Saturday, November 20, 2010

On My Wishlist {#3}

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On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It's where I list all the books I desperately want but haven't actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming. If you want to know more click here.



This weeks post for my wishlist contains two books that I just discovered on a lovely blog I follow, Reading to Know.

Being a Jane Austen fan, these titles sounded like something I would thoroughly enjoy.


{description from goodreads}English professor Emma Grant has always done everything just the way her minister father told her she should -- a respectable marriage, a teaching job at a good college, and plans for the requisite two children. Life was prodigiously good, as her favorite author Jane Austen might say, until the day Emma finds her husband in bed with another woman. Suddenly, all her romantic notions a la Austen are exposed for the foolish dreams they are.

Denied tenure in the wake of the scandal and left penniless by the ensuing divorce, Emma packs up what few worldly possessions she has left and heads to England on a quest to find the missing letters of Jane Austen. Locating the elusive letters, however, isn't as straightforward as Emma hoped. The owner of the letters proves coy about her prize possessions, sending Emma on a series of Austen-related tasks that bring her closer and closer to the truth, but the sudden reappearance of Emma's first love makes everything more complicated.
In the end, Emma learns that doing the right thing has very little to do with other people's expectations and everything to do with her own beliefs. Laced with fictional excerpts from the missing letters, Jane Austen Ruined My Life is the story of a woman betrayed who uncovers the deeper meaning of loyalty.

Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart: A NovelMr. Darcy Broke My Heart by Beth Pattillo

{description from goodreads} Claire Prescott is a sensible woman who believes in facts and figures, not fairy tales. But when she agrees to present a paper to a summer symposium at Oxford on her ailing sister's behalf, Claire finds herself thrown into an adventure with a gaggle of Jane Austen-loving women all on the lookout for their Mr. Darcy. Claire isn't looking for Mr. Anyone. She's been dating Neil -- a nice if a bit negligent -- sports fanatic. But when a tall, dark and dashing stranger crosses her path, will the staid Claire suddenly discover her inner romantic heroine? Her chance meeting with a mysterious woman who claims to have an early version of Austen's Pride and Prejudice -- in which Lizzie ends up with someone other than Fitzwilliam Darcy -- leads to an astounding discovery about the venerated author's own struggle to find the right hero for Lizzie Bennett. Neil's unexpected arrival in Oxford complicates Claire's journey to finding her own romantic lead. Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart is the story of a woman who finds that love isn't logical and that a true hero can appear in the most unexpected of places.

I had the pleasure of meeting this next author at a Women's Conference I attended last weekend. Liz Curtits Higgs is an amazing Christian speaker. The way she intertwines humor and grace into the stories of amazing women in the Bible is just amazing as well as extremely enjoyable. I knew after hearing her speak I had to add her novels to my wishlist.

Bad Girls of the Bible: And What We Can Learn from ThemBad Girls of the Bible by Liz Curtis Higgs

{description from goodreads} Jezebel and Delilah have plenty to teach contemporary Christian women, according to Bad Girls of the Bible and What We Can Learn from Them. In this self-help book, Liz Curtis Higgs tells fictionalized, contemporary stories based on the lives of biblical characters including Eve, Potiphar's Wife, and the Woman at the Well. In verse-by-verse commentary, Higgs summarizes each life's lessons and provides a list of questions for personal consideration or group discussion. The overall message of each chapter is the same: "Good Girls and Bad Girls both need a Savior. The goodness of your present life can't open the doors of heaven for you. The badness of your past life can't keep you out either." In its effort to turn readers' minds heavenward, Bad Girls draws a distinction between fun and joy. Associated with "fleshly pleasures," fun "is temporary at best; it's risky, even dangerous, at worst." Joy, on the other hand, is found in God's "gift of grace." Perhaps the book's greatest weakness is its inability to see that "fun," in many lives, is a holy and necessary means of attaining "joy." --Michael Joseph Gross


{description from goodreads} Good Women Behaving Badly. A spiteful boss, a defiant employee, a manipulative mother, a desperate housewife, an envious sister…honey, we know these women. We’ve lived with them, worked with them, or caught a glimpse of them in our mirrors.
Now let’s take a look at their ancient counterparts in Scripture: Sarah mistreated her maidservant, Hagar despised her mistress, Rebekah manipulated her son, Leah claimed her sister’s husband, and Rachel envied her fertile sister.
They were far from evil, but hardly perfect. Mostly good, yet slightly bad. In other words, these matriarchal mamas look a lot like us.
“A Slightly Bad Girl is simply this: a woman unwilling to fully submit to God. We love him, serve him, and worship him, yet we find it difficult to trust him completely, to accept his plan for our lives, to rest in his sovereignty.” —from Slightly Bad Girls of the Bible

Really Bad Girls of the Bible: More Lessons from Less-Than-Perfect WomenReally Bad Girls of the Bible by Liz Curtis Higgs

{description from goodreads} In her best-selling book Bad Girls of the Bible, Liz Curtis Higgs breathed new life into ancient stories depicting eight of the most infamous women in scriptural history, from Jezebel to Delilah. Biblically sound and cutting-edge fresh, Bad Girls already has helped thousands of women experience God's grace anew by learning more about our nefarious sisters.

