Monday, August 17, 2009

Let Go: live free of the burdens all women know by Sheila Walsh

Let go is a command. Using scripture, quotes, stories, and personal testimonies. Ms. Walsh‘s book focuses on God’s faithful promise of love and deliverance in any circumstance.

Ms. Walsh is a student of the bible. She used her skills to make scriptures come to life with a fresh perspective. One example was the tale of Hagar, the slave of Sarah, Abraham’s wife found in the old testament. Her take changed my perspective of Hagar. I left the chapter feeling more compassion for the woman I previously considered an interloper.

The wisdom found on the pages of Let Go is timeless. I would recommend Let Go as message of hope. It is an effective tool for those facing life struggles and challenges. Kudos to Ms.Walsh for sharing so that others can Let Go and walk free.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Book Review-Tender Graces by Kathryn Magendie

Tender Graces is the debut novel from author Kathryn Magendie. The book is told from the vantage point of the main character Virginia Kate Carey. Virginia Kate returns home after the death of her mother. She is determined to reconcile her past and be at peace with it. This is no typical family book of grief and loss. It is a realistic look into the dark places of family history.

With the guidance of Grandma Faith, Virginia Kate recalls her childhood and the home in the mountains she shared with her parents and brothers. It is an eye opening account of how Virginia Kate viewed the struggle of her parent’s marriage. How the family deals with unwanted changes that come in like a slow building tornado that threatens to tear into pieces all they have known and loved.

Ms. Magendie guides the reader down this mountain path with humor, eloquence, and darn good storytelling. This first time author can expertly handle a phrase. What could be a mundane task carried out by a character is full meaning. The characters in the story are rich and colorful. Even when they drop by for a short visit you will remember them after you turn the page, and turn the page you will. I smiled and cried as I was drawn into their lives hoping for the best and fearing the worst.

This was a book I dreaded finishing. With only forty pages left I vowed not to read it for one day. It was like denying a PMS sufferer chocolate and I gave up. When I finished this book I was happy and content. I know if you read Tender Graces and dive into the life of Virginia Kate Carey you will be too.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

A new blog.

Since I was a kid I have been a reader. My mom was a reader and she passed the love of words on to us. It was a way for me to connect to worlds I knew nothing about. Learn of people I never met. Because I love books so much I decided to start writing reviews for the following reasons:

  1. The practice of putting a limited number of words on paper with a deadline is becoming more appealing to me.
  2. What a chance to give my opinion?
  3. I always wonder if reviewers read the whole book and I know I will.
  4. Best reason of all, I get to read more.(which means learn more to me)
  5. I will watch less TV
  6. I will build my library
  7. I will practice a new skill
  8. It could be a useful tool to promote writers
  9. It could be a useful tool to promote me(that's right their is no shame in my game)
  10. Could involve free books.

Look for my first review soon. Happy reading.