Friday, June 24, 2016

2016 June Bookmarks

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*Bookmarks is an online book club hosted at Creative2xmom. Here we discuss the books we've read in the past month as well as the suggested reading. Our suggested reading for June was The Purpose and Power of Love and Marriage by Myles Munroe.

These are the books I read this month:

The Prophet of Yonwood by Jeanne DuPrau--  The third book in the City of Ember series, the Prophet of Yonwood is actually a prequel giving further background information on how the city came to be.  I don't usually like prequels, but this one gave some great information about Ember and set up the series for the fourth book.

The Diamond of Darkhold by Jeanne DuPrau--  The conclusion to the City of Ember series, Lina and Doon return to Ember in search of resources to help Sparks.  Winter is upon them and food is short.  And when Doon's father is injured, the duo return to find medicine as well.  But in a turn of events, there's a kidnapping, a mysterious jewel, and an undiscovered source of power.  If you've read The City of Ember, this is a satisfying conclusion to all that's happened.

The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise--  I've been trying to read more educational philosophy throughout this summer.  This was the first book I've read and honestly, I'm thinking about stopping there.  This one so deeply resonated with me and how we view education.  I'm taking some time to incorporate lots of classical ideas into our homeschool.  As with all books, balance and common sense are needed.  However, The Well-Trained Mind gives a wonderful guideline for utilizing classical education in the home.

What We Read with the Kids:

My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George-- Both Noah and Lydia loved this one.  And, bonus,... My Side of the Mountain is on Netflix right now.  We finished the book just in time for family movie night.

Our suggested reading for June was The Purpose and Power of Love and Marriage by Myles Munroe--  This book was ok.  I agreed a lot with what Munroe had to say.  Although his language can really rub against the feminist viewpoint.  For example, Monroe doesn't hold back when talking about submission, but neither does he hold back when talking about the husband's responsibility to love as Christ loves.  That's a pretty heavy order when you take it seriously.    My struggle with the books is that it was repetitive.  All good information, just repackaged throughout several chapters. 

So what are your bookmarks this month?

Tell us in the comments about the books you're chewing on. Or link up a review from your own blog. Let's share the books we're finding, good and bad. And give us your thoughts on The Purpose and Power and Love and Marriage by Myles Munroe.

And come back July 29th as we discuss Rising Strong by Brene Brown.

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