Monday, June 28, 2010

Listen Here!

It is true! Our God is a communicating God. John Eldredge, in his book, Walking With God, gives a series of stories from one year of his life, showing us what it looks like to walk and listen to an amazing God! Believe me, you will learn many things from this book. You will be equiped, as well, for a deeper walk. And an incredible journey is awaiting you as you learn to listen ---because He IS speaking. Eldredge shows us it is in fact true and you can "walk with God" in like manner.
This book is the July 2010 selection for the Faith-Inspired Book Club at the Delphi Public Library, July 22nd. Pick up a copy of the book and join us if you can, 9:00 a.m. Or just pick up the book and be blessed!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Making Toast

This book is a touching and beautifully honest account that begins with the moment author Roger Rosenblatt and his wife Ginny learn of the death of their daughter. At the age of thirty-eight, Amy a devoted wife, mother of three young children, and a successful medical doctor, dies suddenly at home while her young children are present. After hearing the devastating news, the Rosenblatts rush to the home of their son-in-law and grandchildren --- fulfilling an overwhelming need to be together, to help sort out the pain, and to begin to realize the loss that they have all sustained. The days pass and this need to be together somehow becomes a permanent living arrangement. Through the following year we see this shattered family gather the pieces of their former life in an attempt to assemble something that is somewhat whole. Ginny, the grandmother, almost seamlessly moves into the role of mother; cooking, shuttling children to school activities, and singing nursery rhymes as she tucks them into bed. "Now, in her sorrow, she is in her element," writes Rosenblatt. And of this Ginny says," I think my whole life has led up to this moment". Roger offers his own substantial contribution; making toast and pouring cereal for the children's breakfast. "This is the one household duty I have mastered", he claims. This book presents a family's personal pain in a way that is tender without being sentimental and it shows us that even through heartbreak there is humor and beautiful life lessons to be learned.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Blackout by Connie Willis

This is Connie's first book since Passages in 2001 and the third time travel book she has written. Blackout takes place in Britain during World War II. Three researchers from Oxford University in the year 2060 have traveled back in time to observe three different historic events as they happened. Eileen is to work as a maid at a country house where she can observe children evacuated from London. Of course the children catch the measles and this may keep Eileen from returning to Oxford on schedule. Mike is sent to observe the evacuation of Dunkirk, but instead lands many miles away. Even though historian time travelers are not supposed to be able to affect the course of history, Mike's trek may do just that. A third historian Polly has the most dangerous placement. She must find a job as a shopgirl in London where she can observe those who work and live in the damaged city and who take refuge in the bomb shelters at night during the blitz.
This book is a genuine page turner. From the horrifying bombs in London to the bratty children in the manor house to Mike's race to save the soldiers at Dunkirk, the three must face the fact that they may not make it back to the future. However, we won't know until the second book All Clear, comes out in the fall of 2010.
Connie has done her research as always and the book is full of interesting tidbits about the ways the British people set out to defy and fool Hitler. Connie Willis has been inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame and has won six Nebula awards and ten Hugo awards. Her first time travel book is Doomsday which takes place in the 14th century during the time of the Black Death.

The Misadventures of Maude March or Trouble Rides a Fast Horse

Wanted: "Mad" Maude March.....notorious Maude March, a girl reported to be just fifteen years of age, held up the Des Moines Savings & Trust on Friday morning. Eyewitnesses told authorities that she passed for a man & shot like an outlaw....

Eleven year old Sallie March is a whip-smart tomboy & voracious reader of Western adventure novels, also called "dime novels". When she & her ladylike older sister Maude are orphaned for the second time, they decide to take matters into their own hands & escape their self-serving guardians for the wilds of the frontier & an adventure the likes of which Sallie has only read about.

This time, however, the "wanted women" isn't a dime-novel villain, it's Sallie's very own sister! And while life on the run has it's perks - not having to wear a dress, for starters - pretty soon the horse thieving & bank robbing & bandits are more than ever Sallie bargained for.

Narrated by the irrepressible Sallie, What follows is the rollicking, edge-of-your-seat story of what really happened out there on the range. Not the lies the papers printed, but the honest-to-goodness truth of how things went from bad to worse & how two very different sisters went from being orphans to being outlaws & lived to tell the tale!

The Misadventures of Maude March is Newbery Honor winner Audrey Couloumbis's most unforgettable work yet.