The Bookbag * Pandemic Edition & A Giveaway

Hey, my bookish compatriots!

In the midst of all the immense trauma that's defining our world these days, does it sound petty and small to you if I admit how much I miss the library?

90% of my reading material came from our extensive library system which spans most of Cape Cod plus two islands.

I am lost.

I'm not sure what to read. 

I think I have about 11 unread books on my Amazon Kindle on my phone but the font is too small and that venue has never been a relaxing experience for me.  I don't have a tablet and I'm pretty sure my husband wouldn't be too excited for me to commandeer his.

I really don't find reading on a screen to be my cup of tea.  Give me a big ol' large print book any day of the week.

Well, enough of that!  I've got a few books for your consideration this month.  A whole bunch of link love.  And an important giveaway!

* As an Amazon associate, I earn from your qualifying purchases when you use the links on my blog.

 The Dutch House: A Novel by Ann Patchett kept me company a few weeks back, a thoughtful, beautifully written tale of what happens when roots of bitterness and unforgiveness take hold of a family and begin to define who they are.  A fascinating read.
'A richly moving story that explores the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood, and a past that will not let them go.'
Kindle - $14.99
Hardcover - $19.65

  I finished my goal of reading Jan Karon's Mitford books.  At last count, I polished off 14.  Homey, peaceful, consistently soothing ... they've been my cup of tea during an unsettling season.  In Which I Find Comfort in a Book Series tells you why.

  I polished off Catherine Marshall's classic Christy last week, mesmerizing historical fiction that I first devoured when I was 12 years old.  Since its publication in 1967, more than ten million copies have been sold.  If you've saved every book you ever got your hands on, I wouldn't be surprised if you found the original dog-eared paperback on a shelf somewhere.

'The train taking nineteen-year-old teacher Christy Huddleston from her home in Asheville, North Carolina, might as well be transporting her to another world. The Smoky Mountain community of Cutter Gap feels suspended in time, trapped by poverty, superstitions, and century-old traditions.

But as Christy struggles to find acceptance in her new home, some see her--and her one-room school--as a threat to their way of life. Her faith is challenged and her heart is torn between two strong men with conflicting views about how to care for the families of the Cove.'

Kindle - $8.69
Paperback - $13.69

Anne Bogel

Elisabeth Egan

Jeff Goins

Aytekin Tank

Courtney Carver

Cybil @ GoodReads

Danya Henninger

Last time my eyes wandered the bookshelves over in the counseling office in The Nest {a peaceful, light-filled haven nestled in the treetops over the garage}, I counted more than 50 different workbook titles.

Over the years, I've gathered these resources at conferences, online, and in used bookstores and have appreciated their helpful direction for both individuals and the groups I've worked with.

But these two below?  These are the ones I've had my clients use on a steady basis.

They're timeless, Christ-centered, eye-opening, and incredibly helpful tools for the healing journey.  Written by two of the 'fathers' of Christian counseling, I've seen these pages turn women's lives around.

If ever we needed to put pen to paper to help navigate and clarify what's true about where we find ourselves, it's certainly right about now. 

Click on the titles to browse their pages ...

Carter & Minirth

Carter & Minirth

I'm delighted to have a copy of The Freedom From Depression Workbook to send to one random commenter.  You might want to use it for yourself or maybe gift to a hurting friend.  To get in the running for the giveaway, simply leave a comment on this post by Sunday evening, April 19th at six pm {eastern}.  US only, please.  Please be sure that I have a working link to contact you!


Congrats to our giveaway winner, 
Jean Wise


Please Note - If you are experiencing symptoms of depression or anxiety please contact your doctor for an evaluation.  If you're in crisis, call 911 immediately.


Well, that's it for this month, gang!  I'd love to hear what books you're curling up with ...

Go for it!

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