Saturday, September 22, 2018

An Elegant Facade by Kristi Ann Hunter

Why?  Because I had some lovely lazy time this Saturday morning and I needed to know what happened next!  I enjoyed this light, breezy story just as much as I did the first book in the series.  Because there weren't any major surprises, I found it very restful reading.  I'm finding great value in rest right now since both of us are struggling with colds and the lack of energy that goes with them.  I can absolutely recommend this book to you.  Enjoy!

Until next time...

Thursday, September 20, 2018

The Rock, The Road, and The Rabbi by Kathie Lee Gifford

I just finished this book yesterday.  I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked up this book, but I must say that I enjoyed Mrs. Gifford's book.  The book's beginnings are rooted in a trip she and her late husband took to Israel with Ray Vander Laan.  Some of you may be familiar with his videos in the That the World May Know series.  He takes tour groups to Israel and explains people, places, and events recorded in Scripture within their historical and cultural context to give more understanding to the participants.  Mrs. Gifford's book seeks to give that historical and cultural understanding to her readers as well as share how this knowledge changed her and grew her understanding.

I loved that the chapters were short.  This would be a great book to use as part of a daily reading habit.  It's also great if you're like me and take a book with you to make the wait in line at the grocery store more pleasant!!  I enjoyed being reminded of what I already knew (I need that) and learning new things.  I appreciated how God layered His message to His people so they couldn't miss it, and neither can we.

My favorite insight was about the town of Bethlehem.  Bethlehem was the town where the Levitical shepherds raised the lambs that would eventually be used as the Passover sacrifices.  The cave stables would have been ritually clean to ensure the purity of the animal.  At birth, the lambs would have been wrapped in cloths to protect them from harm so that they would remain without blemish.  Can you see the connection to Jesus Christ, our ultimate Passover Lamb (I Corinthian 5:7)?  How cool is that!?

Now I recommend this book to you. Head to your bookstore or library soon.  Enjoy!

Until next time...

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

A Noble Masquerade by Kristi Ann Hunter

Are any of you runners?  I don't mean fitness runners, I mean marathon runners?  There's an expression used by marathon runners "hitting the wall."  It means when they get to that point in the race when their body says, "no, I can't go any further" and they have to talk themselves into completing the course.  I've felt lately like I've hit a literary wall of sorts.  My goal for the year is to read two books a week so that I will have read 104 books at the close of 2018.  I'm a librarian for crying out loud, this should be a piece of cake, right?! 

I'm not sorry that I set the goal.  So far this year I've read more books than I read all of last year (in 2017 I read between 60 and 70 books, in 2018 I've read 72 so far), but I'm four books behind if I'm going to meet my goal.  I've read a number of stretching books.  They've stretched my thought life spiritually, culturally, and emotionally and I'm thankful.  I guess with the busy-ness of my children going off to school, busy-ness at work, and just the stuff of life here at home I just don't feel like thinking right now.  So, I'm reading some easy, breezy books. 

A librarian friend of mine introduced me to this author.  This is another Christian fiction offering.  It's a clean, enjoyable read with only a few surprises.  This is another book that would make a pleasant beach or rainy weekend read (accompanied by gallons of tea!).   I felt delightfully entertained by the story.  And now I recommend it to you.  Enjoy!

Until next time...

Monday, September 17, 2018

Across the Blue by Carrie Turansky

It was a long week.  A. really. long. week.  By Sunday I was exhausted.  I limped home after church and took a great nap.  The rest of my afternoon and evening consisted of drinking tea and reading this book, Across the Blue by Carrie Turansky.

It was just what the doctor ordered.  It was pleasant and breezy.  There weren't any major surprises.  It was a restful way to spend my Sunday afternoon.  The story revolves around the race to be the first aviator to fly across the English Channel.  A newspaper has offered a financial reward to the first pilot to complete the task.  Of course the newspaper owner has a daughter who falls in love with one of the pilots!  Would we have it any other way?

The one thing I did learn (actually it was more that I was reminded of it) was how few years there were between the beginnings of aviation and World War I.  Airplanes were in their infancy when war broke out.  It's a little surprising to me that both sides chose to use planes for the first time in warfare when they'd been relatively untested.  Then again, it was a very experimental war in several ways.

If you're looking for a beach or restful weekend read, I can recommend this book to you.  Enjoy!

Until next time...

Saturday, September 15, 2018

For the New School Year

If you talk about it, it's a dream,
if you envision it, it's possible,
but if you schedule it, it's real.
Tony Robbins

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Sometimes a Book Expresses How We Truly Feel

When I was working at the library the other day, a patron returned this book.  It perfectly described my mood for that day.  All I wanted was to put my jammies on, have a big cup of tea, and curl up with a good book.  In short, my attitude was, leave. me. alone. 

When has a book described your feelings?

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Murder on the Orient Express

I admit out loud that until now I have never read an Agatha Christie novel.  Ever.  It wasn't because I had anything against her or her writing, I had just never got around to reading her work.  I'm glad for the push that the reading challenge gave me to read a classic novel.  I had debated about rereading a Jane Austen novel, but decided instead that I needed to branch out.  I still need to read a book that I've read before as part of the challenge, so Ms. Austen isn't out of the running yet!

I really enjoyed Murder on the Orient Express.  It's different from other "whodunnits" I've read before.  The story is really all about the events and the dialogue.  If you want to know what color dress someone was wearing and whether or not there was lace, you'll be disappointed.  I didn't see the ending coming (I was blinded by my belief about who committed the crime).  I can also say that I will be reading more Agatha Christie novels.   I'm only sorry that I didn't discover her until now!

Until next time...

An Elegant Facade by Kristi Ann Hunter

Why?  Because I had some lovely lazy time this Saturday morning and I needed to know what happened next!  I enjoyed this light, breezy s...