"If the God you believe in as an idea doesn’t start showing up in what happens to you in your own life, you have as much cause for concern as if the God you don’t believe in as an idea does start showing up. It is absolutely crucial, therefore, to keep in constant touch with what is going on in your own life’s story and to pay close attention to what is going on in the stories of others’ lives. If God is present anywhere, it is in those stories that God is present. If God is not present in those stories, then they are scarcely worth telling." ~ Frederick Buechner

2013 Books

The Greatest Gift, Ann Voskamp
The Measure of a Woman, Gene & Elaine Getz
Loving Our Children On Purpose, Danny Silk
The Offering, Angela Hunt (Warning: Major tear-jerker; I cried the ugly cry near the end of this one!)
Stones for Bread
, Christa Parrish (This is my favorite CP book of all the ones she has written so far!)

*I read books in the past few months, but I forgot to write down titles and authors. Oops.


Wonderstruck, Margaret Feinberg

The Princess and the Goblin, George MacDonald*
The Princess and Curdie, George MacDonald*
Jo's Boys, Louisa May Alcott*

Little Men, Louisa May Alcott*
Five Little Peppers Abroad, Margaret Sidney

Blessings, Anna Quindlen

Midwives, Chris Bohjalian
Breath, Eyes, Memory, Edwidge Danticat

A Lesson Before Dying, Ernest J. Gaines

Five Little Peppers Midway, Margaret Sidney
Five Little Peppers and How They Grew, Margaret Sidney

Don't Make Me Come Up There!, Kristen Welch
The Light Princess and Other Fairy Stories, George MacDonald
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Rebecca Wells*
Many Waters, Madeleine L'Engle*
Jewel, Bret Lott

Racketty-Packetty House, France Hodgson Burnett

It's Like This, Cat, Emily Neville

Tale of Despereaux, Kate DiCamillo

Hate That Cat, Sharon Creech*
Where'd You Go, Bernadette?, Maria Semple

Sparkly Green Earrings, Melanie Shankle


Anything, Jennie Allen

Unglued, Lysa Terkeurst
Pinocchio Parenting, Chuck Borsellino

Letter to My Daughter, Maya Angelou
If Life is a Bowl of Cherries..., Erma Bombeck
Seasons of a Mother's Heart, Sally Clarkson 
The Air We Breathe, Christa Parrish

Black Dahlia & White Rose, Joyce Carol Oates
Ministry of Motherhood, Sally Clarkson
The Forgetting Tree, Tatjana Soli
The Good Dream, Donna VanLiere
The Dry Grass of August, Anna Jean Mayhew
Mended, Angie Smith
A Single Shard, Linda Sue Park
Desperate, Sarah Mare & Sally Clarkson
11-22-63, Stephen King 

Tomato Girl, Jayne Pupek
People of the Book, Geraldine Brooks
Chasing the Wind, Pamela Binnings Ewen
Bossypants, Tina Fey
State of Fear, Michael Crichton

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