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30 Days of Summer Reads: Parting the Waters

Parting the Waters is a book about authentic, gritty struggle during loss. Author Jeanne Damoff paints a vivid picture of her family’s journey through her son’s drowning accident, but she does so with broad enough strokes that the reader gleans comfort and wisdom to face any personal tragedy. If you are suffering from grief, worry, […]

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30 Days of Summer Reads: Quaker Summer

It’s not often that I say, “This book changed my life,” but in the case of Quaker Summer, I shout it with a hearty amen. Samson weaves a compelling, surprising, faith-awakening story with the deft skill of a writing artisan. Her characters practically materialize in the room when you’re reading, wooing you to consider their […]

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30 Days of Summer Reads: The Infertility Companion

The Infertility Companion: Hope and Help for Couples Facing Infertility by Sandra L. Glahn, Th.M. and William R. Cutrer, M.D., Zondervan. Though I have not personally experienced infertility, I have walked with several friends that have. This book was invaluable in helping me understand the medical, spiritual and emotional issues facing infertile couples. Glahn’s personal […]

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30 Days of Summer Reads: A Bigger Life

A Bigger Life by Annette Smith is a touching, realistic look at authentic characters grappling with complicated choices and painful circumstances on the backdrop of a quirky Texas town. Smith’s characters exude gritty humanity, still revealing snatches of grace and beauty in the midst of life’s fickle circumstances. If you enjoy modern southern drama, with […]

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30 Days of Summer Reads: As We Forgive

As We Forgive by Catherine Claire Larson is one of those life-changing books that will linger with you the rest of your life. It’s not for the fainthearted. It’s not for the hard-hearted or those bent toward stubborn unforgiveness. It’s primarily a story of hope. During 100 days of 1994 800,000 people were brutally murdered […]

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30 Days of Summer Reads: In All Deep Places

Lyrically written, sensitively wrought, Susan Meissner’s In All Deep Places captivated me from page one. Meissner’s strength is displaying the inner emotional landscape of her characters, this time putting the reader in the head of a male protagonist. Woven in such a way that beckons instead of dictates, Meissner’s message of redemption and heaven will […]

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30 Days of Summer Reads: Blue Like Playdough

A hopeful book that moms will relish, Blue Like Playdough is an honest, peel-back-the-covers look at the creative way God shapes us through childhood and parenthood. Tricia Goyer explores her own weaknesses along the journey, revealing her desire to serve the God who forms strength and joy and perseverance within her. A Compelling, fresh read.

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30 Days of Summer Reads: Talking to the Dead

Talking to the Dead is a deeply moving narrative about grief, sanity, love, betrayal, and hard-won redemption. Bonnie Grove entices, tortures, then salves her readers through gritty characters and pitch-perfect writing. I thought about this book long after I put it down, and it stays with me today. Highly recommended.

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30 Days of Summer Reads: This is Your Brain on Joy

This is Your Brain on Joy by Dr. Earl Henslin is a fascinating book about the brain, its chemistry and makeup and how that affects our lives and our moods. One of the interesting side effects the book had on me was imparting a sense of empathy for those in my life that have probably […]

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30 Days of Summer Reads: Bad Ground

Bad Ground by W. Dale Cramer, Bethany House. I didn’t think a book about blasting holes in the earth would appeal to me, but Cramer’s eloquent and haunting prose drew me in. As I read, I remembered the feeling I got when I first read Christy by Katherine Marshall, that although both wrote about people […]

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