So what's it about? Well if you are like most Christian homeschooling Mom's you likely already know all about Christy Miller and her friends. If you dSo what's it about? Well if you are like most Christian homeschooling Mom's you likely already know all about Christy Miller and her friends. If you don't (and if you have a pre-teen/teenage daughter) you are missing out. The series of books that include Christy Miller are written by Robin Jones Gunn (you may know her from Sisterchick fame), and are about a young girl and her friends coming of age. The books begin when Christy is around 14 and stay with her through college and into marriage. They are clean, wholesome books, but they are not unrealistic, everyone makes mistakes in life, even Christy and her friends.
Departures is a book that contains two novellas, one centered on Christy, the other on her friend Sierra Jensen. In face here's the synopsis: Christy Miller and Sierra Jensen cross paths on their way to summer vacations that reveal what a gift it is to have a true Forever Friend.
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After her high school graduation, still aching from Todd’s departure, Christy joins her family on a trip to Wisconsin to visit relatives. While there, she reunites with Matthew, an old friend from junior high. When Matthew starts to show a romantic interest in Christy, she realizes this summer vacation could change everything she thought her future would be. In the Event of a Water Landing
Fifteen-year-old Sierra Jensen can’t wait to spend her summer vacation with her friend Jana at a pristine lake in Montana. But when they arrive, it becomes clear that Jana’s only interest is acquiring a boyfriend. Sierra just wants to hang out with the guys as friends, but Jana turns every encounter into a possible romantic relationship. As their friendship begins to suffer, Sierra wonders if it’s possible to find a Forever Friend who will listen to you, laugh with you, and keep your confidences.
Would I recommnd it: Well I figure you really don't want my opinion on this one, since the book is geared to the YA crowd and I am definitely not YA (Young Adult). So I asked the best YA reader I know: My 14 year old daughter. She read through the book(s) and returned with a resounding yes. She loves Christy Miller and was very glad to have the opportunity to read another book about her. She gives it 5 stars. She is sure you will too.
This book was provided to me by Waterbrook Multnomah as part of their Blogging for books program all opinions are my own....more
What is it: One fateful starless night, 17-year-old Ira Wagler got up at 2 AM, left a scribbled note under his pillow, packed all of his earthly belonWhat is it: One fateful starless night, 17-year-old Ira Wagler got up at 2 AM, left a scribbled note under his pillow, packed all of his earthly belongings into in a little black duffel bag, and walked away from his home in the Amish settlement of Bloomfield, Iowa. Now, in this heartwarming memoir, Ira paints a vivid portrait of Amish life—from his childhood days on the family farm, his Rumspringa rite of passage at age 16, to his ultimate decision to leave the Amish Church for good at age 26. Growing Up Amish is the true story of one man’s quest to discover who he is and where he belongs. Readers will laugh, cry, and be inspired by this charming yet poignant coming of age story set amidst the backdrop of one of the most enigmatic cultures in America today—the Old Order Amish.
What did I think of it: I was initially interested in this book, because, like most of middle America, I find the Amish lifestyle interesting. When I ordered the book I thought I would be treated to a real peek into what a young man faced growing up Amish, as opposed to those of us who grew up Christian or even simply in mainstream America. Instead as I read the book and began to know Ira Wagler I found that, while Amish, he was just a typical kid with typical problems, questions, fears and niggling doubts. I didn't come away with any new information on the Amish, but rather I learned about Ira, his questions, confusion and fortitude.
Would I recommend it: Yes. This is a well written book from someone who has been there,done that...time and time again. The break from the Amish wasn't as easy as one would believe (based on the synopsis of the book) and Mr. Wagler faced a lot of fears in his break from the church. Plus...I sorta cheered when he bought his first pair of too short jeans. That said, the recommendation would come with a caveat: The book can be a little long, a lot sad and not quite what this reader was expecting after reading the synopsis. ...more
I suppose i was a bit disappointed by this book, I am sure it has something to do with all of the hooplah surrounding it. Yes, it was inspirational. YI suppose i was a bit disappointed by this book, I am sure it has something to do with all of the hooplah surrounding it. Yes, it was inspirational. Yes, it was interesting. But I had to work very hard to get through it. I'll give it another chance later. ...more
Although I enjoyed this book, as I tend to enjoy all of Neta Jackson's book, I wasn't nearly as drawn in to this one. Maybe it was just timing and I sAlthough I enjoyed this book, as I tend to enjoy all of Neta Jackson's book, I wasn't nearly as drawn in to this one. Maybe it was just timing and I should give it another shot (which I will) but I don't consider it a must read unless your read the first two books....more
As with Princess Sultana's circle I wasn't nearly as drawn into this book as I was with Princess (the first book in the non-fiction trilogy), if you rAs with Princess Sultana's circle I wasn't nearly as drawn into this book as I was with Princess (the first book in the non-fiction trilogy), if you read only one read Princess....more