The first time I heard about the Christy Miller series I was only ten or eleven years old. I had won them in a Focus on the Family reading contest. I...moreThe first time I heard about the Christy Miller series I was only ten or eleven years old. I had won them in a Focus on the Family reading contest. I barely understood the choices that Christy faced and many of the concepts were a little over my head at the time. But when I reread the first 6 or so books again after turning 15, they made a big impact on me. I love Christy. If she were real she would be the closest of my "book" friends- except for maybe Mallory from the Babysitter's Club or Kate O'Connell from the Northwoods Series. She is so sweet and when she doesn't understand something she sits and listens rather than reacting.
I remember my copy of the book, Summer Promise, it looked like an adult romance novel- not at all like the nice updated versions. I learned about drugs for the first time. Not up to this point can I recall hearing the expression "stoned". The Guess teddy-bear t-shirt she wears to the party- I had one of those. I can relate to the way Christy picks out her clothes- underdressed for one event, overdressed for the next. I am rereading this book for I would say fourth or fifth time. Christy's innocences and the simplicity of the story are what I love about Robin Jones Gunn. As I reread the chapter Questions and Answers, I am a lot more emotional about Shawn's funeral. I barely knew Jared Nagel (he was a Christian- praise God!) when he died at age 18 or 19. The youngest person's funeral I have ever attended. Todd is an amazing and to use Doug's word "awesome" young man. Every girl needs a Todd (or Gilbert if you are an Anne of Green Gables fan)!!!
I grew up in California so I knew about many of the places in this book. Especially when they go to San Francisco. Makes you want some Rice-a-Roni. When I go to San Francisco again I am going to find that music box and an Alcatraz sweatshirt for my husband.
Here is one of my favorite quotes from the book...Christy is responding to her Uncle Bob about being true to herself. "I'm not sure I want to live on the edge like that. I mean, what about God? Where does He fit in? Does He just let me go my merry way, and if I don't happen to 'pull myself in' in time, then splat splat, that's that, too bad Christy?"(less)
I absolutely love this cookbook! It has helped me try different things and keep things seasonal. This book is laid out in 4 sections- spring, summer,...moreI absolutely love this cookbook! It has helped me try different things and keep things seasonal. This book is laid out in 4 sections- spring, summer, fall, and winter. Each season has 4 weeks worth of dinner meals for 4 people- Monday thru Friday (so a week of meals is 5 meals). My biggest thing when trying to switch over to real foods was getting rid of all my fail safe casseroles and pre-made soups. I really wanted to incorporate more produce into our dinners. It is true that many of the recipes are NOT comfort type food and to some may not be considered "full" meals (though many of them are adaptable). I have let my kids and husband eat frozen burritos and corn dogs on "salad meal" nights if they so choose but I have made my mind and am determined to keep serving it even if they don't consider it a meal and end up digging in the freezer for something else. I can't wait to own this book. Right now I just keep checking it out from the library and have already stained it up from continual use! (less)
I was mildly surprised by this one- it is more of a mystery than anything else. I try to not like Mitch Albom because his writing is kind of ethereal...moreI was mildly surprised by this one- it is more of a mystery than anything else. I try to not like Mitch Albom because his writing is kind of ethereal and doesn't mesh with my beliefs exactly, but he keeps pulling me in so I guess that says a lot for his gift as a writer or it says I am easily swayed by all the hype- either way this is my fourth Albom book and it was very good.
This is a book about a small fictitious town called Coldwater. A few select people are receiving what they believe to be calls from heaven. The reactions from the people receiving the calls range from rejoicing to keeping it secret to depression. If I had received such calls I would have probably kept it mostly secret and maybe tell my husband or one or two close friends.
So the small town turns into a tourist attraction or a religious pilgrimage of sorts. It is not prepared for influx of people. If such a thing happened in a larger city things would have been handled much differently.
The religious leaders, of which only two are the main focus although four churches were mentioned altogether, handle the calls as best they can. Father Caroll is sort of braggy because he believes the Catholics got the first heavenly call while Pastor Warren remains fairly skeptical the whole time. Since I myself am a Sunday School teacher (though I teach 2 and 3 year olds)I consider myself a spiritual leader in a small way. If someone were to come to me that they had received a phone call from heaven it would be very hard for me to keep a straight face. In general, it is hard for me to take things seriously especially seriously serious things like death. Even though I believe in God and heaven I have a hard time talking about such with things with strong conviction.
But there is someone in the town who just got out of jail. He does not believe. He does research on his own. Fun, twist ending, easy short read...was genuinely surprised in a good way. (less)
I enjoyed this book even though my husband didn't read it with, but I plan to bring up all the subjects in the book periodically with him. This is a g...moreI enjoyed this book even though my husband didn't read it with, but I plan to bring up all the subjects in the book periodically with him. This is a great book for newly married peoples.(less)
I LOVE THIS BOOK! I love Jane Austen but haven't been able to read a long book because I have young kids. This was just too cute and introduced my 5 y...moreI LOVE THIS BOOK! I love Jane Austen but haven't been able to read a long book because I have young kids. This was just too cute and introduced my 5 year old to Austen. I adore the pictures. They are cartoon like, but very girly with pinks and rose and white. My 3 year old loved the dresses. The baby loves turning the pages. I was so excited when I found this at the library now I need my own copy. (less)
So this book is basically a word book, but I know preschool boys who love this book. My girls are NOT into it. It was repetitive and when I have a boy...moreSo this book is basically a word book, but I know preschool boys who love this book. My girls are NOT into it. It was repetitive and when I have a boy then we can come back to it.(less)