August Read – Come Rain or Come Shine (A Mitford Novel) by Jan Karon

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Come Rain or Come Shine (Mitford Series #13)#1 New York Time bestselling author Jan Karon delivers the wedding that millions of Mitford fans have waited for. It’s a June day in the mountains, with more than a few creatures great and small, and you’re invited—because you’re family.

Over the course of ten Mitford novels, fans have kept a special place in their hearts for Dooley Kavanagh, first seen in At Home in Mitford as a barefoot, freckle-faced boy in filthy overalls.

Now, Father Tim Kavanagh’s adopted son has graduated from vet school and opened his own animal clinic. Since money will be tight for a while, maybe he and Lace Harper, his once and future soul mate, should keep their wedding simple.

By the way, it’s a pretty casual affair, so come as you are and remember to bring a tissue or two. After all, what’s a good wedding without a good cry?

 

Author:    Jan Karon

 

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July Read – Bachelor’s Puzzle (Patchwork Circle Series #1) by Judith Pella

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Bachelor's Puzzle

He never intended to stay… The women of the Maintown church ladies society eagerly await the arrival of the new circuit-riding preacher–a bachelor, they’ve been told. To welcome him, they and their eligible daughters decide to make him a “welcome” quilt. The project turns into a fierce competition as each young woman tries to outdo the other in creating a quilt block so exquisite that it–and she–will gain the young minister’s attention. Zack Hartley is unlike any preacher the church has ever seen. He bumbles about in the pulpit, and when he visits the sick, instead of praying for them he hangs laundry, washes dishes, tends children–does whatever needs doing. His inexperience and humorous blunders, however, eventually prove endearing and only further encourage the young ladies in their obvious attempts to snare him. But Zack is hiding something, and if his deception is found out, disappointing the Maintown ladies may be the least of his worries.

 

Author:      Judith Pella

 

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June 2018 Read 30 days – A Spectacle of Glory: God’s Light Shining through Me Every Day by Joni Eareckson Tada and Larry Libby

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A Spectacle of Glory: God's Light Shining through Me Every DayDo you ever wonder why God created you? The Bible spells it out plainly: God created you to showcase His glory—to enjoy it, display it, and demonstrate it every day to all those you encounter.

After nearly 50 years of living as a quadriplegic, and dealing with chronic pain on a daily basis, Joni has learned firsthand the importance of glorifying God through the toughest of situations. Through this devotional, Joni will help you discover how to put God’s glory on display—how to say no to complaining and say yes to daily following God down even the most difficult paths. Along the way, you will find great comfort and encouragement by focusing on the one who longs to lead and guide you every step of the way, every day.

Don’t ever think your life is too ordinary, your world too small, or your work too insignificant. All of it is a stage set for you to glorify God.

Joni Eareckson Tada

May 21, 2018 – The World’s Last Night: And Other Essays (7th essay) by C. S. Lewis

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The World's Last Night  -     By: C.S. Lewis “The World’s Last Night” / “Christian Hope – Its Meaning for Today”
The last essay was written by Lewis about the Second Coming, using for its title (and part of the original essay) a phrase from the first line and title of a poem by seventh-century poet John Donne (1572-1631). That poem, “Holy Sonnet XIII: What If This Present Were The World’s Last Night?” raises the question of how we should live if the world were ending today. Originally entitled “Christian Hope–Its Meaning for Today,” this essay was first printed in the periodical Religion in Life (Winter 1952-53). Its purpose is stated in the first paragraph of the essay: “I shall endeavor to deal with some of the thoughts that may deter modern men from a firm belief in, or a due attention to, the return or Second Coming of the Saviour.” Dr. Albert Schweitzer had overemphasized this doctrine, but we should not compensate by under emphasizing it. The essay especially focuses on the nature of Christ, who was the God-Man, and it challenges the modern thought that history always produces progress. He concludes by suggesting that we live our lives, our vocations, with the understanding that there is a judgment coming.

Author: C. S. Lewis

April 2018 Read – The Photograph by Beverly Lewis (Author)

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The PhotographEva Esch and her sisters are in a predicament. With the passing of their widowed mother, Eva’s older brother Menno plans to move his growing family into the Eden Valley farmhouse where they all grew up, leaving little room for his three single sisters. Surely, Menno reasons, at least one of them will marry this coming wedding season. Eva does hope to marry, but she isn’t sure she wants to give up her sweet shop for the life of a farmer’s wife, and she has no other prospects.

When younger sister, Lily, disappears in the night, leaving only a brief note, Eva fears she has been wooed away from the People by an outsider. And when Jed Stutzman, a young Amish buggy maker from Ohio, shows up in Lancaster with a photo of a Plain young woman, Eva’s world begins to tilt. She feels powerfully drawn to the quietly charming stranger–but the woman in the forbidden photograph is no stranger at all. . . .

Author:  Beverly Lewis

March 19, 2018 – All Things New by Lynn Austin (Author)

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Book Cover: All Things New

The war is over. The South has lost.

Josephine Weatherly struggles to pick up the pieces of her life when her family returns to their Virginia plantation. But the realities of life after the war cannot be denied: her home and land are but a shell of their previous grandeur; death has claimed her father and brother; and her remaining brother, Daniel, has returned home bitter and broken.

Her life of privilege, a long-ago dream.

Josephine soon realizes that life is now a matter of daily survival–and recognizes that Lizzie, as one of the few remaining servants, is the one she must rely on to teach her all she needs to know. Josephine’s mother, too, vows to rebuild White Oak–but a bitter hatred fuels her.

Can hope–and a battered faith in God–survive amid the devastation?
In her bestselling tradition, Lynn Austin brings to life the difficult years of Reconstruction by interweaving the stories of three women–daughter, mother, and freed slave–in a riveting tale.
Author: Lynn Austin

February 2018 Read – A Lady of High Regard (Ladies of Liberty Book #1) by Tracie Peterson (Author)

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A Lady of High Regard (Ladies of Liberty Book #1) by [Peterson, Tracie]

Born into affluence, Mia Stanley is a winsome socialite with a knack for matchmaking. She’s also a writer for Godey’s Lady’s Book magazine, much to the disdain of her family–and their society friends. A proper young lady of her social standing isn’t meant to labor in such a way, but Mia has always had a way with words…

When her writing draws her into the world of downtrodden seamen’s wives on Philadelphia’s docks, Mia uncovers a scheme that puts her in harm’s way. But her heart ends up on the line as well…Has her determination to always make a match driven away the one man whose esteem she covets?

Author:  Tracie Peterson

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