Biography, Book Reviews, Christian living, Religious

Fresh Joy – review

Fresh Joy: Finding Joy in the Midst of Loss, Hardship and Suffering by Heidi McLaughlin My rating: 5 of 5 starsWhen the sudden and unexpected death of a partner hit Heidi McLaughlin for the second time, it would not have been surprising if she’d have become bitter and joyless. But she was determined not to… Continue reading Fresh Joy – review

Personal, Prayer, Religious, Theology

Prepare for the End of Your World

"Galaxy" - © 2020 by V. Nesdoly Yesterday a newsfeed headline “How to Prepare Now for the Complete End of the World” caught my eye. I didn’t read the article right away, but it got me thinking. Are we near the “complete end of the world”? The spreading covid19 virus, the doom and gloom of… Continue reading Prepare for the End of Your World

Book Reviews, Non-fiction

When You Lose Someone You Love (review)

When You Lose Someone You Love by Joanne Fink My rating: 5 of 5 stars Author and artist Joanne Fink’s husband Andy died suddenly at only 53 years of age. After 29 years of marriage, Joanne was devastated by his death. A few weeks after he died she began journaling and drawing her thoughts. When… Continue reading When You Lose Someone You Love (review)

Biography, Book Reviews, Non-fiction

Let’s Pretend We’re Normal (review)

Let's Pretend We're Normal: Adventures in Rediscovering How to Be a Family by Tricia Lott Williford My rating: 5 of 5 stars “Mr Responsible died, suddenly and tragically. He was sick for only twelve hours. ... A thief named sepsis stole his breath and his heartbeat, and his spirit slipped right through Curly Girl’s fingers,… Continue reading Let’s Pretend We’re Normal (review)

Book Reviews, Christian fiction, Fiction, Young Adult

The Ishbane Conspiracy (review)

The Ishbane Conspiracy by Angela Alcorn My rating: 4 of 5 stars “Sometimes the best way to see a thing is to look at its opposite,” says Randy Alcorn, quoting A.W. Tozer in his “Note to Readers.” The opposite is something of which we get large chunks in The Ishbane Conspiracy—a novel by Alcorn and… Continue reading The Ishbane Conspiracy (review)

nature, Objects

Earth Song

Earth Song They call me sod loam, dirt clay, turf, dust. In cahoots with rain, rocks and roots worms and grubs perforated by ants and moles aquifers and oil veined with lead, copper, gold and hiding diamonds and coal cables, wires and pipes I hold your huts and your tents your houses and barns anchor… Continue reading Earth Song

People, Poetry Friday, Religious

Tabitha

TABITHA While others haggled over meat and fish I caressed bolts of nubby linen examined weave of wool marveled at the rich lightness of silk. When I became disciple love of finery and fabric was all I had to give the Risen Wearer of the unseamed cloak. Then I forsook my search for that embroidered… Continue reading Tabitha

People, Personal, Poetry Friday

The witness of rooms

The Witness of Rooms The heart of our family was the dining room more than the tight kitchen with its claustrophobia of cupboards woodbox on wheels, tilting-out flour bin that hid desperate-legged beetles and gas stove whose oven POOF! terrified me when I was eight. The dining room had the fridge and the wood table… Continue reading The witness of rooms