Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Begin Reading!

Last night marked the kick-off of my junior high Reading Roundabout, with excited squeals from several of the girls -- okay, well at least from Chrissy. There was a bit of a skirmish over The Scarlet Pimpernel but since it was Caitlin's suggestion, I'm letting her read it first. We do ALL get to read them ALL!

I made some little bookmarks for each book. Here are some pictures of the books, journals and bookmarks. We're planning to get together and discuss after we've passed everything around a bit. I think booklovers cannot help but bond together over a cup of tea -- don't you think?

I've changed the first-round list for the RR, adding and dropping a couple books. For this small group, I figured we'd be better off to go in smaller rounds and change lists more often.
For anyone who's interested, here is the updated list:

1. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy
2. Tramp for the Lord by Corrie Ten Boom
3. These Strange Ashes by Elisabeth Elliot
4. The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald

In other business, I've removed the post I wrote about Michelle Obama because it was getting the kind of attention I did not want it to get. I know now I should never write about anything political unless I can back it up with some sort of fervent conviction. That post was simply my observations about a speech I watched -- not meant to reflect any sort of political affiliation whatsoever. I realize that for many people anything written about politics is backed up by strong feelings, so it was natural for this post to be interpreted in that light. I'm sorry for anyone I've offended -- I certainly didn't mean to do so. I appreciate the few who commented and knew what I meant and where I was coming from. You won't hear anything even bordering on political from me here henceforth! Even though I was rolling around in my mind a "First-Lady-Fashion-Contest" post . . . just kidding.


Sandra said...

Sounds like a fun book reading group! I see you are also reading The Excellent Wife, one of my favorites!

Caitlin said...

Are we going to have two rounds? So, which book are you reading now? Thanks for the book.

Gretchen said...


I'm reading Tramp for the Lord by Corrie Ten Boom. Mimosa didn't come in so I'll save it for round 2. :) I still need to send you guys an e-mail with some questions to write about! Do you have Chrissy and Grace's e-mails? Can you e-mail them to me?


GloryandGrace said...

Ooh Tramp for the Lord...I have copies of both that and The Hiding Place that belonged to my grandmother. I'm thinking about going over to those once I'm finished with the book I'm reading now :)

Hmm...First Lady fashion...I'm diggin' Cindy's style so far :)

James and Christen said...

Hey Gretchen,
I thought your post on Mrs. Obama was awesome! It is a shame that so many people missed the point. I thought it was well said and much needed, and not just because I'm a man. It was so clear to me what you meant to say that it boggles my mind that all people could see was a political stance instead of a Biblical, godly one. You made a point in that post about this idea seeming old-fashioned. I guess it's so old-fashioned that few take notice of how great a truth it actually is. I think I understand this expression much more now. They miss the forest for the trees. Thanks again for your Biblical mindset.

homebutnotalone said...

Hi Gretchen - thanks for dropping by the Northern Ireland blog!!

I just can't wait to get started over here, I have to wait until October though:-)

We studied that Don Whitney book in our Adult Sunday School class last year, it was a great help, I need to read the "Disciplines for the Christian Life" one now - I almost put it into the roundabout but there are just too many good books out there ;-)

Take care.

Brenna said...

Gretchen, was Gracie's Bible mailed out yet? Thank you!