Saturday, 9 March 2019
Wednesday, 27 February 2019
After starting out with such promise - there was a generous amount of classic books and poet/poetry sharing in this book. Perfect! - then the audiobook just seemed to start dragging on in the middle: I ended up skipping past chapters, bar one, the very last chapter. Listening to this while also going through One Child by Mei Fong was perhaps not the best idea. I think I might have appreciated the pace and storytelling in Carnegies's Maid more if I’d read the printed book and, perhaps, if I hadn’t been so caught up in that soberly disturbing read by Fong; so, I’m going to take that last factor into account and gift it with 3 stars, instead of 2+.
The portions of the book I listened to were definitely a clean romance, not sure about the 3 chapters I skipped :D
I didn't go into this book expecting theological accuracy - the reciting of the beatitudes (grinds teeth), and the authors interpretation of what Jesus would think about Herod marry Herodotus, as opposed to what John the Baptist said - and so just enjoyed it as a Christian historical fiction that has a lot of artist licence.
While the narrator definitely made this an easy and very enjoyable listen, the story itself is not an absolutely stunning “loved’ it 5 star one.
I'm not sure about Maviah's relationship with Judah, I don't think they're suited somehow - I can't put my finger on it - I know he's a warrior etc. etc. but the author seemed to make him a bit too 'bouncy', not stoic enough, for her.
I've got the second audiobook on hold at the library.
Extra: There is some physical attraction/kissing in the book, but no bedroom scenes. Infanticide - a warrior throws a baby out the window to its death.
Is there any area of life not characterized by constant demand and limited supply?
In the end, however, we can only give so much. According to our human limits, as we give out to others, our supplies must be replenished. If they are not replenished, we become like a lion tamer fending off weariness, discouragement, dryness, or emptiness. Or perhaps anger, bitterness, or feelings of being unloved or alone.
Who will care for us? The Lord will, for He never grows weary of demands, never needs a break, never sleeps, never takes time off.
We often associate peace with changed circumstances or a lack of busyness, but as Jesus modelled, God’s peace comes through dependence in the midst of busyness. Approaching God through prayer, Bible reading, and worship, in which we bring our needy selves to receive from Him, are acts of need. Peace comes through this dependence, through ceding control into more capable hands.
The number beside each book is my personal rating for the book, or audiobook, at the time of reading with the range being:
(1) = would not recommend,
(2) = some interesting aspects but not one of my recommended reads,
(3) = would recommend.
(4) = Really good, enjoyable, (or worthy) read, would definitely recommend
(5) = Excellent book, highly recommend