The Truth About Forever, and other Sarah Dessen novels

Last month my 13 year old asked me to read her favorite book The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen and gave me a list of Dessen books she wanted for Christmas."That won't happen." I said."Why?????""Because you know I don't believe in buying books--order them from the library."So she did, and thus began our Sarah Dessen binge.  I have now read Sarah Dessen’s entire cannon of 10 YA books.  And I have to say I enjoyed the ride.I've heard it said that romance novels are women's … [Read more...]

The Boy Who Loved Windows

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Patricia Stacey's memoir,  The Boy Who Loved Windows, chronicles her journey to heal her son of autism.  In the process, she nearly wrecks her marriage, her family's finances, her relationship with her daughter, and her sanity.  She obsessively works to understand her son and fights to find him the best care possible.  Ultimately, she is that care, spending hours and hours a day with him, much of it doing "floor time," an intensive, interactive therapy meant to draw out autistic kids.In the e … [Read more...]

REAL MARRIAGE by Mark & Grace Driscoll

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Mark Driscoll, the outspoken (some would say bombastic) pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle has a new book out. It's on marriage, and it's co-written with his wife Grace.  I was eager to read it: partly because I appreciate pastors who are willing to speak candidly about what the Bible teaches on controversial subjects (I respond to what my husband calls a "Straight/No-chaser" approach) and partly because the Driscolls have very specific ideas of what women are and aren't to do based on their i … [Read more...]

Review: ‘Simplifying the Soul’

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My copy of Paula Huston’s “Simplifying the Soul” arrived only a week before the deadline for review, so I must base my review of her Lenten Practices to Renew the Soul (that’s the subtitle) on reading alone and not following each day’s practice. This is a little like reviewing a cookbook on the pictures without making the recipes or a home remodeling book on the grammar without following the advice. The proof is in the pudding, as they say, and I am sadly puddingless.I am, however, looking fo … [Read more...]


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