Category Archives: Spiritual

This Is Why I Came by Mary Rakow

Some books just surprise you by their simplicity and power. The simple poetic prose and new insights into texts weary with the weight of thousands of years of analysis are what astonished me in this lovely meditative book by Rakow. … Continue reading

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Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen

Rhoda Janzen realized her marriage had ended when in the middle of the night the phone rang and her husband’s male lover asked to speak with him. Soon after that Rhoda was in a car accident leaving her seriously injured. … Continue reading

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The Saxon Tales Series by Bernard Cornwell

As you already know, I am a pretty big fan of Bernard Cornwell. So when I recently was preparing to go on vacation and stocking up on books to take on my Kindle, I discovered a whole series by Cornwell … Continue reading

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H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

After her father died, Helen Macdonald seemed to die a little too. A naturalist and historian, she was completing her research fellowship at a university in England when her father’s unexpected death throws her off course, overwhelmed by her fierce … Continue reading

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The Fifth Gospel by Ian Caldwell

Father Alex Andreou is an Eastern Catholic priest living inside Vatican City with his 5 year old son, Peter. He is a part of ┬ásmall ┬ábut confounding tradition which follows the Greek Orthodox traditions which allows priests to marry but … Continue reading

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The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

As a daughter of missionaries I am always intrigued by how missionaries are portrayed in fiction. In general they don’t fair very well. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver is probably the most recent example of the missionary stereotype in … Continue reading

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Lila by Marilynne Robinson

In Lilla, Lila Dahl, a character we met in Robinson’s previous books Gilead and Home, tells the story of how she was found and raised by Doll, became a part of group of itinerant farm workers who wandered together, broke … Continue reading

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