Monday, April 23, 2018

My Grandfather's Blessings

by Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D. 

This is a reread for me.  I've left my bookmark in the book because I'm sure I'll be reading it again in a few years.  Dr. James Allen, our family doctor, recommended this book years ago and both my husband and myself have read it twice.  It's that good!  Fist time through we marked passages we especially liked with book darts.  This time through I used a yellow marker.  I didn't mark passages we'd already book darted and I was surprised at the new items that stood out to me.  This is one from the last few pages: "Only the people who become free can serve God's holy purposes and restore the world.  Only those who are not enslaved by something else can follow the good in them."  Dr. Remen was loved and taught by her Jewish grandfather, raised by socialist parents, suffered since a youth with chrones disease, and still became a doctor.  She is amazing!  And her writing is thoughtful, inspiring, and empowering.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

The Night Bird

The Night Bird by Brian Freeman

The cover captured my attention the first time I saw it.  It's quite striking.  Of course, it was the book's description that encouraged me to read it.

I loved this smart, complex mystery and I instantly liked the main character, Detective Frost Easton.  Psychological novels hold a special appeal for me, too.

Frost teams up with a psychiatrist who helps people erase troubling, debilitating memories so they can live 'normal' and productive lives.

Immediately after finishing I bought book two in this series.  Book three will be out later this year.  I love finding the first in a series that grabs hold and makes me anxious to read the next.