Books You Might Like Too

In a click of a button we have a never-ending supply of reading material; isn’t this why we LOVE Amazon?  If you are looking for your next book to read, here are a few of my recent favorites:



Life and belief collide – the title pretty much sums it up.  I’ll let others give their thoughts:

“Thoughtful, scholarly, and motivating . . . should inspire and encourage women for years to come.” –Joni Eareckson Tada

This outstanding book offers the best demonstration that everyone needs theology, the best expository account of Mary and Martha, and the best trajectory for women’s ministry in modern North America that I have yet read.” –James I. Packer


EXPLORING CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY  —  Nathan D. Holsteen & Michael J. Svigel


I am convinced now more than ever, each of us must be responsible for what we believe – not just agreeing with a pastor, a husband, a friend, or a family member.  (See “The Stuff of Life)

The Exploring Christian Theology series provides a wonderfully helpful tour of basic Christian beliefs. Nathan Holsteen and Michael Svigel have put together a unique way of teaching theology that is thoroughly biblical but also highly engaging. A good resource for pursuing Christian discipleship. —  Michael F. Bird, lecturer in Theology, Ridley Melbourne Mission and Ministry College


Most people seeking to grow in their faith want practical principles, not theoretical concepts.  They want to know God, not just know about Him…we cannot experience real spiritual growth without solid spiritual truth.  We can’t know the true God without knowing God truly. — Nathan D. Holsteen & Michael J. Svigel


IS IT MY FAULT?  Hope and healing for those suffering domestic violence  —  Lindsey A. Holcomb.  Justin S Holcomb.


One in four women suffer in an abusive marriage (Abuse can be emotional, physical, psychological, spiritual, or financial).  Tragically, women are often told and believe it’s all their fault.

“This book is a tour de force of wisdom, goodness, and compassion for those who know the agony and shame of domestic violence and for every leader who interacts with more than four families in a year. One out of every four homes in America will experience domestic abuse and it is no different in the church than in the so-called secular world. In fact, conservative Christians are more likely to remain in violence and think it is biblical. This treasure of a book invites the reader into a sweeping and life giving understanding of the Bible’s view of women, violence, suffering, and redemption that if embraced would radically alter how victims and care givers address this heartache. This is a must-read book.”

Dan B. Allender, Professor of Counseling Psychology and founding president of the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology


WHY DOES HE DO THAT?  Inside the minds of angry and controlling men  —  Lundy Bancroft.


An abusive man has an excuse for everything he does and tells you it’s everyone else’s fault.  This expert provides multiple accounts of angry and controlling men and answers the question all abused women ask : Why Does He Do That?

About the author:  Lundy Bancroft has spent the last fifteen years of his career specializing in domestic abuse and the behavior of abusive men and is considered one of the world’s experts on the subject. He is the author of The Batterer as Parent and several journal articles on abuse that have appeared in The New England Journal of Medicine and The Journal of Contemporary Psychology. The former co-director at Emerge, the nation’s first program for abusive men, Bancroft now practices in Massachusetts while training various state and judicial agencies in dealing with domestic abuse situations.


Haddix (Found)  —  Margaret Peterson


My granddaughter is reading this with a group of 5th graders at school and I have joined her! It’s fun, suspenseful, and age appropriate for a 10-year-old.


It’s Been Awhile.

Its been awhile since you’ve heard from me, so I thought I’d share with you where I’ve been…

Last spring my world turned upside down.  Life with my husband which consisted of basking in the glow of grandkids, a bit of travel and a church family was blown up.  Every aspect of my life catapulted into the air with no parachute, and the fallout was devastating.  Terrifying.  Heartbreaking.  Forever life changing.

I want you to picture someone being pushed off a cliff.  Now picture my daughter, granddaughter and two grandsons.  They plummet down ward and for the life of me I could not save them.  My arms grappled in the air for them; I stretched my arms as far as I could reach, but all I could do was watch them fall.  I implored, begged and desperately called out to God.

Watching your daughter suffer, severely suffer – mentally, emotionally and spiritually – from an abusive marriage, suffer again by people rejecting her crys for help, being absolutely powerless to help her heal from PTSD and watching her grapple to gain her life back, is the deepest anguish my soul has ever known.  Words fail and tears stream down my face as I witness the tragic, heart breaking fallout on the lives of my precious grand children.

So I do what I can do; which is continually remind my daughter of truth while waiting for the lies of the enemy, so many lies, to be redeemed.  I give praise to God for the healing only He has and continues to accomplish in her.  It is a honor to walk along side her, she has shown more courage than you’ll ever know.  It is hard, painful work which she daily chooses to do for she knows in order to move forward she must face her pain.  I see her step closer and closer toward the healing of her soul.

It is only by the grace of God I have been able to withstand any of this.

The quiet sanctuary my husband and I call home is now abuzz with young voices loud and soft. The fourth bedroom/junk room transformed to ‘girly’ so my sweet granddaughter could have a space of her own.  Leggos and Eggos.  Disney channel for Papa instead of Fox News.  Remote control cars running into walls.  Bunk beds holding two rambunctious boys.  Chocolate milk.  Dance offs with 1970’s moves.  Laundry.  Laundry.  Laundry.

It is privilege to love on and pour into the life of each precious grand child.  I remain on my knees for them; three confused, vulnerable children asking hard, honest questions and I pray for the wisdom to deliver honest, difficult answers.  We pray to create a stable new normal.

In the midst of it all, God’s grace has given me moments of joy, laughter, and utter craziness with these children.  My daughter and I are quite a team, but I struggle with new way to do 5th grade math, melt at the 7 year old’s prayer requests, and marvel at how much a 5 year old can chatter about anything.  I love reminding each child that God sees them, has plans for them that are good and that life’s circumstance do not equal His love for them.  What higher purpose for me could there be?

Today my daughter, her daughter and two sons, are no longer in free fall; the parachute arrived and has opened.  What had seemed to have been meant for evil is being used for good.  Some large issues remain, keeping all of them up in the air…only He who controls the wind knows when and how they come down.  I am trusting the Just Judge to secure their landing.