Kisses from Katie

An Adventure? Now, I don’t imagine anyone west of Bree would have much interest in adventures. Nasty, disturbing, uncomfortable things. Makes you late for dinner.

So said our beloved Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, and if I’m truly honest with myself I can relate. The autobiography “Kisses from Katie” reminded me that adventures might be just as uncomfortable as Bilbo suspected, but that there really is no other way to live than following God into the unknown.

That’s exactly what Katie Davis did. Continue reading

What Unlikely Book Broke all my Speed Reading Records?

For somebody who generally takes two or three weeks to read a book, my recent three-day book sprint is rather remarkable. The last time I read anything so quickly was probably as a student procrastinating from studying. Never Let Go wasn’t even a book I would normally have picked up at the library or bookstore. I tend to stay away from covers that shout “thriller” and that is exactly what the rather chilling cover communicates. Continue reading

The Shadow of the Sun – an Exceptional Book

Good books fall into several categories. There are those that keep you entertained till the end, but you forget about them as soon as you start another. Next, there are those that linger with you and leave you wondering what became of (often fictional) characters for days—even weeks—after you read the last words. And then there are those that change you, that shift your perceptions and allow you to see the world in a different light. These are not just good books, they are exceptional. “The Shadow of the Sun” is such a book. Continue reading

Towdah – Thanking God in the midst of Cancer

One of my greatest joys in the last few years, has been meeting up with other Christian writers. This has happened in several places and in different ways. Online, through the FaithWriters website, where I discovered a welcoming world of men and women who all loved God and writing. Locally, when I had the great privilege of going to a South African Christian Writers Conference, where further connections and friendships developed. The special thing about this ‘connectedness’ is that, not only have I met fascinating people all over the world, but I have also been introduced to writing that I would probably never have discovered.

“Towdah” is such a book, written by a woman called Sheryl Holmes, who I met through an online Writer’s group. Continue reading

Book Review of “The Re-Marriage Adventure”

I’ve watched my sister navigate the turbulent waters of a broken marriage and divorce, and struggle to set a new course for her life. Starting a new relationship, with step-children and ex’s in the mix, hasn’t been plain sailing, but this month she and her husband celebrated their 4th wedding anniversary and the contentment and joy are clearly evident in their lives. As challenging as a second marriage can be, it can also be a true blessing.

Preparing for a successful second marriage is the topic of Dale and Susan Mathis’ new book, “The Re-Marriage Adventure: Preparing for a Lifetime of Love & Happiness” (Focus on the Family). Continue reading

Book Review of the “Life Lessons” Series

Occasionally somebody comes into our lives and leaves an indelible mark on it. We may not realise it at the time, but from that moment on we are different—better—than before. At its heart, this is what the “Life Lessons” series, compiled by Tracy Ruckman and Suzanne Williams, is all about. In these four books we read true stories of people who have played a part in shaping someone’s life, be they a parent, grandparent or teacher. Continue reading

Jonah Lehrer Book Scandal

I am deeply disappointed to discover that the first book I was going to recommend on my website, has just been removed by the Publishers. Apparently–in his book ‘Imagine’–Jonah Lehrer did just that and fabricated a quote by Bob Dylan. He also spliced together several other quotes to create a comment that was totally out of context.

Yes, I am frustrated that the book review I’d written a few days ago is now rather worthless. Yet more than that, I am bitterly disappointed that a book with such a wealth of insight, will never be read by an audience. I understand that this kind of book–which relies heavily on scientific research–needs  to be accurate on every level, but I wish there was a way of separating out the bad, without throwing away the good. This would of course be almost impossible to do because Lehrer’s deceit has cast every part of the book under a shadow of doubt. Continue reading