Friday, January 20, 2012

Books!

I love books.  I love to read.  I have a problem, though.  It takes me awhile, sometimes, to make it through non-fiction books.  Case in point, a couple of months ago I met a friend for coffee and had a book in hand.  We talked a little about it and went on with our conversation.  A couple of weeks later we met again and again I had a book in hand...it was a different book though.  I had to fess up.  I keep a book in my car.  It's one of those "emergency" books that I can read if I'm early to a meet-up or need to escape to sit by the ocean for an hour.  The book I had our first meet-up I had just bought a couple of months prior.  The second book had been in my office for three years.  All of these books are non-fiction books, by the way.  I love me some fluff books and can get through those really fast.  Non-fiction takes me a little while longer. 

I decided that this year I need to actually finish the books I have started reading.  I don't usually write reviews of books.  I know what it is like to try to write something and then hold your breath while waiting for someone to say something bad.  I know how much I invest of myself into what I write, so I tend not to say anything.  I also can't get all analytical about books most of the time.  I like to read, I read for enjoyment, I don't read to critique everything, so I don't review books.  I think though I need to break my own "rule".  Let's call it a tour around my bookshelf.  I've finished a couple of books recently and I want to tell you about them.

The first is called What Women Fear by Angie Smith. I picked this up because a blogger I read recommended it and, again with the honesty, God and I have been doing a lot of talking about things that I fear in life.  The title hooked me, the overview sold me and I now own the book.  There are some chapters and examples that  don't necessarily apply to me but 90% of the book is dead on.  I feel like the author delved into my head before writing this book.  Which makes me feel strangely comforted to know that I'm not the only woman who deals with these fears.  The author makes some helpful observations and never says "here's how to fix it" but leaves the reader to pray and think about how God is speaking to the reader about the subject.  This is a book that I will need to revisit in a few months simply because the topic is relevant all the time.