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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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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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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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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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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