Learning to Breathe Fire

The history of the rise of CrossFit from a tiny, unknown gym to the workout that millions around the country do on a regular basis.  This book explores what it is to be human and why, deep inside each of us, is a desire to return to the “wild”.  I don’t have much to say about this book, mostly because I didn’t find it to be very good.  The writing struggled to intrigue me and keep me reading.  It also was obviously not written by a Christian, who made no attempt to hide her view that we are returning to the primitive cavemen we all began as.

Overall I was disappointed in this book,  It wasn’t what I was expecting and was hard to read.  But if you’re willing to overlook the flaws, you may enjoy the history of CrossFit.

Rating: 2 out 5 stars

Where Treetops Glisten

I was looking for something to read during the Christmas season, and stumbled upon this delightfully old-fashioned book.  Journey back to America during World War II and experience Christmas through the eyes of the Turner family.  This book is actually a collection of three stories, each by a difference award winning author.

Cara Putman’s “White Christmas” stars Abigail Turner, a college student with a troubled heart.  But her path crosses with a very troubled young man, who needs friends that will reach out to him. Sarah Sundin once again weaves a story of  fighter pilot in “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”  Pete returns home to recover from the war, and encounters a tiny girl who captures his heart.  Her quest for her lost father leads Pete to her mother, a girl he hurt years ago.  And Tricia Goyer finishes the collection with “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”.  Meredith (Merry) is serving as a combat nurse, losing herself in her work rather than face her broken heart.  But God leads her face to face with her greatest fear, causing her to wonder if it may be a Merry Christmas after all.

This collection of simple, heartwarming stories was a relaxing read that kept me engrossed from cover to cover.  Each of these ladies is a talented, creative author who weaves stories of realistic characters and the joy of the holiday season.  I highly recommend this read for your Christmas shelf.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.