Monday, 21 March 2016

Sofa Shelf on Singleness

New read for me this week is:

The Heart of Singleness - Andrea Trevenna 

So I've never read a single book on singleness. Mainly because I like being single and therefore it's not high on my list of struggles. But as this one has been sitting on my bookcase for a while I thought now was as good a time as any to have a read of it.

Sofa Spotlight - A very Different Christmas, Rico Tice and Nate Morgan Locke

So it's March (and also nearly Easter) and maybe a little early to be doing prep for Christmas, but there are some good reasons for doing so. One of them is if you want to give this book to someone to help them understand what Christmas is about from the Bible's perspective it's a good idea to read it before it gets around to Christmas. If it's just for you then leaving it until Christmas is a good idea. (Also if you read this earlier you know whether it is a good one to pass on or not before you get all wrapped in the early Christmas shopping).

Anyway on with the show.

It's short very short. Which I think works really well for this book. It isn't over facing or daunting in any way. In fact I would say that it isn't so much like reading a book as going for a coffee with the authors and having a nice discussion about what is important in life. (In my case that's a hot chocolate - coffee is vile). You can easily have this book read within a couple of hours, probably less if you are fast. And what I really liked was how the meaning of Christmas was explained in this book.

Because it wasn't an explanation as such. As the reader you are invited to spend Christmas with God and exchange presents. And it is in this scenario that the real beauty and awe-inspiring wonder of Christmas comes alive. Like any book this will work for some people and not others. It's up to you to decide if this is a book that is useful to you,  but I would recommend reading it to find out.

It's not just a very different Christmas, it's also a very different way of getting the message across.

Also nice cover.

Monday, 14 March 2016

Sofa Shelf - Retired Murder

One book this week:

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

Poirot has retired from unravelling murder mysteries, but they seem to follow him around. This is one that I remember seeing on the TV, in fact it might have been the first Poirot that I had seen. I do know who the murderer is, but I enjoyed the TV version so much that I want to see how close it is to the book.

Monday, 7 March 2016

Sofa Spotlight - The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Agatha Christie

This is the first story with the expertise of Hercule Poirot in it. As expected there is a murder. This one involves the family of one of Hastings' friends who he happens to be staying with. And the best bit is that Hastings tries to solve the crime himself, and goes hopelessly wrong.

The book is narrated by Hastings and seeing the story through his eyes really made me laugh. Not just at Hastings trying to work out what is going on (because I would be just as hopeless) but also at how unique Poirot is in his ways and methods.

In my edition of the book the original unpublished ending is also included. Because I like to know what my options are I read both, and I have to agree that the ending that was published was better than the original. The original was noticeably less dynamic and required serious concentration, whereas the published one has you in that reading state where you are so desperate to find out the solution to the mystery that you are more skimming than reading. At least that's what I end up doing because I can't cope with the tension.

A nice read if you want something intriguing but also light hearted.