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books.jpgOne of the things I miss the most is easy access to reading material in English. I do use the web to keep up to date on news stories. I browse some newspaper sites, CNN and the like. But it’s not the same as reading a paper. I just last week found a store in a hotel that carries international magazines like Time, Newsweek and the Economist. I have really enjoyed reading through a few issues that aren’t months old.

Getting hold of good books is another problem. There is a little English library run by some expat volunteers but it has been closed for a couple months while moving to a new location. When open it does provide some options for reading fiction which is helpful. I am at the end of the 20 volume Patrick O’Brian series that I love. What I’ll read next I don’t know.

Finding Christian reading material is even harder. Some of our friends have brought little libraries and everyone is always willing to share. Michaella has been enjoying a series by Francine Rivers. Several of the ladies in the church areĀ passing the books around. Importing reading material is restricted by the government. I find it limiting when I do sermon prepartion. I have complained for more thanĀ a year now that I had to leave too many good books behind in Canada. (Well, choices had to be made.) While the internet is an ocean of questionable help I miss my familiar friends who always seemed to point the right direction and give the needed insight. Plus, I have started to feel out of the loop, wondering what the ‘hot topic’ books are back home. What are Christians reading about these days?

So, I thought I would ask. Are you enjoying a particular book right now - fiction or non-fiction? Is there some book you would recommend to the rest of us? Or, have you dispensed with books and rely only on other media? We’d love to hear from you.


3 Responses to “What are you reading?”

  1. on 04 Mar 2008 at 11:01 amNorm Dykstra-Swain

    I just finished reading “The Probability Of God” by Stephen Unwin. It’s an interesting and lighthearted look at probability theory and how it affects some traditional atheist arguments against God’s existence.

    However, if you’re not into complex logical gobbledigook, then avoid it at all costs!


  2. on 09 Mar 2008 at 6:32 pmMelanie Wegler

    I’m enjoying Janette Oke’s Love Comes Softly series. It’s a fictional series about a Pioneer family that moved west. They face all kinds of hardships but learn that God if faithful. There are 8 books in this series and are being made into to DVD’s to rent (directed by Michael Landon Jr.) Men might not enjoy them as much as women, but you never know.

  3. on 16 Apr 2008 at 6:19 pmChris

    Hi David, The most recent novel I read was by Donna Dawson (a Canadian author) called “The Adam & Eve Project”. I loved it, but both men and women will find something that grabs them as they read. It has a real fight for power theme, intrigue, murder, suspense ….. and of course a love story mixed in and the ultimate freedom - salvation. Bring an empty suitcase when you come back this summer, I’m certain you can fill it with used books to take back with you.

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