This month for the 5 Minutes for Books What's on Your Nightstand carnival I'm going with the "quick review of books I read" in the last month or books that are in progress, and surprise -- they could all be loosely categorized as memoir!
I'm almost almost finished with Same Kind of Different as Me. It's the story of a Ron and Debbie Hall who begin to serve God by ministering to the homeless, and the friendship that develops between them and Denver Moore. It's one of those books that I had not heard of at all, until a friend lent it to me, and said "This is good; you should read it." I didn't get to it, but our other friend did, and said, "It was the best book. I couldn't put it down. You have to read it." Then I took it with me to the DR to read, but we didn't have anytime to read, but fellow booklover Tim Challies said he had really enjoyed it and then others chimed in as well. So -- I finally got to it, after hearing from several people that it was a worthy read. I did enjoy it, but I don't know if I'd put it as a top ten lifetime book, or even of the year. I haven't finished it yet, so maybe that will change??
Speaking of my trip with Compassion International, I'm also in the midst of the president Wess Stafford's book Too Small to Ignore: Why the Least of These Matters Most. I haven't even gotten to his involvement with Compassion yet, but I have been pulled in by his story of life as a missionary kid in a "primitive" culture in Africa. What has surprised me about this book is the applications he makes about the way we treat children here in our culture. It's caused me to think about how I should change my perspective as a parent. So far, so good.
Another book I finished earlier this month is Beautiful Boy by David Sheff, a father's account of his son's crystal meth addiction. What a scary and sad book. Sheff, a journalist, does a wonderful job of explaining the physical problems with crystal meth, as well as the codependency of the parents and other loved ones involved. It's a truly harrowing experience.
This month I'm looking forward to reading a couple of novels that have recently been sent to me or are on the way: Flirting with Forty and Matrimony. I also have some nonfiction books from my Fall into Reading list to finish.