The great market crash of 1929. I can imagine some of the turmoil of those days, but nothing personifies it for me quite like a good story. From the b...moreThe great market crash of 1929. I can imagine some of the turmoil of those days, but nothing personifies it for me quite like a good story. From the beginning of Julia's Hope by Leisha Kelly, I was drawn in, wondering how I would function if a similar event happened today.
The stock market crash led to fall of Sam Wortham's company and took every penny he and his wife, Julia, had with it. With no job and no future in Pennsylvania, they head toward a cousin in Illinois, only to find out once they are within a days journey that he cannot help them either. Taking shelter in an abandoned farmhouse, the Wortham's must determine what to do next. Will they face what seeks to drive them apart, or find the courage to stand together during this difficult season.
What I Liked Mrs. Kelly's writing style is easy going, yet she communicates the emotion of the person very clearly. She had an interesting cast of characters, and introduced them slowly enough that I was never confused about who each person was. The story moved along well with enough tension to keep me reading, yet all the action seems realistic.
What I Didn't Like The ending seemed more like a summary, rather than a true ending, but the story doesn't end with this book. The next book in the series, Emma's Gift, continues the adventures of this family.
The Bottom Line - 4 stars This is a gentle story with plenty of issues and a lot of heart. If you want something to relax you, to get you cheering for the good guys without heart-racing life-or-death scenes, then you may want to try this series.(less)
David Allen said some things that I've been thinking for awhile ... but never took the time to articulate into words. A To Do List is not comprehensiv...moreDavid Allen said some things that I've been thinking for awhile ... but never took the time to articulate into words. A To Do List is not comprehensive enough, an Inbox is only a good starting point, and a Calendar doesn't do everything I need it to do. Yet, all these things are a great start and this book helped me take the next step in my processing of the many things I need to accomplish each day/week/month.
Knowing a bit about the different personalities, I know this system is not for everyone, but if you're already trying to work a system and still struggling to keep it all together, this might be a good book to try.(less)
Excellent! I think the book could easily be summed up with this from page 276:
"I have concluded that we don't have a 'marriage crisis' in the Christia...moreExcellent! I think the book could easily be summed up with this from page 276:
"I have concluded that we don't have a 'marriage crisis' in the Christian community; we have a crisis of faith. The point is that we all have to come to grips with one question: 'Do I or do I not believe what Jesus Himself said.'"
He's right. In the Bible men are told to love their wives, and women are told to respect their husbands. I believe that's the very core of what God put into us and He gave us clear instructions that cut to the heart of our needs. Proverbs 14:1 says the foolish woman tears down her house with her own hands, and most of us are guilty of that very thing. Dr. Eggerichs has done an excellent job in this book breaking down the hearts of men and women, making the core desires understandable. And with many examples from his conferences and his own marriage, he makes it clear where many people often make mistakes -- by not loving/respecting their spouse or my misinterpreting the motivations behind their spouse's actions.
This is a great resource for anyone wanting to improve their marriage and help it last to the end.(less)
This is not normally a book I would invest the time to read fully simply because it is very detailed. Yet is came highly recommended by a friend who l...moreThis is not normally a book I would invest the time to read fully simply because it is very detailed. Yet is came highly recommended by a friend who loves it and so I determined to read it. What is contained within its pages is a love story that I believe many of us long for but will not commit ourselves to producing. The great love Sheldon (the author) and Davy (his wife) promise each other is something that took great personal sacrifice and tremendous courage--a total focus on the other that united them, their hearts, and their minds like no one I've ever known.
But this book is considerably more than that as well. As Sheldon and Davy seek to learn more about Christianity, as they research and consider Jesus, as later as they are confronted with life, they never do so lightly. The author reveals his struggles and doubts, where he sought counsel, and the conclusions he reached. I found myself looking at God with fresh eyes as I considered powerful questions, some asked by the author's friend CS Lewis:
"Do fish complain of the sea for being wet? Or if they did, would that fact itself not suggest that they had not always been or would not always be purely aquatic creatures? Then, if we complain of time and take such joy in the seemingly timeless moment, what does that suggest?"
Yes, this is a book worth reading. But I suggest you take your time to savor what the author has left for us within its pages.(less)
I have some mixed feelings about this study. While it has A LOT of great stuff in it, I also think some of it falls short or misses the mark of what I...moreI have some mixed feelings about this study. While it has A LOT of great stuff in it, I also think some of it falls short or misses the mark of what I read in the Bible. I also wonder how parents of children with medical concerns (like those on the autism spectrum) would view some of the advice within its pages. But overall, he does present some information that is important for parents to consider and some ideas that would work well within many families. I think this is one of those cases where I would definitely say it's worth reading, but don't check your Bible at the first page. (less)
What an inspirational woman! This book, though written simply for children & early teens, conveyed the truth of Mother Teresa's life. She worked f...moreWhat an inspirational woman! This book, though written simply for children & early teens, conveyed the truth of Mother Teresa's life. She worked for God alone and trusted in Him with all her heart. Her humor and tenacity came through so clearly. This book was a delight to read.(less)