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Review Date: 8/23/2012
Anne Lamott is at her best with this story of a girl's growing up experiences in a fairly dysfunctional family. As with just about all--if not all--of Lamott's books, fiction and nonfiction, the story has much of Lamott's own story woven throughout.
This piece brings a sense of compassion and forgiveness toward the child in all of us, as well as an awareness of the means of grace that come to us through our family members and community in spite of their failings.
A beautiful story, sensitive, insightful, compassionate, tightly woven.
Review Date: 9/24/2017
This book is based on the true story of Mary Draper Ingles, a 23-year-old wife and mother living in Western Virginia. While her husband was out hunting one day in 1755, Mary's village was attacked by Shawnee Indians. She, along with her two young sons and sister-in-law, was captured and taken to a Shawnee village northwest of their home. After 2 1/2 months she managed to escape. She, along with a German woman who'd also been taken captive, followed the New River to reach Mary's home. Traveling by foot for 40 days, they covered a distance of as many as 800 miles, barely surviving near starvation and hypothermia.
Author James Thom researched this story carefully and offers a vivid picture of Mary's courage and perseverance in the face of unimaginable odds. This true story is amazing, and Thom does an excellent job bringing it to life.
Review Date: 11/20/2013
I found this book extremely helpful and relevant. I had been trying to understand my own strugglesas a wife, mother, daughter, and sisterby looking at my family of birth background.
These writers/researchers/therapists treat the issue of over-responsibility in women as a cultural phenomenon that most women struggle with. I found this very freeing and helpful.
The book addresses the problem of women's tendency to take too much responsibility for relationships--especially in the family. The writers offer sound and highly effective counsel for how to begin to hear and use one's own voice, and to allow others to take responsibility for themselves.
Review Date: 8/17/2011
After reading this book, I bought three copies to give to friends. It's that good.
Wiederkehr's writing is deeply inspiring, encouraging, and refreshing. She is deeply aware of the grace of God that comes to us through the creation. She gives sound counsel for how to walk daily in gratitude, humility, and trust. She is honest and fresh as she shares what she has learned about walking in the Christian faith.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone seeking to grow as a person of faith.
Review Date: 9/5/2012
Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones is an excellent book for people who want to get started writing but can't seem to get moving with it. She gives lots of encouragement and creative ideas for how to get that pen to paper and let the creative juices begin to flow. Down to earth, practical, with fun personal stories that illustrate the ups and downs of the writer's life.
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