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 fiction

Behind Her Name – review

Behind Her Name by Eunice Cooper-MatchettMy rating: 5 of 5 stars You would never know from the confident look of the woman sitting at the bookstore table signing books for her fans, that Sage Bush was still trapped in her traumatic childhood. But she was. In Behind Her Name, author Eunice Cooper-Matchett explores, with wonderful… Continue reading Behind Her Name – 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)

Found, Religious

Searching Forgiveness

Searching Forgiveness Forgiveness – what it is and what it isn’t It is not enabling It is not about forgetting Forgiveness is uncommon but possible miraculous, the answer God’s intervention, Divine the final form of love Forgiveness is the flip side of gratitude simply a one-sided transaction a selfish act, an inhuman quality a Six… Continue reading Searching Forgiveness

Personal, Religious, Spiritual Journey Thursday

Night Class

Night Class I wake at night in the classroom with God go to His desk to watch Him marking my day. “Here,” He says, “see your anger when you were kept waiting your rudeness when disturbed your defensiveness when criticized? These are all places the theory you know in your head those textbook passages you… Continue reading Night Class

Book Reviews, Christian fiction, Fiction

Without Proof (review)

Without Proof by Janet Sketchley My rating: 5 of 5 stars Two years after her fiancé Gilles died beside her in the cockpit of the plane he crash-landed on a Nova Scotia highway, Amy Silver is getting back on her feet emotionally and physically. She has even taken off the gold chain that held Gilles’… Continue reading Without Proof (review)

Book Reviews, Fiction, Historical fiction

The Silver Locket (review)

The Silver Locket by Sophia Bar-Lev My rating: 5 of 5 stars “ ‘I think that there’s something special happening here—a kind of “hashgacha pratis” like the Rabbi talks about. ... Oh, that’s Hebrew for “an intervention of divine providence” ’ ” – The Silver Locket, p. 23. The “something special” Rosalie Lapkin refers to… Continue reading The Silver Locket (review)

Biography, Book Reviews, Non-fiction, Quotes

Openness Unhindered – review

Openness Unhindered: Further Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert on Sexual Identity and Union with Christ by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield My rating: 4 of 5 stars I first came across Openness Unhindered’s author Rosaria Butterfield on a video where she told her story of coming to Christ out of a lesbian lifestyle. I loved the fact… Continue reading Openness Unhindered – review

Book Reviews, Christian fiction, Fiction

Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe (review)

Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe by Max Lucado My rating: 5 of 5 stars After Chelsea Chambers discovers that her NFL husband Sawyer has been cheating on her, inheriting the family café and coffee shop in San Antonia is the perfect out. She, with 12-year-old Hancock and six-year-old Emily move into the upper floor… Continue reading Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe (review)

Book Reviews, Christian fiction, Historical fiction

Consider the Sunflowers (review)

Tina Janz feels torn between her parents’ wishes that she marry an upstanding (but boring) Mennonite boy and her desire for the man she loves—Frank Warkentin, the son of a Mennonite father and Gypsy mother. But the tug-of-war in Elma Schemenauer’s novel Consider the Sunflowers is more than between just Tina and her parents. For… Continue reading Consider the Sunflowers (review)