Surprised by Grace (Book Review)

Elizabeth Sherrill crafted others’ stories into memorable masterpieces (The Hiding Place, God’s Smuggler) but resisted sharing her story. I’m glad she finally changed her mind. Hers story takes us on a journey in which we clearly see God’s pursuing love that captured her and changed her life.

Reading this felt almost like reading a journal or a memoir. I felt as though I were privy to Mrs. Sherrill’s thoughts and innermost feelings. Her transparency and willingness to draw the reader into an intimate encounter left me with an impression of warmth, as if I had been visiting a dear friend.… Read the rest

The Painted Table by Suzanne Field (Book Review)

Since I grew up with a parent who suffered from mental illness, the premise of The Painted Table intrigued me. I quickly signed up to review the book. When it arrived, I immediately started reading it, wondering what parallels I’d find between the heroine’s tale and my life.

I found much which echoed or resembled my life – the uncertainty of when and how the illness would manifest, the desire to get away, the fear that I would one day find myself in the grips of mental illness.… Read the rest

Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay (Book Review)

As a lover of all things Jane Austen, the chance to review Dear Mr. Knightley, Katherine Reay’s début novel, intrigued me. Although the premise piqued my interest, I wasn’t sure if I would want to keep the book in my library and opted to receive a pdf version of the book for my review.

I wish I had asked for the paperback book because I WANT IT in my library.

You see, I found that I could very well have taken the place of Samantha Moore, the heroine of the story.… Read the rest