Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell

Ever since the reading of North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell has never failed to disappoint me. Personally, I don’t know if any of her other works could top North and South but each one certainly reaches my “Top Books of the Year” annual reading list. Ruth is by far no exception. Read more

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Mystery Reading Advice

I’m a fan of Agatha Christie. Her classic who-dun-its are always filled with twists, suspicion, and slights of hand. This current one I read, Hercule Poirot’s Christmas was no exception. (Let me tell you, the warm Christmas fuzzies it will not give you) There is one thing I learned while reading my latest mystery: Read more

It’s Fall Y’all!

Well, maybe not officially, but it sure is starting to feel like it!  To me, September – December is like the weekend of the year.  Everything is just a little bit better as the days grow crisper and the scent of burning leaves waft through the air giving off a warm, cozy feeling. But, both you and I gotta admit, the very best part is PUMPKIN FLAVORED EVERYTHING!!!

Knowing then that I am in a very fallish mood, I must ask you a fallish question… Read more

Bookclub Highlights: Life After by Katie Ganshert

My Dearest Readers,

My bookclub friend and I have been on a morbid streak this year. Remember how last year all we read were books on WWII? Our reading choices for 2017 have largely dealt with the topic of tragedy. This greatly disturbed me. Why has it so enamored us? Yet, as I contemplated, what can be a better topic for living in this world today? As we turn on our tvs and turn to the news, we are bombarded with stories of pain, hate, riots, killings, the list could go on. Today, we need all the encouragement and healing we can get. Katie Ganshert’s  Life After delivers just that.
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Bookclub Highlights:The Wishing Jar by Penelope J. Stokes

Because The Wishing Jar has been one of my favorites since last year, (you can read all about my enthusiasm in 2016 Favorites (Part One) ) sharing this book was very special to me. I gained so much encouragement from the pages and wished the same for my friends. It is my heartfelt desire for EVERYONE to read this ( I cannot keep the story to myself!) and hope you’ll be the next!

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Today And Today Alone

Right when I thought my time for traveling was over, hello, off I went again! To my limited knowledge though, my busy travels ought to be finished. (Thanks by the way for your patience during sporadic posting) So, by now I have thousands of books to review, (slight exaggeration but you get the point!) several brilliant bookclub points to discuss, (You’re allowed to roll your eyes at my sarcasm) and accounts of where all I’ve been. BUT for today, let’s just start off with something simple. I’ll get rolling a little bit later. (It’s hard to get back in the swing of things after a fabulous summer)

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It’s midday. Time for a pick-me-up! What’s a better quote to do that than Karon’s reminder to take one day at a time. Doesn’t that sound so much more relaxing compared to freaking about tomorrow…and then worrying about tomorrow’s effects on next week which end results affect next month….etcetera etcetera. All that worrying is so stressful for one day! Stick with today and today alone. But don’t forget to also cling to the Maker of your day. He’s got every stressful detail under control.

Words of Truth

When you’re looking for some quick words of inspiration, who is you’re go to supplier? The great poets, philosophers, or politicians? The list of wise people could span to eternity. Yet, among these great thinkers, Agatha Christie doesn’t often appear at the top. Oh, of course she wrote brilliant novels and constantly boggled our minds, but as far as wisdom goes, she didn’t excel at it like others in her profession. Or did she? She may not be any Socrates, but have we completely underestimated her?

To be honest, she’s never been high on my list either. (Now ask me about G. K. Chesterton. That’s a completely different story.) But sometimes I am astonished by the gems implemented throughout her writings.

This is one example:

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Isn’t this a beautiful quote?

Even though hideous when faced pointblank, isn’t truth a relief when ultimately found?

For instance:

Truth may come in the form of a medical diagnosis. You found out that something is indeed wrong with you. (and that can get pretty ugly) But isn’t it a relief to know what it is instead of living in the dark? Now you can work on a cure!

Truth may come in a spiritual form. You realize that you’re not as perfect as you thought, (speaking of ugly!!!) but isn’t it a relief to know there’s One to save?

 

What is your opinion on Agatha Christie? Do you consider her a hidden Confucius or one who had the talent to surprise us in more ways than one?