Wednesday, January 29, 2014

January Reading

I read some good books this month, ones that I'm very glad that I read and ones that were worth my time to read.  I started a couple of them in December, so I just finished them this month.
  • My Emily by Matt Patterson.  A sad, but true, story of a child born with Down Syndrome and later diagnosed with leukemia, it also tells how a father's faith grew throughout the process.
  • Goddess Tithe by Anne Elisabeth Stengl.  This short story takes place in the middle of the rest of her books, although it's a great story in and of itself.  I love how her books tie in together without being dependent on each other.  Anyway, this book is about Munny, a cabin boy on his first voyage.  When a stowaway is discovered on board, everyone knows that he (the stowaway) should be thrown to the sea goddess...except the captain allows Leonard to remain on the ship.  Munny and Leonard find a friendship despite their circumstances and lack of any commonality.  
  • Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.  I enjoy reading books about forgotten aspects of our history, and this book fits the bill.  Orphan trains carried hundreds of thousands of children from eastern cities out to the Midwest where they hopefully would find a new family.  This novel follows the stories of Vivian, who rode the Orphan Train, and Molly, who is a present day foster child, and shows how they were able to help each other.
  • The Duck Commander Family:  How Faith, Family, and Ducks Built a Dynasty by Willie and Korie Robertson with Mark Schlabach.  Who doesn't know about the Robertsons?  But there is so much more to the family than what is shown on the television series.  This book details the beginnings of the family business with Phil and Kay and how Willie and Korie took it and made it the success it is today.  Mostly, this book is about faith and family and how important they both are.
  • Eve's Daughters by Lynn Austin.  This story is a great one about four generations of women, starting with German immigrants in the 1890's.  It tells the story of women loving their husbands and sticking with them through the hard times and how their love impacts the next generation.  I really enjoyed this book.
What have you read lately?  Anything you would like to recommend?

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