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 […]


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 […]