Skip to main content

Book Review: To Kill a Mockingbird

Stephanie's class is reading Harper Lee's literary masterpiece To Kill a Mockingbird. Whenever her class reads a book I usually read it too. I hadn't read To Kill a Mockingbird in a long time and all I could remember was the name Boo Radley. As soon as I started reading I was absolutely hooked. I read the whole thing in less than three days; I literally couldn't put it down.

Lee's use of dialog in the book is spectacular. She did such an amazing job of creating characters who say things like 'ain't, yess'm, and sehr' in ways that come across as authentic and alive. The characters in the book come alive and I felt like I was watching a movie as I flipped through the pages of the book. I couldn't get over the way Lee's writing makes the pages of the book come alive in the imagination, without over stimulating and giving unnecessary or boring details. I was never bored with one page, and extremely rarely with even one paragraph.

I was also drawn in by Lee's ability to write about such emotional moral and ethical behavior. The story illustrates deeply held beliefs about racism, sexism, religion, and societal tendencies. Lee is able to walk the reader through deep water by telling the story of a child walking through some tough, complex circumstances. The characters of To Kill a Mockingbird all represent a way of living and thinking.

I doubt it if To Kill a Mockingbird meant as much to me when I first read it as it does now. I loved the book and will definitely be reading it again in a few years.

Popular posts from this blog

5 Reasons I Won't Let My Kids Wear Clothes with Skulls on Them

Yesterday I threw out a poll question on my Facebook and Twitter pages.  The poll question asked, "Should Christians wear attire with skulls on it?"  I received some great comments from people with a variety of opinions.  You can read the comments on my timeline from 8/8/13.

My opinion is that Christians should not wear clothes with skulls on them.

I don't have one specific Bible verse that I can use to prove my point.  Jesus never said, "Thou shalt not wear clothes with skulls."  I do however think there are number of conclusions that can be drawn from Scripture that support my opinion.

1.  Jesus does care about the clothes we wear.
I don't believe God's people are free to wear whatever they want.  From the Old Testament all the way through the New Testament you can find Biblical language related to clothes.  There are laws in Leviticus about clothes.  God instructed the OT priests on what to wear don't believe God's people are free to wear wh…

How Stephanie and I Celebrated 15 Years of Marriage

Yesterday Stephanie and I celebrated 15 years of marriage! 
To kick off the festivities, on Wednesday afternoon Stephanie bought a new car from Harry Browns in Faribault. She said good goodbye to the minivan and bought a 2014 Dodge Journey. She picked out a great new vehicle and her dad Ralph channeled his inner New Yorker to haggle us a great price.
We started the day Thursday driving to St. Peter to pick up Isabelle from the "Gustie" Basketball and Leadership camp. She spent 4 days there learning, practicing and having a blast. We celebrated together as a family with some Godfather's Pizza!
After getting back to Northfield I dropped the kids off at some friend's houses so Stephanie and I could be alone together. Having great friends who help with the kids is such a blessing. 
Stephanie had the idea that we should get tattoos together. She didn't have to work hard to convince me! After asking for recommendations on Facebook we decided to check out  Guns and Nee…

How to Make an ISTJ Calm and Happy

When it is time to write a sermon I have found it is most effective for me to get out of the house and go to a coffee shop.  My mind is clearer and my focus is sharper there.  I am usually more productive.

The increase in output may be because, as pastor and author Mark Batterson often says, "change of place + change of pace = change in perspective."  However, I think something else is influencing me.  When I am out of my house I am not distracted by messes, dishes, house chores, or clutter; my mind is completely free to focus on the task I want to accomplish.

 In addition to Batterson's creativity axiom, here are a couple little formulas that I've found hold true for me:

Cleanliness = Creativity and Calmness.
Organized home = Organized mind.

Simply put, I function best when my environment feels under control.  This feeling of control comes in many different forms.  I feel like things are under control when my surroundings are clean and organized.  I feel like thin…