Two years ago, on her family's private island, something terrible happened to Cady. Ever since, she's been crippled by severe migraines, and most of hTwo years ago, on her family's private island, something terrible happened to Cady. Ever since, she's been crippled by severe migraines, and most of her memories of that summer are gone. When she finally returns to the island, her two favorite cousins, and her true love, she's determined to piece the mystery together. That's all anyone should know about this going in. I've heard so much hype about it that it couldn't possibly have lived up to my expectations, but I was hooked and duly impressed....more
When we left Cassie at the end of The 5th Wave, her rebel alien boyfriend had blown up the aliens' military compound, allowing her to escape with herWhen we left Cassie at the end of The 5th Wave, her rebel alien boyfriend had blown up the aliens' military compound, allowing her to escape with her brother, her high school crush, and their platoon of child soldiers. The bulk of The Infinite Sea centers on Ringer, a soldier who goes on a scouting mission from their new base and ends up in one impossible situation after another. This sequel didn't grab me quite as much as the original, but it was compelling and ended with a twist I thought about for days. Well played, Yancey....more
As a supporter of Soulation, I was excited to get an advance copy of Jonalyn Fincher’s latest book, Invitation to Tears: A Guide to Grieving Well. WriAs a supporter of Soulation, I was excited to get an advance copy of Jonalyn Fincher’s latest book, Invitation to Tears: A Guide to Grieving Well. Written with thanatologist Aubrie Hills, with a foreword by Dale Fincher, Invitation to Tears uses the framing metaphor of a ship at sea to explore the journey of grief. Each chapter ends with music and movie recommendations to help you along, followed by questions for discussion and/or journaling. Although the authors refer to death, their advice is applicable to any sort of life-changing loss, not only the physical death of a loved one. Along with honest stories about their own personal losses, they discuss how Jesus dealt with grief, and consider Bible verses that are often misapplied in times of personal distress. Invitation to Tears is free of platitudes, instead exhorting the reader that the only healthy way out of grief is through it, and that God can handle your questions and messy feelings.
While my closest friends and family are all (thankfully) alive and well, as a divorced person, I’ve grieved the loss of my marriage. I believe a divorce is worse than a death in some ways, and in the beginning, it was horrible to sit with and work through my feelings instead of ignoring them or self-medicating. But I was determined to grieve well and come out the other side a whole and healthy person. In that sense, Invitation to Tears was very validating and encouraging to me. I nodded along to Jonalyn’s and Aubrie’s words, and many of them are actually things I’ve said myself. I loved their assurances that grief is NOT a logical or linear experience, and not only do we all grieve differently, but we also grieve specific losses differently. Grief is an opportunity to be brave even as we fall apart, to confront our fears and our humanness while applying lots of grace to ourselves and others.
Invitation to Tears is a great resource and comfort for anyone facing the death of a loved one, marriage, child, career, or long-held dream. It would also be a wonderful study for a support group.If this topic interests you, I recommend checking it out!...more
All of Taylor's childhood summers were spent at her family's lake house with her best friend Lucy and her eventual first love, Henry. But five years aAll of Taylor's childhood summers were spent at her family's lake house with her best friend Lucy and her eventual first love, Henry. But five years ago, something went wrong between them, and she hasn't been back since. Now, her dying father wants the family to spend their last summer together at the lake. As she struggles to deal with the impending loss of her dad, Taylor also finds healing and forgiveness that she never expected. This book is a tearjerker for sure, but there's a lot of beauty in it too....more
An enjoyable retrospective on The Nester's 13 different homes and what each of them taught her, along with general philosophical thoughts about the coAn enjoyable retrospective on The Nester's 13 different homes and what each of them taught her, along with general philosophical thoughts about the concept of home. I haven't kept up with her blog in a while, but I still love how warm and encouraging she is. This book was a good reminder to let myself think outside the box decor-wise and be willing to make some mistakes....more
I've always loved stories about guy and girl best friends and whether or not they'll become more, so I scooped up Better Off Friends by Elizabeth EulbI've always loved stories about guy and girl best friends and whether or not they'll become more, so I scooped up Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg. (This was my first Eulberg book, but her other titles are intriguing!) When Levi moves from California to Wisconsin in the middle of seventh grade, his classmate Macallan is the first person he meets. Macallan is still recovering from the loss of her mom in a car accident, and, though pretty and well-liked, is a little bit of an outsider. Levi's surfer cool sticks out like a sore thumb in a sea of Midwestern jocks, so Macallan takes him under her wing. Before long, they're inseparable - almost like family. Better Off Friends follows their friendship through the ups and downs of middle school and high school, as they repeatedly wonder whether they should take their bond to the next level or they're better off... you know.
I didn't expect this book to skew so young (how about reading the summary more carefully, Brenda?). But Macallan and Levi are pretty mature for their ages and have some mature problems too. This is a believable story with well-rounded, likable characters, true-life issues, and lots of witty banter (I laughed out loud at some of it). If I'd read Better Off Friends in middle or high school, I would have absolutely loved it. But I think it's still enjoyable at any age....more