February was sort of a wonky month. A leap year, traveling all at the last minute, the start of our school year. It was just a lot to fit in! I only got in a few books for the month, but I think I will be back on track come March. I am still doing well for my Goodreads challenge though! Here is what I read in February 2020!
The Box by Craig Biehl – Mr. C’s little antique box is giving Mr. A fits. How could such a simple idea ruin his sleep and push him to abandon his atheism to become an agnostic? And why does he doubt his former confidence to deny the possibility of miracles and the existence of the God of Scripture? It seems the little brown box had shaken him to the core. Was he really a man of faith, and blind faith at that? Must an atheist really know everything about the universe and beyond to know that God does not exist? Was his atheism irrational? Atheists and agnostics pride themselves on being reasonable and scientific while viewing Christian faith as blind and unreasonable. But the opposite is true. Christian faith is neither blind nor unreasonable while the best arguments of atheism and agnosticism rest on false assumptions of faith. Moreover, the toughest arguments against Christianity and the truth of Scripture can become the means of stronger joy and faith in Christ when we see the unreasonable and unscientific nature of unbelief in the best of its proponents. All arguments against the existence and nature of God can easily be exposed as resting on unreasonable assumptions of blind faith. When Christians learn to see and understand these assumptions, they are not only equipped to refute the most difficult claims of unbelief, they will be encouraged in their faith in Christ and inoculated against intimidating arguments that would steal their joy and assurance.
What I thought: This book was part of a review that I did for The Unbreakable Faith Course and you can read that blog post to check it out more. But I did enjoy this book and the banter back and forth between the two characters.
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick – In this landmark addition to the literature of totalitarianism, award-winning journalist Barbara Demick follows the lives of six North Korean citizens over fifteen years–a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung, the rise to power of his son Kim Jong-il (the father of Kim Jong-un), and a devastating famine that killed one-fifth of the population.
Demick brings to life what it means to be living under the most repressive regime today–an Orwellian world that is by choice not connected to the Internet, where displays of affection are punished, informants are rewarded, and an offhand remark can send a person to the gulag for life. She takes us deep inside the country, beyond the reach of government censors, and through meticulous and sensitive reporting we see her subjects fall in love, raise families, nurture ambitions, and struggle for survival. One by one, we witness their profound, life-altering disillusionment with the government and their realization that, rather than providing them with lives of abundance, their country has betrayed them.
What I thought: Wow.. I finished a couple books about this and my mind is still boggled by the things written about. The circumstances that people are living through to this day! Just wow…
The Moor’s Account by Laila Lalami – In these pages, Laila Lalami brings us the imagined memoirs of the first black explorer of America: Mustafa al-Zamori, called Estebanico. The slave of a Spanish conquistador, Estebanico sails for the Americas with his master, Dorantes, as part of a danger-laden expedition to Florida. Within a year, Estebanico is one of only four crew members to survive.
As he journeys across America with his Spanish companions, the Old World roles of slave and master fall away, and Estebanico remakes himself as an equal, a healer, and a remarkable storyteller. His tale illuminates the ways in which our narratives can transmigrate into history—and how storytelling can offer a chance at redemption and survival.
What I thought: This book was fascinating. I quite enjoyed the storyline. What made it better was the fact that we are studying this time period in our homeschool and the names and events matched up so it was an added bonus.
And that is what I read in February 2020! March is longer but is going to be busier, so we will see what I can get read! Let me know if you have any favorite books!