Please join me and other Catholic bloggers at Conversion Diary for 7 Quick Takes Friday.
I’m trying to catch up on reviews and there’s no better way than to write a 7QT post with seven mini-reviews!
1. The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning by Simcha Fisher
Funny, engaging, entertaining and true to life…this book needs to be on every NFP-using couple’s bedside table. I laughed out loud many times and shared favorite sections with my husband. Highly, highly recommend! Buy it here on Kindle.
2. Elizabeth: A Holy Land Pilgrimage by Cheryl Dickow
In this short novel, we meet Elizabeth, wife and mother who takes the (solo) trip of a lifetime to Israel. We accompany her as she travels throughout the Holy Land. Not surprisingly, she makes a spiritual journey as well. The book’s summary says it all: “not the typical inspirational novel. Part travelogue, part history lesson, part Bible study, this book blends a wonderful story with empathetic characters.” Enjoyable, edifying read. Buy it here on Kindle.
3. The Good Sinner by Elizabeth Schmeidler
Speaking of women named Elizabeth, many readers may know Elizabeth Schmeidler from her pro-life and music ministry. She is also the author of three novels. The Good Sinner is a fast-paced, page-turning, pro-life thriller that illustrates any heart can change. Entertaining, edifying and inspiring!! Here is the link to the Kindle edition.
4. A Body in Prayer by Neil Combs
Have you ever thought of using your whole body to pray? Have you thought about how each part can be used to praise and glorify God? Prayer doesn’t only have to be vocal. We can pray with every part of our body. Neil Combs walks you through “praying from head to toe.” Inspiring, beautiful and highly recommended! Only 2.99, the link to the Kindle edition is here.
5. Now And at the Hour of Our Death by J.S.B. Morse
Mary Credence is the daughter of a senator and the professed virgin finds herself pregnant. How did it happen? Was it by the Holy Spirit, is she keeping a romance secret or is there some other explanation? It was an interesting enough story and a compelling page turner. However, sometimes the writing seemed too clinical for a novel and I found Mary’s character at times off-putting. The ending was a bit too neatly tied up. But overall, I enjoyed the story and would read more by this author. Buy the Kindle edition here.
6. The Miraculous Medal: Stories, Prayers and Devotions by Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle
This is a fascinating, inspiring and prayerful book and anyone who wears the Miraculous Medal can learn more about this beautiful devotion, even if you have already read other books on the topic. The story of St. Catherine Laboure is included, but the author shares personal stories as well. Highly recommend! Buy it here on Kindle or Paperback.
7. Wrapped Up: God’s Ten Gifts for Women by Teresa Tomeo and Cheryl Dickow
Delightful and inspiring book about the “ten gifts” God gives to every woman to help her embrace her unique vocation: God’s Love, God’s Forgiveness, Allowing God to be God, Joyful Attitude, Suffering, Letting Go, Sacramental Life, Sisters in Faith, Setting Priorities and the Gift of You. Beautifully written in each author’s distinctive voice, I found it inspiring and enjoyable read. I highly recommend it! The Kindle edition is at this link.
Copyright 2014 Ellen Gable Hrkach
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