Reads: 2011

“Ol’ Rusty.” Misplaced for 4 months during our move, Old Rusty was found in December by my-Buddy in a random box that contained several other important items that had also disappeared. I am committing to reading Old Rusty cover to cover this year, although not necessarily in that order. 🙂

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. The story of Angel and Michael vividly demonstrates the depth and power of love to not only heal a wounded life but to fill the heart with joy and hope, while at the same time providing a deeply touching reminder of the lengths God will go to pursue a relationship with us—and the freedom that can only be experienced through forgiveness.

The Choice, by Nicholas Sparks.  Guy next door falls for Girl next door who is practically engaged to her college sweetheart. Guy next door works hard to woo Girl next door and wins her heart. They fall in love. All is well until a tragic accident occurs…


Shades of Blue, by Karen Kingsbury. Gut-wrenching story of childhood sweethearts who reconnect after many years in order to find healing and forgiveness over a decision to have an abortion in their teen years.

Three Weeks with My Brother, by Nicholas Sparks and Micah Sparks. Laughing one minute, crying the next. Three Weeks with My Brother is a beautifully written memoir throughout which family, faith, and commitment provide the glue that holds the Sparks family together.  Add this to your “Must Read” list. You will not be disappointed!

Grace Points: Growth and Guidance in Times of Change by Jane Rubietta.  Drawing on personal experiences from the author’s life, Jane offers guidance, tips, and advice for handling transitions and welcoming the opportunity to use them to draw closer to God and others.

Sabbath, by Dan Allender. (See review in “Book Reviews”.)  Section 1: Sabbath Pillars = great. The rest of the book, eh.

One Thousand Gifts of Grace, By Ann Voskamp. Sharing personal stories of heartache and loss, Ann challenges readers to view every day as a gift and opportunity to see God’s hand of grace in action in our lives.

 Illusions, by Aprilynne Pike. Third installment in the Wings series finds Laurel reunited with Tamani in the most unlikely of places: her high school. After more than a year without contact, Tamani suddenly appears posing as a foreign exchange student. Tamani’s mission: to fulfill his role as Laurel’s Fear-gleidhidh, or guardian, in order to protect her from growing threats to her safety. An increase in troll activity, the reappearance of huntress, Klea, and the presence of a mysterious new student, Yuki, present unquestionable danger to Laurel—and the Fae in Avalon. Can they figure out the connections before it’s too late?

The Hour That Matters Most: The Surprising Power Of The Family Meal, By Les & Leslie Parrott. Great, simple read offering advice on how to make the dinner meal a priority in your household. Authors provide tips on engaging children of all ages, simple easy recipes, and how to avoid conflict at the dinner table. (See review in “Book Reviews”.)

Find Me, by Rosie O’Donnell. Weird. Disturbing. Stream of Consciousness on crack. I strongly disliked this book. I do not recommend this read at all.

The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd. So, me and The Bees just aren’t hitting it off. After several attempts I decided life’s too short. Sorry Bees.


Surprised by Oxford, By Carolyn Weber. A beautifully written account of one woman’s journey from agnosticism to Christianity. Approaching faith from an intellectual inquiry, the author takes the reader through all of her doubts, questions, problems and uncertainties regarding the Christian faith. A truly delightful read.(See review in “Book Reviews”.)

Christian the Lion, by Anthony Burke & John Rendall. What a fun and enjoyable read. Some sad and heartbreaking moments for sure but overall an inspiring story of a lion cub successfully returned to the wild.

  Our Last Great Hope: Awakening The Great Commission, by Ronnie Floyd. Challenges the reader to explore why sharing of faith is important. Offers many practical tips on how to engage others in conversations regarding faith. (See review in “Book Reviews”.)

A Heart for Freedom, by Chai Ling. Powerful true story of one woman’s journey from China (during the Cultural Revolution of 1989) to the United States. After climbing the corporate ladder and achieving the American Dream, Ling finds her heart returning to the unwanted orphaned girls of China. (See review in “Book Reviews”.)

Reclaiming Lily, by Patti Lacy. Two cultures–China and the U.S., two families–the Powells and the Changs, collide in this tale of one sister’s quest to locate her adopted sister in America. Through a series of twists and turns, hardships and sacrifices, the sisters are reunited. Is there a way to graft Lily’s old life and birth family into her new life and adopted family? (See review in “Book Reviews”.)

Emily Post’s Etiquette, 18th Edition.  Covering every expectation of contemporary issues (such as Social Media & appropriate use of technology), the Posts’ also maintain the classics of etiquette as well, including dress codes, invitations, eating and drinking, and wedding budgets. Emily Post’s Etiquette is  a reference for any age and should be a part of every home library.

Work Love Pray, by Diane Paddison. Successful business woman, and mom, Diane Paddison offers a glimpse into her life’s journey of living a life of faith in both home and business, while maintaining healthy boundaries between home and work. (See review in “Book Reviews”.)

The Love and Respect Experience: A Husband Friendly Devotional That Wives Truly Love, by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs. Husband friendly? Not so much. Though I am enjoying it. 🙂 (see review in “Book Reviews”)

Necessary Endings, by Dr. Henry Cloud. “While endings are a natural part of business and life, we often experience them with a sense of hesitation, sadness, resignation or regret. Knowing when and how to let go when something, or someone, isn’t working–a personal relationship, a job, or a business venture–is essential for happiness and success. Learn the tools you need to say goo-bye and move on.”

The Mirror of N’De, by L.K. Malone. Danger, intrigue, riddles, a bit of magic and some fun animal creations make for one fun read. I could not put this book down. (See review in “Book Reviews”.)

The Reluctant Entertainer, by Sandy Coughlin. More than a How-to on entertaining, Sandy Coughlin shares the “why” behind entertaining—to build relationships. This book incorporates tips on how to plan a meal, set up a guest list, and begin (and manage) conversation as well as many personal mishaps and anecdotes from the author’s experiences entertaining.

Heaven is for Real, by Todd Burpo. The retelling of three-year old Colton Burpo’s near death experience and visit to Heaven. As Colton shares details of family tragedies and happenings (several prior to his own birth) this book will cause the reader to ponder the reality of Heaven.


4 thoughts on “Reads: 2011

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