February 2022 Books

I enjoyed some good reading this month but also put one away that I just did not have the background knowledge to be able to push through to understanding. So what were the gems and the duds?

Let’s get the dud out of the way: Satch, Dizzy & Rapid Robert: The Wild Saga of Interracial Baseball Before Jackie Robinson by Timothy M. Gay.

I was looking forward to reading this. I enjoy baseball and history so I thought this would be really interesting. And it was. I just didn’t know enough of the peripheral characters to be able to make heads and tails of it. I learned some interesting things but just struggled too much to enjoy it. I made it about 150 pages in before I just decided I could not keep track of everyone I didn’t know enough about. My husband is working his way through it and I think he is enjoying it but it is slow going for him, also, and he knows tons more baseball history than I do. Not a bad book, just hard without the knowledge to support the story.

So, the gems: Surprised By Joy by C.S. Lewis and Becoming Elisabeth Elliot by Ellen Vaughn

Surprised by Joy was an interesting look at Lewis’ faith, loss of faith, and regaining of faith. It is an autobiography and the writing style was very formal but I truly enjoyed it. It covers his education and how, unwittingly, many people pushed him away from God. I found it interesting how many small things added up to becoming an atheist. There was a lot packed into this and a lot to consider. I know that I will go through this one again but for now, my daughter has it.

Becoming Elisabeth Elliot was really interesting. This is the first of 2 books covering Elisabeth’s life. This covers her education and up through her time with the tribe in the jungle who killed her husband. This covers her relationships and the complicated webs that existed there. It gives and insight that is often missed about how she and Rachel Saint worked together. So much harmony is often portrayed in places where her journals show discord or hurt. It was quite a fascinating journey to read about and I felt it was well written. The notes and citations really show the background work that was done my Mrs. Vaughn in preparation for the book and I feel like she did justice with the work. I am looking forward to the second book.

I feel like I had another title but it is on March, I guess. Oh well. 3 isn’t too bad, is it?

Lori, At Home.


2 thoughts on “February 2022 Books

  1. Annette Vellenga (@athomepets) March 15, 2022 at 9:35 pm Reply

    You make me want to revisit surprised by joy… or maybe to have my lad read it! 🙂

    • 3gigglygirlsathome March 16, 2022 at 4:56 pm Reply

      It is a great read. My oldest is going to read it next. Her choice!

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