good reads

Some of my favorites!

Before We Were Yours: A Novel – Lisa Wingate – an almost unthinkable chapter in our nation’s history and weaves a tale of enduring power. That Georgia Tann and her Memphis Tennessee Children’s Home Society could actually exist, unraveling the lives of countless children, stealing their pasts and changing their futures, will give you chills. (from review by Paula McLain)

The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah – A beautifully written and richly evocative examination of life, love, and the ravages of war, and the different ways people react to unthinkable situations—not to mention the terrible and mounting toll of keeping secrets. ( from review by Sara Gruen)

Less Clutter Less Noise – Kem Meyer – This book changed my life, and my view of communication for the church.

A favorite author is Charles Martin romantic, dramatic, clean and intriguing stories: Unwritten, Thunder and Rain, The Mountain Between Us, Where the River Ends

The DebtAngela Hunt – This was especially convicting for me, a twenty-year employee of a large church. It’s a thoughtful novel about a  mega-church, the pastor and his wife, and what Jesus really calls us to. One quote I want to remember, “Women – myself included – have a tendency to sprinkle blood from their wounds in wide circles instead of healing the hurt and applying a proper bandage.”

The Kitchen House – Kathleen Grissom – I’m only half through the book and already know I want to add it to my list! I keep telling people about it. Engaging novel about life on a tobacco plantation. “Forget Gone with the Wind,” said one reviewer, “a story that grabs the reader and demands to be devoured.” It has my attention.

Still Alice – Lisa Genova – Alice is a Harvard professor who, at age 50, is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. While it’s a novel, it reads true-to-life, and is told mostly through the voice of Alice through two years of her mental decline. Sounds depressing, but it’s so engaging and well written, that it’s hard to put down. (Ok – so the week I read this, I forgot my purse TWICE! You may start over-internalizing the symptoms! Or maybe they’re real!!)

What Difference Do it Make? Ron Hall, Denver Moore The follow-up to the book The Same Kind of Different as Me – stories of how that book has affected people. Very challenging to get our noses out of the Bible and start loving people! The Same Kind of Different as MeRon Hall, Denver Moore and Lynn Vincent The true story of a yuppie art dealer and a sharecropper and how they became friends.

Unbroken Laura Hillenbrand The incredible true story of a WWII airman. Laura Hillenbrand (author of Seabiscuit, which I also loved) is an excellent writer.

The Dirty Life Kristin Kimball A autobiographical tale of how New York city journalist falls in love with an organic farmer. Kristin is an engaging writer.

Out of the DepthsDavid Harrell The faith journey of a survivor of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis – he mentions Marine Earl Riggins in the book (our family knew him, and knows his son – Earl farmed my grandmothers’ farm from the 60’s to the 80’s and his son, Steve, farms the land to this day.)

DivineKaren Kingbury One of the best books I’ve read that shows you don’t have to be a slave to your past. God’s ability to heal and redeem the past is beautifully written.

Redeeming LoveFrancine Rivers The story of Hosea set in the 19th century. A well written story of love and forgiveness.

Atonement Child Francine Rivers This book is a well-written story about a college student who is raped and becomes pregnant. Many views on abortion are explored through the choices facing the woman.

John Grisham – I have liked all of his books – once, in an interview, he said, “I write so that my mother won’t be embarrassed.”

Joel Rosenberg – has a fascinating thriller series about the middle east. Some of his fiction has been prophetic. The series begins with The Last Jihad. I learned a lot about the political realities in the middle east with a very engaging fictional storyline.

The HelpKathryn Stockett true-to-life stories about black maids working in the 60’s. Reminded me a lot of “Viola,” my grandma’s maid. Bet she was treated a lot like some of these women. I’m not happy about that. The movie version was well done and stayed with the story. The casting was excellent.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie SocietyAnn Shaffer and Annie Barrows life on the Channel Islands during WWII. Written in the form of letters. I loved this book, and was sad to find out that the author passed away, so there won’t be more from her.

Half Broke HorsesJeannette Walls The author of The Glass Castle, which I liked, but didn’t love, wrote the story of her grandmother’s life. What a story of hard work, heartache, hard life, and resilience.

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