Movies & Books

Book Review: Talking to God by Julie Cragon

Get your hands on this new prayer book by Julie Cragon, but don’t read it all the way through. That’s not what Talking to God is for. It’s a small book (on purpose), just right to slide into your handbag for easy reference in prayer emergencies....

Book Review: Blue-Eyed Doll by Deanna K. Klingel

Did you think that the custom of classroom pen-pal letter exchanges and sending “Flat Stanley” on trips around the world made its educational debut in the 21st century? Deanna Klingel’s novel Blue-Eyed Doll tells the story of a very unique cultural exchange that took...

Book Review: True Radiance by Lisa Mladinich

 Lisa Mladinich’s book True Radiance is subtitled “Finding Grace in the Second Half of Life.” That subtitle! Since I read this book, I guess I’m admitting that I am squarely in the second half of life. Now, I don’t mind the gray hairs that are appearing with increased...

Motherhood Matters: Reflection on Motherhood

A new crop of mothers in our world use social media and technology in every aspect of their daily lives.  When you are a mother with young children, these outlets are often used to vent, to talk about all of the struggles.  Many of us weren’t prepared for the...

Book Review: A Single Bead by Stephanie Engelman

Author Stephanie Engelman proves that a story doesn’t have to be edgy to be compelling. In the new YA novel, A Single Bead (Pauline Teen, 2016) teenage Kate finds faith in an unlikely way: through the stories of others who have been touched by the prayers of her...

Book Review: The Defining Decade

Two winters ago I walked into an appointment for spiritual direction…and was directed to the self-help section of the book store. I had been told to buy The Defining Decade. I read it in a day and a half; it was transformative. The Defining Decade challenges...

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