Reading Wednesday | Waiting for God

Today I'm making an exception to the books I usually review. When a friend publishes a book, I always jump at the chance to help promote it. But when a friend publishes a book so poignant as this one, I have to share that book with everyone. Waiting for God: Trusting Daily in God's Plan … Continue reading Reading Wednesday | Waiting for God

Reading Wednesday | Whose Waves These Are

Amanda Dykes' debut novel, Whose Waves These Are, is an emotional tale of love, loss, and family. When her great uncle Bob experiences life-threatening injuries, Annie Bliss returns to Ansel-by-the-Sea for the first time since she was ten years old. She finds Bob has left her a puzzle to solve, one that links to a … Continue reading Reading Wednesday | Whose Waves These Are

Reading Wednesday | The Tinderbox

Curiosity killed the cat, the saying goes. Sylvia Miller's curiosity might just destroy her family. When she peeks in her dad's tinderbox, she unlocks a secret he has harbored for twenty years. The Tinderbox, by Beverly Lewis, returns readers to Lancaster county and the tightknit Amish community of Hickory Hollow. Sylivia is the only daughter … Continue reading Reading Wednesday | The Tinderbox

Reading Wednesday|Mortimer’s First Garden

Here on the edges of Lake Michigan, it seemed forever before the brown of spring gave way to the green of summer. Mortimer the Mouse, felt the same way, too. He longed for green, but was surrounded by so much brown. In Mortimer's First Garden, by Karma Wilson, Mortimer learns that if he plants his last … Continue reading Reading Wednesday|Mortimer’s First Garden

Love and Lent

In case you didn't know, today is Valentine's Day. Generally I would not write about this holiday since others share lists and ideas and commentary that seems to cover all aspects of the day. Not to mention, it's a tricky event to address since there is a lot of hurt and expectation surrounding it. Why … Continue reading Love and Lent

The Light of Christmas

Christmas, that most wonderful time of the year. It can be also be challenging: winter storms muddle travel, parties over-fill our calendar, family can have its own dynamics. Nevertheless, it has always been my favorite holiday. To me, Christmas has a certain magic. The sparkly lights, snow glistening on the ground, carols on the radio, … Continue reading The Light of Christmas

A Writer’s Advent – Peace

It's that most wonderful time of the year. But even with lights, family, presents, holiday movies, and great food, one emotion often eludes us: Peace. We can have everything on our wish list, but that settled calm seems to slip through our fingers. We may ask ourselves why we feel disquieted on such a silent … Continue reading A Writer’s Advent – Peace

A Writer’s Advent: Hope

I love the Christmas season. It is a time when a child's wonder is most allowed in adults. Lights sparkle on every street corner. Cheer is in the air. Snow is even more welcome. It is at this time of year, amid all the trials and tribulations of adulthood, that we can take a few … Continue reading A Writer’s Advent: Hope

A Time to Weep

When a tragedy, such as the recent events in Florida, strikes, I find myself either staring at the television in horror or running from every form of media because my heart is too broken to bear any more. I know individuals respond to loss differently. Some weep, some grow angry, some experience the entire cycle … Continue reading A Time to Weep

Thoughts on Change

It seems like it has been a long time since I have written a blog post, and in reality, it has been a while. The past several months have been ones of transition and change. Good change but difficult change. I am reminded of something John A. Shedd said, "A ship in harbor is safe … Continue reading Thoughts on Change