As the mother of 2 young children, I have found it difficult to set time aside to read a book for myself. The truth is, if it's not a really, really good book then I just don't have the time to waste reading it. Over the last few years I have found a few of these "diamonds in the rough". One of them being THE SHACK (check out my post on favorite quotes from The Shack) and REDEEMING LOVE by Francine Rivers (a compelling story worth reading). It's so fun to get swept up in a good book!
Right now I'm enjoying going between 2 series. Both of which I would recommend highly. Francine Rivers' Lineage of Grace series explores 5 of the most important and influential women in the Bible; Rahab, Tamar, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary. They are short novellas based on the biblical stories. As a woman, I find these women's strength and character encouraging and inspiring! Great reading when you don't have a lot of time.
The other series I have been reading are the Sullivan Crisp novels, Healing Stones, Healing Waters, and Healing Sands (releasing 11/11/09), by Nancy Rue and Stephen Arterburn. The stories themselves are unique and can stand alone, but the main character, Sullivan Crisp, is part of them all. Sully is a counselor specializing in healing, although a personal tragedy in his own life has forced him to test out his own ideologies. They are realistic and meaningful glimpses into the struggles people face and the choices we make to either let the struggles swallow us up whole or fight our way through to the other side of them.
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