Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The Bookbag * September 2018



'If you are indeed what you eat, a well-strung sentence is a rack of lamb.
Read plenty, read often.  Get thee a library card.  
Try on the classics; abandon what doesn't fit ...

Find an author to love, one who reveals the impossible to you, 
who shakes you by the shoulders a bit.'





Bring Me a Vision: A Story of Redeeming Hope
Pam Ecrement
'Our greatest wounds happen in context of relationship.  An all-loving and all-knowing God heals in the context of relationship as well.'

Author / counselor Pam gently weaves the chaotic, redemptive story of her client, Becky, in this stirring, unsettling, and ultimately victorious book.  If you've grown up with no one to model safety or boundaries, you'll find you're not the only one.  If you've devalued your intelligence and abilities, if you've been abused verbally, emotionally, or sexually, this story is for you.  If you haven't been able to get to the heart of your hurts and trauma, if you've been rendered unable to parent well because of all that you've lacked, Pam's book is tailor made for your yearning heart.

And if your life has somehow been void of pain and heartache and loneliness, it's probably best that you pick this book up as well.  Because there's a hurting world out that yearns for your loving kindness .. and compassionate action.

Written by a wise counselor who lavished acceptance on her client even as she modeled grace and spoke truth, this book reveals the beauty of the counselor / client relationship ... and the awesome healing power of Jesus Christ for His wounded and weary daughters.

And their scarred children.

Any profit after expenses goes to Rahab Ministries, reaching hundreds of women each month caught in the web of human trafficking.  Please note the book is available only through Pam's website.  Click here to buy.


Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering
Joanna Gaines
If a traditional cookbook and a gorgeous coffee table book had a baby, Magnolia Table would be her name.

I'm not a cook.  The kitchen isn't my favorite room.  But paging through this gorgeous volume filled with recipes and their stories was relaxing ... and inspiring, too.   I served the yummy Three-Cheese Quiche on a sultry summer evening to supper guests.  {Hint - add lots of bacon.}  We took a crockpot of tender Sunday Supper Beef Tips to share with my mom on a Friday night.  And I even bought a 5 lb. bag of bread flour so I could create JoJo's Biscuits.

{I do love homemade biscuits straight from the oven with just a pat of butter on their steaming, fluffy insides.  You, too?}

I've been using a copy on loan from the library.  But I'd really like my very own.  'Cause maybe I'll be spending a bit more time in the kitchen in the days ahead.

Oh, that reminds me ... I need to pick up a pound of baby kale for the Sausage and Kale Soup.


I'd Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life
Anne Bogel
Curling up with this little treasure was like sharing conversation with friends over our mutual affection for books.  Anne is smart and fun and has an exquisite flair for writing.  Over time, she has accumulated a vast knowledge of a number of genres and knows how to pull her reader in and get you excited about the reading life.

She chats about her life long love affair with books, the serendipity of living next door to the library, how books seem to find their perfect reader.  She drops hints on organizing your shelves to suit you best ... and admits 'bookshelf envy.'   She talks about her one day stint as a bookshop seller, and clarifies why it's not a great idea to be 'book bossy.'  And along the way she drops the names of a number of titles that'll have you enlarging your own must-read list.

Chapter 10, Bookworm Problems, is worth the purchase price alone ... the rather humorous dilemmas of a life filled to overflowing with much loved reads.

I don't want to be 'book bossy,' but this truly is the best gift to give your book club pals, your hostess, and any and every reader on your Christmas or birthday shopping lists.

And be sure to buy your very own copy.


The Trumpet of the Swan
E.B. White
I've never been what would be called a 'fun' grandma.  I don't jump on trampolines, scale rock walls, or water ski.  You won't find me shooting hoops or hanging upside down on the swing set.  Not going to happen.

One of my joys as mama and grandma has been to cuddle up close and read.  Bliss.

If you loved Charlotte's Web, you'll adore this E. B. White book.  How very fun to turn pages with a little one in your life ... and be as captivated and caught up in the story as they are.

Confession.  I actually had to check out the book after said grandchild returned home with her copy.  I couldn't not finish the rest of the story.

