book one: gilead by marilynne robinson
this book has been on my “to read” list for some time. i’m still only in the first part of the book but i am so intrigued. it is not at all what i expected but it is wonderful. i read robinson’s housekeeping last year and was quite moved by it. but for those of you who’ve read her books, aren’t they the type that are rather difficult to describe? they seem too subtle and nuanced to describe without making them sound utterly boring, which they aren’t. i tried telling a friend about housekeeping and got to a point where i just needed to hush-up and hand her the book. so good.
book two: the vaccine book by robert w. sears
i appreciate much of what the sears family has to say about medicine and kids. this book always comes out around elisha and asher’s check-up times. vaccines can be such a hot topic and much of what i read before this book seemed either angry or dismissive. this book gives a chapter to each vaccine. it tells us how each vaccine is made, what it is made of, why we have it, and pros and cons about each vaccine. it’s been such a help. and it is not written in a judgmental or fear-inducing style. when my pediatrician wanted to give asher five shots at once at his three month appointment, i was uncomfortable but didn’t know exactly how to intelligently explain my fears. this book has helped, and it gives several vaccine schedules you can follow: the traditional schedule, dr. sears’ amended schedule (i use this one. it simply breaks up the shots, primarily taking into consideration the issue of aluminum in the shots.), and a very pared-down schedule.
books 3 and 4: i’ll spare you any more pictures and/or comments on tim keller’s reason for god or n.t. wright’s surprised by hope for the time being. yes, they’re still on the stack. no, i haven’t made much progress recently. no, i don’t really have a good reason. oh well.