This is not a series you can read without having to think. Deeply. And yet I still get absorbed into the constant action. What I appreciate about the problems the Igiby's face is that they are a result of some one's bad choice. It isn't just a random busing exploding, it is a consequence for rebellion, deceit, or hate. But I will say, there is never a moment where the reader can sigh with relief. There is always something needing to be resolved. But that is why we have characters like Oskar N. Reteep, who add such humor and ridiculousness. Somehow, Peterson balances evil and silliness to create an unforgettable tale. I don't know how he does it.
I come to love Janner because he has natural reactions that I can completely relate with. He had to sacrifice because of his family tree and his sibling's choices. His character growth is so well written, I felt as if I was there with him, taking steps up physical and mental mountains. Every time I read these, I am blown away by how talented Peterson is and what an adventure these books take me on.
Biggest lie ever.
This book takes the Bible and it's heroes and lets me meet them in totally new lights. She always opens with a story of her life and transitions into incredibly insightful looks at people like Moses, Naomi, Jesus, and Mary Magdalene to name a few. She captured my imagination and she definitely challenged me. She painted pictures of God's grace that made me realize how truly awesome it is. Here is an excerpt from the chapter on Adam and Eve. I wish I could share the while thing with you, but it is seven whole pages.
"The danger is, for me, that I get so caught up in the bigger, better, deeper, fuller, more, that I can become deaf to God's voice begging me not to be dazzled by the promise if what I could become, but to find value and security in just being who I am and where I am. I wish Adam and Eve could've rested in that. I wish I could."
She has so many of these thought bombs, it's amazing. And yet, don't think it is only deep theological thoughts. There's more passages like this one: "I almost never travel anymore…I used to be able to pull off that whole security drill blindfolded. Now I'm the mouthy genius who can evacuate an entire terminal in five seconds: "Riiiiight, like I'm hiding a PIPE BOMB in my lip gloss, people …"
Listen in on anyone reading this book and you'll basically hear "hahahaha, that is so funny - ohhhh." I cannot recommend this one enough. Nichole Nordeman makes you feel like you are at coffee with her. She shares her relatable and funny narratives and also convicts you and challenges you through loving insights.
Up next on my reading list:
I'm almost done with Sense and Sensibility.
Then I'm going to tackle The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. I started this one a couple years ago, got creeped out, and was done with it ... but I think I'm going to try again. According to Publisher's Weekly, "In The Westing Game, the author shows once more that no one can beat her at intrigue, at concocting marvelous absurdities."
Finally, I'm going to re read some of the Redwall Series by Brian Jacques. This is more geared towards the 10-14 age range , but I love them nonetheless and they will always be some of my favorites.
Tell me what books you have been reading an enjoying recently! I'd love to hear about them!