all the words: february 2019

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Here we go! Another month as gone by (well, technically a month and a half) and along with it came another batch of wonderful, entertaining, and insightful books!

  1. The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
    Another story weaving in and out of history. This one involves a lost child, an old forgotten cottage, and a hunt for heritage. This is the Kate Morton book that has always stuck me through the years. On rereading it, I had clearly made up a bunch of random things that weren’t actually in the story, but it has a magical quality to it. It is the perfect snowy afternoon read, curled up by the fire with your tea or hot chocolate. 100% my personal experience, so I am qualified to recommend it!

  2. ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
    This one was my first Stephen King Read and Stephen King officially has a new fan. I feel like 2019 might contain a lot more horror/thriller books. Anne Rice romanticizes vampires, Stephen King keep them just as creepy. In a lot of ways it reminded me of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. The book started off fairly innocent, with a few mysterious aspects, but spiraled into creepiness quickly. Stephen King is not a hugely popular writer for nothing, and I can highly recommend this as a starting point!

  3. Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin
    This books has been transformational for my study of the Bible. I grew up in the church. I have attended church twice every Sunday for almost 23 years. I attended catechism classes weekly between the ages 13-17. I attended various youth groups and Bible studies. Nowhere was I ever taught HOW to study the Bible. Personal devotions, quiet time, reading my Bible were all encouraged, but no one sat down and taught me actually how to figure out what the Bible was saying. How do I find cross-reference? How do I know if I am interpreting the Scriptures correctly based on the historical and cultural context? Jen’s book has filled that gap for me. I have never been a fan of devotional studies, they always felt like milk, rather than ‘meat and potatoes’ for me (Hebrews 5:13, 14). I highly recommend this book to anyone who has felt that they were lacking in tools to really study God’s word.

  4. The Whispering Room by Dean Koontz
    Dean Koontz has really created a wonderful series with the Jane Hawk books. Jane is constantly on the run, an FBI agent that went rogue when she began to suspect government involvement in her husbands suicide, along with an increase in unexplained rise in suicide rates. She begins to suspect that something more nefarious is at play. I think the chilling thing about this book is that it isn’t necessarily that far-fetched. You may brand me as a crazy person after that, but that’s okay! This was a great sequel to The Silent Corner.

Only 4 of my 5 book quota this month, and so far March hasn’t been shaping up super well, but I still have 9 months of the year left, and plenty of reading time in the summer by the pool!