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...
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 if you walked into a fried chicken diner one day, one random day, and glimpsed a sight of a boy sitting alone at a table, ear pressed against an old boom-box that was held together with duct tape, and braces up his legs... What if?
Great stories, great food, great fun! Cookin' It with Kix ain't your average cook book, because Kix ain't your average guy. Come on over to Delilah.com and check it out!
For August, I've chosen to tell you about a favorite novel of mine, The Shack. Yes, it's been out for several years. Yes, tons of people have already read it. Yes, I've told you all this before!
I want to tell you about a book I ran across lately, and immediately said, "THIS is my next book club pick!" My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, drew me in fast.
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.