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A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord

Posted by Sherry on 10/13/2015 in 2015, Children's Fiction, Community, General |

I thought it was another dog book, and I’m not much of a dog book fan. But it was Cynthia Lord, whose book Rules is a wonderful story of a girl and her autistic brother, so I thought I’d give a try. It’s only 184 pages of large bold print with double spacing that will […]

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The Dean’s Watch by Elizabeth Goudge

The Dean’s Watch may very well be the best book I read this year. I can’t imagine any modern book outshining this lovely tale of the friendship between a cathedral dean and an atheist watchmaker. Isaac Peabody, horologist and master craftsman, had any belief in God taken away from him early in life by his […]

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Showers of Blessing

Posted by Sherry on 2/25/2015 in Christian Life, Community |

I am taking a blog break for Lent, but I thought I’d share some of my old posts from years gone by. I’ve been blogging at Semicolon since October, 2003, more than eleven years. This post is copied and edited from February 18, 2005: It was supposed to rain this afternoon here in Houston. No […]

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Salvation on Sand Mountain by Dennis Covington

Posted by Sherry on 2/16/2015 in Christian Life, Church, Community, Conversion stories, General, Nonfiction |

Salvation on Sand Mountain: Snake Handling and Redemption in Southern Appalachia by Dennis Covington. Does a journalist need to participate in his subject’s life and culture in order to write with insight and understanding about those subjects? For instance does one have to handle snakes in order to write about snake handlers, Pentecostal Christians who […]

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Fierce Convictions by Karen Swallow Prior

Posted by Sherry on 1/21/2015 in Biography/Memoir, Community, England, General, Nonfiction |

Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More—Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist by Karen Swallow Prior. I was captivated by “extraordinary life” of this woman of God, “best-selling poet, novelist, and playwright, friend of the famous, practical philanthropist, and moral conscience of a nation.” Hannah More may be a forgotten woman nowadays, but she was far from […]

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Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink

Posted by Sherry on 1/17/2015 in Community, General, Nonfiction |

Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink. Warning: this book is deeply disturbing. After reading it, I became even more distrustful of doctors and of the medical profession than I was before I read the book. I also lost some confidence in the government and in the justice […]

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Christmas at Brede Abbey, Sussex, England, c. 1955

“On the night of Christmas Eve the abbey was so still it might have been thought to be empty, or the nuns asleep, but when the bell sounded at ten o’clock, from all corners, especially from the church, silent figures made their way to their station in the long cloister, and Abbess Catherine led them […]

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Nuts to You by Lynne Rae Perkins

Posted by Sherry on 11/20/2014 in 2014, Children's Fiction, Community, Fantasy Fiction, General |

I didn’t care for Lynne Rae Perkins’ Newbery Award winning book, Criss Cross. As I remember it, the book was partly written in verse, and I don’t care for verse novels. It also was confusing, about teenagers, and I just didn’t “get it.” Nuts to You is not Criss Cross. It’s not even similar to […]

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Circa Now by Amber McRee Turner

Posted by Sherry on 10/1/2014 in 2014, Children's Fiction, Community |

An eleven year old girl named Circa loses her beloved father in an accident and doesn’t know if she can depend on her sometimes-depressed mother to care for her and for her father’s memory. I liked a lot of things about this book. Circa Monroe was a spunky protagonist; she reminded me of my youngest […]

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The Summer I Saved the World in 65 Days by Michele Weber Hurwitz

Posted by Sherry on 7/7/2014 in 2014, Children's Fiction, Christian Life, Community, Summer reading |

Thirteen year old Nina Ross is feeling at loose ends this summer. Her best friend, Jorie, is changing into a boy-crazy clothes horse. Her beloved grandmother, the only person who really got Nina, died last year. Nina’s parents, divorce lawyers, work all the time. And her brother Matt is consistently either holed up in his […]

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