“Telling a story is like reaching into a granary full of wheat and drawing out a handful. There is always more to tell than can be told.” 

Wendell Berry from Jayber Crow

Dear Readers,

March has shown herself moody and fickle. We have seen snow, frost, temperatures in the eighties one day and forties the next. In all honesty, she has worn me weary and I am ready to move on.

I have been busy, tweaking my book, working on a project, or rather a process, simplifying my life. I have crossed a proverbial bridge, reaching a milestone,  and will be sharing more on this process later. You are not going to want to miss this! The caveat: It is something I vehemently declared I would never, and I do mean never ever do!  (if you read all the way through, you just may find a hint!)

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I have also been attending Hub City’s Writer’s Night Out this month. I have learned a lot, enjoyed myself, and rubbed elbows with other writers.

Today I am sharing what I read this month. Let’s get started!

PS: This list is in the order in which I read the books and not in order of how they are rated! 

From the jacket, “A Wife’s Secret to Happiness shares eleven powerful, practical blessings that God wants to pour into your lap like sweet spiritual confetti, and the wifestyle habits that will attract or reject this divine provision.” 

I have close to thirty years of marriage to my Sweet Man and I still walked away from this book learning new things, new ways to be a better wife!

You can read my review of this book here. 

 

If you have ever stood frozen at the edge of The Red Sea, as the Israelites once did, this book is for you.

Red Sea Rules was a gift from a precious friend who understands how the wilderness and crossing the Red Sea speak to me in deeply personal ways.

I keep this book of wisdom close by at all times, often picking it up when I am struggling, or simply need a breath of life in this season.

The Red Sea Rules is not only a great read, but a wonderful book to have several copies on hand, as to pass along to others in a difficult season.

“Emilia Brown is a woman of a certain age. She has spent a fugal, useful, and wholly restrained life in a small town. Overlooked especially by the industries of fashion and media, Mrs Brown is one of today’s silent generations of women whose quiet no-frills existence would make them seem invisible.” From Amazon 

I adored My Mrs. Brown. The cover alone was enough to lure me in, the book is well written and will keep you hanging on to the last page!

A tender and beautiful story!

The Reading Promise was the Audible book I chose this month.

This book, while certainly not in the league of my beloved Anne, is not lacking much. The narration is fun, pleasing to the ear, and the story is delightful! Tissues may be required, but worth it!

“When Alice Ozma was in 4th grade, she and her father decided to see if he could read aloud to her for 100 consecutive nights. On the hundreth night, they shared pancakes to celebrate, but it soon became evident that neither wanted to let go of their storytelling ritual. So they decided to continue what they called “The Streak.” Alice’s father read aloud to her every night without fail until the day she left for college.” From Amazon

Going Gray came to me by way of Marion Roach Smith, memoir writing guru. In her newsletter, Smith shares twenty five of the best memoirs she has read, suggesting if you write memoir to read one, two, or more of them. I scanned the list and landed on Anne Kreamer’s book Going Gray: How To Embrace Your Authentic Self.

This book provoked much contemplation, as I too find myself under the tyranny of society’s expectations of looking younger. Kreamer shares her journey of going gray, booting the tyranny of hair color to the curb, and in the process finding her true authentic self.

This is a well written book, and one, I believe every woman, no matter her season of life, should read. At times I laughed out loud, often interrupting my Sweet Man, reading excerpts from the book.

“It is women who are their own worst enemies when it comes to liking and accepting gray as a suitable color.” Anne Kreamer 

Bonus note: This book is filled with historical facts about hair color, and mind blowing statistics! 

“When my doctor told me I was dying. I came alive.” Russ Ramsey

I first heard of Struck on Annie F. Downs’ podcast That Sounds Fun.  I ordered the book before the podcast was finished!

Similar, yet different than my own Sweet Man’s brush with death, Ramsey’s words left me winded, slicing deep into my soul. Not only did Ramsey enlighten me in ways, my husband has yet to verbalize, it spoke words into my own illness. I urge you to put Struck on your reading list! 

“Affliction awakens us to things we might not have seen otherwise.” Struck

A Piece of the World was  Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Book Club pick.

“INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“Graceful, moving and powerful.” 

–Michael Chabon, New York Times bestselling author of Moonglow

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the smash bestseller Orphan Train, a stunning and atmospheric novel of friendship, passion, and art, inspired by Andrew Wyeth’s mysterious and iconic painting Christina’s World.” from Amazon   

If you enjoy historical fiction, you will love this deeply moving story!

Talking With God, another great book found by way of Annie F. Downs’ podcast That Sounds Fun.

I am half way through this book and loving it! In the podcast with Annie, Adam Webber says this, “Why this book? Prayer is essential to me as a Pastor.” 

Webber gives practical ways to incorporate prayer into your everyday moments, what to say when you just don’t know, and different types of prayers. Love Talking With God!

 

I first read Uninvited when it released in August of 2016. This past week I had the privilege and honor to be in a small group setting hosted by Lysa TerKeurst.

Once my ticket and transportation was secured, I grabbed Uninvited off the shelf, and read through it again.

“Satan rushes in where he smells emptiness, deprivation, and rejection.”

I highly recommend Uninvited for women of all ages and seasons of life!

This wraps up my reading for the month of March.

I would love to hear what you are reading! You can do that by commenting below or emailing me directly here. 

Gifts of Grace