Friday, 29 September 2017

Monthly Reads | September

Welcome to my new series! I love reading, it is one of my favourite things to do and I love getting recommendations from people. I wanted to start doing a monthly review on the blog of some books I have been reading and I've decided to split it into two categories - Christian and Non-Christian. I love to read a good old mix of things but often struggle to pick up Christian books. I really want this new series on the blog to actually be a reminder for me, a way of forcing myself to pick up at least one Christian book be it fiction or non-fiction every month. I have learnt so many amazing things from reading Christian books and real feel it is an important part of my faith. I also wanted to share my love for any other fiction and non-fiction books I've been loving in the month. So here goes the first new and improved monthly reads!


Christian Monthly Favourite - She Reads Truth: Holding Tight to Permanent by Raechel Myers and Amanda Bible Williams. 

"She wants faith, hope, and love.
She wants help and healing.
She wants to hear and be heard, to see and be seen.
She wants things set right.
She wants to know what is true--not partly true, or sometimes true, or almost true. She wants to see Truth itself, face-to-face. But here, now, these things are all cloudy. Hope is tinged with hurt. Faith is shaded by doubt. Lesser, broken things masquerade as love.
How does she find something permanent when the world around her is always changing, when not even she can stay the same? And if she finds it, how does she hold on? 
She Reads Truth tells the stories of two women who discovered, through very different lives and circumstances, that only God and His Word remain unchanged as the world around them shifted and slipped away. Infused with biblical application and Scripture, this book is not just about two characters in two stories, but about one Hero and one Story. Every image points to the bigger picture--that God and His Word are true. Not because of anything we do, but because of who He is. Not once, not occasionally, but right now and all the time.
Sometimes it takes everything moving to notice the thing that doesn't move. Sometimes it takes telling two very different stories to notice how the Truth was exactly the same in both of them.
For anyone searching for a solid foundation to cling to, She Reads Truth is a rich and honest Bible-filled journey to finally find permanent in a world that's passing away." 



I actually listened to this book on Audible, something that I am really enjoying doing on my way to work. I decided to try a free trial for 90 days and see how I liked it and have found I am really loving it. I get quite bad motion sickness so I can't read on the bus so audible is a great way of still "reading" without having to actually read. I also use this time to listen to a Christian book as I often don't make the time anywhere else in my life. 

I loved this book so much. It was beautifully written and so inspiring. It focuses about the issue of holding onto God and allowing the things of the world to simply melt away and how this looks in the lives of the two authors and other women. Some of the personal stories of faith shared are incredibly heart breaking but the way they turn it around and show you how God used this part in their lives and trust that this world will one day be gone and we will be with God in glory is amazing. I learnt so much listening to this book and found it to be incredibly helpful. As most of you who read the blog regularly will know I am a total control freak when it comes to every aspect of my life - money, jobs, home, husband, food. But this book really challenged me and inspired me to give everything I had to God, to know that this stuff is perishable and to hold tight to the only permanent things in this world - God. It was such a wonderful book and I would really recommend it.   





Non-Christian Monthly Favourite - The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

"Forbidden to leave her island, Isabella dreams of the faraway lands her cartographer father once mapped. When her friend disappears, she volunteers to guide the search. The world beyond the walls is a monster-filled wasteland - and beneath the dry rivers and smoking mountains, a fire demon is stirring from its sleep. Soon, following her map, her heart and an ancient myth, Isabella discovers the true end of her journey: to save the island itself." 


Oh my goodness this book! Just the stunning front cover and title had me falling in love. As an aspiring children's author I read a lot of children and YA fiction but this has to be one of the most beautiful stories I have ever read. Based on myths from the Canary Islands this beautiful story follows the adventure of Isabella as she risks everything to save her friend. There are sword fights, magical creatures,  fire demons, magical Islands and everything you could need to take you away to a totally magical world. I loved every part of this story and have found myself so inspired writing my own children's book. It is written for 12-14 year olds but I found as an adult reader I could totally connect with the characters and plot. A truly magical read perfect for a cosy September. 


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