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My lack of posting does not mean that I haven’t been reading. Actually, quite the contrary – I’ve got some fabulous books to share this week! If you’ve been reading some great books, I do hope you’ll share about them in the comments – I’m always on the lookout for a great book!
All Dressed in White by Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke
I adore Mary Higgins Clark. To me, her books are THE BEST when it comes to suspense novels. We normally pick up several of her books each year at the used bookstore at the beach; so, we have quite a collection of them. This one, though, as well as this collaboration, were new to me. I found this book at our local Ollie’s store and I simply cannot resist a beautiful hardbound book for $3.99, especially not if it’s by one of my favorite authors.
This book did not disappoint (in fact, I’ve never read a Mary Higgins Clark book that did!) I was well absorbed and couldn’t wait to get to the end to find out “who did it.” There were so many twists and turns that I found myself questioning practically every character at some point or another.
I will definitely be keeping my eyes open for the two other books that Ms. Clark has written with Ms. Burke – The Cinderella Murder and The Sleeping Beauty Killer.
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
A few years back, at the used bookstore at the beach, I picked up a copy of The Secret Life of Bees. I literally could not put that book down. It’s a coming of age novel, in the vein of To Kill a Mockingbird. In other words, it’s one of those books that I think everyone needs to read. Yes, it’s just that good.
So, when I found The Invention of Wings at Ollie’s, it was a no-brainer. I had no choice but to buy it. And, then I found myself worrying that it wouldn’t be as good. Would I be disappointed?
Well, there was no cause for concern. The Invention of Wings, a story that covers 35 years of the lives of Sarah Grimke and her slave girl Hetty “Handful,” is another must-read! There were times in the story when I chuckled, but there were many times when I got tears in my eyes and almost couldn’t see to read.
Slavery … an awful, horrendous act on the part of men. I find it hard to fathom that something so gruesome existed and that people thought it was ok. I enjoyed Sarah’s role in this book and how she spent her life trying to come up with a way to put slavery to an end.
At the end, I realized that the book was based in real characters and real events, while fictionalized. That, to me, made it even better. I will most definitely be on the lookout for more of Sue Monk Kidd’s books.
KJV Homeschool Mom’s Bible
A few weeks ago, while preparing to start our homeschool year, I went in search of a King James Version Bible that Ian could use for school. He’s doing Abeka Academy this year, and that’s the version that they use for their memory verses and Bible class.
I did find a nice Bible for him; but I also came upon this Bible for ME. (At Ollie’s – do you sense a trend in this post?!) The picture to the left is just the cover that was around the Bible – the Bible itself is a light blue imitation leather.
I have TONS of Bibles in this house in many different translations. I didn’t NEED another one. I picked this one up and actually put it back down. But, I couldn’t put it out of my mind, so I went back and put it in my cart with Ian’s Bible. I think God was nudging me to buy it. I keep it right on my desk and read one of the devotionals (which are dated) each morning before Ian gets up and comes down for school. The devotionals are encouraging for a homeschool mom.
In January, I plan to take this one step further and use the KJV as my version of choice for doing my Daily Scripture writing. This year, I’ve been using the ESV and many of the Scriptures verses that I’ve committed to memory over the years have been from the NIV (which is what we used in the school I attended). It will be nice to go “old school” next year; and it will also be nice to be using the same version that Ian is using for his lessons.
If you’re a homeschool mom looking for daily encouragement, definitely take a look at this one – it’s available as a hardback and in NIV as well.
Around the Web
I recently accepted a part-time job as a virtual assistant to Krista Joy from the DisneyWays blog (among many other things!) She’s one busy lady who has her hands in lots of pots. If you’re looking for Disney news and entertainment, be sure to check out her site (which I’ll be writing for on occasion). You can visit her on social media also. Be sure to tell her Heidi sent you!
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