Friday, January 28, 2011

January Reading

In the wake of a November and December devoted to studying for and taking the LSAT, January has afforded the rediscovery of my love for reading. Thanks to my parents and my Aunt Kay, I had a number of new books from which to choose when Christmas came to an end. The three I started and finished this month have surpassed my expectations. All three speak poignantly to the human condition and our shared experience. Each illustrated unique truths about the lives we lead and the world in which we live. Two left me in tears and the third made me nervous to be sleeping in my house without some sort of firearm. Rather than give a book report for each, I've given the lasting impressions each left me below. I would encourage you, if you are in need of reading material, to consider them all.

- Joel

The Devil In The White City by Erik Larson: It's powerful to observe both the heights of genius, creativity, and ingenuity and the depths of evil of which we are capable.

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand: Perseverance in the midst of suffering really does produce a crown of life.

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen: Unforgiveness is a cancer that destroys while forgiveness is essential to a joyful life.


starnes family said...

OK, you've restored my faith in Jonathan Franzen. I started Strong Motion after receiving it, The Corrections and Freedom from my sister (Cassie's friend) for Christmas. I got to page 164 and simply cannot go any further and that is absolutely unlike me. I don't want to give up completely, but I'm ready for a change.

I've been told to read Unbroken, too. Lots on my list!

Joel said...

The way Freedom ended really made the entire book for me.

Norma said...

I talked to a guy on the mission trip and he was reading Unbroken. I thought that sounds like a book that Joel would like. I guess I was right.

Joel said...

You know me well Mom.