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Book Review: Reading People

Today, I'm thrilled to share a review of the book Reading People by Anne Bogel. I've read Anne's blog Modern Mrs. Darcy for years. She shares lots of posts about books - perfect for a librarian like me - as well as articles about fashion/style, bullet journals (she got me started on mine with her posts!), organization, and pretty (and practical) things for the home. Combined with some lovely photos, hers is a blog I always look forward to reading. Her posts about highly sensitive people were revolutionary for me, as I had never heard the term before and realized I was one, and my daughter was too! This knowledge explained a lot about different things that had overwhelmed me during my life and also helped me to understand my daughter's personality better.

Reading People includes a chapter on highly sensitive people, as well as several other personality frameworks including Myers-Briggs, Enneagram, the Five Love Languages, and more. Some of these I've heard of and ex…

Book Review: Praying for Girls

Praying for Girls byTeri Lynne Underwood is a comprehensive guidebook of prayers and activities for girls of all ages. The book is divided into five parts with around four chapters in each part. Part 1 is Prayers for Her Identity; Part 2 is Prayers for Her Heart; Part 3 is Prayers for Her Mind; Part 4 is Prayers for Her Relationships; and Part 5 is Prayers for Her Purpose. Each chapter includes real life anecdotes from the author’s experiences with her daughter and other girls in their lives. Scriptures, sample prayers, and activities to reinforce the concepts for younger, middle, and older girls are included in each chapter.

This book is really a resource for anyone that wants to invest in girls in their lives by praying for them. It’s not the type of book you read from cover to cover, but it’s best used as a reference. It would be a great book to work through weekly or monthly, focusing one topic for prayer at a time. Another way to use it would be to use it as our girls face vario…

Book Review: High as the Heavens by Kate Breslin

I was pleased to be a part of the street team for Kate Breslin's newest book, High as the Heavens. The book is a Christian historical fiction novel set in Brussels during World War I. On the surface, Evelyn Marche is a widowed nurse, but readers quickly discover that she is involved in work as a spy for a Belgian resistance group. When a British plane crashes in the middle of a park, Evelyn is on the scene and shocked at who she finds has survived the crash. She will risk everything to help British Captain Simon Forrester escape from being executed as a spy...but why? The answers are surprising and compelling.

Told in a series of flashbacks and current events in the novel, readers learn about all that Evelyn, her family, and Simon Forrester have endured throughout the war as well as how Evelyn and Simon are connected. This book is full of twists and turns, lots of suspense, and a little romance. Evelyn and Simon rarely know who is a friend and who is a foe, and they even have diff…

Book Review: Gathering the Threads by Cindy Woodsmall

When I was given the opportunity to be a part of the launch team for Cindy Woodsmall's newest book, Gathering the Threads, I jumped at the chance. My mom and I have both been waiting for this book which is the third in the Amish of Summer Grove trilogy. The first two books tell the story of Ariana, a young Amish woman who for twenty years was raised Amish, only to discover her biological parents were actually English instead of Amish. Book three picks up after Ariana has been out in the world for three months with her English family.

I read this book in three days. It was a great read. Very interesting and intricate as well as suspenseful at times. Nothing about the situation is easy. Ariana comes back from her time in the English world changed and the book deals with the aftermath of that. She and her family must adjust to a "new normal" as they navigate their places in each other's lives. Another factor in Ariana's life is her lifelong friend Quill, an Amish ma…

Book Review: Wings of the Wind by Connilyn Cossette

Wings of the Wind by Connilyn Cossette is the third book in the "Out from Egypt" series by the author. The novel is Biblical historical fiction and places the reader in the time of the Hebrews wandering through the desert, waiting to enter the promised land. Alanah is a Canaanite, a tribe battling with the Hebrews. When she's discovered on the battlefield almost dead by Tobiah, he realizes it's a woman, not a man that was fighting. Tobiah brings Alanah back to camp, and quickly realizes he has to extend her his protection in a most unexpected way.

I think my favorite part of Biblical historical fiction is the way the books bring the Bible to life by adding details that help the reader to feel like they understand the situation the Hebrews were facing at this point in their journey. While the book is the third in the series and includes some characters that were in previous books, it is not necessary to read the first two books to read and follow the storyline in this…

Book Review: A Note Yet Unsung

A few weeks ago, I finished reading A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander. When I got the book in the mail, I was so excited because I think the cover is just stunning. It's so pretty; it made an instant impression on me and I was automatically looking forward to reading the book. Luckily, the book was just as good as the cover made it appear. While the book is the third in the Belmont Mansion series, with the exception of some overlapping characters, it is a stand alone novel.

Set in the 1870's, the reader is transported into the world of the orchestra. Despite being classically trained as a violinist in Vienna, Rebekah Carrington is unable to obtain a position in an orchestra because women are considered too fragile for such a position. She's unwilling to give up on her dream and uses her knowledge of music to gain a job working with Tate Whitcomb, the conductor of the Nashville Philharmonic. As they work together to compose and transcribe a new symphony, the secrets bot…

Book Review: Rhythms of Rest by Shelly Miller

For many years, intentional living has been our goal as a family. I read a variety of blogs and other resources that support this type of thoughtful living and decision making. I am not a big reader of nonfiction books, but when Rhythms of Rest by Shelly Miller showed up in my inbox, it sounded like something I'd like to try reading. I discovered several years ago that I am what is known as a "highly sensitive person" and my daughter is highly sensitive as well. Having opportunities to rest and recharge as well as good overall routines in place is important to both of us. During the first half of this school year (when I started this book), we were in a place of just being too busy and I was feeling the strain of that.

Enter Rhythms of Rest. The focus of the book is delving into what the Sabbath is and how we can make it a reality in our daily lives. In addition, the book discusses the benefits of Sabbath keeping and what a gift from God the concept and practice of Sabba…

Book Review: Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green

Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green is a Christian historical fiction novel like none I've ever read before. I finished the book a few weeks ago and it has continued to leave an impression on me. Julianne Chevalier is a midwife who was imprisoned after a women giving birth in her care died. She is branded a criminal whose only hope is exile to the French colony of Louisiana. This exit comes with a price - marriage to another prisoner. From the difficult passage to Louisiana to the untamed and unlawful lands and people Julianne finds there, her strength and faith is constantly tested. Full of mystery, sadness, suspense, danger, and intrigue, this novel is an intense journey. Julianne finds she cannot escape the mark that brands her a criminal, at least not in the eyes of people, but she can be made new through God's grace and mercy.

This book was incredibly fascinating because of its unique time period and location. I've never read a book set in the French colony of Louisiana…