This is my nonfiction book that has been a work of heart for many years. I hope that my book will be able to help others who have had to suffer from a...moreThis is my nonfiction book that has been a work of heart for many years. I hope that my book will be able to help others who have had to suffer from a miscarriage, stillbirth, or other infant loss. The book has specific information for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It helps to answer many of the questions that people have about the spiritual state of their "lost child" and why we face trials like these in our lives. I also have a blog, www.copingwithmiscarriage.blogspot.com with more posts and information on this topic.(less)
I love getting book recommendations from others and then finding a treasure in a book that I might not have otherwise read. The Book Thief by Marcus Z...moreI love getting book recommendations from others and then finding a treasure in a book that I might not have otherwise read. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak is one such treasure. This book was so amazing that I'm ordering myself a copy from Amazon. It's one of those that I want on my shelf to refer back to and read again. Zusak has a talent for describing things and showing emotion that I've never seen before. When I began reading the book, I wondered a bit if it would hold my attention--after all the narrator is death--how weird is that? But my goodness, as I continued to turn the pages I found gem after priceless gem of intricate storytelling from Zusak in a way that made each and every scene come alive.
Everything about this book is different. The point of view, the descriptive metaphors, even the names of the chapters make you stop and think about what the author is trying to tell you.
I enjoy reading about the history of World War II and since this is the time period of the book, perhaps that is another reason I was so drawn into the story. It's a thick book, so don't be scared about the length. Once you allow yourself to experience the magic of "The Book Thief" you'll be forever changed. This book has humor, action, danger, strung-out emotions--all the things I love in a story but is written as a type of literature that is fantastic.(less)
When I started reading Illuminations of the Heart, I was completely hooked by chapter two. I thought about locking myself in a room and hiding from my...moreWhen I started reading Illuminations of the Heart, I was completely hooked by chapter two. I thought about locking myself in a room and hiding from my children so I could keep reading, but alas I had to eek out my reading minutes whenever I could to finish this awesome book!
Let me put a disclaimer here that I generally don’t read straight romances—they’re too mushy and unbelievable and often contain heroines of minor intelligence. I do enjoy reading a good romance, but they are hard to find. Illuminations of the Heart is definitely a romance, but it has enough adventure, intrigue, sword-fighting, etc. to keep the pages turning. Joyce definitely knows how to write a good romance to keep you on the edge of your seat. The reason why I never read much romance is that most of it is trashy and contains explicit and graphic scenes. What a pleasure to read a clean romance—still has lots of great kissing, but I didn’t have to be scared to turn the page because I knew that the book was tastefully written.
I liked the medieval language Joyce used, Nay, I loved it! I felt transported back in time and learned quite a bit about medieval customs and enjoyed the inner look at the workings of the castle and countryside’s of France. Siri’s character was full of life and a vibrant energy and it was so fun to root for her as she encountered several dangerous situations. Joyce did a wonderful job of keeping me wondering if Siri really would get her man or not.
If the book would’ve been 200 pages longer, I would’ve kept reading—yes it was that good.
I am reading this book for the second time and I'm sure I'll read it again someday. It is excellent! I loved the title and showed my husband and he la...moreI am reading this book for the second time and I'm sure I'll read it again someday. It is excellent! I loved the title and showed my husband and he laughed because he knows sometimes I wish it was an option, hee, hee! For me, reading this books helps me to appreciate and love my husband so much more and to give myself a little bit of a break and realize that we have eternity to figure things out and we're trying our best!
Merrilee gives great advice with humor and intermixes with a strong spiritual sense of how important marriage is. I'd recommend this book to anyone who is married, whether they're newlyweds or silver.(less)
I just finished reading this again for 2008 and I feel like it has brought me so much closer to my Savior, Jesus Christ. I learned to be a better pers...moreI just finished reading this again for 2008 and I feel like it has brought me so much closer to my Savior, Jesus Christ. I learned to be a better person as I strive to be more Christlike. Sometimes life is very hard and there's so much which competes with peace in my life, but reading The Book of Mormon brings life into perspective and I'm reminded again and again what is most important.(less)