Periodically, I get requests from self-published authors to review their books. I consider and then every once in a while I agree to review the book(s) they've written. This post is about two such books...
This month I am reading through two books. The first is a prayer journal of
sorts. Dragonflies, Ketchup and Late-Night Phone Calls. Daphne Tarango has written an introduction and a series of 31 prayers. After each prayer is a place to write what you are thankful for in the morning, noon, and night. I wasn't sure what to expect with this journal. I had read the introduction online, which I enjoyed! The prayers are simple ones and simply expressed. I have to admit that I don't have time to write down at morning, noon, or night. Instead, when I sit down each day before the day has begun, I think through the previous day and find things I can be thankful for. It has been a good exercise for me. Yes, I could simply follow this practice in a blank notebook, but it has been nice to have it all pre-set for me. And I did truly enjoy Ms. Tarango's story about ketchup and late-night phone calls... Late-night phone calls truly can be a blessing.
Along with this book, I've been reading a second book: Women of the Secret Place. If you've read this blog before, you know that I wear my heart on my
sleeve and talk honestly about life and its struggles. I'm not a candy-coated, gushy kind of person. Something that comforts me are the stories of others. That is just this book is. This book is a compilation of stories by Ruth Carmichael Ellinger and several others (including Daphne Tarango). Each story is a snippet of life and a lesson someone has learned or a trial they have walked through with the Lord. There was a story or two that I wasn't encouraged by or didn't entirely agreed with. But, that is okay. We are all different women and our lives are different. This book is a book about diversity, yet it reminds us that we are one in the Lord and that we need to love the differences we have--understanding that the Lord teaches us each differently.
Both books have been encouraging reads to me this month...
Please note that I did receive complimentary copies of these two books for review.