What I’m reading: spiritual memoirs and historical fiction

What I’m reading: spiritual memoirs and historical fiction

twitterature October 2014

This month’s twitterature post is sponsored by HarperCollins Christian Publishing.  

Welcome to twitterature, where we share short and sweet reviews of what we’ve been reading lately on the 15th of every month.

I’ve been consciously choosing to read something other than Outlander this month (or this would be a very boring installment of twitterature). I’ve been breaking up my binge reading with modern fiction and spiritual memoirs—because hey, why not?

SOMETHING OTHER THAN GOD: HOW I PASSIONATELY SOUGHT HAPPINESS AND ACCIDENTALLY FOUND IT

by Jennifer Fulwiler

something other than GodI love Jen’s blog, and enjoyed finally reading the book I’d heard so much about over there. (Important: this is not regurgitated blog content!) Jen is well-spoken, insightful, and really, really funny, and this memoir treats the heavy and the light with wit and grace. If you love a good conversion story, don’t miss this one.

VOYAGER

by Diana Gabaldon

VoyagerThis is the 3rd book of the Outlander series, and it’s impossible to say much of anything about it without dishing spoilers left and right. Just know that I am very much still enjoying this series.

SUN SHINE DOWN

by Gillian Marchenko

sun shine downAfter meeting Gillian in person last week, I bumped her slim memoir to the top of my list. Marchenko and her husband were living in Ukraine when she gave birth to baby #3; to their surprise, she had Downs Syndrome. This is her story of coming to terms with their family’s new life. Gripping story, excellent writing. Marchenko has a second book in the works about depression, faith, and motherhood, and I’m looking forward to reading it when it comes out.

A LADY AT WILLOWGROVE HALL

by Sarah Ladd

the lady at willowgrove hallA new release: this just hit the shelves October 7. Ladd’s third Regency romance tells a sweet story, and she does a good job impressing the era’s moral code—and its implications—on her readers. This was easy-reading chick lit; I polished it off in two days. Try as I might, I cannot convince my daughters that the woman on the cover isn’t Emma.

HOLY IS THE DAY: LIVING IN THE GIFT OF THE PRESENT

by Carolyn Weber

Holy is the dayI absolutely loved the excerpt Carolyn read from this at the Festival of Faith and Writing, and I ordered the book soon after. I liked the flow of this one better than her conversion story Surprised by Oxford, but I’m wondering if that’s because her second book is better written (as second books usually are), or because now that I’ve met her in person I can hear Caro reading the book in her own voice. Best read a few pages at a time.

What have you been reading lately?

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55 comments

  1. Virginia says:

    Something Other Than God is probably one of the best books I’ve read. And it’s not just because I big puffy heart Fulwiler and her blog (cause I do!!!!), but because it was so wonderfully written. I read it and then had my husband read it and he liked it just as much (and he’s a picky reader), but it really spoke to him as well. Of course, we’re both new converts to the Church since this past Easter and we’ve both been reading her blog throughout our faith journey, but it’s just such a great, great book.

  2. Flynn says:

    Have you read Gilead by Marilynne Robinson? It’s one of my favorites and has the most beautiful writing I’ve ever come across. Just picked up her new book Lila and it’s equally gorgeous writing.

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