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Captives by Jill Williamson

Recently I requested Captives by Jill Williamson from BookLook Bloggers. Well the book didn't show up, so I moved on and requested a different book. And then, what do you know, Captives arrives on my doorstep. I was really excited and finally had a chance to crack it open this week. I finished it yesterday morning and it was fantastic. 

Captives is set in the dystopian future where the water became contaminated with the "thin plague". The only known safe water supply is in the western American mountains (probably the Rockies, but that was never specified). A city was built around this water supply known as the Safe Lands. The residents of the Safe Lands were safe from the plague, that is until they began leading lives of debauchery. The plague had become bloodborn by that time and it began to spread among the cities residents. 

When the Safe Lands residents refused to change their way of living, several different groups of residents decided to leave the city and build vill…

She Shares Truth: Jonah 1 & 2

Jonah 1 - 2

I've always loved the story of Jonah. As a child, the thought of a giant fish swallowing Jonah up and spitting him out because he disobeyed the Lord was pretty cool. I've pretty much always been a rule-follower. I know that breaking a rule has consequences and so the idea of Jonah getting what he deserved made sense to me. It should have been easy for Jonah to just follow the Lord's commands, right?

Now, as an adult, I have a very different perspective. While I haven't heard the voice of God, I know that He calls me to take the gospel to those in my own neighborhood. Which I usually choose to ignore because thoughts of being uncomfortable come racing into my brain. They are quickly followed by fears of rejection. Finally, I think to myself this gem, "If they wanted to find God, they could just go to any church and anyone would be happy to talk with them." Yeah, thats me and suddenly I'm thankful that I haven't (yet) found my way into the bel…

The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

My most recent NetGalley read is The Here and Now by Ann Brashares. You may be a fan of Brashares' work as author of The Sisterhood of Traveling Pants books. (Yes, they are a series of books.) I read the sisterhood books in college and fell in love with them. They are on my to re-read list and may have just moved up several notches. 

Brashares' newest book The Here and Now is about Prenna James a girl from the future. Prenna is from the future because it had become impossible for humans to continue survival there. When her past catches up to her she finds herself caught up in a world far different from any that she has ever known. The future of humanity and herself is dependent on the course she chooses. 

By her side is Ethan Jarves. Ethan has known Prenna longer than she can understand and that gives him the distinct advantage of helping her fail or succeed. What will Prenna and how will she change the world? 

This was a fantastic read. I loved it. So much so, I kept finding mys…

The Doldrums

For some reason this week I've been thinking about white water rafting. I love white water rafting. I find it that its pure fun and invigorates me like not much else. 

Since Pop Rocks and I have been together we've gone down the Ocoee River three or four times.There is this part of the river that is called "The Doldrums" it is where the water is calm and you just float along. No paddling. No pressure. You've made it through several rapids including one called "Slice and Dice."

Lots of people will get out of the raft and float along in the water. I like to stay in the boat and enjoy the scenery. I also have a secret fear that I won't make it back in the boat before "Tablesaw." 

So anyway, The Doldrums. I was thinking about how in life there are periods of chaos (the rapids) and period of peace (the doldrums). For all intents and purposes I am in the midst of the doldrums. I am enjoying. The thing is though, I am still on the edge of raft ready…

She Shares Truth: Psalm 130

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Hi, Friends! I hope that this week has been a great one for you. I am a big fan of She Reads Truth. If you haven't heard of it definitely go check it out. This lenten season they are asking readers to take a text on Fridays and write their own post about it. Here is mine:

Text: Psalm 130

When I first read this Psalm I realized that it was exactly where I had been. I've shared before that last year was a tough year for me. I was dealing with medical issues and major stress at work and it all turned me into a not-so-happy-person. 

I cannot even begin to count the times that I have called yelled out to God for His mercy. I needed it and it seemed so hard to find. There was a tremendous depth to my cries. They were as deep as my pain. I kept waiting. I wish I could say that I did it gracefully or even patiently. No, I did it with a pout. Then stubborn soul that I am went in sat in my corner and said, "If God wanted to save me, He would just do it." 

Praise the Lord for …

Runaway Saint by Lisa Samson

Runaway Saint by Lisa Samson is a phenomenal book. I was a little unsure of it based on the description, but the story really sucked me and kept me turning pages as quickly as I could. The story is about Sara Drexel. Sara is a graphic designer in Baltimore with her own business, husband, and fixer upper in the city. Her mother has become a hippy and her father is his usual professional calligrapher self. Out of the blue, her aunt returns from Kazakstan where she has been living for the last twenty-five years or so as a missionary. Sara's mother and her sister are estranged. Additionally, her mother lives in a tent on a farm (see, hippy). Consequently, Sara's Aunt Bel ultimately ends up living with Sara and her husband Finn. 

Sara was only four when Bel left to go overseas. No one has ever said much, except that she was a missionary over there. The family did not do much to keep in touch. Because of Bel's arrival, Sara begins a journey to uncover the past in order to underst…

Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan

Glitter and Glue is Kelly Corrigan's memoirs about her time in Australia as a nanny and what it taught her about her mother. Corrigan weaves her own narrative on the mother-daughter dynamic in with the story of a family who had lost their own mother. 

It's a sad book with lots of happy parts. It was interesting and made me think about my relationship with my mother. For most of the story Corrigan was a twenty something on the cusp of "real life" trying to get the most out of her youth. This is what made it so relatable. In her accidental journey as a nanny she realized that all along her mother was really doing what was best for her and was dealing with the other side of things in her own way. As Corrigan points out her mother was changing because of their relationship and there was an emotional side to both parties involved in the argument. 

I can definitely recommend this book. It will make you laugh and cry. Think and feel. You should check it out.

An advanced copy o…