Sunday, February 13, 2011

Happy Hearts Day!

Wishing all of you lovebirds
a very
Happy Valentine's Day...
especially Mr. C.

I am grateful to be married to my
very best friend.

Even after nearly 17 years together,
there is not a day that goes by that I don't
discover something else
new and wonderful
about that man.

Someone recently told us that they couldn't believe
we've been married for so long because
we still act like newlyweds.
Best. Compliment. Ever.

Life isn't perfect
and it hasn't always been easy
(by any stretch of the imagination)
but overall it's been pretty darned great.

And each day I gain a deeper and greater
for this life we share
and the family we've created.

Monday, February 07, 2011

Searching For God Knows What

by Donald Miller

Book Description:
New York Times best-selling author Donald Miller explores the origin and meaning of redemption in this fully revised and redesigned bestseller.

Hysterically funny, wryly provocative, and disquietingly insightful, Searching for God Knows What invites readers to examine their deep need for redemption, to feel it, know it, and live like it is true in their lives.

Miller weaves phenomenal characters and true-to-life spectacles into his acclaimed memoir style to enrich, inspire, entertain, and ultimately challenge readers to see life in a new way. He shows that one of the greatest desires of every person is the desire for redemption, to have brokenness repaired. Instead of the chaotic relationships, self-hatred, wreckless consumerism, and anxiety that overrun a life without redemption, Miller uncovers the beauty and power of the Gospel to fulfill one of our deepest needs.
I'd like to begin by saying that I really WANTED to like this book. I really did. Unfortunately that was not the case. I can usually read a book in one sitting. It is rare that it takes longer than a couple of days for me to finish even a mediocre book. This one took months for me to complete. Every time I picked it up, I just could not force myself to read more than a chapter (if that).
I didn't get his humor. The parts of the book where he tried to be funny didn't strike me as even mildly amusing - and I have a great sense of humor. :)  I found it bizarre that he mentions attending a writing conference, yet didn't know the difference between fiction and non-fiction. What?!?!
I could not, in good conscience, recommend this book to anyone. It was almost painful to read.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Lady In Waiting

Lady in Waiting by Susan Meissner

***I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group and was asked to review it on my blog.

Let me begin by telling you that I love historical fiction. I love reading a novel that has a bit of truth and history behind it. This book was no exception. I began reading it and could not put it down until I had finished. Susan Meissner has written a delightful and entertaining novel.

This is the story of two ladies named Jane. Jane Lindsay lives in current times and is trying to make sense of her husband's sudden decision to take a job in another state without her. She manages her aunt's antiques shop in New York. She has spent her life trying to please everyone else, but never fully realizing her own wants and needs.

Lady Jane Grey's story is set 400 years ago and involves English royalty. Her life has been ruled by people who were more concerned about position and politics than with her happiness and welfare. It was heartbreaking to see her used as a pawn by so many people.

Their lives are intertwined when modern-day Jane finds a ring in an old prayer book. Thus begins the story of the ring's journey from 16th Century England to present-day New York City.

While one Jane is trying to figure out her life, love, and marriage, the other Jane is focusing on obedience, discipline, and duty. The characters in this book were believable and endearing and I highly recommend reading it.