1. I’m still keeping up with my Bible-reading plan and struggling to catch up to where I’m supposed to be in reading Calvin’s Institutes.
2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
I read very little fiction last year, that is if you don’t count our family read-alouds. I want to do better this year. So far, young Jane has been mistreated by her “benefactors,” sent away to a boarding school for orphans, lost a dear friend to typhus, improved herself via education and self-control, found employment as a governess, and met Mr. R. I have a suspicious feeling she’s going to fall in love with him. I’m sure he fell for her at their first meeting when she refused to leave him on the ground.
3. Radical Womanhood: Feminine Faith in a Feminist World by Carolyn McCulley
So far, McCulley explores the history and fruit of the feminist movement in America. I’m working on a review for this one.
4. Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning by Jonah Goldburg
My high school history classes never moved past the Civil War. So, in college I elected to take a history course that included events from the Civil War to present times. I’ll admit that one of the reasons I took that history course was because I wanted to increase my chances of beating Karl in Trivial Pursuit. Hey, I had the time and the money. Why not blow it on a liberal education? I’ll tell you why not. Because no amount of classroom learning will ever take the place of reading good books, which is what Karl has done most of his life. Liberal Fascism is challenging some of what I absorbed in that college history class. For example, in college I learned that Hitler operated from the right end of the political spectrum. Unless you, too, experienced a revisionist history education, then you will recognize that as a false statement.
When do I read?
In the mornings, I read my Bible. If I have time I read Calvin’s Institutes. In the afternoon, I read Liberal Fascism. I save the fun books (Bronte and McCulley) for the evenings and weekends.