Please join me and other Catholic bloggers at Conversion Diary for 7 Quick Takes Friday.
Since I’m a blogger, an author and a regular columnist on a couple of websites, I receive review requests on a daily basis. I usually say yes with the proviso that the review may not be posted for several long months. But last week I was sick and was able to catch up on a bunch of reviews.
So…today’s 7QT will be a “Mini-Review” Edition.
1. My Confirmation Book – Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle
This beautiful little book is an ideal keepsake/gift for any Confirmand. Most chapters focus on one of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. Beginning with a scriptural quote, each chapter includes information on that particular gift and excellent examples, reflection questions, then a prayer. It’s small but it definitely packs a punch with valuable information and inspiration. I highly recommend it for all those studying to be confirmed, parents and catechists. Buy it here.
2. Mission Libertad – Lizette Lantigua
This novel is packed with a compelling story, great characters, the Catholic faith and nostalgic tidbits. It’s the story of 14-year-old Luis and his family who escape from 1970’s Communist Cuba to join relatives in the USA. Because of her age, his grandmother cannot escape with them, but she gives her grandson a secret religious mission which he must try to carry out under difficult circumstances.Because of the book’s realism, it was difficult reading about what life was (and continues to be) like in Communist countries where religious liberty and other freedoms do not exist. However, I personally found it hard to put down, well-written and believable with a cast of great characters. Well done! Highly recommend, not just for kids, but for anyone who wants to appreciate the freedoms we enjoy in North America.
3. The Rose Ring – Anne Faye
Looking for a quick, delightful read this summer? Anne Faye’s “The Rose Ring” is just that. Julia Manning currently leads an uncomplicated life trying to forget that she was left at the altar by Zach Richards ten years ago. She volunteers at a nursing home, helps her sister, works in a bookstore, has a simple apartment. At the nursing home, she befriends an elderly woman, Elizabeth Phelps, who suffers from dementia and who tells her that the ring Julia wears is actually the engagement ring from her fiancé who fought in World War II. The reader travels from past to present as we read about Elizabeth and Joseph in the past and Julia and the two men in her life in the present. Eventually, Julia becomes determined to discover the true story behind the ring and her desire to help the elderly woman heal. This is a delightful read that illustrates the power of love and forgiveness. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
4. Dear God, I Don’t Get It – Patti Armstrong
This is a delightful story of a young man, Aaron Ajax, who thinks that God doesn’t answer his prayers. His father loses his job, the family moves and he has to leave his best friend, he’s then the new kid and has many issues at his new school. I enjoyed how the author (the mother of many children) teaches the importance of being honest and asking for forgiveness. Most importantly, I think the author did a tremendous job of illustrating how God can and should be trusted with our lives. This is a great book not only for middle-schoolers, but for parents as well.
5. Big-Hearted by Patti Maguire Armstrong and Theresa Thomas
This beautiful book is a testament to the joys and challenges of large families. It’s honest, though, so it’s important to remember that no family will ever be perfect. The difference between the families in this book and the average secular family is an openness to life and a trust in God’s will. This is a book that will make you laugh, cry and be inspired. Highly recommend!
6. A Special Mother is Born – Leticia Velasquez
A Special Mother is Born is a celebration of extraordinary motherhood and the gift of life. The positive moments as well as the negative are included in these inspiring and moving stories of special needs’ children told by their parents. Whether you’ve ever given birth, adopted or known someone with a special needs child, this book will help you appreciate more fully the irreplaceable gift of human life. An extensive appendix with helpful information is included. Highly recommend!
7. Fleeting Glimpses of The Silly, Sentimental and Sublime – Michael Seagriff
This delightful collection of short essays, memories and reflections was a joy to read and I found the author’s honest reflections to be inspiring. There were a few copy-editing issues, but overall well done! A bargain at less than a dollar for download. Highly recommend!
Copyright 2013 Ellen Gable Hrkach