Thursday, April 26, 2007

Monday Morning Faith

This new book from Lori Copeland is actually the first thing I've read by her. I really liked it and plan to read more of her books. She made me laugh out loud. And laughing is good.

Johanna is an old maid librarian (kind of a stereotype, but it works) who follows a man to the mission field. The problem is, she feels talked into it and quite certain that God has NOT called her to the mission field, but HAS called her beau, the gorgeous widowed doctor, Sam Littleton. And what a mission field it is. Papua New Guinea, land of cannibals and half-naked natives. Johanna hates the filth, the dangers, and the suffering is just not her style. I couldn't help but relate to her, as a former missionary. Even though I was gung ho to be a missionary, once I got there I often questioned what in the world this comfort-loving Alabamian was doing in snowy Ukraine.

Anyway, the plot takes a few twists and turns, but I really enjoyed the ending. I didn't really see it coming, but it was perfect. A well-written story. I highly recommend it.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Where Willows Grow by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Kim brings us another touching, insightful story, this time set in the Depression in drought-stricken Kansas. Using believable characters, she weaves a tale of God’s provision and the redemption of broken dreams.

Anna Mae loves her husband, but it’s been a while since she and Harley shared much more than frustration. They’re on the brink of losing the farm they both dearly love because of the severe drought and the depressed economy. Out of desperation, Harley decides to take a WPA job, which will mean leaving his wife and two little girls. Anna Mae, unhappy about the situation, doesn’t even say good-bye to her husband, and they part in anger.

Far away from her husband, Anna Mae’s situation seems to go from bad to worse, especially when lifelong neighbor, Jack, decides he still loves Anna Mae and it would be best if her son-of-a-sharecropper husband didn’t return at all.

This book delivers quite an emotional punch and will touch your heart, as true love, in all its many forms, wins out in the end. This was the first time I can ever remember a novel making me cry! Great story. Don't miss it!

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Whose Country Is It Anyway?

Sorry, but I'm deviating from my normal format of posting reviews and writing about the writing life. I'm disturbed by this new book, The Reluctant Fundamentalist by a Pakistani guy. Just from what I read about the book, it sounds very anti-American. So why would Barnes & Noble recommend it to me, featuring it on their "We recommend this book" e-mail?

I don't advocate banning a book like this, but don't expect me to say, "Rah-rah! Let's hear it for the anti-American voices! Let's buy this book and let the fundamentalists know they can come kill us some more. We like it!" Whose country is it, anyway? I mean, do we stand for anything? Do we have a purpose as a nation besides seeing how much wealth we, individually, can accumulate? Do we care SO LITTLE about God, about morality, about protecting the innocent, such as the people who were senselessly killed on 9/11?

Do we really want to destroy ourselves from the inside out?