June & July Reads

  1. I don’t normally read romances (not since high school anyway), but this cover doesn’t do justice to the content of this book. In fact, I almost didn’t read it because of the cover. However, I’d read a Hauck novel several years back about a the history of a wedding dress and enjoyed it. Although I found this plotline rather dull, the characters and witty dialogue and descriptions made me laugh and pause. E.g. “A few soap-worthy words,” “the heyday of the Frogmore Cafe echoes in the Valley of Time alongside beehive hairdos and eight-track cassettes.” And these: “Sentiment doesn’t pay the bills,” and “I don’t dream like this when I’m asleep.” “She’s a walking feather. Just watching her on TV makes me feel like an engorged slug. I’m never eating again.”

In other words, this first Lowcountry book is an amusing escape. (FICTION)

Sweet Caroline (A Lowcountry Romance Book 1) by [Hauck, Rachel]

2. Katie Davis, author of Kisses from Katie, got married and wrote another book, Daring to Hope: Finding God’s Goodness in the Broken and Beautiful. Confession time: I’ve been reading through this book for the last six months or so. Not because her words didn’t captivate and tug at my soul, but because I needed that much time to digest the wisdom and absorb the implications of living life with such an altered perspective. If you read one “discipleship” or “self-help” book this year, read this one. Few people live life like this and write books about their experiences, but her surrender challenges me to ask, “Am I really giving up all (my time, my emotions, my desires, my comfort, my ideas of “what should be”) to follow after Christ’s plan for my life?” Katie asks the question,

How do you hold on to hope 
when you don’t get the ending 
you asked for?

Daring to Hope: Finding God's Goodness in the Broken and the Beautiful by [Davis Majors, Katie]

3. Todd’s Bleak Landing transports readers to the WWII era of Canada and how the locals dealt with the smaller world of their inner lives (familial bonds, loss, loneliness, love, etc.) vs. the backdrop of worldwide issues (prejudice, poverty, social-economic issues, and threat of Nazi-Germany). Todd’s characters and plot-line reminded me of Anne of Green Gables meets Little Women meets G.K. Chesterton. Delightful read despite the hardships Bridget O’Sullivan faces. (FICTION)

Bleak Landing by [Todd, Terrie]

4. Admiring Dr. Axe’s research, knowledge, and approach, I found Eat Dirt enlightening, practical, and full of hopeful help. If you (or a family member) suffers from digestive issues, skin issues, chronic allergies, autoimmune disease, adrenal fatigue, or even arthritis, Dr. Axe, doctor of Natural Medicine and Wellness, takes some of the frustration and mystery out of lingering symptoms and targets the heart of the issue. Dr. Axe helps readers find the food, supplements, and lifestyle transformations that will target your specific needs. And if that’s not exciting enough, his book is free on Amazon Kindle, if you are a Prime member. (Non-Fiction)

5. My husband and I are reading through In His Image together. So far, it’s been an empowering and truth-soaked book, challenging us to see God for who He really is and to position ourselves under His authority so we can grow in the attributes of him that reflect his character. “Sometimes we ask ‘What is God’s will for my life? when really we should be asking ‘Who should I be?’ Each chapter explores ten attributes of God (ones He has called us to emulate as well). At the end of each chapter, Wilkin posts Bible verses for meditation and questions for reflection. Although we are not finished with this text, I highly recommend it. (Non-Fiction)

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