The Underground Railroad (#30/50)

So I mentioned in my Sag Harbor review how I was on a waitlist for this book at the library because it’s Oprah’s latest book pick and thus very popular. Well…it became available! In less than a month! They must have a ton of copies because I was expecting to wait a looong time.

Title – The Underground Railroad

Author – Colson Whitehead

Page count – 306

This book – as you can probably guess from the title – tells a story about the Underground Railroad. But it re-imagines the narrative as if the network for freeing slaves was an actual railroad that ran underground Continue reading “The Underground Railroad (#30/50)”

A Year of Biblical Womanhood (#29/50)

I’ve been so fortunate to have experienced mostly female preachers and pastors in my life’s churches. Lisa, Jonna, Heather, Carol, Darcy, and several others whose names I can’t now recall. They have been my main source of teaching about the Bible so the idea that “women should be silent in church” (1 Cor 14:34-35) or “women should not teach or have authority over a man” (1 Tim 2:11-14) seems laughable at best. For some reason, a lot of people – especially within the Christian tradition – can’t get on board with the idea of people being on an equal playing field regardless of gender. And no, I’m not talking about “equal value, different/distinct roles” (lookin’ at you, John Piper). That’s why I like to re-read this book every so often. I’m a big fan of Rachel Held Evans’s writing, and this book of hers reminds me that while the Bible can be used to oppress, it can also be used to lift up and bring about justice in the world.

Title – A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband “Master”

Author – Rachel Held Evans

Page count – 308

In this book, Evans chronicles her year of living out “biblical womanhood” by studying all the passages in the Bible that relate to women Continue reading “A Year of Biblical Womanhood (#29/50)”

When Religion Becomes Evil (#28/50)

I wanted to like this book. I really did. It was the basis of an “Adult Education” class at a church I occasionally attend, and rather than go to the lectures, I decided to check out the actual book from the library and read it myself. The author makes some good points, but it simply didn’t live up to my expectations.

Title – When Religion Becomes Evil: Five Warning Signs

Author – Charles Kimball

Page count – 227

The premise of the book is that religion can function in one of two ways. The healthy form of religion functions as part of a larger cultural system to give individuals a sense of community and a guide for morality and ethical behavior. The unhealthy form of religion happens when Continue reading “When Religion Becomes Evil (#28/50)”

Gone Girl (#27/50)

That was intense.

It took me less than three days to finish this book because I could not. put. it. down. I haven’t seen the movie version, but I did know the spoilers. That didn’t make it any less of a thriller to read; if anything, it made the story more riveting – knowing exactly what was going to go down and savoring the whole, intricately deranged spectacle.

I’m going to warn you right now, there will be **SPOILERS** after the title/author/page count break.

Title – Gone Girl

Author – Gillian Flynn

Page count – 415 Continue reading “Gone Girl (#27/50)”

Sag Harbor (#26/50)

I’m usually pretty good about getting a review up right after I finish the book, but with classes starting, this one’s taken me awhile! I tried to find another book (The Underground Railroad) by this author at the library, but as it’s just been chosen as Oprah’s book club pick, there was a considerable waitlist. This book was available, and I’m glad I chose it.

Title – Sag Harbor

Author – Colson Whitehead

Page count – 329

This was a really interesting book. It’s written from the perspective of a 15-year-old boy, and teenage boys’ minds are kinda weird. The characters follow through the entire thing, but each chapter almost reads like a separate short story. It chronicles Continue reading “Sag Harbor (#26/50)”