I will start off with the disclaimer that I have not read all of these books, and so cannot vouch for their complete comment. However, we got them expecting them to be resources and books our family lines up with, so I feel pretty safe mentioning them here. You will hopefully see book reviews in future with some of these books featured more in depth!
The Great Books Reader
I'll admit that this book excites and scares me at the same time, but I'm looking forward to seeing if it is as good as it seems promising. I might select read at first with the authors I trust, and then see how it goes from there, praying for discernment and that God would guard and guide my thinking as I do. It's an experiment, but it looked to be one worth trying.
H. Rider Haggard--Selected Novels
Lysbeth, Pearl Maiden, and The Brethren, but Christian Liberty Press has re-written others as well. This weekend they had knock-down deals at the convention, and we added Queen Sheba's Ring (an African adventure novel), King Solomon's Mines (another African adventure novel), and The Lady of Blossholme (set in the time of Henry VIII) to our collection.
That in itself was exciting--but I also got to speak with the man who edited the Haggard novels, Mr. Michael J. McHugh. A well-read and thoughtful man, we talked for a while about the books and Haggard in general. He told me his favorite Haggard book was Lysbeth--because it illustrates what
Mr. McHugh also told me a little about Haggard from a biography he was reading (and I fear I neglected to get the title, so please forgive me.) Apparently, Haggard vacillated a great deal in his life between orthodox theology and some disturbing side paths. You see this reflected throughout his literature. Some of it is splendid--other novels are highly disturbing, including She and the sequel Ayesha which we also discussed together. Mr. McHugh said that he has gone through Haggard's novels, and the ones that Christian Liberty Press currently carries are probably the last he will be able to glean from Haggard's works.
This was one of my favorite conversations in the vendor hall. Mr. McHugh was very kind, especially when we found out my mom and I had bought the same books within minutes of each other, and I took one set back. I felt badly after our conversation, but Mr. McHugh suggested we buy The Lady of Blossholme to make up for it. We were very easily persuaded. :)
Todd Wilson's Homeschool Comic Books
Israel Wayne--Questions God Asks
While I haven't read this book yet either, we did hear Israel's spoken messages on this topic, and they were wonderful. I'm sure the book will be as well. A lot of times we ask God questions--but how many times do we stop to note the questions God asks people in Scripture? And why does He ask humans questions in the first place if he already knows all things? Well, God asks questions for our benefit, and there are several key questions of His that expand our knowledge of the Bible, God's character, and ourselves. The questions asked to such people as Cain, Job, Abraham, Moses, Elijah, and others are sure to make you think of Scripture in a way you hadn't thought before. Israel Wayne is refreshingly real, biblical, and honest. He makes you think, but he also makes thinking accessible, and we were quite excited to get this book. I think he's like the men of Issachar. He understands the times in which he lives.
Todd Friel--It's (Not) Greek to Me
These are our finds at the vendor hall this weekend, and if you've read any of these books, I would love to know what you think of them! Fun, informative, and food for thought--the best of all worlds.