December 3, 2013--Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling
February 19, 2013--3500: An Autistic Boy's 10-Year Romance with Snow White
Unofficial Guide to Disney World last year in preparation for our 2012 trip. He was mentioned as a super fan of Snow White's Scary Adventure ride in Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland. Fast forward to a few days ago, when another Disney blog I follow mentioned that Ben's father wrote a book about their experiences at Disney--I immediately downloaded the book and could not put it down.
Ben's dad chronicles how he and his ex-wife moved to Orlando (from Seattle) when Ben was young because he responded to well to the parks and resorts of Disney. They used it as therapy for Ben to learn social and life skills. He took a particular liking to the Snow White's Scary Adventure ride and before is closed down in May of 2012, he rode the ride over 3500 times!
This is a great, quick read and inspiring in many ways. For those of us who already know about Disney magic, you will delight in reading what it did for this family and this boy, and for those of you yet to open your hearts to the Disney magic, be prepared to be amazed!
January 1, 2013--Oogy by Larry Levin
My sister and niece gave this book to me as a Christmas treat, and I immediately started reading that night. What I thought was going to be another feel-good rescued animal story quickly turned into so much more. A big five stars for this book--it's a favorite!
November 30, 2012--The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
March 9, 2012--Kisses From Katie by Katie Davis
In a nutshell, Katie is a regular teenager from a upper middle class family in Tennessee, and feels called to forgo college and move to Uganda to work and volunteer with the Ugandan community. What was supposed to be a one year experience turns into a life-time commitment when she adopts 13 children and begins a ministry nonprofit organization that not only brings Christianity to the people of Uganda, but much needed food, supplies, medical care, and education as well. That's right, I said, SHE ADOPTS 13 ORPHANED CHILDREN. By herself. In Uganda. I am drawn to her trust in Jesus to provide and guide her through this calling, as well as her gigantic heart to welcome 13 daughters into her life. Of course, the adoption aspect resonates with me, but I can't get one line out of my head. When she is explaining why she is living in one of the most poverty-stricken countries of the world, she states, "If I want to follow Jesus, I will go to the hard places". While she is specifically talking about places in the literal sense (Uganda), she also is talking about the figurative places as well. I have this written down on a card next to my nightstand so I can remember it in my daily struggles.
January 31, 2012--Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson