Don't tell Leeana, but I do not feel brazen. At all. In fact, it's the subtitle of the book Brazen that reached out and grabbed me: "The Courage to FiDon't tell Leeana, but I do not feel brazen. At all. In fact, it's the subtitle of the book Brazen that reached out and grabbed me: "The Courage to Find the You That's Been Hiding." Yes.
“Brazen” explores the idea of being brazen: without shame, without artifice, being honest and open and real and vulnerable before God, and learning how to recognize "soul bullies," those inner voices that are not of God but to which we listen. The prose is, as all of Tankersley’s writing, poetic and lovely, gentle but firm.
The very act of writing this book was, I believe, completely brazen. To pick up this book is brave. To listen to what the author is saying, and the assertions she makes, may challenge her readers’ preconceived notions and make us feel—well, brazen. It is courageous for her to challenge how we see the soul, or what she calls the “Created Center.”
For a traditional Midwestern-raised ministry-minded woman, I will admit that much of the beginning of the book made me uncomfortable. However, I kept reading, because while some of the initial assertions felt as if they went against beliefs I’ve always accepted, there really wasn’t anything in the book that went against the Bible.
The book is divided into three sections, and the book is comprised of forty chapters or essays. Each chapter has a "reflection and expression" journaling prompt or three. It also has a "Brazen Board" suggestion for artists; Leeana describes it as a "storyboard for your soul."
The main lesson I’m taking with me from this book is that I need to be more aware. I need to learn more about how to be and to listen, rather than do and accomplish.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for posting a review, and I was happy to be a part of the author's launch team to help promote the book....more
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for review.
It took me a while for me to get into this book, because I wasn't sure I liked the narrator--I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for review.
It took me a while for me to get into this book, because I wasn't sure I liked the narrator--and I certainly didn't like the brash and bossy head of the club. I took a break from the book and came back after a week, and it was easier to finish. The second half was much funnier than the first. I am glad that each of the characters eventually became vulnerable and likeable in their own ways. If you like road trip or women's unlikely friendship stories, this is the one for you. ...more
Hmm. I am going to say I liked, but did not adore, this revisioning of Austen's beautiful classic. Sittenfeld follows the structure of Austen's PrideHmm. I am going to say I liked, but did not adore, this revisioning of Austen's beautiful classic. Sittenfeld follows the structure of Austen's Pride and Prejudice, and works to keep the characters consistent. I appreciate her incorporation of 21st century technology and social issues of many sorts. Nevertheless, I just cannot embrace some of the choices made by both Jane and Liz in this modern retelling. ...more
Secrets. Identity. The characters are all dealing with identity issues long before modern psychology was in the picture. Lucinda is wondering if she cSecrets. Identity. The characters are all dealing with identity issues long before modern psychology was in the picture. Lucinda is wondering if she can change. Can she leave the past behind and forge a new identity? Can Seth lose his first place standing and get to the bottom to win the assignment in the wild west? And can their mutual attraction survive their attempts to change their very identities, or is it merely pretense?
I found myself intrigued long after I finished the novel by the idea that change can indeed be wrought, but often at a great price. True change must begin in the heart, and by God. Yet there is something to be said about masks and personality shifts. The core of our personalities: can they change? Should we try? These are not easy questions.
The novel is intriguing and the characters are multilayered and complex, as are all of Siri Mitchell's characters. No stock characters here. No predictable plot, either. She remains one of my favorite authors in the Christian market, mainly because her books make me think. And what more do we want from good literature?
Annie F. Downs is probably one of the most conversational writers I've ever read. Internal monologue? Check. Questions? Check. Answers? Sometimes in tAnnie F. Downs is probably one of the most conversational writers I've ever read. Internal monologue? Check. Questions? Check. Answers? Sometimes in the form of more questions. Check.
Enter her latest book, "Looking for Lovely: Collecting the Moments that Matter."
"Looking for Lovely" sounded like a great book for me. Collecting moments? Yes. Loveliness everywhere? Yes, please. I'm still in awe that not only did my copy of the book come in an envelope complete with party confetti, it's signed by the author!
It's like a party!
And then I started reading. And it was hard.
I'm not sure why this book was such a difficult read for me. Is it because so much of it touched the tender parts of my heart? Because I completely related to the self-loathing and pain and "broken crazy" Annie Downs describes?
Yes. Yes, I think, to all of the above and more.
Downs, in her lovely teal and confetti-sprinkled book, begins with pain and talking about quitting and beauty and something she calls "broken crazy" - a phrase that is just general enough of a descriptor to be completely identifiable. And something in me responded to this confessional narrative, and I cried as I read and underlined passages.
Music and painting nails and nature walks and traveling around the world. These are the lovely things. These are moments for Annie; may we find our moments too.
I recommend this book to women, mostly, but to anyone looking for lovely in the pain and brokenness of life. For it is in the brokenness that light shines through - and stained glass can be formed from pieces - and mosaics can be designed from shards - and our perfectly imperfect selves can allow the light of Jesus to shine through and be glorified.
This book is a lovely follow-up to Emily P. Freeman's Simply Tuesday from last year. Where Emily's book is about finding beauty in the ordinary, Annie's book is more about finding beauty in our painful situations.
I was given an advance reader copy of this book as a member of the book's launch team. ...more
Fascinating, fascinating. I was intrigued by the premise, of course, as so many are with the Bloomsbury group. What an eclectic group of scholars, wriFascinating, fascinating. I was intrigued by the premise, of course, as so many are with the Bloomsbury group. What an eclectic group of scholars, writers, artists, and thinkers. I particularly enjoyed reading this novel told from Vanessa's perspective, and what an amazing feat Parmar has accomplished with this novel. I'd call it epistolary with a dash of scrapbooking, if that's possible. I recommend this to anyone who'd like to examine any of the group's members from another viewpoint....more