Book Review: Walk to Beautiful by Jimmy Wayne

Oh My Gosh I love this book. I started it YESTERDAY.  Finished it TODAY. It is 376 pages, including a center section with photos I had to keep flipping forward and back to as I got to certain parts of the story.  I gave up sleep to keep reading, and sleep is my absolute favorite […]

Read More

Chatting with a Writer Friend

Friends, today I get to introduce you to Cathleen Falsani. Grab a cup of coffee (or a glass of wine, depending on what time it is and what kind of day you’re having) and settle in for a chat. I met Cathleen a few years back at the Festival of Faith and Writing, about four […]

Read More

Book Review: My Sisters The Saints

I spent Friday night and part of Saturday with this quiet, powerful memoir. It starts off slowly, with author Colleen Carroll Campbell (a journalist and former Presidential speechwriter) sharing about how God called to her from the chaos of her collegiate party life.  The book hits its stride in the middle, though, pulling the reader […]

Read More

A Book Reviewer’s Manifesto

I cannot post another crappy book review about another crappy Christian book! I simply. Can. Not.  I hit the wall last night as I read the first six chapters of a book I’d agreed to look at. It’s about decisions. I thought it would be a faith-based take on this fantastic book by Chip and […]

Read More

In Praise of Going For It

My obsession with US Open Tennis continues.  Last night Chris Evert’s comments about a few American up & comers who are on the down & out (Sloane Stephens in particular) stuck with me. She said: “Sometimes it seems like they’re afraid to put it all out there…to let it matter to them whether they win […]

Read More

The Art Fair, Keepsake (Weekend reads!)

My definition of a “good weekend” this summer has been about cramming in things from every facet of life: fun with friends, extra sleep, sunshine, laughter…and at least one novel. This weekend was an extravaganza.  Yesterday we had friends over for a cookout. THIS DOG let us sleep until 9:00am this morning (and looked disgruntled […]

Read More

Book Review: Accidents of Marriage

I ADORED this book! Accidents of Marriage is the story of Maddy and Ben. They’re a relatable middle-class couple with a home, three kids, two careers and a good looking life. Except that each night the family waits in fear each night as Ben comes home, wondering what sort of mood he’ll be in. He has […]

Read More

Book Review: Rare Bird by Anna Whiston-Donaldson

About halfway through this book, I stopped reading, found the author on Twitter, and messaged her: Rare Bird is breathtaking. Thank you!  Indeed, Rare Bird is the brilliant, heartbreaking, yet somehow encouraging memoir of a mother coming to terms with the death of her twelve-year-old son, Jack, and her struggle to keep life afloat with […]

Read More

Book Review: Mother, Mother by Koren Zailckas

Friends, THIS is the novel you should read this weekend. Okay, I’m not sure if that’s possible, as the pub date isn’t for a few days yet. But order a copy now and then take a day off from whatever you have planned to dive into this astonishing book. Mother, Mother is Koren Zailckas’ first novel. […]

Read More

YA Summer Continued: The Here And Now by Ann Brashares

The Here and Now by Ann Brashares is another great YA read, continuing the tradition of me being entertained by books written for teens :) Although I’ve never read The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series– Brashares’ best-known work– another of her books, The Last Summer (of You and Me) was a favorite of mine […]

Read More