I just read a book that I want to recommend. Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity is by Katherine Boo. I didn’t read the summary of the book, and I thought it was a novel. When I finished, I read the author’s note. Boo is a journalist who has […]


The group I meet with at church is reading A Man Called Ove. It is by Swedish author Fredrik Backman. I had to return my copy to the library after two weeks, because it is in high demand.  I’m not writing a regular book review because I can’t look up details to add.  However, I […]


During a recent visit to the library, I checked out the book, Unashamed by Heather Nelson, It turned out to be an extremely good read. Heather gets to the core of the Gospel message: how many times people carry needless shamefulness and other burdens. At the end of each chapter, the author poses questions about […]


A few days ago, I was at the library perusing the “new book” shelf. A book literally jumped off the shelf into my hands. Messy Spirituality by Michael Yaconelli was written for people like me! In my walk with God, too often I try to be perfect on my own instead of through His power. […]


I’ve been reading, reading and reading some more! I finished our book club selection, Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. This one’s a winner!  It’s fiction, but based on a true story in Flint, Michigan, about a black nurse, a white supremacist and a public defender. Picoult delves into the underbelly of racism, discussing it […]


HOPE PREVAILS This story tackles an issue people in many families face: depression. Dr. Michelle Bengston writes about her own experiences with depression. She says for years misinterpretations of God’s nature had kept her from understanding his unconditional love for her. At the end of each chapter, she gently guides the reader in their own […]


  I continue to read. I have several books on hold through the library. My daughter also gives me her hand-me-downs. Below are some of the ones I’ve recently read. There are others–but I can’t remember titles! 1. The House at Riverton by Kate Morton is one of hers I really enjoyed. Set in England, […]


There’s a new book on the market called The Hidden Life of Trees It is written by Peter Wohlleben and is on my list of “Want-to-Reads.” I’m intrigued by the synopsis which informs us that trees are more healthy when they lives in families, rather than being loners. They support and feed each other. It’s […]


By Jennifer Teege, this book was a deep read.  Teege is a woman who finds out her grandfather, Amon Goeth, was the commandant at Placzow, a Nazi concentration camp. Jennifer struggles with understanding why her grandmother didn’t do more to try to stop her husband from committing the terrible acts he committed. In an effort […]


Orphan Train is an historical novel by Christina Baker Kline. Between the years of 1854 and 1929, so-called “orphan trains” ran regularly from the east coast to the farmlands of the midwest carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates would be determined by pure luck. Would they be adopted by kind and loving families, or […]