IIn many ways, these books are disturbing reads, and for that reason, I would not recommend them for most people. However, I find them worth commenting about because they tackle with death, artificial intelligence, God, and human brokenness; Shusterman has found a way to create a fascinating framework from which to wrestle with these subjects.
A stomach bug was plaguing me when I picked-up Turtles All The Way Down, so the first pages were a bit of a rough start. But I managed to push through, overcome my nausea and excessive sweatiness, and read. This is another book I won't let my kids read until they are a little older (swearing … Continue reading Turtles All the Way Down, by John Green
My son, Cruz, asked if he could have a Hobbit themed birthday party. Of course, I love the idea, but where to even begin... ...at the beginning, I guess! So, here is why I like the beginning of the Hobbit so much: Bilbo is content. He lives in a beautiful Hobbit hole (but it's a hole … Continue reading Cruz and a Hobbit birthday party
I'm not going to write about The Hate U Give in terms of pros and cons: this book doesn't fit into standard categories and is way beyond a simple review. It took me a while to read The Hate U Give because it was so intense. Although I feel uncomfortable reading something with so much … Continue reading On “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas
If you are looking for a good mother's day gift, consider Love Lives Here, by Maria Goff. Love Lives Here is a sweet and encouraging read - sort of like a portable retreat. Throughout the crazy busy of the last few weeks, the book has helped keep me at least partially sane. What appealed to me: I love the … Continue reading Love Lives Here, by Maria Goff
People think I'm pretty laid back, but that's only most of the time. Occasionally, I have high standards, and either the ordinary becomes extraordinary, or I become super irritating and somewhat irrational. The former is when I apply my high standards to myself. The later is when I try to apply my high standards to others (usually … Continue reading Writing Christian Fiction
When I came back from camping this past Sunday, I had a super cool surprise waiting for me. I received my first Faithbox. I had no idea what I would find inside...so fun! When I opened the box, I was stunned to find the book Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst. It's not even supposed to be released until … Continue reading Live loved: Uninvited, by Lysa TerKeurst
This morning I finished A Writer's Guide to Persistence, by Jordan Rosenfeld. I digested it slowly, a chapter a day, over the course of the summer. Not only did the book help motivate me, but it also gave me solid practical wisdom and food for thought. Because of this book, I started exercising again; even … Continue reading Persistence