It's that good.







On My To-Read-When-Published List
Brene Brown

Joanna Gaines

John Grisham




Bookish Links
Anne Bogel

John Grisham

Cybil@ Goodreads

Sarah-Mae McCullough

Jamie DuCharme

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40 comments:

  1. Thanks so much, Linda! You bless me! The book can only be purchased on my website on the Resources Page (www.pamecrement.com) and not available on Amazon😊

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    1. Yes! Readers take note that the link to purchase Give Me a Vision is found at the beginning and end of the review.

      And Pam's blog is surely one worth following. You'll find it on her site as well.

      Bless you, friend ...

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  2. I've been telling myself I don't need one more cookbook, but that one by Joanna sounds so good. I love how you described it as a cross between a cookbook and coffee table book.

    At first I thought I didn't need to read Anne's book since I am already a book lover and avid reader, but it sounds like one I would enjoy.

    I am trying to remember whether I read Charlotte's Web or just saw the film. I don't know for sure, but but I know I have not read Trumpet.

    I just got my first Grisham book at a library sale.

    Thanks for the recommendations!

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    1. Don't you just love a great library sale? Especially the fill-a-bag sales.

      Just too fun!

      ;-}

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  3. What a treasure trove of books again, Linda! From the story of redeeming hope to the swan's story. And I didn't know Joanna was a cook, too! Thank you for these recommendations. Love and hugs to you!

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    1. A little bit of everything this month I guess! I'm glad you're here, Trudy ...

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  4. 'If you are indeed what you eat, a well-strung sentence is a rack of lamb.'

    Why don't they invent edible books? Just a thought occurred to me as I was reading about the recipe book. It will save on the cooking and washing up afterwards. You read a page and then eat it. I'll write to my publisher about it. I may well be famous after this!

    God bless.

    Oh Oh ... wrote to my publisher. He ate my letter.

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    1. Yes, you very well might be famous, Victor! But chances are it won't be because of edible books.

      Nice try though!

      ;-}

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  5. Loos like a good list.

    Right now I'm reading 'Under Fire', the story of the attack on the Special Mission Compound by Burton and Katz. There are detail differences from Zuckoff's '13 Hours', but on the whole it does lend a good understanding to what happened during the dreadful night of September 11-2, 2012.

    https://blessed-are-the-pure-of-heart.blogspot.com/2018/09/your-dying-spouse-514-are-bucket-lists.html

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    1. Glad to hear that you're reading, man. Your reading list might be interesting material for 'Your Dying Spouse' series. I'm guessing you have some books that have helped you along this stretch of the journey ...

      Just a thought.

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    2. Linda, yes, there are a lot of books that have helped...

      'Xin Loi, Viet Nam' by Al Sever

      'House To House' by David Bellavia

      'First Light' by Geoffrey Wellum

      'Round The Bend' by Nevil Shute

      'Stranger To The Ground' by Richard Bach

      These books have let me see beyond the veil, before I absolutely had to.

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    3. Andrew, thanks for pulling this list together! I'm guessing that many of your fans and followers will appreciate this personal peek at your bookshelves ...

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  6. Thanks for the list of books. Each one brings something different. Pam's book looks like a tough, but must read one. This is what some people are experiencing - how can God use us to help them heal? I look forward to reading it.

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    1. Yes, how can God use us to help others? And what in our own lives needs a healing touch so we can in turn be wounded healers?

      Becky gains a vision for ministry out of her own pain. We do serve a Redeemer, don't we ...

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  7. Thanks, Linda, for all your wonderful recommendations here. Oh, yes, how I love a good read and am proud to call myself a bookworm! Charlotte's Web was my favorite book as a child, but I never have read Trumpet of the Swan - that's now on my To Read list.
    Blessings and happy reading!

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    1. Bookworms forever!

      It's kinda fun exploring children's books yet once again, isn't it. As grandmas, it's our 3rd go round ...

      ;-}

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  8. Linda, what delightful books you have been reading! I loved Trumpet of the Swan. I used to have it in my classroom...way back when. And Magnolia Table? That sounds like a book I'd LOVE! Thanks for sharing these books and links! You've got me most curious!!

