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Clash of civilizations, loss of heritage, courage to change: Review of “Flight of the Sparrow” by Amy Belding Brown

Clash of civilizations, loss of heritage, courage to change: Review of “Flight of the Sparrow” by Amy Belding Brown

Note: I love historical fiction and when Amy Belding Brown asked me to review her latest book, I jumped at the chance. Her last book, Mr. Emerson’s Wife had been a game-changing book for me. I couldn’t wait to read Flight of the Sparrow given my deep interest in spiritual matters, a lifelong residency in Massachusetts […]

A room of one’s own: what if your “room” could be portable?

A room of one’s own: what if your “room” could be portable?

What happens when you get the urge to create? Do you retreat to a music studio to write a song? Do you go to your specially designated study to write? Do you paint your latest masterpiece in a light-filled studio? Do you shut the door when you enter your room? Why do secret hideaway places […]

Book Review: My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok – a soul-searching must for every creative

Book Review: My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok – a soul-searching must for every creative

My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok My rating: 5 of 5 stars I haven’t known a book to affect me so profoundly as My Name is Asher Lev. The conflict is deep, searing, cutting to the core. It helped me to understand better the nature of being a creative person and the sacrifice […]

A Louisa May Alcott Christmas: “The Little Red Purse”

A Louisa May Alcott Christmas: “The Little Red Purse”

Originally posted on Louisa May Alcott is My Passion:
From the Christmas Tales and Stories collection (Laura Ciolkowski, editor) comes a sweet, albeit typical offering from Louisa May Alcott known as “The Little Red Purse.” Even though the essence of the story is very familiar (rich little girl learns how good it is to give…

For millennials and boomers alike: Waiting was never this good! “The In-Between” by Jeff Goins

For millennials and boomers alike: Waiting was never this good! “The In-Between” by Jeff Goins

Jeff Goins is an old soul in a young body. How else can I explain his wisdom? One would think his latest book, The In-Between: Embracing the Tension Between Now and the Next Big Thing would be geared towards millennials, people his own age. Yet I found myself relating just as easily to it. And […]

Who are your teachers and what “study guides” do you have?

Who are your teachers and what “study guides” do you have?

This is what I read today in Generous Faith Stories to Inspire Abundant Living, a lovely book by Sr. Bridget Haase, OSU. You remember Sr. Bridget. She’s the one I wrote about recently who is speaking at the Gather Us In 2013 women’s conference taking place on November 2. (see previous post). She’s the one […]

Book Review: How Bees Came to Make Chili by Terry Bradley, illustrated by Patrick A. Siwik

Book Review: How Bees Came to Make Chili by Terry Bradley, illustrated by Patrick A. Siwik

As part of Book Bloggers’ AIR Book Tours, I am pleased to review How Bees Came to Make Chili by Terry Bradley. Geared for younger children, this book features delightful illustrations by Patrick A. Siwik. Readers are introduced to members of a honey bee community led by Queen Larabee and her son, Prince Littlebee. The […]

Book review: Blessed, Beautiful and Bodacious by Pat Gohn – a new way to look at feminism

Book review: Blessed, Beautiful and Bodacious by Pat Gohn – a new way to look at feminism

I write a monthly column for Catholicmom.com. This was my contribution for March. I have followed Pat Gohn’s career for several years from when she first made her appearance on the web with her outstanding podcast, Among Women. She is well-educated, well-spoken and a hard and patient worker who deserves her success with this book. […]

Originally posted on Louisa May Alcott is My Passion:
How did serving as one of the first nurses of the Civil War lead to Louisa May Alcott’s runaway best seller, Little Women? Children’s author Kathleen Krull explores this journey in a delightful picture book entitled Louisa May’s Battle: How the Civil War led to Little…

Book Review: Everyday Holiness: Blunt, Funny and Poignant – “Do Bad Guys Wear Socks?” by M. Regina Cram

Book Review: Everyday Holiness: Blunt, Funny and Poignant – “Do Bad Guys Wear Socks?” by M. Regina Cram

Recently I posted a review for my monthly column on Catholicmom.com  that was a sheer pleasure to write. For years I have longed for my lifelong friend from high school to write a book. Overcoming many odds (some of which you will find out about in the following review), Reg has finally done it, assembling […]

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