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The reading list was a lot shorter in September. No surprise there as we were heavy into the beginning of the school year, harvest was in full swing and it is volleyball season, we have two players on two different teams!

What I may not have had in quantity in September was absolutely made up for in quality. The three books in this review were excellent and I highly recommend all three.

Books not reviewed but read/listened to:

Waves of Mercy by Lynn Austin (Audible) – a really excellent story and theology lessons all rolled into one!!

The Reluctant Duchess by Roseanna M. White (Audible)


Doing Busy Better by Glyniss Whitwer (Revell)

Wow! I thought I had a bit of the crazy going on but Ms. Whitwer had it nailed down! She’s a talented, capable, busy mom with lots of kids, big goals and dreams and the guilt and drive to burn her to the ground. She knew she had to figure this thing out and so she learned how to set boundaries and get her life into a rhythm that would continue to produce life rather than suck the life right out.

God gave us two gifts in his creative scheme, work, and rest. He made them for us to enjoy. However, many of us tend to be human do-ers and forget about being human be-ings. We need both. Our lives aren’t going to get less busy, especially if you’re a mom with kids, a grandma or a single trying to juggle a job and/or ministry responsibilities, things and stuff will keep happening. How do we find a way to rest AND work?

Whitwer explores the reasons why we get into the whirlwind, how we can get out, the problem with hurry, can we quit, and various concepts surrounding rest. I will definitely be reading this one again.

Friends, Partners, Lovers by Kevin A. Thompson (Revell)

I have been recommending this one to all my young friends contemplating marriage! I wish I’d had this resource for when we went through pre-marital counseling ourselves and certainly with the young couples we’ve counseled in the past. We will be using it in the future, guaranteed.

Mr. Thompson is the senior pastor who has seen many marriages in all stages walk through his doors. His insights are gleaned from many hours of study and I believe are very sound. Scripture tells us that a three-stranded cord is not easily broken. Thompson applies that concept to marriage and names the three strands friendship, partnership, and love (yes, the sexual variety).

When all three of those strands are working together you are going to have a great marriage. Often one or more of these strands becomes weak or is non-existent. Thompson’s book gives some great information on strengthening or forming these strands into something strong and beautiful.

Whether you’ve been married a long time or are contemplating it at some point I highly recommend this resource. We’ve been married for 25 years and we have a great marriage but we learned some things that can make us better and we’ve seen the fruit of that as we’ve implemented the 24 hour rule. You’ll have to read the book to find out what that is…okay, if you ask me, in the comments, I might tell you, but I really want you to read the book!

A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White

I’ve never read anything by Ms. White before but I can assure you I will be reading her in the future. A Name Unknown is a well-crafted plot line that I could not actually guess the outcome of before it happened. Huge applause and ovation for that Ms. White!! Seriously, I didn’t know who the bad guy was before it was right in front of me and that pretty much never happens, I am over the moon when it does.

Peter and Rosemary are an unlikely pair. Peter, a novelist in secret, who has a much better chance of expressing himself on paper than through his stuttering lips and who happens to have the ear of the king needs some help clearing his family’s name…and sorting through all the hoarded papers and books that his ancestors have acquired.

Rosemary is a thief, a very good thief, who has been employed to find out Peter’s secrets and discredit him. She becomes his librarian to get the job done. A world war is looming and certain parties want to know if this man of influence is on the side of Germany or England.

Of course, there is a little romance brewing but in the meantime, there is intrigue and a bet and shady characters and a ridiculous amount of books and paper, cranky housekeepers and the whole mystery of Rosemary’s ‘family’ and Peter’s obsession with his typewriter and locked doors, fires, fisticuffs, compassion and a great plot twist you won’t see coming.

Please go read this book, you won’t be sorry you did it is fabulous!

All three of these books have been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.