What I read in March 2020

Wow, I did so much reading last month! Probably due to the quarantine of COVID-19 in Ohio but also because most of the books I read last month were pretty short.

I started off with A Battlefield Atlas of the American Revolution by Craig L. Symonds. If you are into maps, stats or history you should definitely check out this book. It is a quick read with a lot of cool insight to the war. It covers forty-one of the major battles in the Revolutionary War, plus a few smaller battles that are embedded into the narrative of another larger battle. This is a strong recommendation from me.

Next I read The Golden Rules of Blogging (& When to Break Them) by Robin Houghton. I more skimmed through this. It is another quick read with a lot of quotes that can be insightful but felt to me like filler. I think this is meant to be a quick guide, something you keep coming back to for brushing up. If you need some handy blogging guide this is a soft recommendation from me.

After that I read The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer. Magnificent read. A little hard to understand at times, he did write this in the 40s, so it has that old style of writing to it. But still a powerful read if you want to deepen you faith in God. A strong recommendation from me.

The most fun I had reading this year so far came from A Voyage Long and Strange by Tony Horwitz. This book discusses the many groups of Europeans that “discovered” America leading up to, and including, the Pilgrims. This isn’t supposed to be the end all be all authority on the matter, but more of an introduction to the subject matter. Tony visited just about every place written in this book and has a fun journey while completing his quest. A strong recommendation from me.

Last book I read in March was Republocrat by Carl R. Trueman. This book covers the uncomfortable relationship between Christianity and Politics. I agree with certain points of the book, but it felt more like I was listening to a rant of what was wrong then what the Church could do better. It was a lot of “stop this” without the “start doing this” part. To his credit he does bash both sides, but leans more into criticizing the Evangelical Right. This was published in 2010 so it is outdated compared to the much different political and religious climate we find ourselves in a decade later. If you don’t think 2015-2017 was a critical turning point, a dawning of a new cultural moment, then you missed something. So because of all the change that has happened in the last decade, 2010 seems ancient. It’s not a recommendation from me, better to pick something up more recent. And if nothing is recent that is in the same vein, some one should write about it…. I’ll keep that in mind.

What did you read in March? What has you been your favorite book so far in 2020? Sound off in the comments below.

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