Wednesday, August 29

A Light So Lovely: The Spiritual Legacy of Madeleine L'Engle


A Light So Lovely: The Spiritual Legacy of Madeleine L'Engle by Sarah Arthur

I LOVE MADELEINE L'ENGLE. Maybe I shouldn't type that like I'm yelling it at you. :) In all seriousness, her book Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art, mildly changed my life and is one of my top five favorite books of all time. It's spectacular. She's spectacular.

This book, while not by L'Engle herself (obviously), was very enjoyable. I appreciated learning more about one of my favorite authors and liked how Arthur approached this biography. Good attention to detail about her life while also touching on her words and art. This woman had the most remarkable way of mixing the sacred and the secular, miracle and science, faith and art. 

I walked away wishing I could've had the immense pleasure of meeting and talking with L'Engle while she was alive.

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Monday, August 27

100 Days of Thanks: A Book Review


100 Days of Thanks from Thomas Nelson

This is a lovely book. And yet, I'm not thrilled with it. It wasn't what I thought it would be with a title "100 Days of Thanks." Visually, it's stunning. The cover is nice with vibrant colors, and the size is long and skinny like the image shows. The inside pages are glossy and are enjoyable to read through because of how well they are designed.

My beef is with my expectation of it being a 100 day devotional-type to encourage my thankfulness. However, a solid chunk of the readings seem to be aimed at encouraging mindfulness and reflection in general (not thankfulness related). If that's what you're looking for - a guided journal about your religious walk and life in general - this is a GREAT resource. If you're looking for something to encourage gratitude directly, I wouldn't recommend this.

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Tuesday, July 31

The House at Saltwater Point


The House at Saltwater Point by Colleen Coble

This is the second book in the Lavender Tide series. The first book was The View from Rainshadow Bay. I honestly can't remember if I've read the first book. When I flipped through the pages, I found a good story line and it kept my attention. The characters were slightly predictable, but well written characters, just like all Colleen Coble's books.

The story is based around a house flipper, named Ellie, whose sister disappears. Her only clue is the bloodstain on her sister's boat. She becomes obsessed with finding her sister. By the end, I was invested in the story, and yet, just like the first book in the series, it was mildly forgettable after I put the book down. Overall, it's great for an easy read.


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Monday, July 30

10 Minutes in the Proverbs: A Book Review

10 Minutes in the Proverbs

This devotional invites the reader into the book of Proverbs with daily readings that average about ten minutes in length. It's got a nice hardcover and glossy interior pages. The devotional is a perfect size to throw in a purse or backpack to read on the go.

As far as the daily readings themselves, I found them good. Several of them were thought-provoking or challenging, and I found myself enjoying flipping through the pages. The passages from Proverbs aren't included for each day, but if you're reading on the go, then a Bible app is a great solution.


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Friday, July 13

Inspired: A Book Review


Inspired by Rachel Held Evans

I really wanted to like this book. The cover is downright gorgeous, and I had heard people hype the book before it was released. In the end, I could only read half of the book before putting it aside to move onto another book.

When I was reading the introduction (it was long), I honestly thought I was going to be enthralled by the book. In that section, Evans verbalized what I had been feeling for while. The Bible was this wondrous book as a child, and I got overwhelmed with the judgement and brutality of the Old Testament somewhere in my late teen years. I've read other books where the author takes small liberties to tell Bible stories as "real stories," expounding on the human nature of the Bible characters, describing scenes in great detail as if it was a fiction book (but obviously keeping the main Biblical story line). This book attempted the same thing; however, I just couldn't get on board with it. It's hard to put my finger on exactly what bothered me about the story liberties. Maybe it's the place I'm in with my life.

All in all, the writing is fine. The book does a good of making the Biblical stories seem like they actually happened with real people and not imaginary characters in an ancient book, and it gets the reader thinking. It wasn't my cup of tea, but maybe it's yours?


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Monday, June 18

The Most Beautiful Thing I've Seen: A Book Review





The Most Beautiful Thing I've Seen by Lisa Gungor

I've heard of the music group Gungor, but had no idea that Lisa and her husband won a Grammy. I don't think I own any of their music. The only thing I know about the author and her family is that her husband was in the news several years ago for some controversial comments about the flood from Genesis. I'm not the type of person to believe that one controversial comment or viewpoint that doesn't match my own disqualifies another individual from having great insight into Christian life. That being said, I dove into this book, swayed by the pretty cover.

This book is Lisa's story from small town girl to a stage in front of thousands of people, and how her faith was rocked by the death of a friend, career and friendship problems and a birth defect in a baby girl. She writes about her questions and struggles with God in a candid and open way. I am glad I picked up this book. It was inspiring and reassuring to see how God took their honest questions and pain and answered them in His own way to draw them closer.


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Monday, May 28

Always Enough, Never Too Much: A Book Review


Always Enough, Never Too Much by Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan

I love Jess and Hayley! Who they are as people, their style, their hearts, their commitment to shepherding women, their love for God. These women are the real deal. When this new devotional was released, I couldn't pass up adding it to my bookshelf.


The book is a flip-book, with half of the devotional oriented one way and the other half upside down. Each direction addresses either the always enough or the never too much topics. I haven't read through the whole book yet (it's 100 devotions), but I've loved what I have read so far. It was meaningful, and I can't wait to keep reading.


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