially a young reader. The book does talk about euthanasia and genetic engineering. Once again, this is a fantastic book to read.

The Shack by William P. Young


This book by William P. Young is about a man named Mack who takes his family on a camping trip. It is just like any other camping trip until something life-changing occurs – Mack’s daughter gets abducted by a murderer who is notorious for killing his abductees. After a long period of searching, Mack, his family, and the police all believe his daughter to have been killed. Mack and his family go back home and try to live life as normal as they can. One day while his wife is visiting a relative, he receives an unusual letter in the mail from “Papa.” (“Papa” is what his wife calls God.) The letter tells him to come back to the cabin where they believe his daughter was murdered. Mack goes to the cabin and has an unusual experience – he meets God there. The meeting at the cabin changes his life forever.

This book was a very easy read and kept me captivated the whole time. While I appreciate a few of the things that is tells about God, there are a lot of things that the author describes God as or has God do that does not seem to fit with the Biblical God. In the book God listens to “funk” music and tells Mack that it is not the music that matters but the “heart” behind the music (p. 89). The book also describes Jesus as a dependent, limited human being who was trusting God completely while on Earth (p. 98). God was limited through Jesus Christ (p. 99).  These are only scratching the surface of some of the aspects of God that do not describe the God of the Bible. I would not recommend this book to anyone to read due to its inaccuracies of God. If one were to read this book, I would highly encourage him to read it with caution.

The Grace and Truth Paradox by Randy Alcorn


In this book, Randy Alcorn describes the paradox of grace and truth in the Christian’s life. If a Christian leans towards one the other becomes lacking an does not show the world Christ-likeness. The book gave some helpful suggestions as to how to try to maintain this balance in your life.

This book is a great short read that I would recommend to anyone who wants to learn how to become more Christ-like. It is very easy and enjoyable to read.