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    1. Curious can be a very good place to be! So glad to hear there's something of interest here!

      That makes me smile, Jeanne ...

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  9. I won't be that grandmother that sky dives either. :) But reading together? Yes and yes! I've already read many books to my 7 month old granddaughter, including some that I read to her mother when she was a baby. Books are the best. :)

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    1. Reading grandmamas UNITE!

      ;-}

      Don't you just love reading to your sweet baby girl?!

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  10. I wouldn’t want to live in a world without books.

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  11. Love it when I can get titles of good books from others who love to read. I am into Paul Tripp books now, no fiction yet but really needed to get deeper into God's love for me and others. My daughter three kids are all readers since they lived in the jungles of Papua New Guinea without a tv. I love the face they can converse on a lot of subjects even the 9 year old because of reading. My son three, one is too small yet but the other two do not read as much, too much tv. They always said readers are leaders.

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    1. Betty, hi! You bring up a superb point that without all our technology and screens, we are simply prone to spend alot more time with the printed word.

      And 'readers are leaders.' I love that truth.

      I'm so happy to see you again ...

      ;-}

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  12. I always love your book reviews/recs. Thank you!

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  13. Linda,
    What a wonderful selection :-) I will have to keep these in mind. I'm trying to finish the several books I started but have not yet finished. Blessings to you :-)

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    1. I hope you find something you love here, Dolly ...

      ;-}

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  14. Yet another stellar list of reads, Linda. Confession: I've not read The Trumpet of the Swan either, although I think my kids have. Sounds like it should make the "to read" list. Have a beautiful weekend.

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  15. Great list, Linda. I have the Magnolia Table cookbook and love paging through it too. Randy's made JoJo's Biscuits several times, and they don't last long around here. The banana bread is really delicious too, if you like that sort of thing. :-) I can't wait to read Homebody. And speaking of teenagers reading, Lilly usually scoffs at the "chick-flicky" novels I like to read, but it's been fun to see her get completely sucked into Francine Rivers' Mark of the Lion series.

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    1. We're fortunate these days to have our young adults find books to read that don't make us blush and aren't cringeworthy. Congrats!

      And I will tell Tim that Randy wears the apron! I love seeing a man in the kitchen ...

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  16. I love books and reading! Thank you for your list. I have borrowed Anne Bogel's new book, I'd Rather to be Reading from the library. I love your vote of confidence. Can't wait to get started.

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    1. Oh you're gonna love it, Mary!

      Be sure to let me know, ok?

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  17. I didn't know Ann Bogel had written a book on reading! Gonna have a look at that for sure. Also want to check out her "9 Things to Know" post! I love your offerings here, friend. The Trumpet of the Swan is on our bookshelves too. I brought it back from Turkey. <3

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    1. Well, Betsy, I'm guessing it made the cut because it's held a special place in your kids' hearts. Did you have to leave alot of books and possessions behind? A most difficult choice I'm thinking ...

      I'd love to hear how you decided what had to stay and what could come back home with you ...

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  18. Thanks for sharing this list, Linda. They all sound like interesting reads. Blessings to you.

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    1. Boma, thanks. I loved getting to know you in your most recent post. You're a fascinating woman for sure ...

      I'm grateful to do this blogging thing with you.

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  19. I am planning on driving to Austin for Anne Bogel's book signing next week at a bookstore there! I will be buying the book there. Super excited. And I didn't know Joanna Gaines is coming out with a book called Homebody. You know, I have definitely become a homebody in the past month of being a homeowner for the first time. I just love our little house so much, I would rather be here than go out (which says a lot because I love being out and about). Will have to grab that book when it is available. Will be checking out some of those bookish links now!

    Here are my August reads: https://elle-alice.blogspot.com/2018/09/august-book-reviews.html

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    1. Elle, I would love to hear about the book signing adventure! What fun to hear of someone able to get to one of the events!

      And 'yes please' to being a homebody. It's always been my favorite person to be ...

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