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And Then I Found You
Woman tries to move on in life after placing daughter for adoption. And then said daughter finds her... on Facebook. That ultra-drama plot idea drew m ...more
Mar 16, 2013
Mar 21, 2013
The Stories We Tell
Once again, a Patti Callahan Henry novel kept me up late at night as I was enveloped in the drama of the characters' season of self-discovery laced wi ...more
May 21, 2014
May 27, 2014
Her Mother's Hope (Marta's Legacy, #1)
This dramatic family saga made for a quick beach read; I flew through the first 280 pages in one afternoon. I highly revered Rivers' Redeeming Love an ...more
Apr 20, 2010
Apr 06, 2010
A Year of Blind Dates: A Single Girl's Search for "The One"
If you are not a single female older than 25ish who would like to find a dude to marry sooner than later, don't pick this up. If you you do fit these ...more
Sep 03, 2013
Sep 06, 2013
The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert: An English Professor's Journey Into Christian Faith
"This was my conversion in a nutshell: I lost everything but the dog." Butterfield's insights as an outsider to the Christian faith and how open dialo ...more
Jun 22, 2014
Jun 04, 2014
Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever
The tone of this book is casual and the voice overly dramatic, as if Bill O'Reilly were talking to you, and it leaves you hanging at the end of chapte ...more
Mar 10, 2013
Mar 11, 2013
Life at Southern Living: A Sort of Memoir
I read this to learn more about Southern Living's history for a research project. The book did shed light on its history and provide a unique insight ...more
Apr 11, 2009
Apr 08, 2009
Real Sex: The Naked Truth about Chastity
I just reread this almost five years after my first time through. Winner's prose weaves thorough scriptural and cultural research with her honest pers ...more
Mar 17, 2010
Mar 28, 2010
In the Sanctuary of Outcasts
There was a leper colony in Louisiana in the 1990s? Discovering the details behind that pulled me into the first part of this book, but it was ultimat ...more
Jul 05, 2013
Jul 23, 2013
Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle
A fun look at a lady of Highclere Castle (aka Downton Abbey) that shed a lot of light on the lives of England's rich and famous of her era, and painte ...more
Dec 23, 2012
Dec 26, 2012
I didn't start to like the main character, Anne, until half way through when the plot finally picked up, but once again, Austen proved worth getting t ...more
May 25, 2014
May 27, 2014
Were it not for my book club, I wouldn't have braved reading this book. It was hard to read because the narrative and messed-up world of Precious Jone ...more
Apr 2010
Mar 28, 2010
The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game
This is such an unbelievable story of a black teenager with a really messed up upbringing whose great athletic and life potential is unleashed after b ...more
Oct 27, 2009
Oct 01, 2009
The Shadow of Your Smile
A successful young woman with a secret family history gets caught up in a suspense plot... and falls in love. The most fun, fast read I've had in a lo ...more
May 02, 2010
May 01, 2010
By What Authority? An Evangelical Discovers Catholic Tradition
I was looking to better understand why the Catholic Church elevates tradition to the same level as scripture, and this book provides a logically reaso ...more
Dec 23, 2014
Dec 26, 2014
The Great Divorce
So many things to ponder about heaven and hell from this allegory. Definitely best to discuss after reading to process some of it. I think I could go ...more
Sep 04, 2012
Sep 08, 2012
When Crickets Cry
Quality Christian fiction (meaning the characters are very real/not too cheesy) that would make a good Hallmark Channel movie. Also, I enjoyed the wel ...more
Aug 15, 2010
Aug 08, 2010
And the Mountains Echoed
Maybe my expectations for this book were too high? Hosseini's vivid main characters tied together by a lifelong bond were there like his other books, ...more
Jul 22, 2013
Mar 11, 2013
Jayber Crow
My first taste of Wendell Berry, and what an excellent taste of how he writes of nature and life. I got more wrapped up in his descriptions than the o ...more
Jan 08, 2012
Jan 10, 2012
This short book really drove home humility-- placing entire dependence on God and this being the root of all actions and interactions. It felt repetit ...more
Jan 21, 2010
Jan 10, 2010
Fun page-turner to read! Read like some of Dekker's older books that don't delve into fantasy/allegory but with less overt Christian themes.
Mar 25, 2009
Mar 25, 2009
The Postmistress
The strong female characters, emotional pull, and WWII-era war culture kept me very engaged in this book; I polished it off in a long weekend. More th ...more
Apr 26, 2010
Mar 03, 2010
A Severe Mercy
After hearing multiple people tell me how amazing this story is, I found that it lived up to the hype. Vanauken's prose sound like his poetry as he te ...more
Apr 30, 2012
Oct 14, 2010
Foreign to Familiar: A Guide to Understanding Hot - And Cold - Climate Cultures
A super quick read and good primer on the difference between "hot", relationship-driven cultures and "cold," time-driven cultures.
Jul 08, 2012
Jul 15, 2012
Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Plan for the World
Keller does an excellent job studying what the Bible says about work, analyzing our cultural landscape, and discussing how the two intersect. A great ...more
Jul 31, 2013
Jul 23, 2013
Lady Vernon and Her Daughter: A Novel of Jane Austen's Lady Susan
All Jane Austen fans should read this book. It lived up to reviews that the authors were faithful to Austen's style in expanding her unfinished work, ...more
May 22, 2010
Mar 23, 2010
Sing You Home
I was intrigued by a synopsis vaguely stated about a music therapist finding love, family, parenthood, and I was surprised and somewhat uncomfortable ...more
Aug 07, 2011
Aug 07, 2011
The Fault in Our Stars
Among many other aspects of this book, it was the intelligent, witty banter-infused romance, which felt more adult than typical teenage speak, that pu ...more
Jun 14, 2014
Jun 05, 2014
Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
Five months and five simultaneous reads later, I finished this extremely well researched volume that illuminates much about how this "pastor, martyr, ...more
May 19, 2013
Dec 14, 2010
Little Women (Little Women, #1)
Why did it take me 27 years to sit down and ready this tale of family, the beauty in daily life, and (of course) romance? I feel as if I lived a decad ...more
Jan 2014
Dec 17, 2013
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