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, People, Poetry Friday

Brown Girl Dreaming (review)

Poetry Camp inspired me to be a more regular visitor to my library (thanks, Janet Wong!). My fascination with verse novels prompted me to pick up Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson. I quickly discovered, though, that this isn’t exactly a verse novel. It’s a memoir—the story of young Jacqueline taking us through her childhood… Continue reading Brown Girl Dreaming (review)

Biography, Book Reviews, Non-fiction, Personal

Passport Through Darkness (review)

Passport through Darkness: A True Story of Danger and Second Chances by Kimberly L. Smith My rating: 5 of 5 stars Kimberly L. Smith and her husband Milton are introduced to the horrors of human trafficking almost by chance, when their missionary activity in Spain leads them to an orphanage in Portugal. There they come… Continue reading Passport Through Darkness (review)

Biography, Book Reviews, Non-fiction, Quotes

Walking From East to West (review)

Walking from East to West: God in the Shadows by Ravi Zacharias My rating: 5 of 5 stars From the first time I heard Ravi Zacharias speak in our Saskatoon church (sometime in the late 1970s or early '80s) I have been fascinated by his message and manner. His memoir, Walking from East to West:… Continue reading Walking From East to West (review)

Book Reviews, Memoir, Non-fiction

Messy Grace – review

Messy Grace: How a Pastor with Gay Parents Learned to Love Others Without Sacrificing Conviction by Caleb Kaltenbach My rating: 5 of 5 stars Caleb Kaltenbach’s story of how he came to faith in Christ while being raised by two lesbian moms and a closet-gay dad is fascinating in its own right. The biblical teaching… Continue reading Messy Grace – review

Biography, Book Reviews, Non-fiction

Love Triangles (review)

Love Triangles, Discovering Jesus the Jew in Today's Israel by Bobbie Ann Cole My rating: 4 of 5 stars In her memoir / travelogue Love Triangles, Bobbie Ann Cole writes about her love affair with Israel. When she and husband Butch move there, it is to fill a six-month time period till their rented property… Continue reading Love Triangles (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

Biography, Book Reviews, Non-fiction

Unafraid (review)

Unafraid: Trusting God in an Unsafe World by Susie Davis My rating: 3 of 5 stars Already a fearful child, the sight of an eighth grade classmate—a neighbor boy—gunning down a favorite teacher in May of 1978 proved to be too much for Susie Davis. As a result, she developed irrational routines like hiding in… Continue reading Unafraid (review)

Biography, Non-fiction

Hiding in the Light (review)

Hiding in the Light: Why I Risked Everything to Leave Islam and Follow Jesus by Rifqa Bary My rating: 5 of 5 stars A face marred by an accident at six, a strict Muslim upbringing, and cruel treatment by her parents fed a deep longing within Rifqa Bary for love and acceptance. It was her… Continue reading Hiding in the Light (review)

Biography, Book Reviews

Miracles from Heaven (review)

Miracles from Heaven: A Little Girl, Her Journey to Heaven, and Her Amazing Story of Healing by Christy Beam My rating: 5 of 5 stars The Beam family didn’t know at the time that December 30, 2011 was the end of more than the year 2011. Christy Beam’s memoir Miracles from Heaven: A Little Girl,… Continue reading Miracles from Heaven (review)