Oct 22, 2015

Nice by Karin Gustafson ~ Book Review

NiceNice by Karin Gustafson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Karin Gustafson is a captivating story teller. She planted me in the middle of family dysfunction, dark secrets, and siblings and I wasn't sure where the story would ultimately take me. I laughed, I cried, got angry, kept reading. The difficult and delightful in this book had me visiting the ghosts of my own childhood. It's a hearty thumbs up for this read!

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Oct 18, 2015

The Conservative Congregant ~ Book Review

The Conservative CongregantThe Conservative Congregant by Paula Walker Baker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Paula Walker Baker speaks through her character, Eloise Dowager, the message of change, going outside one's comfort zone and mindset to address the validity of faith put to action. This inspiring read is about serving others and the impact it has on the spirit of the servant.

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Oct 11, 2015

Keep Coming Back ~ Mike Zito

This is the title song from Mike Zito's new album, "Keep Coming Back" which releases November 6, 2015!

Oct 5, 2015

Book Review ~ Birthing Inadequacy

Birthing InadequacyBirthing Inadequacy by Natasha Head
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

No Inadequacy in Her Poetry

Natasha Head is a talented poet who speaks truth in all its colors with boldness. In “Birthing Inadequacy” she speaks her truth, the truth in observation, the truth that life can hit like hell. Natasha’s brilliant portrayal of the correlation between actual pregnancy and life experience is powerful reality. I know from having delivered two children and being in life’s womb the pains of inadequacy leaves scars.
I have so many favorites, but I will share the ending of Natasha’s poem “Wolf Born.” It is the growl of remaining true to self, of strength, of a steel will to defy conformity.

“I will not be broken nor be made to abide in a society of
dancing in the face of my blood lust
thinking their safe pasture
will tame me”

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Oct 2, 2015

Romeo Is Homeless ~ Book Review

Romeo Is HomelessRomeo Is Homeless by Julie Frayn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A Needle Through The Heart

Alright, Julie Frayn you didn’t have to hit me so hard with this one. I’m a sucker for a love story, but this one isn’t covered in white lace. Julie’s character, August, rebels against her parents by ditching farm life and runs away to a city she’s fantasized as being warm, cuddly and welcoming. I hate spoilers so I won’t jump into details. I will say what August learns about city life is so raw it had me a bit afraid to turn the page. This book isn’t pretty. It’s not meant to be. Having searched a few city streets for runaways myself Julie either has done it or she did some amazing research. Yes it is a hard read, but one well worth your time. Too many kids are living what Julie was bold enough to write.

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