The Week In Books: No. 7

In “Baby Catcher: Chronicles of a Modern Midwife,” Peggy Vincent describes her own journey from prim Duke Medical nursing student to California OB nurse, to certified nurse midwife, covering the time period between the 1960s to 1990s. I learned a lot about childbirth as it has been experienced in the US over time (can I just say how glad I am that I was NOT having my babies in the 1960s, when they used to put people in “twilight sleep” to extract babies???) and really enjoyed the interesting stories of different types of birth and how midwives handle different situations and emergencies. My mom even picked up this book and found it interesting, despite the fact that she wasn’t a midwife devotee herself.

After seeing it recommended in “Crunchy Cons,” I checked “Small is Beautiful: Economics As If People Really Mattered” by E.F. Schumacher out of the library. Schumacher wrote the book in the early 1970s, but I found his arguments to be thought-provoking in spite of their being somewhat dated. I thought Schumacher did a great job in tackling complex economic subjects in an engaging fashion accessible to the reader who didn’t take higher level econ in college. Although I disagreed with many of his conclusions, his challenges to the economic status quo deserve examination. He accurately diagnosed many of the problems inherent in Western, socialist, and third world economies as one of metaphysics. As humanities student, I was pleasantly surprised to find an economist who understands that metaphysics (that is, what a person really believes and how that shapes his worldview) has a tremendous bearing on every aspect of life and culture, including economics. If you’re looking for something sort of unusual to think about, I would recommend this book.

My dad lent me “Lords of the North,” Bernard Cornwell’s third novel in his series about the days of King Alfred and the Vikings. In my view, this is his best series since the King Arthur books he wrote. Cornwell is a master storyteller and writes with fascinating detail and drama without sacrificing historical accuracy and flavor. I can’t recommend this book highly enough.

Hannah and I finished “Little House on the Prairie” and we are glad we know that malaria doesn’t come from eating watermelons.

I checked out “Beautiful Girlhood” as revised by Karen Andreola. I had seen it mentioned in several spots, and someone in my Biblestudy mentioned reading it to her daughter, so I thought I would review it before deciding about getting it for Hannah. The book was originally published in the 1920s, and is a quaint and charming book dedicated to the character development of girls. I gathered the book is geared toward girls in the pre-teens or early teens. There were a lot of good points and good lessons, which were, for the most part, well-presented. Perhaps by virtue of the time period in which it was published, I found several parts of the book to be overly sentimental, and some of the theology was a little off. Still, I think maybe when Hannah is 9 or so I might read this with her, just skipping over a few chapters.

Also Completed:
Mark, Romans

Currently Reading:
Numbers, Psalms, Luke, 1 Corinthians
“Better Off” by Eric Brende
“Shepherding a Child’s Heart” by Tedd Tripp
“Guide to Childbirth” by Ina May Gaskin
“Farmer Boy” by Laura Ingalls Wilder (to Hannah)
“Training Hearts, Teaching Minds” by Starr Meade (as a family)

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