Sunday, June 15, 2014

Reviewing a few Christian books on my Texas trip

I'm still catching up on posting book reviews from my trip to Texas; still catching up on removing dandelions, washing clothes, cleaning dust, shopping for food etc too. But books are food for the brain aren't they? So grab a coffee and see which book from these you'd like to read.

First is Rebekah’s Treasure, by Sylvia Bambola, the second book I read on the plane flying over there. Beautifully researched, it tells the story of early Christians in Israel through the eyes of a fleeing mother and the husband who stays to fight. Jewish sects fight each other for control of Jerusalem, and the Romans are coming. Rebekah carries a wonderful treasure as she takes her daughter to safety, but true treasures lie deeper in the heart. Enjoy this well-told tale with a rich, elegant 4-star cup of coffee.

Next is Girl at the End of the World, by Elizabeth Esther. It's a memoir, and I don't usually like memoirs, but the author's unique voice drew me in from the start. While it's a tale of growing up in a somewhat abusive cult, there's none of the woe-is-me feeling such memoirs often offer. Instead, Elizabeth describes the world as she experienced it, with slowly dawning recognition that this isn't normal, and that love hurts. Her recovery to real and stronger faith might surprise some readers. For me, it's simply beautiful. Highly recommended. Enjoy with another cup of elegant 4-star coffee.

Why Johnny can’t read to See Paula Write, by Paula Rose Michelson, is a much shorter volume, more article than book, but a memoir just the same. It tells of a girl who struggles in school, whose mother reads "Why Johnny can't read" and wonders why her daughter can't learn, and who finds herself, in adulthood, called to write books. It's a lovely, encouraging, faith-filled little volume, well worth reading over a well-balanced 3-star cup of coffee.

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