2010 Book Challenge

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

The Prophet read like poetry, proverbs, devotional, love notes, song...  I read it in three sittings.  But that is a lot like chugging a bottle of vintage wine.  I will have a copy of the book in my personal library and will use it in my times of meditation.  Just beautiful!

When God was a Woman by Merlin Stone 

Wow!  The details and history of the Goddess from ancient times is fascinating for me.  Merlin Stone's book was almost like a text book.  But I took notes, and it took me some time to read it.  I kept going back to it until I finished it.  And I am so glad that I did!  This will be one of those stepping stone books that have helped me along my journey.  Highly recommend!

The Goddess in the Gospels by Margaret Starbird

Margaret Starbird hits it out of the park! The Goddess in the Gospels: Reclaiming the Sacred Feminine brings God and Goddess together, giving the reader a behind the scenes look at how the Goddess and God were separated and what bringing them back together can do for women and humanity.

Another great book for those trying to find value in their femininity inside the Christian framework.

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

A retelling of the story of Rachel and Leah from the view point of Dinah.  It gives an amazing looking into the lives of the women.  We rarely hear the voices of the women from the bible... they are casual mentions at best or examples of propriety.  But were the women of the bible merely background noise to a bigger story?  Or were there stories just as important?

Written as fiction, it reads as an ancient narrative. I almost felt like I was in the Red Tent with Dinah and Rachel and Leah and all the other women, listening to the stories and gleaning the shared wisdom and strength.

According to Mary Magdalene by Marianne Fredriksson

What if Mary Magdalene was "the disciple the Jesus loved best"? What if Mary Magdalene had a relationship with Jesus and it was hidden or suppressed?

Marianne Fredriksson has given an account of what could have happened. Womens roles in the bible seem to be relegated to that of harlot (Jezebel, Mary Magdalene) or saint (Sarah, Mary; mother of Jesus). What if the women were just... women! And the men were no more saints than the women? I really loved this book. It helps in re-imagining GOD in a way that I can find hope for myself and my daughter.

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

All I can say is, I've read it. Holden, the main character, is a seriously troubled teen. This book writes like an emo manifesto. While it is heralded as a 'coming of age' book, I hope young people who read this will look at it and realize that there are always consequences to actions and good actions lead to better consequences than Holden found himself in!

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Dracula by Bram Stoker

Classics! I loved them both so much I made my teen read them. Great books. It definitely takes much more brain power to read than the current pop culture literature, which I also love. These books were like lobster and steak, where the Sookie Stackhouse and Twilight books are like potato chips and cotton candy! You love both, but you know that one is fine dining and the other is junk food!

Seventh Son by Orson Scott Carson

Set in colonial America, this story is an alternate/fantasy story where strange things happen...  magic things.  Alvin is the seventh son of a seventh son and has knacks beyond anyone elses abilities.  The story begins just before Alvin's birth and is the first in a series called "The Tales of Alvin the Maker".  Not my cup of tea, but an interesting story.  If you like sci-fi or fantasy, you may like this one.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig

The author travels, by motorcycle, along with his son, half way across the country.  As they travel, the dialogue is part philosophy and part exploration of sanity.  Is the author running away from something or looking for something.  If you read this, get a newer addition as the epilogue or afterward tells more of the story.  I personally like this book, even though it was difficult at times.  I bought my own copy to keep, because reading it in a month or a few weeks doesn't quite do it justice.

Good in Bed
Certain Girl
s by Jennifer Weiner

Jennifer Weiner writes classic, summertime reading!! Fun books with a smart and sassy character.

The Girl With No Shadow
by Joanne Harris

I loved these stories!  Vianne and Anouk are such amazing characters.  All those who enter into their lives during their travels really leave an impression on you... as Vianne seems to leave on each of them.  A magical story of love, fear and freedom.  I loved Chocolat but I think I may have liked The Girl with no Shadow even more!  Joanne Harris is my kind of author.  I'll be looking for more books by her.

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