Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Thursday, May 25, 2017
I enjoyed this book that was a memoir and christian living title rolled into one. It interested me partly for the last name because I'm familiar with her father's books, but I ultimately chose it because I wanted to experience Oxford through a person's eyes who was more than a tourist since she was going to live there for a year, but not really a resident. I was also intrigued by her faith journey because I could relate to growing up in the church and being used to that culture, then going out into the world and meeting people who didn't grow up that way or had left that way behind. The culture shock in England, though, was part of what she had to deal with, along with the way society views religion and faith over there. I didn't have as jarring an experience.
I liked how she thought deeply about things and found meaning and metaphor in different situations. One of the stories she tells is about a battery being stolen from the headlamp on her bike and how it was required to have a light. A friend of hers rode in front of her for weeks so she would have light to see by and she compares that to faith and how we don't do it alone. She talked about people who confused her, who didn't fit neatly into a box, such as her friend, Ben, who used to be a Christian and then had changed his mind. He was a deep thinker and she didn't think he would have made either decision lightly. He made her realize people have more layers than she had thought. I thought it was interesting, too, what she learned at a conference on art and the Christian. Christian should make sure their art portrays the truth, whether it's film-making or music, etc. Maybe instead of thinking of art as Christian or secular, we should ask is it telling the truth or covering up the truth.
I really appreciated her honesty with struggles she had, such as her struggle to share her faith or to even tell people she was a Christian who didn't seem interested and when she had so many doubts and questions of her own. I was also glad for the reminder that our faith isn't static and that we're constantly changing, feeling uncertain, learning and questioning. I could relate a lot to her and her questioning nature and her stories were interesting. She was a talented writer, too, with a poetic and funny voice. I would recommend this book if you like memoirs about faith!
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
About the author:
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Saturday, May 13, 2017
Friday, May 12, 2017
About the book:
Carrie Ann Collier has been a newlywed for nineteen blissful days--as blissful as life can be in the midst of war, that is. Soon that war will take a toll she never expected. When her new husband, Peyton, goes missing during battle, she refuses to believe he is dead and must find a way to move forward with everyday life in the face of fear.
As Carrie struggles with how to welcome her estranged sister, Margaret, back into her life, another new arrival appears on her doorstep--her husband's best friend, and rebel officer, Eli. Wounded and bitter, Eli is nonetheless committed to keeping his promise to Peyton: take care of the Collier women, no matter what. But to Carrie, he's a painful reminder of her lost love.
Then unexpected news makes Carrie wonder if miracles do happen. If Carrie infiltrates the enemy once again, she might find out what really happened to the love of her life. Will Eli be able to keep his promise to keep her safe? Can they forgive each other if promises are broken?
As fans of Boeshaar's books have come to expect, Too Deep for Words is a meticulously researched novel. Readers are taken directly into the heart of the realities of the Civil War and reminded how, even in the darkest circumstances, faith in Christ offers hope.
I enjoyed this book, but it was different than I thought it would be. This was very much a continuation of the first book as it picks up right where that one left off and is mostly about Carrie and her struggle to believe Peyton is really dead and ultimately, her decision to look for him in enemy territory. Since the beginning started out from Margaret's point of view, I thought it would have more of her story than it did. I enjoyed seeing how different Margaret had become after the hardships she suffered when Carrie left. Eli was also a wonderful character who was trying to figure out his place in a world where the Confederacy is dying and he's falling for a Union widow. Both Eli and Carrie have a strong faith throughout the book while Margaret is just learning about God. There's some romance. I love books centered around the Civil War and the intrigues and situations Carrie gets herself in were quite suspenseful and dangerous. There were some battle scenes and hospital scenes, but nothing gory. I would recommend this book if you like well-written Civil War or historical fiction, but you should probably read book one first in order to understand the characters better.
I received this book free from Kregel Publications.