Resting with Books

Some suggestions for your fall/winter reading. 

(Let me know if you  enjoyed one of these books and I’m always looking for another good book to read if you’d care to share your favorites it with me).

Same Kind of Different as Me  (non-fiction) by Ron Hall & Daniel Butler

* I put this book first just encase you don’t like to read.  This book has  been made into a movie and is available on Netflix. So worth watching!

What it’s about:  A dangerous, homeless drifter who grew up picking cotton in virtual slavery. An upscale art dealer  and a  gutsy woman with a stubborn dream. Their incredible true story will touch your heart.  Gritty with betrayal, pain, and brutality, it also shines with an unexpected, life-changing love. 

Why I liked it:  This story is filled with fear, loss, pain, courage and love.  An amazing story of what the human soul can endure,  overcome and how simple acts of bravery and care can change lives.  An eye opener to the pain in our homeless communities and in all of us.  

Still Life  (fiction) by Louise Penny

What it’s about:   Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines, just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it’s a tragic hunting accident and nothing more, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods, and is soon certain that Jane Neal died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter. 

Why I liked it:  When I started this book, I wasn’t impressed and thought to myself I probably won’t finish it.  But shortly after chapter three, I was hooked and by three-fourths of the way through, I couldn’t put it down.  Penny’s writing has many layers of depth, characters that are funny and real, and unexpected twists and turns that kept me guessing.  It’s not just a murder mystery to be solved, but a book  filled with hidden deeper meanings  slowly revealed along with  lovable characters in a small village.  I am hooked on this author’s Inspector Gamanche series.

Chasing Fireflies  (fiction) by Charles Martin

What it’s about:   Just before T-boning her Impala into a train, a woman on a suicide run kicks her horrifically abused little boy, known only as Snoot—or to the state, John Doe 117—out of the car. Chase Walker, a reporter for the Brunswick Daily in Glen County, Ga., is assigned to follow up on the boy, whose abandonment mirrors Chase’s own haunted past. The little boy, apparently mute, is an artistic prodigy who excels at chess and quickly works his way into Chase’s heart.

Why I liked it: This story is as heart-warming as it gets.  Tough and tender characters facing the injustices of life and learning to show grace and live humble lives.  An amazing look in to the heart of an orphaned child and the pain he endures while also portraying the meaning of what it means to be family – both the good and the bad.  Uncle Willie’s words of wisdom and model of love are what every child (and adult) could use more of in their life. 

I have also read “Long Gone Away,” and “Wrapped in Rain,” both by Charles Martin, and would highly recommend them.  Charles Martin has quickly become one of my favorite authors. 

A Family Shaped by Grace  (non- fiction) by Gary Morland

What it’s about:  “Gary Morland is a gifted communicator who has learned many lessons the hard way.  He grew up in a dysfunctional family and went down that road himself, bottoming out as a confused alcoholic with a wife, two daughters, and no idea how to change. God transformed Gary’s life through his grace and the practical advice of wise mentors.” -John Fuller

Why I liked it:  Full Disclosure – I started this book with a crappy attitude and thought I wouldn’t finish it because my kids were grown and I didn’t need it.   But after chapter two or three, I found it extremely interesting and helpful.  It’s not just for those of us still raising children.    I used some of the techniques Gary suggested on a trip to visit family and he was absolutely right. They work! This will be a book I refer to often as a reminder  how to show grace and love to the people in my life (not just family). A very helpful book for dysfunctional families, which is all of us.

Let’s All Be Brave  (non- fiction) by Annie F. Downs

What it’s about:   As a single young woman, writer, speaker, and blogger, Annie F. Downs shares her journey toward bravery with honesty and humor. Using wonderful stories from her own life, contemporary real-life examples, and fascinating historical and biblical references, Annie encourages us to grab hold of the brave life that we desperately desire.

Why I liked it:  Annie  feels like my new best friend after reading this book.  She challenged me to live boldly even when I’m afraid to take that next step.  Her struggles, her faith, her honesty is real and so encouraging!  I highly recommend this book for any single women, whether you’re waiting for that godly husband or a widower.  

Also by Annie F. Downs, “100 Days to Brave” is a daily devotional book to help you unlock your most courageous self. 

Rescue Road  (non- fiction) by Peter Zheutlin

What it’s about:  This is the extraordinary story of one man, Greg Mahle, who has driven more than 1 million miles to rescue thousands of dogs from hunger, abuse and neglect and give them a second chance at life and love.

Journalist Peter Zheutlin travels with Greg from Ohio to the Gulf Coast on his Rescue Road Trips to bring hard-luck dogs from the deep South to loving “forever families” up north looking to adopt a pet, with the help of many selfless volunteers along the way. From Houston’s impoverished Fifth Ward–where thousands of strays roam the streets–and high-kill animal shelters in Louisiana, to joyous scenes of adopters embracing their new pups in the Northeast, this will touch your heart.

Why I liked it:  Greg’s dedication to save animals is inspirational and heart-warming. It opened my awareness to the incredible need to adopt these abandoned, abused, hurting dogs.  This book has made me want to adopt one myself and help just one from being killed in a shelter.   If you’re an animal lover, this book may change your life.  

Full Disclosure:  I am an Amazon Associate so anytime you click on a link to the books above and purchase through my website, I will receive a small percentage of the sale.  So after you purchase a book, feel free to purchase a camera, clothes, refrigerator, etc.

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