IN 2017...
Touching, warm, humorous...I borrowed this multiple-award winner from my daughter and was intrigued from the first paragraph.  An interesting young man with Autism is resolute about solving a neighborhood crime.

Uninvited by Lysa Terkeurst
This was a selection for a previous book club I was a part of in California.  Lysa deeply and honestly reminds us of our full acceptance in Christ, despite our flaws and our past. 
Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe by Max Lucado
Chelsea Chambers is separated from her NFL husband and struggling to keep her coffee shop afloat in Texas.  All the while, God is mysteriously working behind the scenes.  A creatively written novel by bestselling author Max Lucado.

Take Your Life Back by Stephen Arterburn, David Stoop
I absolutely love and respect New Life Ministries with Arterburn and Stoop.  I think one can learn so much from listening to their daily radio program.  Another brilliant book to help you understand yourself and move forward in healing from past traumas.

The Second Half by Lauraine Snelling
As an approaching empty nester, this quiet title spoke to me.  A fictitious, endearing read about an older married couple navigating the trials of life together with Christ.
Love Lives Here by Maria Goff
Maria Goff is a wonderful example of someone being intentional about leading a meaningful life in this world.  There are folks who mentor you indirectly and don't even know it.  I had the opportunity to meet her husband, Bob, a couple of years ago, who has also written a motivating bestseller here.
The Scarlet Thread by Francine Rivers
Two stories interwoven in one about forgiveness and God's unconditional love.  

Bridge to Haven by Francine Rivers
A riveting read...perhaps a little graphic in some chapters.  I appreciated the message of God's restoration for the broken.  Francine is such a gifted novelist.  Also enjoyed a bit of the 1950s nostalgia.

Smile by Raina Telgemeier
My 10 year old nephew gave me his copy after finishing it.  A funny and uniquely-illustrated memoir about Raina Telgemeier and her challenges with wearing braces as a youth.  If you wore braces, you may relate. 

English Lessons by Andrea Lucado
I love memoirs, memoirs about faith and memoirs about life in Europe in particular - Peter Mayle, anyone?  Andrea reflected on both of these themes with fresh insight.

The Turquoise Table by Kristin Schell
An inspiring way of creating easy hospitality in your front yard.  Yes, you can meet your neighbors and get to know them.

Meet the Austins by Madeleine L'Engle
A family to adore.  I plan to purchase the rest of this series, as I'm utterly in love with this household.  This is Book 1 of 5.

Over Salad & Hot Bread by Mary Jenson
A tender narration about two female friends and their contrasting seasons of life.  I had added this selection to my TBR list, as it was referred by author Barbara Rainey.  And how delighted I was to find it recently at my local library's book sale for only a $1.00.
Parisian Chic by Inès de la Fressange
I've long admired Madame de la Fressange's confidence and style.  Enjoyed her personal tips and charming illustrations.

New Rooms for Old Houses by Frank Shirley
For those who enjoy classical American architecture, amusez-vous bien!

Creating a New Old House by Russell Versaci
Ahhh...the timeless appeal of older homes.

IN 2016... 

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