And there are more where they came from! With Really Bad Girls of the Bible, Liz reveals the power of God's sovereignty in the lives of other shady ladies we know by reputation but have rarely studied in depth: Bathsheba, the bathing beauty. Jael, the tent-peg-toting warrior princess. Herodias, the horrible beheader. Tamar, the widow and not-so-timid temptress. Athaliah, the deadly daughter of Jezebel. And three ancient women whose names we do not know but who have much to teach us: the ashamed Adulteress, the bewitching Medium of En Dor, and the desperate Bleeding Woman.
The eye-opening stories of these eight "Really Bad" women demonstrate one really life-changing concept: the sovereign power of God to rule our hearts and our lives with grace, compassion, and hope.

That's what's on My Wishlist. What's on yours?

Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. ~ Proverbs 29:11

5 comments:

  1. I haven't read anything by Higgins but I've heard positive remarks about her books.

    If you have to choose between those two Austen spin-off books, I'd go with Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart. It's a little better (and can be read independently.) I think they are both interesting, but the Darcy one is a little bit more...more. Huh. Apparently I need to wake up a little more before I start commenting on blogs this morning! =D

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  2. Both of the Beth Pattillo books are delightful. I hope you get a chance to read them.

    This week I read two books off my wishlist but I added about twice as many to my list. As always, I'm wishing for a mixture of books.

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  3. Haven't heard of these books before, they sound interesting, especially the first two :)

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  4. Wow, I have to read Bad Girls of the Bible!!! A few weeks ago my pastor introduced a new sermon series about women in the Bible he affectionately referred to as "Babes in Leather" (as he held up his leather bound bible) Good thing we all understand his rather dry sense of humor :) Please let me know what you think of it if you get to it before me.

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  5. great list I put the 2 from Beth Pattillo on my library hold list :)

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

On My Wishlist {#3}

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On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It's where I list all the books I desperately want but haven't actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming. If you want to know more click here.



This weeks post for my wishlist contains two books that I just discovered on a lovely blog I follow, Reading to Know.

Being a Jane Austen fan, these titles sounded like something I would thoroughly enjoy.


{description from goodreads}English professor Emma Grant has always done everything just the way her minister father told her she should -- a respectable marriage, a teaching job at a good college, and plans for the requisite two children. Life was prodigiously good, as her favorite author Jane Austen might say, until the day Emma finds her husband in bed with another woman. Suddenly, all her romantic notions a la Austen are exposed for the foolish dreams they are.

Denied tenure in the wake of the scandal and left penniless by the ensuing divorce, Emma packs up what few worldly possessions she has left and heads to England on a quest to find the missing letters of Jane Austen. Locating the elusive letters, however, isn't as straightforward as Emma hoped. The owner of the letters proves coy about her prize possessions, sending Emma on a series of Austen-related tasks that bring her closer and closer to the truth, but the sudden reappearance of Emma's first love makes everything more complicated.
In the end, Emma learns that doing the right thing has very little to do with other people's expectations and everything to do with her own beliefs. Laced with fictional excerpts from the missing letters, Jane Austen Ruined My Life is the story of a woman betrayed who uncovers the deeper meaning of loyalty.

Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart: A NovelMr. Darcy Broke My Heart by Beth Pattillo

{description from goodreads} Claire Prescott is a sensible woman who believes in facts and figures, not fairy tales. But when she agrees to present a paper to a summer symposium at Oxford on her ailing sister's behalf, Claire finds herself thrown into an adventure with a gaggle of Jane Austen-loving women all on the lookout for their Mr. Darcy. Claire isn't looking for Mr. Anyone. She's been dating Neil -- a nice if a bit negligent -- sports fanatic. But when a tall, dark and dashing stranger crosses her path, will the staid Claire suddenly discover her inner romantic heroine? Her chance meeting with a mysterious woman who claims to have an early version of Austen's Pride and Prejudice -- in which Lizzie ends up with someone other than Fitzwilliam Darcy -- leads to an astounding discovery about the venerated author's own struggle to find the right hero for Lizzie Bennett. Neil's unexpected arrival in Oxford complicates Claire's journey to finding her own romantic lead. Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart is the story of a woman who finds that love isn't logical and that a true hero can appear in the most unexpected of places.

