When I went to church with my mother, I picked up several books being discontinued from their library. One was the book Congregational Discipling. The book includes chapters on how to deal with issues that children, younger adults (my generation), and the elderly face as members of a Mennonite Congregation. It urged compassion, discipline, and […]


I recently read Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver. I really love her books! She’s clever and witty in this one about climate change and the butterfly migration changing location. Pervious to that volume, I read From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon. It was the best, most compelling book I’ve read in I don’t know […]


A while back I bought two books. I was disappointed with In Full Color, Rachael Dolezal’s story. She is the white woman who passed herself off as black. I found it unbelievable. However, at the same time I purchased Shattered by Jonathan Allen. It is the story of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign for president. The […]


Lovina Eicher is an Amish lady who writes a weekly column for local newspapers. She always includes a recipe and I’ve tried many of them. They’re good! She has a new cookbook out, The Essential Amish Cookbook. I attended a book signing and liked the book. It has wonderful photos in addition to recipes. I […]


I just read about a new book out in May. Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train has written another. It’s title is Into the Water. The book preview I read said the author delves into “…how your memories of childhood shape you and make you the person you are.” The story follows […]


I’m reading a debut light mystery, Speakers of the Dead, by Aaron Sanders right now. Walt Whitman is the detective writer and Elizabeth Blackwell, the charge (doctor) who are solving body-snatching crimes in 1843. Fascinating! Just finished Orwell’s 1984, Dragon’s Teeth by Upton Sinclair and Pulitzer Prize winner, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by […]


This novel is by Luanne Rice. The three McCarthy sisters return to Martha’s Vineyard one last time to say goodbye to the family beach house before it has to be sold for taxes. The property has been in the family for many generations. As they pack up,they recall the one subject that has haunted the […]


In my neighborhood group, I’m reading Dead Man Walking by Helen Prejean. She’s a good writer.   I wonder how she managed to so convincingly recreate the conversations she had. She included a lot of information about the criminal justice system and about her own activism in opposing the death penalty.    Helen Prejean is coming to town for the […]


This is an historical novel by Jane Kirkpatrick, one of my favorite authors. She gives us inspiring stories of women who accomplish amazing feats. The story is about Helga and her daughter Clara who in 1896 accepted a wager from the fashion industry. They undertook to walk from Spokane, Washington to New York City within […]


Recently, I discovered an exciting aspect of my Kindle electronic reader. It offers free subject related titles with Kindle unlimited. In past several weeks, I have been stuck in waiting rooms and found I seriously enjoyed hopping from one book to another on United States’ Southwest Indian spirituality and life.  The southwest is such a […]