Toney, Alabama | Member Since 2009
When I hear of or read a book like "Sold", the first thing that goes through my mind is this, "There but for the grace of God, go we." Though this book is fictional and supposedly geared toward a teen audience, it's a book that EVERYONE needs to read/hear. We, as Americans, have gotten so comfortable in our living rooms with our electronic gadgets, in our fancy SUVs and cars, living in a world where our bellies are full and sometimes our spirits are empty. Even when we HEAR about girls like Lakshmi who are sold in order to work and provide money for their families, it's all too easy to push those unpleasant thoughts back out of our tidy little minds. And it's too easy to say, "Oh, we could never do such a thing . . ." This story of 13 year old Lakshmi, whose step father decided she must be sold to provide money for the family, made me once again re-examine my own values, my own pride and status. I was NOT born in Nepal, Praise God for that. My own parents, though far from perfect, didn't have to decide whether or not to sell me. I was not forced into prostitution as a child. I am humbled by these facts,and I KNOW they are not mistakes. We are NOT given gifts to be squandered. We are not shown the truth to cover it back up again. "Sold" is a mighty story of strength and love, of depravity and abuse. Let's not allow this book to go into one ear and out the other.
Both simple and complex, Paper Angels is a story for all of us. I love Christmas books, and this one is right up there with the best. It isn't sappy or fake. It's full of humility, love, self examination, and forgiveness. As the grown child of an alcoholic father, I could relate in so many ways to Thomas and his sister. And having come full circle, with grandkids of my own, I have lived to see God's faithfulness, and His blessings to our family, despite many hardships. This is a wonderful book to listen to as a family.
Story of France and England during WWII, what Hitler did to the GERMAN people, who were beat down and defeated by life, and in the frame of mind to accept the lies being fed to them by a tyrannical leader. (Good lesson for all of us.) This book is a broad story of the war and how it impacted the French, English, and German people, but also a personal story of love, pain and perseverance spanning the generations. Listening to this story was humbling. The sacrifices made by citizens during WWII should NEVER be forgotten. One of the best books I have ever come across.
This could have and WOULD HAVE been a four or five star book, but the end of it was NOT THERE.. I had to rewind it twice to make sure that I had not missed something. I actually LOVE this series, and was LOVING this book . . . then it ended. Now I am MAD!!!
Story is good enough, but this one is out of my normal interest areas. I could pretty much tell that's where it was going. I listened to the whole thing, but won't be going for the next installment.
Every Christian, alright every PERSON, needs to listen to Father Boyle's Tattoos on the Heart. Because he has absolutely NAILED IT DOWN. One day at a time, one person at a time, he is loving people, accepting people, walking through the valley with people. Only by the grace of God, were you or I NOT born to a mother in the ghetto, into a gang ridden neighborhood. And are we BETTER than those who are born there??? NO, NO, NO . . . In so many ways we are poorer and more pitiful. We cannot see the forest for the trees. The story of the young father who would go home and watch his young children eat supper, DELIGHTING in them, after having worked all day long, not touching any food for himself, until his wife and children had been satisfied, touched me so deeply. If then, there was any food left, he would eat, if not, he didn't, having FILLED HIMSELF up with delight. A former gang member, this young man, had found himself and found that he was worthy of being loved. We try to complicate the gospel of Jesus Christ, sometimes just to try to get out of having to DO SOMETHING, I think. When we do that, we are robbing others and robbing ourselves.
The historical aspect of this one (the fifth in the series) was very interesting to me. Sylvia's search for her mother's quilts and all that happened in that era and during Sylvia's childhood made me love and understand her even more.
Keeping one's honor in a rough and tumble logging town where women are a commodity to be used up and thrown aside is hard to do . . . but one cannot help but to admire young May Rose who comes to town after her husband runs off accused of killing a fellow logger. Her love of children and gentle spirit are admirable, but her determination and hard work to not only provide for herself, but young Wanda, her husband's child that she finds in the town, well, that's true character. This is very good historical fiction. Don't miss it!
This third in the Cedar Cove Series is good easy listening. It's not an edge-of-your-seat thriller, but then again, it's not meant to be. It's a sit-at-the-kitchen-table and sip-your-coffee-slowly book. I can cook supper while listening, or sew and not miss much. The townsfolk grow on you. And you root for the ones you have grown to love. You get aggravated at the dumb choices they make and are happy when they get their heads back on straight. I don't like a strict "diet" of Cedar Cove, but I sure will keep coming back for more!
Oh, my! Germany in the 1800s . . . a beloved glassblower and his three sweet daughters . . . life was hard, but very, very good . . . and then he unexpectedly dies leaving the girls to fend for themselves. Three head strong girls, all different, all with an idea of what she wants, but no clue as to how to get there . . . fierce and clumsy, each in their pursuit of what they believe will make them happy. And just like siblings, they back bite one another, so critical of each other, until someone harms a sister, then there's hell to pay. The beautiful German countryside, the Christmas market of Nurnberg, the smell of fresh gingerbread in the city bakery . . . all this brought back memories for me . . . flooding my mind with cobblestone streets, stone churches, and tiny towns in Germany that still look today like they have for centuries. I am SO glad this book was translated from the German into English, and I hope that the other two in the trilogy will be, too. It swept me away into another time. And I was amused and delighted that the American retailer Woolworth was part of the story . . . because as a child, going downtown on the bus with my grandmother and visiting the big Woolworth store was so much fun for me!
There's a depth to Electric God, and all of Catherine Ryan Hyde's books that is just below the surface, niggling to get out, that stays at the back of your mind long after you have finished her books. THEY MAKE YOU THINK. For anyone who has been raised in church or hurt in church by rote memorization of Bible stories by loveless Sunday School teachers, and particularly anyone who is haunted by the "not so perfect" home life, her writing will strike a chord with you. Holding tight to their love and joy, Hayden, his young wife and baby girl are safe in their little cocoon, until something steals that peace away. Then Hayden resumes the long ago battle with God . . . the wrestling that really was never put down, the anger that was just below the surface . . . This isn't a RELIGIOUS book. It's a spiritual journey . . . of testing God and finding God to be who He says He is . . . and being human . . . and finding the courage to forgive.
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