I had the pleasure of meeting this next author at a Women's Conference I attended last weekend. Liz Curtits Higgs is an amazing Christian speaker. The way she intertwines humor and grace into the stories of amazing women in the Bible is just amazing as well as extremely enjoyable. I knew after hearing her speak I had to add her novels to my wishlist.

Bad Girls of the Bible: And What We Can Learn from ThemBad Girls of the Bible by Liz Curtis Higgs

{description from goodreads} Jezebel and Delilah have plenty to teach contemporary Christian women, according to Bad Girls of the Bible and What We Can Learn from Them. In this self-help book, Liz Curtis Higgs tells fictionalized, contemporary stories based on the lives of biblical characters including Eve, Potiphar's Wife, and the Woman at the Well. In verse-by-verse commentary, Higgs summarizes each life's lessons and provides a list of questions for personal consideration or group discussion. The overall message of each chapter is the same: "Good Girls and Bad Girls both need a Savior. The goodness of your present life can't open the doors of heaven for you. The badness of your past life can't keep you out either." In its effort to turn readers' minds heavenward, Bad Girls draws a distinction between fun and joy. Associated with "fleshly pleasures," fun "is temporary at best; it's risky, even dangerous, at worst." Joy, on the other hand, is found in God's "gift of grace." Perhaps the book's greatest weakness is its inability to see that "fun," in many lives, is a holy and necessary means of attaining "joy." --Michael Joseph Gross


{description from goodreads} Good Women Behaving Badly. A spiteful boss, a defiant employee, a manipulative mother, a desperate housewife, an envious sister…honey, we know these women. We’ve lived with them, worked with them, or caught a glimpse of them in our mirrors.
Now let’s take a look at their ancient counterparts in Scripture: Sarah mistreated her maidservant, Hagar despised her mistress, Rebekah manipulated her son, Leah claimed her sister’s husband, and Rachel envied her fertile sister.
They were far from evil, but hardly perfect. Mostly good, yet slightly bad. In other words, these matriarchal mamas look a lot like us.
“A Slightly Bad Girl is simply this: a woman unwilling to fully submit to God. We love him, serve him, and worship him, yet we find it difficult to trust him completely, to accept his plan for our lives, to rest in his sovereignty.” —from Slightly Bad Girls of the Bible

Really Bad Girls of the Bible: More Lessons from Less-Than-Perfect WomenReally Bad Girls of the Bible by Liz Curtis Higgs

{description from goodreads} In her best-selling book Bad Girls of the Bible, Liz Curtis Higgs breathed new life into ancient stories depicting eight of the most infamous women in scriptural history, from Jezebel to Delilah. Biblically sound and cutting-edge fresh, Bad Girls already has helped thousands of women experience God's grace anew by learning more about our nefarious sisters.

And there are more where they came from! With Really Bad Girls of the Bible, Liz reveals the power of God's sovereignty in the lives of other shady ladies we know by reputation but have rarely studied in depth: Bathsheba, the bathing beauty. Jael, the tent-peg-toting warrior princess. Herodias, the horrible beheader. Tamar, the widow and not-so-timid temptress. Athaliah, the deadly daughter of Jezebel. And three ancient women whose names we do not know but who have much to teach us: the ashamed Adulteress, the bewitching Medium of En Dor, and the desperate Bleeding Woman.
The eye-opening stories of these eight "Really Bad" women demonstrate one really life-changing concept: the sovereign power of God to rule our hearts and our lives with grace, compassion, and hope.

That's what's on My Wishlist. What's on yours?

Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. ~ Proverbs 29:11

5 comments:

  1. I haven't read anything by Higgins but I've heard positive remarks about her books.

    If you have to choose between those two Austen spin-off books, I'd go with Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart. It's a little better (and can be read independently.) I think they are both interesting, but the Darcy one is a little bit more...more. Huh. Apparently I need to wake up a little more before I start commenting on blogs this morning! =D

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  2. Both of the Beth Pattillo books are delightful. I hope you get a chance to read them.

    This week I read two books off my wishlist but I added about twice as many to my list. As always, I'm wishing for a mixture of books.

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  3. Haven't heard of these books before, they sound interesting, especially the first two :)

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  4. Wow, I have to read Bad Girls of the Bible!!! A few weeks ago my pastor introduced a new sermon series about women in the Bible he affectionately referred to as "Babes in Leather" (as he held up his leather bound bible) Good thing we all understand his rather dry sense of humor :) Please let me know what you think of it if you get to it before me.

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  5. great list I put the 2 from Beth Pattillo on my library hold list :)

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