I chose my July book club, Cultivate, because author, business owner, and mom to three Lara Casey offers sound and grace-filled advice: “We can’t do it all, and do it well. But, we can choose to cultivate what matters.” Gee, how familiar does that sound?
New Book Club: This Life I Live by Rory Feek.
Chronicling the journey neither of them were prepared to take and letting the world take it along with them, Joeys’ story, the tenderness of her heart, and the message of God’s love was sent to millions...
Gobi first finds Leonard when he wasn't looking to be found... but a turn of heart and twist of fate soon has the shoe on the other foot and it is Leonard who goes in search of the little tan terrier who won his heart.
Great Summer Reads | May Book Club!
Why settle for one, when you can have a whole stack of books?! From Grillin' to grinnin' my list has it all. Inspiring meals, inspiring people, inspiring mutts, and inspiring children. Get inspired. READ!
Love Does is the idea that you can't just feel it or talk about it, you must DO it! And when love does... beautiful things happen. It's love in action!
Is your Valentine a book-worm? The kind that loves to curl up in the corner with a cup of tea and good read? Or stretch out in the recliner and turn pages? I've got a short list of books that speak volumes about Love...
Uninvited, Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely, by Lysa TerKeurst, is my book club pick for December. I chose this particular book because it is a beautiful, biblical, honest, and witty look at how we process rejection.
The Magnolia Story, my book club pick for November, is THEIR story. It is one of hope and hard work, of shaky ground, of seeking balance, one of losses... and one of Gaines. In essence it is the story of the Great American Dream come true.
What would the world look like after you passed on? What if you were still on the scene watching events unfold, watching the people you care about carry on after your death? What if those people, who are only connected by you, gravitated together for a greater purpose? Helena Colden, a veterinarian who has just died of breast cancer is witnessing those events take place.
Neil Abramson’s book, Unsaid, is told from Helena’s perspective as she watches her husband, her farm life and the animals she loves suffer in life after her death. She watches her husband, David, struggle to take on the care of her farm animals while getting back to his life as a high-powered Manhattan attorney. She watches him crumble under the weight of depression and the demands of his work. She watches her loyal animal companions be neglected as a result of her absence.
As I pictured David’s life unraveling before me, my heart tore out for him. I wanted to make him sit down and slow down, take a breath and mourn. I wanted to help him with his animals and talk him thru his pain. I wanted to make him take more time before going back to his stressful job. But of course, he quickly gets thrust back into the demands of his fast-paced career.
David ends up in the courtroom on behalf of Helena’s old research associate who has raised and cared for a now-threatened chimpanzee that has made amazing breakthroughs in communication. The drama that unfolds before Helena threads together pieces of her life in a story that shows the special bonds between people and their pets. It shows the healing power of animals; it shows how they connect with us and communicate with us on many levels.
Having grieved the loss of pets and people, having rescued and raised horses, dogs, cats, and a variety of other animals, the book especially hits home with me. Each of my animals have their own distinct personalities and communicate in their own way. Each of them is an integral part of my life, like a piece of the puzzle that makes my life more complete. Even when it comes time to let them go, I know I’m better for having loved and having been loved by such loyal companions. Go get Neil’s book Unsaid today, curl up with your loyal companion and enjoy this wonderfully compelling story.