Book Reviews: Dog Training

In honor of THIS DOG’s unleashed tour of the neighborhood yesterday, I thought I’d share about my recent tour of dog training books and resources. I’m proud to say that my response to yesterday’s adventure (sprint after escaped dog to recapture her by whatever means necessary, even if it means looking like a complete idiot […]

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Book Recommendations!

Here are four books to add to your beach bag (even if you’re not on vacation and just keep your beach bag next to the couch to reach into on weekends!) Non-Fiction Fury: A Memoir by Koren Zailckas This book reminded me how good writing can be. Zailckas takes us through her years of figuring out […]

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Reading idea: make it a YA summer

It is pouring BUCKETS outside right now.  Sheets of pelting rain. Which makes this a PERFECT day to draft a fun plan for summer reading, because Mama told me there’d be days like this…and that one should use these days to read. A few years ago, Steve and I spent the summer in the Finger Lakes […]

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Book Recommendation: Plain Faith

This one surprised me. I expected a rather dull, sad story about a family pulled away from their faith by the heartbreak of losing their two daughters in a buggy crash. Instead, I found a smart, moving story about a family prompted by this heartbreak to consider their beliefs and practices in light of the […]

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Book Review: Where The Wind Leads

Loved it. Where the Wind Leads is the story of a family forced out of Vietnam in the aftermath of the Vietnam war. The first part of the book chronicles the life they abandoned when they fled and their harrowing journey as unwanted “boat people” in desperate search of a place to land. Then the […]

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Books!

This is SUCH a good book year, you guys. I have been quite the happy camper, turning pages and getting immersed in one great story/collection/new idea after another. Here’s a roundup of blurbs so you can find one (or seven) to add to your TBR pile. Because summer reading season IS coming, right? Right! Even […]

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Book Review: The Inscribed Collection

One of the interesting review opportunities I’ve had this season is the four-part Inscribed Bible Study series. These are studies written by women (more unusual than you might think) and are inspired by this cool passage from the book of Proverbs: “Stay focused, do not lose sight of mercy and truth…meditate on them so they are […]

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Book Review: Crash The Chatterbox

I’m in a season of profound books with strange names.  Crash the Chatterbox: Hearing God’s Voice Above All the Others is the latest installment. This book was really helpful. I’m on a quest to keep my eyes on God as I go about my life, rather than the circumstances I see around me.  This can […]

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Book Review: The God First Life

A few weeks ago, when we were in the middle of kitchen renovations, our contractor came in and handed me a packager he’d found on the front porch. We chatted about the things of the day – cabinets, drawer pulls, whatever – as I opened the package and mumbled something about not being sure what […]

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Book Review: Girl at the End of the World

 I started this book this afternoon, intending to read one chapter. And hour later, I was so caught up in the story that I read the whole thing. Dinner was late. It was worth it. Girl at the End of the World is a memoir by Elizabeth Esther,  a woman who grew up in a […]

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