Category Archives: Spiritual

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  small  but 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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To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris

Sometimes a book’s categorization is elusive. Sometimes you just have to enjoy the book without trying to make it fit a mold.  To Rise Again at a Decent Hour is just such a book. It’s a little bit syfi, a … Continue reading

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About Grace by Anthony Doerr

When we first meet David Winkler he is boarding a plane, and returning home for the first time in twenty-five years. Back then he had been a husband, and a father working as a staff meteorologist at a TV station … Continue reading

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The Desire of the Everlasting Hills: The World Before And After Jesus by Thomas Cahill

On this Good Friday in 2014 it seems appropriate to consider the impact of Jesus on our history, culture and thought. Thomas Cahill in his continuing series on the Hinges of History takes up the question of Jesus and his … Continue reading

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Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers by Anne Lamott

I have appreciated Anne Lamott’s wisdom and spiritual honesty for quite a while now.  Her earlier books; Traveling Mercies (2000) and Plan B (2006) were both books that I found to be wise, honest, funny and profound.  This new book … Continue reading

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson

For my first Christmas posting it seems appropriate to talk about the wonderful book by Barbara Robinson called The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.  For years now, our family has read this out loud as part of our Christmas celebration, either … Continue reading

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