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February Book Reviews

Wow, my last post was my January book reviews.  In spite of the silence here on the blog, I am alive and well.  It's just that we have been on the road the entire month and I find it hard to keep up with the blog when I'm not in a routine.

Here's what I've been reading this month.

What She Left for Me by Tracie Peterson.  Three generations of women are brought together when the youngest one's husband walks out on her and she discovers she is pregnant at the same time. The women are an aunt/great aunt, mother, and daughter. As the book unfolds, so do the stories of unfaithfulness, abuse, rape, and abandonment. One of the women has found joy while one has turned bitter. The story is good, but the flashbacks were a little hard to follow sometimes. Also, the writing seemed very stilted at times. It was encouraging to see how God works through our difficulties, but since the book was awkward to read I didn't love it.

A Small Deceit by Margaret Yorke. Two men grew up in dysfunctional homes and were abandoned by their mothers. One becomes a judge and a responsible citizen, though he does struggle with attachment and showing emotion. The other becomes a murder and a rapist. Their paths meet in this drama/mystery. I thought the book was well-written, but the author does kind of ramble on and on at places.

Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath.  With the purchase of this book, one can take the Strengths Finder test. A code is included in the book. Without the book, the test costs over $80.00. Unfortunately, I bought this book used so I couldn't take the test. But, if one is willing to carefully read the descriptions of the different strengths, you can pretty well figure out what your strengths are. As a human resources coordinator, I think being familiar with the strengths will be helpful in knowing what work or ministry new missionaries would be good at.

Growing Up Amish by Ira Wagler.  Ira Wagler grew up in an Amish family. As a teenager he began to feel boxed in by all the rules and regulations. So he left. And then came back again and tried to make it work. He did this several times before leaving for good. Each time he left, he knew he was lost. Lost because the Amish church said if you're not Amish, you're lost. But he also knew he was lost because he could not find true forgiveness and freedom from his sins. I will not tell more than that as it would then require a spoiler alert. This book is engaging and well-written and I could not put it down. Once again, I found a biography that's better than, and perhaps more unbelievable, than a novel!


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