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A review of Whit Stillman’s “Love & Friendship”

I checked out Whit Stillman's "Love and Friendship: In Which Jane Austen's Lady Susan Vernon is Entirely Vindicated" after seeing the trailer for the movie recently on Amazon Prime. I'll admit I had a few false starts when I first started reading. Stillman's re-telling is not long at 153 pages, so it wasn't length, but… Continue reading A review of Whit Stillman’s “Love & Friendship”

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A review of Soniah Kamal’s “Unmarriageable: Pride & Prejudice in Pakistan”

I received an uncorrected proof of "Unmarriageable: Pride & Prejudice in Pakistan" by Soniah Kamal through Netgalley.com, a retelling of Jane Austen's classic novel, “Pride & Prejudice.” I enjoyed Kamal’s re-imagining of the characters and plot and found myself searching online for everything from locations, clothing, food, and literature. The story begins in December 2000… Continue reading A review of Soniah Kamal’s “Unmarriageable: Pride & Prejudice in Pakistan”

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Slow Church-Taste and See

On Wednesdays during the fall, winter, and spring months at First Light Church, in Vandalia, Ohio, we do have a meal time together before we break into Bible studies. Often food is also brought in to share in my women’s study, even if it’s just a favorite bag of chips. In the summer months, we stick together by meeting at people’s homes and sharing food and conversation. I guess I didn’t think about how the breaking of bread allows us to better get to know a person. I will have to read this book!

Dining with Donald

Over at bubsblurbs.com I’ve just finished a review of a book entitled Slow Church.  In the book, the authors make the contention that we need to slow down in our approach to the way and which we practice our church life.  They fear that the church has succumbed to “McDonaldization” and needs to recover a practice of “Slow Church,” much like many in the food world are saying we need to recover a practice of “Slow Food.”

Slow Church cheeseplate. Cheese plate that is part of the Sunday evening gatherings at St. Margaret’s . These gatherings are a great example of doing Slow Church.

Chris Smith and Jon Pattison who wrote the book believe that eating together is a crucial role in achieving this slowing down.  I go into more detail on that in the review, so I won’t write about that here.  As an aside, I like that their view of hospitality touches…

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Review of an ARC of Sarah E. Ladd’s “The Weaver’s Daughter”

I won an advanced reader's copy of "The Weaver's Daughter" by Sarah E. Ladd, one of my favorite writers of faith-based historical novels. I was excited to see what a book in the "proof" stage of publishing looks like. I had to make myself stop reading the first night, if that tells you anything. It's… Continue reading Review of an ARC of Sarah E. Ladd’s “The Weaver’s Daughter”

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A review of “Goliath Must Fall”

The story of David and Goliath is revisited in Louie Giglio’s book, “Goliath Must Fall: Winning the Battle Against Your Giants." His book is based on a series of messages he gave at Passion City Church, Atlanta, Georgia. Our women’s Bible study finished this series and book at our last meeting this month. We did… Continue reading A review of “Goliath Must Fall”

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A review of faith-based, historical fiction novel, “The Innkeeper’s Daughter”

I received Michelle Griep's "The Innkeeper's Daughter," on my Kindle as part of a Goodreads.com giveaway. In my review on the site, I gave this novel a 4-star review. I eventually became engaged with the characters and plot, but I struggled at the beginning. Something Judge Judith Sheindlin says came to my mind today when… Continue reading A review of faith-based, historical fiction novel, “The Innkeeper’s Daughter”

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Sunflowers in 19th Century Art & Prose

Ah! My favorite flower of summer and fall!

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Arguably best known for his sunflowers, there was one Vincent van Gogh thought better.

That painter was Claude Monet.

In a letter to his brother, van Gogh wrote: “[Paul] Gauguin was telling me the other day that he had seen a picture by Claude Monet of sunflowers in a large Japanese vase, very fine, but – he likes mine better. I don’t agree.”

Will you? For many Victorian artist captured the blooms to canvas and each is as unique as the flowers themselves.

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Alcohol abuse today not unlike what smoking was to people back in the day

This week while listening to a local Dayton news program, I heard the reporter say a story was coming up about how more people than ever were having problems with alcoholism. I thought about the story later as my mind made a list of sources where drinking is encouraged. I can't think of too many… Continue reading Alcohol abuse today not unlike what smoking was to people back in the day