I started All Things for Good by Thomas Watson several weeks ago and have slowly been working my way through it. This short little book by the Puritan minister is an in-depth exposition of Romans 8:28, “We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.” Though it may sound intimidating, Watson’s writing is easy to understand and is so methodically organized it’s easy to follow his train of thought. He breaks down this one verse, expounding on each phrase with Scripture and applying it to our lives. It is a very rich, devotional book, full of Scriptural wisdom. After being introduced to Watson’s writings in Voices from the Past, it was nice to delve deeper into his writings. I look forward to reading more from him and other Puritans in the future.
As 2017 drew to a close, I started to rev up for 2018 reading. And then I stalled. Between morning sickness, the frigid temps, and a cold, I hit a reading slump. I started three different books but none of them got me excited about reading. So, instead of trying to force through any of those, I went back to an easy, comfortable favorite: The Magician’s Nephew by C. S. Lewis, book 1 in The Chronicles of Narnia. This is one of my favorite books in the series, and was a perfect book to help my slump as I read it through in two days. The Magician’s Nephew is about Digory, a young boy from the country that comes to spend the summer in London with his aunt and uncle due to his mother’s illness. He meets and befriends Polly, the young girl next door, and they spend their days playing and exploring. One day they accidentally end up in the study of Digory’s Uncle Andrew – a mistake that leads them on a great adventure into other worlds, and eventually face-to-face with the great Aslan himself. One of the latter books written, this book serves as a prequel to the rest of the series, explaining how Narnia came to be. There’s a debate over the order in which to read The Chronicles of Narnia, and some people have very strong opinions. There’s not a “right way” to read them, just read them! I’ve always read them in the chronological order in which the events happen within the stories (usually how it comes boxed), and don’t think it has detracted in any way from the amazing story Lewis has crafted. He has created an amazing world full of wonder and magic for readers of any age. I love this series, and it’s so enjoyable to visit it again.