Category: Book Review

Peace and The Power of Stillness

One beloved story from the New Testament profoundly teaches us about Peace and the power of stillness.  After a long day of teaching the people along the Galilee shore, the Savior and his dear disciples set sail to cross the sea. I’m sure He was exhausted when he found a …

9 Books for Your Summer Reading List

A look at some book ideas to transport you to faraway places – without ever leaving your home. I love collecting a stack of books to read every summer. It reminds me of when I was growing up and my parents would challenge my sister and me to see how …

The Power of Passion and Perseverance: Grit

Have you ever considered what grit really is? Our mind’s eye sees the “mastery” of others and often mistake what seems to come naturally as an innate ability, talent, or genius. The truth is there is a lot of hard work and grit behind achieving anything worthwhile. Dr. Angela Duckworth, …

||Review|| The Boys in the Boat

In 1936 nine young men from Washington State went to the Olympics in Berlin. Their story is recorded in the New York Times bestseller “Boys in the Boat.” Daniel Brown carefully crafts their story from journal entries, newspaper clippings, historical documents, and stories told to their family about the unforgettable experience. …

||Book Review|| Certain Women

I remember hearing Linda K. Burton deliver her talk about Certain Women in April of 2017. Not to be confused as a reference to a specific woman, her message rang true to women who were certain in what they knew to be true. What a fun discovery to find her …

||Book Review|| The Book of Forgiving

Years ago I was on a road trip with a friend. Long hours in the car allowed for some deep conversation. Her husband had wronged her and she had been struggling with all it entailed.  The question we spent hours discussing was: How do I forgive? Being familiar with forgiveness …

||Book Review|| The Gospel at 30,000 Feet

I’ve always loved analogies and the way they teach a principle.  Personally, I’m partial to bicycle analogies, but who couldn’t help but love the way Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf draws on his real-life experiences from flying and connects them with life in a way we can all relate.  So when …

||Book Review|| A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

I feel like I was the only person who hadn’t heard of the book A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. The New York Public Library selected it as one of the books of the century, and Anna Quindlen considered it one of the most beloved in its cannon. So I guess …

||Book Review|| Among the Lesser Gods

I’ve had the book,  Among the Lesser Gods, on my nightstand for about four months. It was not for the lack of time or desire, but it was the selected read for my book group’s September meeting.  I reluctantly allowed it to wait in my growing stack of books, but …