Friday, January 26, 2024

Recent Grown-Up Reads

📖Counting the Cost by Jill Duggar (Christian, nonfiction, memoir)... This book was so many things. Sad in a lot of ways, inspiring in others, interesting overall. I don't think it'll mean much to anyone who didn't watch the Duggars' show and then watch everything explode. 

📖The Divine Proverb of Streusel by Sara Brunsvold* (contemporary Christian fiction)... First, can we talk about how captivating this cover is? It was easy to pick it up and read it because I so enjoyed looking at it! But it's also everything I want from my contemporary Christian fiction. There was realistic family strife being worked through, personal reflection and growth, and hope! I loved the heritage aspect, too.

📖Good Man by Nathan Clarkson (Christian, nonfiction)... I am obviously not the target audience here and was just reading as a potential high school read for my son. I was so inspired anyway!

📖Like a River by Granger Smith (Christian, nonfiction, memoir)... Lynn recommended this memoir and wow, it was so good! Gut-wrenching to be sure, but so good.

📖The List by Robert Whitlow (Christian, general fiction)... This was kind of a thrill ride with a hint of supernatural. It's my second Robert Whitlow read and I've liked both but the author's note in this one made me feel particularly excited to read more of his work.

📖Love Story by Karen Kingsbury (Contemporary Christian fiction)... Yet another Baxter Family installment and I wished I could see more of Elizabeth's journey somehow but still really enjoyed it. I have only eight more Baxter Family books before I'm fully caught up!

📖A Picture of Hope by Liz Tolsma (Christian, historical fiction)... I really like Liz Tolsma's writing in general but there is something particularly captivating about her WWII stories. This one was particularly special to me because it features a young girl with Down Syndrome. Technically there are some trigger warnings for this one with war violence and some abuse directed at children, but Liz's writing is blessedly gentle in this area and never gratuitously graphic.

📖Plant Based Dips N' Dressings (secular, cookbook)... My husband and I always say that a good sauce is the key to healthy eating. Of course a bowl of lettuce by a bowl of plain rice/lentils/chicken won't captivate you when your mind knows how easy it would be to go tantalize your tastebuds with something processed. But put a good dressing on that salad and something spicy or sour or creamy on that main dish and you'll be a lot more likely to finish your meal without wishing for something extra. This book has SO MANY great options! 

📖Stormie by Stormie Omartian (Christian, nonfiction, memoir)... Gut-wrenching and even depressing beginning, as she explains her child abuse and then train wreck early 20s  life choices, but what an inspiring read! 

📖Wild + Free Book Club (secular, nonfiction, homeschool)... What a treasure, a gem, a delight! It was so fun to revisit books I have previously loved and see how others have reimagined them to bring them to life with their children. Love it!

* I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review. 


  1. I just got The Divine Proverb of Streusel and I can't wait to read it (just finished the Mrs Kip one today). That Robert Whitlow one sounds intriguing- I have enjoyed the other books I read by him. Always love your lists, I get lots of solid reqs from you!

    1. Oh yay, I can't wait to see what you think of Divine Prov!!


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