Since I last posted in here:
Customs and Cultures by Eugene A. Nida. Basically it describes various customs of cultures around the world, with a focus of aboriginal cultures.
The Liberty of Obedience, a collection of essays by Elizabeth Elliot. Overall the essays stress the standard of acting in love as more important than avoiding something that might appear sinful to someone else, the importance of not judging other cultures by our own cultural standards, the uselessness of avoiding “worldly” things for the sake of piety, and that the rules in the Bible are meant to be practiced with discernment according to the situation.
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. I understand now why Anne is such a beloved character and this book is so famous. Also, Prince Edward Island sounds incredibly beautiful.
Literature of the Eastern World, an anthology of Chinese, Babylonian, Hebrew, Hindustani, Burmese, Islamic, and Japanese literature compiled by the editors James E. Miller, Jr., Robert O’Neil, and Helen McDonnell (1970). Skipped some sections because I had already read them, but of everything I did read, I enjoyed the Chinese poetry best, followed by the Hebrew poetry. Not really familiar enough with Eastern literature to evaluate the editors' choices of what to include, but I do wish that it had had more commentary and annotation.
The Inner Voice of Love by Henri Nouwen. Occasionally I was able to tell that something Nouwen said was valuable because it matches up with my own experience. However, it’s an intensely internal book about Nouwen’s spiritual journey during a difficult time in his life, and for much of the book I wasn’t able to identify what he said or connect it to my experience, so in those cases I felt that I had no frame of reference to be able to evaluate what he said. Thus, with a few exceptions, I felt that most of the book was not something I can apply to my own life.
A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life by William Law: As much as I hate to not finish reading a book once I have seriously started it, I might not finish this one. I've read the first half, and while I do appreciate what the author is trying to do, he is unbelievably long-winded and repetitive, and his logic is not always good.