My Top Must-Read Story Of The Summer

Sometimes we need a gentle, slow-paced story that reminds us to take a deep breath and just…. be.  The Nature of Small Birds” by Susie Finkbeiner was just such a book for me, and it was also one of my favourite novels of the entire year.  This story is told in a chapter pattern where the entire book goes through the sequence of perspectives for three different family members, at varying time periods of their lives.  The neat part?  This story is primarily about a girl named Mindy, but she is not even one of the narrators telling the story! Continue reading

A Story I Will Remember for Years to Come

“All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.” This famous quote by Julian of Norwich is the first line of words we read as we pick up Susie Finkbeiner’s new release from Revell, aptly titled “All Manner of Things”. As we continue reading a bit farther, we are swept away to the year 1967, where we meet a family and begin a journey that, within the first few pages, we know we will never forget. Continue reading

One of the Most Unusual Books I’ve Read in a While. . .

Have you ever read a book that sort of blew you away, and you needed to take a few days to figure out what you really thought about it? That was definitely the case for me with a new release published by Thomas Nelson, and written by Rachel Linden. “Ascension of Larks” is a beautiful story written in a rare, vivid, insightful, descriptive, voice. Although a novel of prose, it almost reads like lyrical poetry at times—that’s how amazing and compelling the writing voice is!

As far as the content of the book, well, it isn’t just a cut-and-dried Contemporary Fiction novel. There are various elements of mysticism mixed in with the more traditional Christian aspects, and at times the border between the two becomes a little fuzzy. While the spiritualism didn’t exactly bother me, it did surprise me at times. Why? Perhaps because “Ascension of Larks” wasn’t truly a supernatural novel, nor a fairy tale, but it still contained hints of those genres. Continue reading