Book Reviews, Memoir, Non-fiction

The Minister’s Wife – review

The Minister's Wife: A Memoir of Faith, Doubt, Friendship, Loneliness, Forgiveness, and More by Karen StillerMy rating: 5 of 5 stars I first discovered this book when I attended a webinar on writing spiritual memoir hosted by an Ottawa writing group, where the author, Karen Stiller, was the presenter. I was intrigued. Watching a later… Continue reading The Minister’s Wife – review

Book Reviews, Memoir

Amee’s Story – review

After reading  the first few pages of Amee’s Story, I wasn’t sure I would ever finish the book. That’s not because it was poorly written. Rather, it was so well written I was pulled back into  a difficult time in my own life. However, I persisted with the reading and I’m so glad I did.… Continue reading Amee’s Story – review

Book Reviews, history, Memoir

Shikataganai–It Can’t Be Helped (review)

In years past we have attended the PNE (Pacific National Exhibition) and visited the barns on the fair grounds. However, I will never view them with the same casual attitude I have till now, after reading Sumi Kinoshita’s book Shikataganai—It Can’t Be Helped. That’s because those barns at Hastings Park became the home of Canadians… Continue reading Shikataganai–It Can’t Be Helped (review)

Book Reviews, Christian living, Memoir, Non-fiction

The Freedom of Dependency (review)

Patricia Mussolum’s little book the Freedom of Dependency packs a big punch as it riffs on an apparent contradiction—how dependency on Jesus leads to a life of freedom. Part testimony, part teaching, part a dare to greater faith and obedience, Mussolum covers a lot of territory. In fourteen brief chapters with intriguing names like “The… Continue reading The Freedom of Dependency (review)

Book Reviews, history, Memoir, nature, Non-fiction, Public Domain

South: The story of Shackleton’s 1914-1917 Expedition – Review

South (Illustrated): The Story of Shackleton's Last Expedition by Ernest ShackletonMy rating: 5 of 5 starsRecently my preference in books has settled on memoir and biography. In that genre, South a memoir of Shackleton’s 1914-1917 Antarctic expedition (first published in 1919) was a real find in my stash of unread Kindle books.Sir Ernest Shackleton (1874-1922)… Continue reading South: The story of Shackleton’s 1914-1917 Expedition – Review

Book Reviews, Memoir, Non-fiction, Personal

The Way of Letting Go (review)

The Way of Letting Go: One Woman's Walk toward Forgiveness by Wilma Derksen My rating: 5 of 5 stars The abduction of their 13-year-old daughter in November off 1984 shunted Winnipeg residents Cliff and Wilma Derksen onto an unfamiliar and horror-strewn track. The discovery of her body seven months later, bound and frozen, provided closure… Continue reading The Way of Letting Go (review)

Book Reviews, Memoir, Theology

Well (review)

Well: Healing Our Beautiful, Broken World from a Hospital in West Africa by Sarah Thebarge My rating: 4 of 5 stars In Well, Sarah Thebarge immerses us in her three-month experience of working as a Physicians’ Assistant in a missionary hospital in Togo, West Africa. From her first days of climate and culture shock to… Continue reading Well (review)

Book Reviews, Memoir, Non-fiction, Personal

It Happened in Moscow (review)

It Happened in Moscow: A Memoir of Discovery by Maureen Klassen My rating: 4 of 5 stars It Happened In Moscow begins with a surprise phone call to Herb and Maureen Klassen’s Moscow apartment in 1993. That call opened a Pandora’s box of secrets. Herb’s parents (C.F. and Mary Klassen) had immigrated from Russia to… Continue reading It Happened in Moscow (review)

Book Reviews, Memoir, Quotes

Faith, Life, and Leadership (review)

Faith, Life and Leadership: 8 Canadian Women Tell Their Stories by Georgialee Lang My rating: 5 of 5 stars When I discovered that there was a book out with stories of Canadian women leaders, I knew I had to get it. Faith Life and Leadership: 8 Canadian Women Tell Their Stories didn’t disappoint. In it… Continue reading Faith, Life, and Leadership (review)

Book Reviews, Memoir, Non-fiction, Quotes

Miracles: Coincidence or Divine Intervention? (review)

Miracles: Coincidence or Divine Intervention? by John Murray Cpd My rating: 5 of 5 stars After he had written a memoir about his childhood, John Murray’s wife asked him, “When are you going to write about your experiences in Eastern Europe?” Miracles: Coincidence or Divine Intervention? is that book. In it Murray tells many fascinating… Continue reading Miracles: Coincidence or Divine Intervention? (review)