Monday, July 26, 2010

Angel Song by Sheila Walsh & Kathryn Cushman

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, but must preface by explaining that when I read a fiction novel that I enjoy…I don’t read very critically. I just allow it to entertain me. I was so swept up in Angel Song’s story that I finished the book in a weekend.

Angel Song is about Ann Fletcher, a young woman rising up in a home staging business in New York City. She finds herself confronted with her past in Charleston, South Carolina when she becomes the last living member of her family. She is “adopted” by her sister’s friends who challenge her to discover who she really is beneath her own strategically designed fa├žade. One especially influential character was Keith, the 12 year old boy with Down Syndrome, who had the ability to hear and see angels ministering to both him and Ann.

I loved following Ann as she worked through her grief, her career struggles and her lack of faith in God. I found myself sympathizing with her and cheering her on in her personal victories. I thought the authors did a good job drawing the reader in to the character’s world as well as addressing real world challenges that combat faith. The only complaint I have is that the ending left me wanting more!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Captivating by John & Stasi Eldredge

In this book, John & Stasi reveal some of the greatest mysteries of woman, leading the reader through an exploration of why God designed her heart as it is. Without disregarding the “individual”, the book delves into commonalities shared by women through God’s design. Topics include woman’s purpose, fulfillment of her desires, the worst enemies of her desires, paths to healing and encouragement to use womanhood to support the body of Christ.



I LOVE this book. The first time I read it, my heart was opened to the mysterious of myself as a women. I discovered many of my “quirks” were really part of God’s design; some of my “weaknesses” were actually strengths. I learned how to heal from hurts I never realized were an assault against my God-given womanhood. Now, I am encouraged to grow in my beauty as a woman, in spirit, soul and body; to live boldly for God’s purpose for me.


I really appreciate all John & Stasi’s work, for many reasons, but one is simply for the fact they write together. Their shared work provides a well-rounded approach to all the topics. They are well grounded in Scripture as well, speaking life and hope into their readers while discussing the hard topics. It is evident God uses their words to bring healing.


I highly recommend this book for women AND men. Then go read “Wild at Heart” to unlock the secrets of the man’s soul.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.