Book review · Inspiring Reads · Things I'm Learning

“God Loves Ugly” book & study guide review

My women's group chose Christa Black Gifford's "God Loves Ugly & Love Makes Beautiful" book and study guide for a 9-week study on Zoom. Christa is a popular blogger, singer, songwriter, and violinist, as well as an author and speaker. She has played violin on tour with the Jonas brothers, Jordan Sparks, and Michael W.… Continue reading “God Loves Ugly” book & study guide review

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“Stay With Me,” a cozy, fall read

The cover art fits the description of Genevieve especially. In her first book of the Misty River Romance series, Becky Wade opened “Stay with Me” with a nod to “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.” Sam Turner, the owner of Sugar Maple Farms, found a young woman asleep on a bed in his guesthouse. The intruder,… Continue reading “Stay With Me,” a cozy, fall read

Book review · Inspiring Reads · Nonfiction · Things I'm Learning

A Review of Bob Goff’s “Dream Big”

It's been a while since I read Bob Goff's "Everybody, Always," but I remember him for his storytelling, generous spirit, and loving heart for people. Having read his latest book, “Dream Big: Know What You Want, Why You Want It, and What You're Going To Do About It,” I echoed my husband Dave's response: I… Continue reading A Review of Bob Goff’s “Dream Big”

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An ARC Review of “Vesper Flights” by Helen MacDonald

Dr. David E. Russell, Miami University, Dept. of Biology, shows one of the two female Saw-Whet owls to an audience member during a talk on banding owls on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, Nature Center Education Room, Germantown Metropark, Germantown, Ohio. I love exploring gardens and live for bird-watching...especially birds of prey. I remember the first… Continue reading An ARC Review of “Vesper Flights” by Helen MacDonald

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Approaches to treating chronic migraine 4

Fellow migraineur Teri Roberts is an advocate for those with migraine. She's the editorial director of the site Migraine Disease.org, an excellent resource for those searching for information when seeking treatment for migraine. http://migrainedisease.org I am especially thankful of this migraine rock star for one of her suggestions that led me to finally find someone… Continue reading Approaches to treating chronic migraine 4

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A review of Timothy Keller’s 2014 book on “Prayer”

I recommend the book “Prayer: Experiencing Awe & Intimacy with God” by Timothy Keller for readers who seek well-researched, well-thought-out answers about prayer. In my last post, I gave my first impressions: "This is not light reading." I remembered while drafting this review that I had a similar experience with another author I labeled "difficult."… Continue reading A review of Timothy Keller’s 2014 book on “Prayer”

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A short chat about active reading

I will call 2020 as my year to learn about what it takes to have a rich prayer life. I do pray often, but I don’t have a prayer routine. Sometimes I am distracted by my mind’s endless list of demands. I want to pray and not just in crisis mode and not out of… Continue reading A short chat about active reading

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Review of “The Governess of Penwythe Hall”

“Fear is a bitter vile enemy – it will rob you of today’s joys and steal your strength to fight for your purpose.”– Elizabeth Abbott, “The Governess of Penwythe Hall” Sarah E. Ladd tipped her hat to the series "Poldark." She picked the location of the Masterpiece drama as the main destination for characters in… Continue reading Review of “The Governess of Penwythe Hall”

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Words With Scammers

I love word games and recently have gotten hooked on Words With Friends (WWF) on my Kindle. My strategy as a player has enjoyed some progress. I love when I have a strong opponent. I haven’t been able to play with my Facebook friends though. Every time I try to click on link that takes… Continue reading Words With Scammers

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Songs for the journey

I scan between two stations when I drive: KLOVE and Air1 Radio. Both are inspirational, Christian music stations. Dave and I support them financially. We’ve seen the difference the music and messages have made in our lives and in the lives of so many countless others. I’ve noticed trends in topics too – almost like… Continue reading Songs for the journey

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Close call

My hubby Dave was settling back into the old routine before his workday that Thursday, Jan. 2. The holidays were over. The trash can and recycling were set out. As he sat down in the driver’s seat of the Escape, he couldn’t catch his breath. I thought he had forgotten something when he came back… Continue reading Close call

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I can have an e-lending library!

