Currently Reading

I am currently working my way through the following books. As I am somewhat vision impaired, I do all of my “reading” via audiobooks.

Length: 14 hours, 45 minutes

Emma is a novel written by Jane Austen. It is set in the fictional country village of Highbury and the surrounding estates of Hartfield, Randalls and Donwell Abbey, and involves the relationships among people from a small number of families. The novel was first published in December 1815, with its title page listing a publication date of 1816. As in her other novels, Austen explores the concerns and difficulties of genteel women living in Georgian–Regency England. Emma is a comedy of manners.

I am enjoying this book so far, however, it is requiring far more of my concentration than I had thought I would need to provide, due to what feels like a heightened focus on dialogue. I suppose I cannot fault Jane Austen for showing off as a writer. Quality writing that demands my undistracted attention has meant my progress has been somewhat slow.

Current Progress: 50%

Length: 42 hrs and 39 mins

The modern apologetics classic that started it all is now completely revised and updated – because the truth of the Bible doesn’t change, but its critics do. With the original Evidence That Demands a Verdict, best-selling author Josh McDowell gave Christian audiences the answers they needed to defend their faith against the harshest critics and skeptics.

Since that time, Evidence has remained a trusted resource for believers young and old. Bringing historical documentation and the best modern scholarship to bear on the trustworthiness of the Bible and its teachings, this extensive volume has encouraged and strengthened millions.

Now, with his son Sean McDowell, Josh McDowell has updated and expanded this classic resource for a new generation. This is a book that invites listeners to bring their doubts and doesn’t shy away from the tough questions.

1 Peter 3: 15 but gin your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect

make a defense = ἀπολογία apología, ap-ol-og-ee’-ah; from the same as G626; a plea (“apology”):—answer (for self), clearing of self, defence.

I got more interested in apologetics a few years ago when I started reading about the “pagan” origins of Easter, only before coming to realize that most of those alleged origins are not supportable. I have posted about it a couple of times, including HERE. The experience made me wonder what else I did or did not know.

I prefer to be informed, regarding most things, and Peter states that Christians should be prepared to make a defense (i.e. participate in apologetics.) So here we are. Evidence is a fascinating but dense read, filled with a lot of compelling information regarding archaeology, evidence supporting the validity of current Bible translations, arguments for internal textual consistency, text interpretation, philosophy, etc. The goal of the book is to provide comprehensive answers to questions and criticisms, regardless of what those things might be. My guess is that for most people, after the first read-through at least, this would be excellent reference material on your library shelf.

If you’re someone with a strong opinion regarding Christianity – either for or against – this is a very useful and informative book.

Current progress: 50%

Length: 36 hours, 27 minutes

My Wheel of Time re-read efforts charge forward. I have been working through recap and reaction posts for each chapter, of each book, in this very lengthy series. You can find my previous Wheel of Time posts HERE:

The Fires of Heaven is a fantasy novel by American writer Robert Jordan, the fifth book in his series The Wheel of Time. It was published by Tor Books and released on October 15, 1993.

I currently have published posts covering the Prologue and Chapter 1, but have scheduled future posts all the way out through Chapter 4. There are fifty-six chapters in total. I probably won’t finish this one until early next year.

After I get some of this off of my plate, I’m looking forward to getting back into some more classic children’s literature.

My completed book reviews are HERE:

6 thoughts on “Currently Reading

    1. I think I could get into Emma if I could make myself concentrate on it. One downside of audiobooks is that you get into the habit of multi-tasking while “reading.” I’m finding Emma hard to follow while multi-tasking.

      1. I hope that publicly declaring (again) that I’m reading it will motivate / shame me into finishing the book – which I will undoubtedly once I do.

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