What I Read In May

May was a good reading month for me. I was able to complete five books! I’m not really sure how that happened because May was also an extremely busy month. Nonetheless, I am well on my way for meeting my reading goal for 2017! I have completed 17 books out of my goal of 40. Here is a brief review of the books I read.

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Drowning Ruth by Christina Schwarz was a 3-star book for me. It fluctuates between  present day and the past, telling the story of two sisters and their families. One of the sisters drowns and of course there are lots of questions and secrets surrounding the drowning. I found it slow in places, but overall I enjoyed it.

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Chazown by Craig Groeschel is all about discovering your call and purpose in life and living it out. “Chazown” is the Hebrew word for vision, dream or revelation. Groeschel gives practical steps that aid you in discovering how you can live a meaningful and fulfilled life by living out your God-given purpose. I believe that as we go through different seasons in our life, our specific calling and/or purpose often changes. I found this book helpful for reflecting on my present stage of life and being intentional about discerning what the Lord is calling me to right now. I give this book 4 stars. ( I received a free copy of this book from Blogging for Books in return for my honest review.)

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My Heart by Julie Manning was another 4-star book for me. Julie shares her story of having a serious heart condition that was detected while giving birth to her second child. The condition could cause her to go into cardiac arrest at any time. She talks about what it’s like living with this knowledge, while at the same time being a wife and mom to young children. Her faith in God and her longing to remain on earth with her family, while at the same time longing to be at home with the Lord is both encouraging and inspiring. Julie lives like each day is her last, because it could be. But….isn’t that the same with each of us? Shouldn’t we be living the same way??  (I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in return for my honest review.)

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The Lucky Few by Heather Avis is the story of the Avis family. Heather and her husband were unable to have biological children and they felt the Lord leading them down the adoption path. Little did they know that their path would not be the same as most adoptive families. Their journey led them to the adoption of three children….one of a different race, and two with Down Syndrome. This is a beautiful story of love, trust, obedience and joy. I love what Heather says, “It’s only the lucky few that recognize that the most beautiful things in this life are often found in the differences.” Once again.. a 4-star book for me! (I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.)

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It’s Not Yet Dark by Simon Fitzmaurice was my last read for May. In 2008, Fitzmaurice was diagnosed with ALS and he shares about his debilitating illness in this book. He is an Irish filmmaker, a husband and a father of young children. During a crisis in 2010, he made the choice to be placed on a ventilator, going against the advice of most physicians. The story is heartbreaking and encouraging at the same time. He wrote this memoir using an eye-gaze computer. I give this book 3 stars. (I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.)

So, that’s what I read in May! Looking forward to a great reading month in June! I’d love to hear what you’ve been reading!

Trusting His Plan,

Sandra

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