I was so excited today to learn that I can loan out books I own on my Kindle. I can have an e-lending library -- Woo-hoo! If you haven't seen this, let me share. Here is a screenshot of one of the books I just reviewed: See in the top line that says "You purchased… Continue reading I can have an e-lending library!

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Christmas Novellas

Thanks to Bookbub I squirreled away some free Christmas stories from this service emails of the latest deals on books based on my chosen genres. I thought I’d get to those before Christmas. That didn’t happen. Holiday preparations mixed in with the usual suspects slowed my reading pace. I have only read two so far… Continue reading Christmas Novellas

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A review of Gladwell’s “Talking To Strangers”

I was searching online for a book using search terms: “how to talk to people book.” Malcolm Gladwell’s latest work, “Talking To Strangers” was shown among the titles and remembered he also wrote the book, “Blink” that I wanted to read. But “Talking to Strangers” was NOT a book about becoming a better conversationalist. The… Continue reading A review of Gladwell’s “Talking To Strangers”

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How to be ‘C.A.L.M.’ in a chaotic world

This weekend I finished Max Lucado’s "Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World." I saw on his website that he “writes books for people who don’t read books.” I liked the layout of the study on anxiety as well as the short chapters and brisk pace. I found myself quoting this book often… Continue reading How to be ‘C.A.L.M.’ in a chaotic world

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A second reading of “North and South” by Elizabeth Gaskell

I decided to start a review as I start reading “North and South” by Elizabeth Gaskell. It’s one I’ve read before, so I know the story, but sometimes I read to escape without much reflection. I might notice something in passing, but I don’t always delve deeper. This novel was Gaskell’s third novel that was… Continue reading A second reading of “North and South” by Elizabeth Gaskell

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Help My Unbelief!

As a Christian, I have had periods where I wrestled with whether I was a true believer. I would go through periods of great depression and anxiety and question my faith. I would come out of the other side of that valley knowing Jesus carried me, but still wonder why I questioned my faith. I… Continue reading Help My Unbelief!

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Sidebar to Review of Catherine Taylor’s “Beyond the Moon”

While I read Catherine Taylor’s debut novel “Beyond the Moon,” I remembered two other novels where main characters switch bodies and lives hundreds of years apart from each other. In Laurie Viera Rigler’s Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict,” Courtney Stone was drunk on Absolut, wearing her wedding dress, as she despaired of her broken… Continue reading Sidebar to Review of Catherine Taylor’s “Beyond the Moon”

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A Review of “Beyond the Moon,” Catherine Taylor’s debut novel

I requested Catherine Taylor’s first novel “Beyond the Moon”  after reading that it is time-travel fiction. Time travel in books and film is one of my most favorite themes in fiction. The “how” and the “why” questions of time travel find their way to the surface often as I read. Even though my imagination is… Continue reading A Review of “Beyond the Moon,” Catherine Taylor’s debut novel

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Reading with Pinterest

I love Pinterest. I find so many great hacks, decorating ideas, and recipes. But it wasn't until recently that I started creating a board for books I am reading. I got the idea from authors I follow who do this when planning and writing their books. They will pin pictures and information about time periods… Continue reading Reading with Pinterest

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Review of The Sisters of Summit Avenue

Available now for release this fall, Lynn Cullen’s The Sisters of Summit Avenue is a story for those who like suspense-filled historical novels. Set in the 1920s and ‘30s, Dorothy is the daughter of a butler and housekeeper for the Lambs, a well-to-do family, not unlike the Granthams of Downton Abbey. She has two daughters,… Continue reading Review of The Sisters of Summit Avenue

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A review of “It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way” by Lysa TerKeurst

I just finished re-reading Lysa TerKeurst’s book, “It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way." When I started reading this book with my women's Bible study, I found myself grabbing my pencil and highlighting so many gems. I could hear TerKeurst’s voice long before seeing the DVD of breakout sessions. It wasn’t long before I thought… Continue reading A review of “It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way” by Lysa TerKeurst

