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The Big "R" Word

Is there any trickier and yet more rewarding relationship than that between mothers and daughters? Perhaps the relationships between sisters and sisters of the heart… Sorry, Men, I don’t know much about your relationships, if you want to check out of this book review feel free, but if you stick with us, maybe you will find a resource for your mom or wife or sister!

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Oh No! It's Here!

Well, friends, it finally happened. I blinked one too many times and now my oldest daughter is 13. Yep, we officially have a teenager in the house.

I believe the teenage years are a time to celebrate. Your children (and mine!) are growing into the people God called them to be. They are stretching their wings, finding their strengths, and beginning conversations about the future. An exciting time indeed.

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Can a Friendship Span Decades Without Consequence?

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I needed a kick in the pants to begin writing again, but the dark hole I was in didn’t mean I stopped reading altogether. That would be akin to deciding to never breathe again, or to never eat a piece of chocolate (yes, those are roughly the same thing). During my dry writing patch, and my long, dark slog through winter I had the privilege of reading some beautiful books.

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A Book Recommendation I'm Glad I Took

I glean book recommendations everywhere I go. On airplanes, I’m the creep who is craning her neck to see the title of the paperback you are reading. At the library I send surreptitious glances at the stacks on books in someone else’s hands. If you casually mention reading something interesting, I pounce on the tidbit like a cat after her favorite catnip toy. But, let’s be honest, I mostly get my book recommendations from Facebook. (Got a good book I should know about? Drop it in the comments!)

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Share A Classic This Christmas!

Whew! November was quite a ride! I loved reading something different every day and then sharing a few thoughts with you. For December, I have another set of exciting reviews planned. This December, in honor of the Advent and Christmas Season, I’m going to review three Bibles. Because, what better way to celebrate the incarnation of Christ than to read about it in Scripture?

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Adventurers, Grab a jacket. We're Heading to China and It's Wintertime.

Grace Lin has created a lovely world of Chinese characters, blending a little bit of history with a whole lot of Chinese folktales. The story weaves in and out of the folktales until you delightfully aren’t sure which is which. Characters in the tales take on new meaning as the plot thickens. I tried to guess how it would all turn out, but I was still surprised by the ending.

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This Book Isn't Quite What You'd Expect

With that being said, I still recommend Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and here’s why: Eleanor is not completely fine. I know, big surprise, but, during her journey to mental health we learn a lot about true friendship, respectful interactions with others, and treating people with kindness. Eleanor’s straightforward approach to life is refreshing and sometimes laugh out loud funny. I’d like to share a cup of tea with her sometime.

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Phew, Sparks are Flying!

“Blazin’” Kate Burns returns home after the tragic death of her wildfire fighting father. Determined to follow in his legacy she joins the Jude County Hotshots. Sparks fly as she reunites with her old flame, Jed. Together they learn a little about trust, a little about love, and a lot about faith as they fight to put out the wildfires raging through Montana.

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What Will You Do If The Lights Go Out?

I’m a sucker for a good post-apocalyptic novel and The Light did not disappoint. The characters faced realistic problems and solved them in (mostly) realistic ways. I enjoyed the relationships that developed, and the reliance on faith and prayer to help guide them. This is the first book in The Light series, and I can see the author is going to have a lot of fun developing the storyline and characters further. I look forward to reading the rest of the books, but maybe I’d better wait until after #30inNovember!

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Give Me Kindness and Jesus

Okay, confession time. I didn’t actually read the entire Daily Acts of Kindness today. But I have been reading it every morning to my family around the breakfast table. It is not an overstatement to say that we’re glad we have this book. I appreciate that the focus is on our kindness as an outgrowth of our faith walk and our love for Jesus. To me, kindness and Jesus should always be linked.

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Grab a Cup of Coffee and Enjoy this Novella

Heaven Shining Through felt like what you would get if you sat down over coffee and asked your grandmother to tell you her life story - in a good way! Joe Siccardi’s novella takes his readers on a trip through Samantha’s life, pausing now and then to get a closer look at some of the scenery. This was a sweet story, and I found myself wishing it was a longer novel-length book so we could really get to know Samantha.

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Put This One on Your Christmas List

Jane Austen’s classic novel reimagined in comic book form. When Mrs. Bennet determines to marry off one of her eligible daughters to the newcomers renting a nearby estate, the social order of the neighborhood is turned on its ear. Will any of the four Bennet sisters find love or will they be doomed to a penniless existence because of their pride and others’ prejudice?

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For the Fan of Fractured Fairytales

At our house, fractured fairytales are the soup d’jour. We eat them like candy, and not the weird kinds left over from Halloween, the good candy, you know, like Twix or Dark Milky Way bars or Reese’s Peanut Butter cups. Yum… Candy… Wait, back on track. Fractured fairytales litter our bookshelves and fill our floor space, so it takes quite a bit to impress us.

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A Must-Read for Every Budding Scientist

This story about a 12 year-old, redheaded, genius girl hit all the right notes for me as a mom and as someone who is trying to teach science to her daughters. Max’s character makes science sound interesting and attainable. More than that, though, Max Einstein is also kind, friendly, and humble about her smarts (unlike other people I could mention - I’m looking at you, Klaus!).

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