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7 Days to Upping Your Prayer Life, Loving Others, and Having More Joy by John Christopher Frame, Christian Living, 2021

This short but effective devotional guide/journal helps identify the connection between gratitude, humility, empathy, compassion generosity, holiness, and hope.  A short devotional, reflective questions, scripture to read, a sample prayer and a focused action. helps you do more than just think about of these issues. 


As Bright As Heaven by Susan Meissner, Historical Fiction, 2018

When the Spanish Flu attacks the Bright family, bring a baby into their fresh grief, address love relationships with desperation and hope, we are led into a story more about relationship and new beginnings than a pandemic

Beautiful Country by Quian Julie Chang, Memoir, 2021 Told through the young inquisitive, intelligent, but cautious Quian, we learn a desperate and heart-breaking story of living an invisible life as an undocumented immigrant..  Chang’s sparse but deeply affecting prose is worth the read on several levels:  for the writing, for the story, and for the celebration of an indomitable spirit. 

Cloud Cuckoo Land by by Anthony Doerr, 2021, Fiction

Author of All the Light We Cannot See tells a story about orphaned Anna and a lost manuscript about someone who became a bird to fly to a utopian paradise. Using fantasy and time travel, we cross time and continents to learn critical lessons for the human journey. 

Educated by Tara Westover. Memoir, 2018 Narrative Nonfiction.

In this heart-wrenching, inspirational, often unbelievable story, Tara overcomes her fanatic and borderline deranged parents to show strength and unquenchable spirit to acceptance to Cambridge! Haunting, maddening, and remarkable; this book will stay with you for a long time.

In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick, Narrative Nonfiction, 2001

Nathaniel Philbrick writes a page-turning, hair-raising retelling of the true story that Moby Dick was based on.

Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy, 2020, Fiction

Franny Stone, haunted by her childhood and chased by her wounds, is passionate about saving Arctic terns. While following the terns helps her find  self-acceptance, she does not find healing, making the story unnecessarily sad.. 

Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini,  Historical fiction, 2021

Based on the true story of Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley, a slave who built a successful dress-making business and became the personal seamstress and trusted friend to Mrs. Lincoln.

No Regrets:  Hope for your Caregiving Season by Rayna Neises, Nonfiction, 2021

While it focuses on caring for parents and “walking them all the way home,” its principles can be applied to spousal caregiving or other situations involving family.


Saving Mrs. Roosevelt by Candace Sue Patterson, Historical Fiction, 2021

Shirley Davenport joins SPARS, a newly created female component for the Coast Guard supporting the war effort. Recruited as a spy

she gathers intel on an American Nazi group and their nefarious plans that could put Mrs. Roosevelt in danger. The book offers a nice mix of history, romance, and twists and turns.

Surviving Savannah by Patti Callahan, Historical Fiction, 2021

This is the little known story of the sinking of the steam ship Pulaski on its fourth journey 180 years ago is told by way of a fictional story. The Pulaski loaded 186 passengers for the two-night trip to Baltimore, but sunk.  Often called the Titanic of the south,

The Artist's Way  by Julia Cameron, Non-fiction, 2016

Julia Cameron believes that God is the first and great Creative who empowers us with a creative center. This 12 week initiative outlines weekly and daily practices to rediscover your creative, God-endowed leanings.

The Betrayal of Anne Frank, A Cold Case Investigation by Rosemary Sulivan, Nonfiction, 2022

A team of 50 data scientists, forensic detectives, and other researchers reviewed thousands of documents, interviewed descendants, created a computer algorithm to show connections and studied possibilities and pushed for answers for two years. While they offer an explanation at the end,

The Dearly Beloved by Cara Well, Fiction, 2019

Two couples and their faith journeys intermingle to bring each person to new understandings in the middle of what life throws at them.

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, 2011, Nonfiction

This is the true story of how one woman and her two sisters mobilized other women into a dressmaking business under the watchful and oppressive rule of the Taliban. 

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah, Fiction, 2018

A family of three decide to start over in a remote part of Alaska where nothing they learned in any other part of rustic America defined success. It is a page-turner of danger, desperation, first-love, lost hope and reclaimed dream and reminds us that aloneness is a bane or a blessing depending on what you don’t want to face.

The Last Year of the War by Susan Meisner, 2019, Historical Fiction

Young German-American teenager Elise Sontag believes the war is far away until her father is placed in an internment camp.  When the family joins him in the Texas camp, Elise meets Japanese-American Mariko.  Elise's family is repatriated to Germany and separates her from best friend, However, Elise never stops searching for her.  This is a story of family, loss, and displacement that blooms with self-discovery. 

Sparks Like Stars by Hashima Sepetys, Historical Fiction, 2021

Sitara’s idyllic life in Afghanistan changed when a communist coup assassinated every anti-communist leader, including her parents. Everything afterwards is a story of new identity, life-threatening challenges, unresolved grief and long journey to recovery.


The Stolen Lady:  A Novel of World War II and the Mona Lisa by Laura Morelli, 2021, Historical Fiction

What does Lisa Gheradini, her maid Bellini, Leonardo da Vinci, Land Louvre archivist Ann Guichard have in common? The Mona Lisa. Each thread of this story weaves one of history, mystery, and intrigue to tell the story of what happens when art and war meet.

Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks, Short Story Fiction.

Tom Hanks takes simple people and builds a complex and layered story with unexpected beauty introducing the world to Tom Hanks, the Writer.


7 Days to Upping Your Prayer Life
Beautiful Country
Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker
No Regrets
Saving Mrs. Roosevelt
As Bright As Heaven
The Betrayal of Anne Frank
Surviving Savannah
The Artist's Way
In the Heat of the Sea
The Dearly Beloved
The Dressmaker o Khair Khana
The Great Alone
The Stolen Lady
Uncommon Type
The Last Year of the War
Cloud Cuckoo Land
Sparks Like Stars
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