I decided to combine my March & April book post simply because I haven't done much reading the past two months. In February I read a total of 16 books, but then the COVID-19 pandemic hit (or at least became a huge deal) in March. Since the pandemic and endless uncertainties that it has brought, I haven't been able to really truly focus on anything except manual work. I'm not sure why..... Maybe it's just that I don't have enough energy to process books on top of all the information and concerns surrounding this pandemic. Whatever the reason, I've seen my reading drop off rather drastically, but have no fear, I seem to be getting back on track. Anyway, I'd like to share a few of the books I've read in March and April with you all. :) Hope you find a good read!
John Mark Comer's Garden City: Work, Rest, and the Art of Being Human is now on my list of most profound, enlightening, and enriching books that I've read. I ended up reading Garden City with my Bible open and gel pen in hand, so that I could jot down notes and wisdom from the book in the margins. It is packed with interesting information and will change the way you go about life, work, and rest. This is the kind of book that feeds the soul and opens the mind. I'd highly recommend it!
All Shall Be Well by Catherine McNeil came to me right when I needed a balm to the soul. A sweet person sent me this book as a way to boost my spirits during this anxiety ridden time of the COVID-19 pandemic. They knew it was on my book wish-list. All Shall Be Well is a beautiful booked split into four parts, one for each season. They draws parallels between the annual seasons (Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter) and the seasons in a person's life. Though I particularly resonated with the Spring section, as I feel I'm in the late stages of that season in life AND happen to be experiencing the early stages of the natural season currently, I found each section nourishing and enlightening. I can't recommend this book enough. It is beautiful and simple, soul nourishing and soothing, earthy and tangible. This is one of those books I plan to return to time and again.
This wonderful story couldn’t have come at a better time. I can’t think of a better way to deal with the current events of this season than to get lost in Dwight and Mary’s story, and Linda’s superb way of spinning a tale allows you to do just that. If only for a while, reality fades away, and Dwight, Mary, and the now familiar town of Brownville come into focus. Soon you’re right beside earthy, relatable characters, enjoying a mix of romance and mystery. We look on as Dwight and Mary weather life’s storms, wondering if they’ll be able to ride them out together, all the while trying to puzzle out the identity of the mysterious person who has taken to stalking the town… Ah, yes, you couldn’t ask for a better story to escape headlong into.
Born and raised in Upstate NY, Liz is a freelance writer. She has written for websites, blogs, and magazines for the last 10 years. She also acts as a proofreader and beta reader for several authors, all the while working on her first book.