Book Review: The Orphan Master’s Son

The Orphan Master’s Son, set in North Korea, by Adam Johnson is a literary tale about identity and story. The setting, plot, and characters captivate on their own level to bring us a story we can relate to. Identity Most of the major characters are unnamed or given a pseudonym. The main character never knowsContinue reading “Book Review: The Orphan Master’s Son”

Why Read Fiction?

People say fiction is only make-believe and those who read it want to escape life. Nonfiction is reality, they say; fiction isn’t. Why waste your time? It’s true that non-fiction describes life accurately. But fiction shows us truth in a special way. In story, we enter the world of the tale through words on the page.Continue reading “Why Read Fiction?”

Book Review: Quaker Summer

Book: Quaker Summer by Lisa Samson This women’s contemporary fiction was more than an enjoyable read. The main character, Heather, is unhappy with her (from the outside looking in) wonderful life but doesn’t understand why she isn’t content. She struggles with guilt from her past. She leaves her perfect church where it seems everyone thereContinue reading “Book Review: Quaker Summer”

Book Review: One Thousand Gifts

Most mornings she woke weary, beaten down by dirty floors and crying children and heavy tasks. Her mind looked for escape from what lay ahead: the same as yesterday, tomorrow, and next week. Like a stagnant pond. She worked hard yesterday only to find much that needed to be tackled again. Would her life everContinue reading “Book Review: One Thousand Gifts”

Gatsby’s Great Mistakes

I read Proverbs 13 this morning after seeing the new Gatsby movie on the weekend, and several verses made me think of Jay Gatsby. I wondered just how his quest would’ve been different is he’d heeded just three verses in Proverbs. Verse 7: “One man pretends to be rich yet has nothing; another pretends toContinue reading “Gatsby’s Great Mistakes”

The Story of Moses

Moses, great man of God, can teach us much about God’s patience and grace. God gave Moses abilities to use for his people, and we can learn as we read his story in Exodus. When God called Moses to go back to Egypt and rescue the Hebrews, God often had many opportunities to be angryContinue reading “The Story of Moses”

Late-Breaking Story

As a young boy, his mother brought him to church. His father didn’t attend with them. The boy soon outgrew church, trading it in for the outdoors. He hunted, trapped, and fished. Later still, he and my mom raised four daughters, and he attended church with the family only for baptisms and weddings. He guidedContinue reading “Late-Breaking Story”