A Gospel of Hope by Walter Brueggemann

From publisher’s notes, “Beloved and respected by scholars, preachers, and laity alike, Walter Brueggemann offers penetrating insights on Scripture and prophetic diagnoses of our culture. Instead of maintaining what is safe and routine, A Gospel of Hope encourages readers to embrace the audacity required to live out one’s faith. This must-have volume gathers Brueggemann’s wisdom on topics … Continue reading A Gospel of Hope by Walter Brueggemann

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An Amish Heirloom by Amy Clipston, Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Kelly Irvin

An Amish Heirloom is a collection of four stories involving Amish characters in various parts of the United States. Before reading An Amish Heirloom, I was familiar with two of the authors of these stories. I have read and enjoyed books by Amy Clipston and Beth Wiseman. Kathleen Fuller and Kelly Irvin were new authors … Continue reading An Amish Heirloom by Amy Clipston, Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Kelly Irvin

An Extra Mile by Sharon Garlough Brown

An Extra Mile is the fourth in the Sensible Shoes series. This was the first book in that series that I read. There are many characters in these books and their backstories are not properly explained in An Extra Mile. I would recommend these books from the beginning of the series in order to preserve … Continue reading An Extra Mile by Sharon Garlough Brown

The Heart Between Us by Lindsay Harrel

The Heart Between Us is an adventure for the reader. Megan Jacobs received her much-needed heart transplant years earlier, but she is afraid to embrace her new life. At 32, she lives with her parents and cannot seem to move away from her pre-transplant life of fear. Her twin sister Crystal lives in New York … Continue reading The Heart Between Us by Lindsay Harrel

Colors of Christmas: Two Contemporary Stories Celebrate the Hope of Christmas by Olivia Newport

  You will be sure to get into the Christmas mood by reading Colors of Christmas: Two Contemporary Stories Celebrate the Hope of Christmas. Each modern day story has elements of sadness, hope, loss, suspense and redemption. I enjoyed both stories, but felt that both could have been better if fleshed out into full novels. … Continue reading Colors of Christmas: Two Contemporary Stories Celebrate the Hope of Christmas by Olivia Newport

The Christmas Blessing by Melody Carlson

The Christmas Blessing offers a look back at a different time. It is November 1944 and America is at war. The lives of men, women and families are turned upside down. What was normal before December 7, 1941 has become passé. There has been an urgency attached to everyday life that was not there before … Continue reading The Christmas Blessing by Melody Carlson

Choose Grace: 3-Minute Devotions for Women by Ellyn Sanna, Joanna Bloss

  This was a timely read for me as I am involved in a Bible study whose topic is grace. These short (3 minute reads) are designed for women, but men would certainly benefit from them. Each one opens with a scripture written out and referenced. Then the short devotion follows. A written prayer ends … Continue reading Choose Grace: 3-Minute Devotions for Women by Ellyn Sanna, Joanna Bloss

More-with-Less Cookbook, 40th Anniversary Edition by Doris Janzen Longacre with Rachel Marie Stone

Years ago, I bought the original More-with-Less, but many moves and many years resulted in a missing copy. I don’t remember if I made any of the recipes, but I do remember enjoying perusing the book. I was happy to receive a PDF copy of the book published by Herald Press and received through NetGalley. … Continue reading More-with-Less Cookbook, 40th Anniversary Edition by Doris Janzen Longacre with Rachel Marie Stone