Like usual, it is an eclectic list which includes history and culture, specifically Christian works, books aspiring to quality literature, and several titles which might properly be called “escapist pleasures.” And among that last category are several mystery and adventure titles that had two especially attractive features. First, they were old and, as both a historian and a moralist, I find older works in these genres more interesting, more fun, and less liable to require moral compromises then modern books of the same type. The second appealing feature was that they were free! That’s because they were (like a Georgette Heyer mystery, a 1943 Perry Mason case, and a couple of John D. MacDonald’s Travis McGee series) already in my library and thus were re-reads OR because they were public domain titles which can be downloaded without cost on Kindle. Nifty huh?
Also, since my last catch-up column, I finished the last two books in C. S. Lewis’ astounding Chronicles of Narnia, The Silver Chair and The Last Battle. and there were a couple of selections from our book club, the Notting Hill Napoleons, Vandemark’s Folly by Herbert Quick and Ross Poldark by Winston Graham. The Lewis novels were, of course, exceptional but I also liked both the Quick and Graham titles.
To more serious and salutary ends, I finished Randy Alcorn’s examination of the Calvinist/Armenian controversy, hand in Hand. And, along with Claire and a few friends, I’m currently reading Alcorn’s Happiness which is intriguing, challenging, and of tremendous spiritual value.
So with this quick compilation post out of the way, I can go ahead and pile up the books I’ll be reading in Branson. I’ll get back to you on how those go.
Until then, keep reading!