Monday, September 21, 2009

The best thing about audiobooks is that they make a long road trip much more pleasant! I drove 9.5 hours from Wisconsin to Arkansas (and then back) over the past few days and enjoyed listening to "An Irish Country Village" by Patrick Taylor. It is the story of a rural doctor, his young protegee and all the villagers who are their patients and friends. There is a bit of romance, a crisis or two, and a satisfying ending that leaves me wondering what must happen in the previous novel, "An Irish Country Doctor". I've loved reading two other series of the same genre - Jan Karon's Mitford series and Phillip Gulley's Harmony series.
The audio is about 14 hours long and beautifully narrated with believeable Irish accents by John Keating

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

I need to say more about 'The Faith Club'. Only three people came to discuss the book last night. We felt a little like the three women who wrote the book as we contemplated the shared attributes of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam... One God and three religious approaches to the worship and understanding of that one God.
There were so many beautiful quotes included in the book. This is from Mother Teresa:
The fruit of silence is prayer.
The fruit of prayer is faith.
The fruit of faith is love.
The fruit of love is service.
The fruit of service is peace.
The entire book caused us to ponder 'the big questions' of life. It is one of those that can't be described easily, and is worth reading more than once.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

I've been working on two books in the past week just as the school year is getting started. It's hard to find enough time to sit and read so I'm only half-way thru reading The Faith Club by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver and Priscilla Warner for my book group meeting tonight. I hope others have finished it and will be able to lead the discussion! More on that one later.

The second book of the week has been My Life in France by Julia Child (and her nephew). I listened to it as I commuted from home to school and back and as I worked outside watering and tending the landscaping plants we've just spent a fortune on. I just love Julia Child! I'm kicking myself for ignoring her show back in the 60's - 80's when it was on television regularly. I'll never have the ambition (or patience) to cook as carefully and skillfully as she describes, but her spirited approach to cooking and life is infectious! I want to try at least a few French recipes!!

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