1. Welcome Home! Our Family’s Journey to Extreme Joy; Woodhouse, Kimberley; 217
SASR: Kimberley’s daughter, Kayla, was born with a rare disorder which means she feels no pain, doesn’t sweat and uses cooling gear just to go outside! Kimberley takes you through their trials of housing, jobs and medical bills as they help their daughter live a full life. Eventually they were on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and were blessed to have a house built with temp controls. Interesting story. Rating: 8
2. Decision Points; Bush, George; 512
SASR: Bush focuses on 14 decisions he made while in office and gives explanations for his decisions and also admits he got it wrong at times. It was a good reminder to realize we don’t know the whole story when hearing the media. Although it wasn’t very personal – I did find it interesting and a good read (And it was the first book I read entirely on the iPad. I’m still rating that experience as opposed to real, in hand books.). Rating: 8
3. Justice Game; Singer, Randy;
SASR: Good legal thriller by a Christian author. Rating: 8
4. Extraordinary, Ordinary People; Rice, Condoleezza; 333
SASR: Story of her life, focusing on her parents. Interesting and inspirational. And, now – because she’s a pastor’s kid and a piano player whose talent lies in sight reading (as opposed to improv) – I feel we are best friends. Highly recommended read. Rating: 8
5. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother; Chua, Amy; 225
SASR: Loved it. Good read.
6. Always the Baker, Never the Bride; Bricker, Sandra; 288
7. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks; Skloot, Rebecca; 338
SASR: “Doctors took her cells without asking. Those cells never died. They launched a medical revolution and a multimillion-dollar industry. More than twenty years later, her children found out.” Interesting book detailing the life and death and life (!) of Henrietta Lacks and her cells. Rating: 8
8. Pick Another Checkout Lane, Honey; Demer, Joanie and Wheeler, Heather; 243
SASR: I’ve read a bunch of books on couponing/saving money at home, and yet this book managed to still teach me more! Recommended. Rating: 8
9. ReShaping It All; Bure, Candace Cameron; 238
SASR: Good book about healthy living -including spiritual principles, which I think is important!
10. Made to Crave; TerKeurst, Lysa; 224
11. Listen; Gutteridge, Rene; 432
12. The Simple Dollar; Hamm, Trent; 224
SASR: Hamm discusses how he paid off debt and started working for himself.
13. The Lights of Marfa; Dykes, Doyle
SASR: Memoir written by Doyle Dykes, one of the world’s best finger pickin’ guitar players.
14. Keeping the Little in Your Little Girl; Gresch, Danna
SASR: Keeping an eye on what our tweens see and hear in media, what we say in front of them, etc all adds up to giving them a balanced approach to their future/teen lives. Good points.
15. Almost Heaven; Fabry, Chris; 400
16. Unplanned; Johnson, Abby; 288
SASR: Former Planned Parenthood Director crosses the life line.
17. One Thousand Gifts; Voskamp, Ann
SASR: The “in” book of the year for Christian women, Voskamp speaks of her journey to gratefulness. She was challenged to make a list of 1,000 things she was grateful for and finds contentment in the Lord as she creates the list. Voskamp’s sentences are reminiscent of Annie Dillard’s – long, poetic and slow moving as she takes time to look at the “little things” in life. Note that the slow moving comment is not negative…the sentences match the mood! I read this during a time when I had a no-complaining rule in my life, a wrecked van and insurance people to call…and the book was an encouragement! Rating: 8
18. The Edge of the Divine; Patty, Sandi
SASR: This was a review book I got through Booksneeze.com – a site you can sign up for, request a copy of a book and review it on a blog and one commercial book site. So, it’s not really a book I would have sought out on my own, I’ll admit. But I did appreciate Sandi’s honesty and words of explanation about her journey in weight loss. Sandi had a long history of weight issues, and finally went through with a weight loss surgery. The book speaks of her emotional issues – with her family and with her Christian audience – and her physical issues. While I appreciated the book and her truthfulness, I found the book to have quite a few loose ends – how did her journey eventually turn out? (In other words, if it’s a weight loss journey, what were her goals and did she accomplish them?) A minor complaint, I realize!
19. The Missional Mom; Lee, Helen; 224
20. Black Ships Before Troy; Sutcliffe, Rosemary ; 154
SASR: Read for school with kids. This is a great and readable adaptation of the Iliad.
21. The Hobbit; Tolkein, J R; 320(school)
SASR: SO excited to read this out loud to the kids. And equally excited to find them enjoying it as much as I did. We talked about Gollum for days afterward.
22. Good to Great; Collins, Jim; 300
SASR: Classic business book. Rating: 8
23. Detectives in Togas; Winterfield, Henry; 272 (school)
24. Jump Off the Hormone Swing; Pintus, Lorraine; 240
SASR: She discusses PMS and peri-menopause. Got it free from husband’s work.
25. What Good is God?; Yancey, Philip; 287
SASR: Yancey writes a chapter about his travels to different parts of the world and then includes the speech he gave to that particular group of people. He speaks to them about having a faith that matters. Rating: 9
26. Choosing to See; Chapman, Mary Beth; 288
27. My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business; Van Dyke, Dick; 304
SASR: I love reading biographies. This one won’t really reveal any deep, dark secrets, but it’s interesting and a good read.
28. Mrs Astor Regrets; Gordon, Meryl; 308
29. The Happiness Project; Rubin, Gretchen; 315
SASR: Gretchen attempts to be happier and have more fun. Each month, she chose a different aspect of happiness to work on, including: being a better mom, better wife, better friend. I liked her ideas and the fact that she tackled an “abstract” with lists. Very good and inspiring because it fits my personality and sounded like something I’d do! Rating: 9
30. A Million Little Pieces; Frey, James; 382
SASR: Memoir of James’ battle with drug and alcohol addiction. Mostly known because of Oprah railing on him and outing him on some of the fabrications in the book. Well-written, though. Rating; 8
31. Trigger Point Therapy Workbook; Davies, Clare; 248
SASR: Well, that title threw you for a loop, right? I was loaned this to flip through, but I ended up reading the entire book. The point is that finding trigger points of pain and applying pressure to, you know, release myofascial pain can help heal muscle/soft-tissue pain. Interesting. Rating: 8
32. Fearfully and Wonderfully Made; Brand, Paul, Yancey, Philip;
33. In His Image; Brand, Paul; Yancey, Philip:
34. Stories I Only Tell My Friends; Lowe, Rob;
35. Bossypants; Fey, Tina
36. Eat That Frog: 21 Steps to Avoid Procrastination; Tracy, Brian
37. Beautiful Boy;
39. The Confession; Grisham, John
40. Still Life; Penny, Louise
41. A Marriage Carol; Fabry, Chris & Chapman, Gary
42. EntreLeadership; Ramsey, Dave
43. One Day; Nicholls, David;
44. Boundaries; Cloud, Henry
45. One I won’t mention because it was so maddening, I’d hate to think someone would think I was recommending it…
47. Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism;
48. Bring It; Horton, Tony
49. Heaven for Kids; Alcorn, Randy