Category Archives: Book reviews

Review of Draw Your Day by Samantha Dion Baker

I love to look at art journals. For example, I love the blog Sketch Away, by Suhita Shirodkar, in which she records her days. I dream of being outside, pulling out my sketchbook, and drawing what I experience. But I have … Continue reading

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Review of Crazy Brave: A Memoir, by Joy Harjo

Joy Harjo is the current poet laureate of the United States, the first Native American to hold that position. I bought this book because I wanted to learn more about her. Harjo is almost the same age as me, which … Continue reading

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Review of The Bonnie Code: One Girl’s Battle with Mitochondrial Disease, Using Joy as Her Armor, by Thomas Wayne Sanders

I’ve written about Bonnie Codier before. In 1992, I interviewed her mother, Lyn Codier, for a Raising Arizona Kids article about homeschooling; Bonnie and Lyn appeared on the cover of the September 1992 issue. I also mentioned her in an … Continue reading

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Review of Searching for Sunday, by Rachel Held Evans

I loved Rachel Held Evans’ blog, and I was heartbroken by her death last year. Searching for Sunday is Evans’ story of her Christian upbringing, her eventual disillusionment with religion, and the long journey that brought her back to the Church. In … Continue reading

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Review of Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship by Gregory Boyle

My son gave me Boyle’s first book, Tattoos on the Heart, a few years ago, and I loved it. When I heard he’d written a second, I knew I had to read it. Barking to the Choir is more of … Continue reading

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Review of The Crafty Poet: A Portable Workshop, by Diane Lockward         

Poetry is a source of delight for me, and I’ve always wished I could write poetry, but my attempts in elementary and high school were lame. A few years ago I tried again, by working through a book I’d originally … Continue reading

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Review of One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voskamp

Ann Voskamp hasn’t always trusted God. When she was four, her younger sister was hit by a truck and died. For a long time, her family struggled with the concept of a good God. A few years ago, a friend … Continue reading

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Review of 100 Bible Verses Everyone Should Know by Heart by Robert J. Morgan

My dear friend Linda Carlblom worked her way through this book a few years ago and recommended it highly. When it came up on a BookBub promotion, I remembered, and ordered it. The first few chapters of 100 Bible Verses Everyone … Continue reading

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Are You Reading a Daily Devotional This Year? May I Suggest My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers?

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917) was a Scottish minister who traveled to England, Ireland, the United States, and Japan to spread the Good News of the Gospel. He also served as principal of the Bible Training College in London, and as a … Continue reading

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Book Review: Old Broads Waxing Poetic

This review appeared previously on ARHtistic License. A few years ago, Julie Kemp Pick, inspired by a poem by Susan Flett Swiderski, came up with the idea to create an anthology of poetry written by women of a certain age. Together, … Continue reading

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