January Reading: To Help You Spot the Counterfeits

Perhaps it was the long month, or the post-Christmas lull, or all the cold weather that kept me reading this month. Maybe it was the giant pile of books I was given for Christmas that kept me motivated! Whatever it was, I managed to read four entire books as well as chunks of three others. Two of them I highly recommend Christians read to protect themselves from deception.11659093596_c7eab64da0

‘Another Jesus’ Calling

As I mentioned here, one of the first books I read this month was Warren Smith’s latest: Another Jesus” Calling. Given the popularity of the book, Jesus Calling, I said it is a must read for Christians. Smith was saved out of the New Age movement and in his latest book he addresses Young’s methods and content in a clear and biblical critique.

Call the Midwife (trilogy)

Memoir and biography is one of my favorite genres to read. Jennifer Worth’s stories from being a midwife in the impoverished East London docklands were no exception. I read all three (Call the Midwife, Shadows of the Workhouse, Farewell to the East End) books rapidly. I experienced the full range of emotion — joy, sadness, fear and revulsion — in each. One word of warning: these books are graphic in their depiction of childbirth and medical situations as well as related activities as well as the horrific conditions present in that time and place.

Counterfeit Gospels

I realize I am behind the times, since this book by Trevin Wax was released in 2011. It is a book I’ve been meaning to read for quite awhile. I’m very glad to have finally started it. I’m one-third of the way through it and, so far, it is an excellent primer on distortions of the true gospel. As Wax puts it, “…in most cases, counterfeit gospels represent either a dilution of the truth or a truth that is out of proportion.”

Death Comes to Pemberley

Apparently, P.D. James is a fan of Jane Austen. Death Comes to Pemberley, is a mystery “sequel” to Pride and Prejudice. I’ve read half of it so far, so I haven’t solved the murder yet.

Big Book of Christmas Mysteries

More than 2 years ago my little brother gave me a huge book of mystery/crime stories from the pulp magazines of the 20s, 30s and 40s. I finally finished that book this month, but in December I spotted this Big Book of Christmas Mysteries also edited by Otto Penzler. I’m pleased that is not taking me as long to read this Big Book, as it did the last one.

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