Book Review – A Prayer for Owen Meany

A Prayer for Owen Meany

A Prayer for Owen Meany is about the friendship between Owen Meany and John Wheelwright after Owen Meany murders John’s mom via an accidental, Little League foul ball at the age of 11. Naturally, their lives are forever changed – John is parentless and Owen believes he is God’s instrument. Together, they navigate some of their most formative years in the wake of this tragedy, maintaining the deepest of friendships.

Book Review – The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers

The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers

The Simple Faith of Mr. Rogers: Spiritual Insights from the World’s Most Beloved Neighbor is a look into the life and faith of Fred Rogers. A deeply spiritual man, Mister Rogers preached the gospel, while very infrequently using words to do so. Author, Amy Hollingsworth, had the opportunity to interview Mister Rogers in regards to his unique and gentle approach to evangelism through media. She built a relationship with him that continued on until his death and gleaned, like thousands of people across the nation, spiritual insights that have changed her life which she shares in this book.

Book Review – The Beginning of Everything

The Beginning of Everything

The Beginning of Everything is the story of Ezra Faulkner’s rise and fall in high school. The tennis team star and anticipated homecoming king sat at THE cafeteria table. He was invited to all of the coolest parties. He dated the coolest girl. He had the coolest friends. And then he didn’t. Then his girlfriend cheated on him, a car accident shattered his leg, and he fell in love with the offbeat new girl, Cassidy Thorpe. Was his life, as he knew it, ending? Or was this the beginning of everything?

Book Review – At the Water’s Edge

At the Water's Edge

At the Water’s Edge is the story of three high-society Americans in 1942 who bypass involvement in the war, and set out, instead, in search of the Loch Ness Monster. Ellis, Maddie (a husband and wife) and their friend Hank live a frivolous life of fancy clothes, parties, and alcohol. However, when the country faces one of its darkest times and they can’t seem to turn away from their frivolity, Ellis’s free-flow of money stops and he has to prove himself worthy despite his inability to serve his country due to color-blindness.

Tied by marriage, Maddie follows her husband and hank across the ocean to a foreign country where they search, with a child-like vigor, to prove the monster’s existence, hoping this will restore their appearance in their wealthy circle back at home. Meanwhile, Maddie is left each day in their hotel, searching for things of her own – truth, friendship and love amidst the craziness that’s become her life.

Book Review – Motherhood So White

Motherhood so White

Motherhood so White explores Nefertiti Austin’s journey to parenthood as a single, Black woman. With her race and gender against her, Nefertiti pushes cultural norms aside and adopts a black, “crack baby”. As she shares her process in this heart-felt, honest book, she dips into the history of adoption/parenting in the African American community, including her own family history. The journey has not been easy, but the trials and tribulations have led Nefertiti to where she is today, trying her best to build the kind of family she’s longed for – one raised with love and determination to do good in the world.

Book Review – Things you Save in a Fire

Things You Save in a Fire

Things You Save in a Fire is about the major events of female fire-fighter, Cassie Hanwell’s, life. On the night of her 16th birthday, Cassie’s life is forever changed when not one, but two major events occur. From there, she becomes tough, closed off and, ultimately, always prepared to deal with emergencies. This makes her an ideal firefighter, but her being a woman does not.

Eventually Cassie’s life calls her to a Boston firehouse where her femininity is challenged even deeper by their old-school ways and the attractive, new rookie. Can Cassie remain calm? Will she put her career on the line amongst trying to prove herself as a woman in a man’s world? And what exactly is the courageous thing to do in a situation like hers?

Book Review – Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is about rebel, Huck Finn’s escape from civilization with runaway slave, Jim. The two set off on a raft down the Mississippi in search equally of adventure and independence. Along the way, they cross paths with people who challenge their perspective on friendship, morality and love – setting them in a trajectory of clinging to one another in a way that will change their lives forever.

Book Review – Into Thin Air

Into Thin Air

Little Fires Everywhere is about the disruption of a desperately planned and “perfect” neighborhood, Shaker Heights. In Shaker Heights, there are rules, there is structure and there is an ideal image to uphold, but all the planning in the world can’t stop the craziness of life from seeping in. New residents, a single mom and daughter with an interesting past, beg the interest of other residents. Another family’s questionable adoption situation splits the town in half. And then the model family, the Richardson’s house burns down. It seems in just one year, Shaker Heights gets quickly shaken up.