#12 of 52: The Shack by William Paul Young

Last week I finished reading, The Shack by William Paul Young. I’ve been a little busy so please excuse this late post on the book. The gist of it…the book is beautiful. The story is about Mack, a father of five, who loses his youngest daughter in a horrible violent crime. Understandably, Mack gets stuck…

#11 of 52: Kitchens Of The Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

Ok….so….my return to fiction has been a triumph! Fine print: With the exception of “Silence”.   Kitchens of The Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal is a treat! It’s Stradal’s first book and a real gem. It is an engaging story about one little girl’s journey through a world that has afforded her very few…

#10 of 52: A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis

A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis is without a shadow of a doubt one of the absolute most heart-wrenching yet lovingly and beautifully written pieces of nonfiction literature I have ever read in my brief thirty-eight years of life. This book moved me beyond words. I read it once on Sunday night and again last…

#9 of 52: Calling All Readers by Allyson R. Abbott

Calling All Readers – How To Write a Simple Book Review by Allyson R. Abbott is not only an instructional book on how to write a book review but it also explains the importance of writing book reviews for Indie Authors. Yes, I read a book on how to write book reviews. Ha! I know…

#8 of 52: Simplify Your Life by Elaine St. James

Simplify Your Life – 100Ways to Slow Down and Enjoy the Things That Really Matter by Elaine St. James is a book about putting everyday situations and “stuff” into perspective. This is a small but thick book filled with really great ideas and recommendations for simplifying things that we have inextricably made complicated. If your…

#7 of 52: Write It Down, Make It Happen by Henriette Anne Klauser

Write It Down, Make It Happen – Knowing What You Want – And Getting It! by Henriette Anne Klauser, Ph.D. is a book about the old adage of “speaking your words into existence” or in this case “writing your words into existence”. I loved this book! It fell into my lap at just the right…

#6 of 52: Utopia by Sir Thomas More

I’d like to state a disclaimer before we get started with Utopia by Sir Thomas More. Yes, my nails are purple. No, this was not a conscious decision made under optimal mental circumstances. I painted my nails on a whim on Monday morning around 3:45am since I was unable to sleep; which happens to me quite often….

#4 of 52: Silence by Shusaku Endo

Silence by Shusaku Endo tells the story of two Portuguese Jesuit priests who go on a mission to Japan to find their mentor and fellow priest who has recently apostatized. The main character is a priest by the name of Sebastian Rodrigues (played byAndrew Garfield in the movie). Father Francisco Garrpe, played by Adam Driver in…

#3 of 52: If not for the Grace of God by Joyce Meyer

Whenever I have a rough day, I tend to remember certain bible verses or excerpts from books that have impacted me. Sometimes I remember the words well; other times, I remember them vaguely. For some reason, I’m more adept at remembering where in the book the message is located. I know…odd. Either way, when I get…

#2 of 52: How to Think Like Einstein by Daniel Smith

According to my Goodreads account, I actually finished reading this book on January 13th, 2017. I started reading it sometime in October or November of last year…lost interest…picked it up again in December while on vacation…lost interest again. This lack of determination and decisiveness is not indicative of the quality of the book. It’s simply how I…

#1 of 52: Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain

As a preamble to my first blog post for this challenge, I should clarify a few things about my nutty methods. Firstly, just because I write a review about a book doesn’t necessarily mean that I just recently finished reading it. You’ll notice that that’ll be the case with my second blog post. That book I finished…