This memoir combines anecdotes from Braestrup's many roles in life--as chaplain to the Maine Warden Service, as mother and stepmother to a total of six children, as a child growing up with a father serving in the Marines, as mother to a son who is joining the Marines himself. Anyone who has...
Book Genre: Spirituality
The once-vibrant murals in Sierra's Brooklyn neighborhood are fading. What's even stranger, their painted smiles are turning to looks of sadness and even terror. Her stroke-addled grandfather is apologizing for something he won't explain and rambling about something called shadowshapers,...
Health emergencies can make you fearful, confused and even angry. For Elie Wiesel, survivor of the Nazi death camps and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, emergency heart surgery at age 82 offers another opportunity to revisit his own mortality and ask the big questions he has spent his life...
This took courage to write and draw her life, reflect on her past with her parents, and somehow harness the essence of time passing and her path in losing her parents -- with skill and freshness.
I absolutely love how she draws exasperation on her face!!! It's a serious book, that has...
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) by Don Miguel Ruiz is a novel I read every couple of years to remind myself of these life-changing agreements. The Four Agreements are very simple, but very insightful. To embrace and live each of the Four...
Veda is a classical Bharatanatyam dancer at her technical best when a car accident forces doctors to amputate her right leg below the knee. She never once gives in to despair that she will never dance again, but her journey to relearn her art is far from easy. Frustrated by the new limitations...
Nadia Bolz-Weber looks more like a tall, tough biker than most people's views of a pastor, and hearing much of her life story wouldn't change that guess. She's a sober alcoholic, a former stand-up comic, covered with tattoos, and of course a woman to boot. But in her new book, she takes us...
I love the Tiffany Aching Adventures by Terry Pratchett. This book is excellent example of Terry Pratchett’s unique combination of humor, insight into the nature of humanity and compelling characters.
I Shall Wear Midnight is the fourth book in this series. Tiffany Aching has spent...
I’ve loved Aretha Franklin since I was a kid and first saw her in the movie “The Blues Brothers.” My girlfriends and I made up a dancing/singing routine to the song “Respect”. She is the image of a strong woman who is a survivor and Mark Bego’s biography reinforces it.
This biography is...
When I decided to read a poetry book to review, I decided to go for a book that I’ve been meaning to read but was pretty sure that, absent external incentive, I never would never actually get around do: Walt Whitman’s epic* Leaves of Grass. Two friends of mine set one of Whitman’s poems...
I enjoyed this book because the author asks so many questions that we often times ask our God. But as she goes through her trials and tribulations, so understand why she's questioning the actions of God and the universe. I easily put myself in her shoes.
I love the humor that is put in...
Most people know C.S. Lewis for his Chronicles of Narnia series or his writings about Christianity and the human condition. Out of the Silent Planet is the first book of his Space Trilogy and one of his earliest published works. It tells the...
This was my first foray into Wendell Berry's vast catalog. A meditator on the natural and spiritual, Berry writes with an intimacy that goes beyond simple musings about the color of leaves or a distant God. These poems have a rich, living feel that can only come from someone who has...
Nature eats itself alive, explodes into dazzling landscapes, and Annie Dillard watches with a ferocious curiosity and reports back in beautiful prose. Can you tell I loved this book? A Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is an observation, a meditation, and an exhilarating celebration about Dillard’s time...
If you’re a woman of faith, how should you live your life? Rachel Held Evans decided to try a brave experiment to find some answers for herself. Rachel spent an entire year living “Biblical Womanhood.” Rachel took some teachings from the bible to put into practice in her own...
Waiting for the Library's copy of The Unreal and The Real by Ursula Le Guin feels like waiting for Godot. Fortunately, I spied Chiang's collection of stories. Chiang, like Le Guin, doesn't always write between the genre lines which is exactly what I like. ...
Naomi Ash has come of age in a rustic, spiritualist community in upstate New York. Like most of the neighbors who inhabit the town's gingerbread-festooned, 19th century cottages, Naomi is a registered medium who makes her living providing readings to summer tourists. Down-to-earth despite her...
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