I finished four books in the month of May. That is, I read three and wrote one, a devotional journal for hymn lovers (like me!) called Then Sings My Soul. Keep reading for more details on all four titles.
The 4 books I read in May:
We finished another installment in the Penderwick series, which we enjoyed even more than the first book.
In The Penderwicks on Gardam Street, the four young sisters conspire to sabotage their widowed father’s half-hearted attempt at dating, despite the fact their late mother had penned an impassioned letter urging him to find another life partner — and their Aunt is determined to help him do it.
But maybe their late mother understood something better than they do. Could she be right that their father would again need companionship once he’d had a few years to grieve?
Maybe a stepmother wouldn’t be as bad as the girls have all imagined.
Then Sings My Soul by Jennifer Flanders
We spent the first part of June in a holding pattern, pretty sure we were going to need to move but having no idea where. I don’t do well with change and uncertainty, but prayed God would put a song in my heart despite my misgivings. And this new devotional journal for hymn lovers is part of what came out of that prayer.
In Then Sings My Soul, you’ll find several of my favorite hymns, including “Amazing Grace,” “Be Thou My Vision,” “How Firm a Foundation,” “It is Well with My Soul,” and a dozen more, along with writing prompts, word studies, relevant scripture verses, and beautiful vintage artwork on nearly every page. It makes a beautiful keepsake journal and a nice addition to your quiet time and Bible reading routine, so check it out!
First Hostage by Joel Rosenburg
I didn’t have much time for old-school book reading last month — paper copy in hand with a ballpoint pen at the ready — what with packing up our entire household and getting ready to move. But I did finish the audio version of The First Hostage while I was wrapping breakables in paper and tucking them safely into cardboard boxes. And listening made that job so much more enjoyable than it would’ve been otherwise.
An international political thriller by Joel C. Rosenburg, The First Hostage is gripping and fast-paced. The plot revolves around the kidnapping of the US President by ISIS extremists and the intrepid reporter responsible for covering the incident.
Unbeknownst to me, The First Hostage is actually Book 2 in a 3-book series. So now I need to track down the first installment (ironically entitled The Third Target — which isn’t confusing at all, right?)
The Wise Woman by George MacDonald
This fairytale features two spoiled children and the wise woman who turns their lives upside down. It was a timely book to read when tasked with doing something I didn’t really want to do, as the children in the book faced a similar fate. Their constant complaints and procrastination were so annoying and their selfish sense of entitlement so abhorrent that I wanted to do my very best not to emulate any of their sour attitudes (although I might otherwise have been sorely tempted to do so).
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