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Thursday, May 9, 2013

North of Hope - Book Review

Shannon Polson wrote an amazing account of her parents death, her own grieving and her wild adventure to the remote Alaskan arctic to reenact her parents last trip.
Polson's parents were killed by a grizzly bear as they rafted the Hulahula river and camped in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in 2005.
Polson, her brother and another traveler take on the journey to find healing and closure. Throughout the trip they encounter all sorts of feelings, adventures and trials. And Polson recounts memories of her father - both good and indifferent. She gives a very honest rendering of her greif and takes the reader on an exciting trip to the arctic.
I recommend this book. It's a very well done memoir of the author's dealing with loss.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Invisible, By Ginny Yttrup - book review



What an amazing book. Honestly - I didn't expect Invisible, by Ginny Yttrup, to have much of an effect on me. I knew the premise of the book and the main characters were three women - one overweight, one depressed, one anorexic. I thought it would be a nice, fiction book and that I would be able to learn about the struggles of other women when I read it. However - I really learned a lot about myself when I read it. I'm not anorexic, overweight or depressed, but I do really struggle with my body image in general. For the longest time, I've brushed it off and tried to focus on what's inside - I've tried to work on being a good person and not superficial - pretty much ignoring my outer self. But while reading this book, I realized that I was avoiding something important - the Image of God in which I was created. God sees me as beautiful - even though US Weekly would never classify my looks as anything but pathetic.

But Yttrup's book really gave me insight as to what God does see in me - and what I need to see in myself. I realized, in reading Invisible, that God truly made me in His image, which means He delights in me and loves and adores me - even the me that I've tried not to look at in the mirror.

I really appreciate the way Ytrupp wrote the book. Though it was fiction, it was also a therapeutic guide to healing and inner peace rather than just an entertaining story.

I look forward to reading more from Ginny Ytrupp. She's obviously a very gifted Christian author and teacher.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Fierce Beauty - Book Review


Kim Meeder wrote an amazing book that really touched my heart. She wrote about the struggles we all face as we are bombarded with images of "beauty" all around us. Meeder encourages the reader to stand for what matters - and embrace the beauty within.
She shared vulnerable moments in her life - times of great loss and pain. She shared beautiful stories of young people finding wholeness in their lives. She challenged the reader to look within and make decisions as to who and what to strive for.
It was a great book - full of encouragement and truth.
I recommend it and give it five stars!

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