Her Overflowing Bookbag ๐Ÿ‘œ Porch #109

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the Homegoing of a beloved devotional writer, two ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ novels, a handful of intriguing bookish essays, a charming glimpse into a day in the gentle life of a rural bookseller, and scads of e-book deals too good to pass up ...

Friends, settle in, put your feet up, and enjoy exploring these treasures gathered just for you!  

Sarah Young, beloved writer of the best-selling, life-changing Jesus Calling devotional series, went home to be with Jesus on August 31st.  I feel like a spiritual friend has left us, having used her devotionals for years with counseling clients, with a friend during Advent, and in seasons of illness when all I could do was whisper, 'Jesus.'  

Over the years, I've given and received her books with expectancy and gratitude.

Thank You, Lord, for this dear sister in the faith.  She has been a fine companion, always pointing me to You.  I hear You whisper, 'well done, good and faithful servant.'


I just checked my little reading journal.  I read 12 books during the summer.  Yet I'll give only two of them ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐.  A bit of a reading drought.  You know what I mean.

But these two?  Worth your time, for sure.  

Dreamland is a vintage Nicholas Sparks boy meets girl novel.  But the storyline takes a whole bunch of unsettling turns that I never saw coming.  Sparks goes to the next level in this one.  It'll shake you up a bit and leave you wanting to read it all over again before you close the cover.  

The Light Between Oceans is a classic, a re-read for me.  A crying baby in a lifeboat washed ashore on a desolate spot in the sea and a series of haunting decisions by a young lighthouse keeper and his desperate wife make this story mesmerizing and heartbreaking. (The movie is stellar, too.) 

The clips below say it all and I'm highly recommending both.  Be sure to grab your tissues before you curl up with these must-read novels.
Nicholas Sparks

ML Stedman


The Ritual of Rearranging Your Books
Molly Templeton

Finding Hidden Treasures in Used Books
Lisa Tate

Cape Cod: The Perfect Location for a Mystery
Vicki Delany

Seeing the Light on Religious Fiction
Jeff Crosby

57 Comfy Books to Snuggle Up With This Autumn
Michelle Watson



'Books - stories in particular - expand our imaginations with materials, images, characters, events, outcomes, possibilities, people, problems, solutions, disasters, delights, and so much more than we’d ever “see” in our minds without them.'
Karen Swallow Prior
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