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A review of Christy Lefteri’s upcoming novel “The Beekeeper of Aleppo”

“What does it mean to see?” Christy Lefteri asked this question working on her first novel “The Beekeeper of Aleppo.” A daughter of Cypriot refugees, she was drawn to volunteer work for a UNICEF-led refugee center in Athens. The people she worked with wanted to tell their stories despite the language barrier, and she became… Continue reading A review of Christy Lefteri’s upcoming novel “The Beekeeper of Aleppo”

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Review of “Where’d you go, Bernadette”

I'd been dragging myself around the house the last two weeks with a sinus infection so checked out “Where’d you go, Bernadette” by Maria Semple. I remember seeing this title in a list of book club favorites. I saw that Cate Blanchett is on the Kindle dust cover -- Yay! She will play title character… Continue reading Review of “Where’d you go, Bernadette”

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A review of “Blessed, Broken, and Given” by Glenn Packiam, an ARC

This week I finished reading an uncorrected proof of Glenn Packiam’s “Blessed, Broken, and Given: How Your Story Becomes Sacred in the Hands of Jesus.”* I did see a few places where two words stuck together, but overall I couldn't tell this was a proof. (Hopefully someone catches that, but those words might have run… Continue reading A review of “Blessed, Broken, and Given” by Glenn Packiam, an ARC

Book review · Devotionals

A review of “Keep It Shut”

I'm tired of the many times I’ve left conversations thinking: “Why did I say that?” I went on a search for an inspirational work about how to have better conversations with people. The book “Keep It Shut” by Karen Ehman caught my eye for the clever cover. Ehman is part of the Proverbs 31 Ministries… Continue reading A review of “Keep It Shut”

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A review of “Tales from Ivy Hill”

Looking for a new-to-you historical fiction series to read? Consider the three novels in the “Tales from Ivy Hill” series by Julie Klassen. I just finished book 3 and want to share with you some of the highlights of these novels. I wrote on Goodreads early on that I was surprised how well multiple points… Continue reading A review of “Tales from Ivy Hill”

Migraine treatment · psychology

Approaches to treating migraine 3b

I didn’t realize it at the time, but I gained a piece of information during visits at Pain Relief of Dayton that would help me when I thought I didn’t need help. I was seeing a psychotherapist already while receiving treatments so I thought I was mentally squared away when Dr. Buenaventura told me about… Continue reading Approaches to treating migraine 3b

Migraine treatment

Approaches to treating migraine 3a

In my previous posts, I have focused on medications used to prevent or treat migraine. In the next few posts I will focus on alternative methods of treatment to prevent chronic migraine and also to attack the problem of my dueling disturbances of fibromyalgia and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). I must say that those two… Continue reading Approaches to treating migraine 3a

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Approaches to treating migraine 2

In my first blog post about living with migraine, I said I would go into some of the treatments I’ve tried to help with migraine. I mentioned too that I have fibromyalgia and interstitial cystitis. While trying to find ways to prevent & treat migraine, I learned I'm taking part in the genetic equivalent of… Continue reading Approaches to treating migraine 2

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Living with my migraine

I've recently seen memoirs written by those living with migraine. I don't write often about this condition I've lived with for 35 years. I like to distance myself from migraine probably because I spend so much time adapting to living with it. I also don't want migraine to define me, and yet people who know… Continue reading Living with my migraine

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Secret rooms, hidden treasure, & romance

“If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad.” – Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen, 1817 Secret rooms and passageways, hidden treasure, mysterious sights and sounds made Sarah E. Ladd’s “The Thief of Lanwyn Manor” the perfect October read. The second novel in her Cornwall series told the… Continue reading Secret rooms, hidden treasure, & romance

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Never Forget by Michel Bussi [Book Review] (Orion Blog Tour) @orionbooks @michelbussi #thriller #neverforget #orionbooks #blogtour #amreading #bookreview #translated #mystery

"Never Forget" sounds like an exciting psychological thriller. I'm bookmarking this review so I don't forget in the meantime. (I'm reading three books at once at the moment, but I think this would make a great Halloween/October read.)