Bread and Wine – Community, sharing a meal with friends, relationships formed, and a balanced view of feasting or restraint. With recipes. Shauna Niequist is an articulate, vulnerable writer. She blogs here: Shauna Niequist
Every Good Endeavor – Tim Keller’s (Pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in NYC) book on our job as our service to God. No matter what our job is.
Praying for Strangers – River Jordan decides to pray for a stranger each day for a year. She starts praying without letting the stranger know – and eventually begins to approach the person (stranger) to let him or her know what she’s doing. She never gets rebuffed and the stories are moving. Brave woman – who is changed through her journey.
Chasing Francis – after a brief slow start, I ended up loving this book. Fictional memoir, Italy sounded great, as does the food, and the deep contemplation of a faith crisis in a pastor’s life. (fiction but reads as memoir)
The Long Good-bye – memoir – the loss of a mother who died too young. Meghan O’Rourke. Very moving and thought provoking. Thinking I’d like to be around for my daughters until they’re more ready for me to be gone. 🙂 NYTIMES review
The Rules of Inheritance – memoir of Claire Bidwell Smith on the loss of both parents when she was a teen and then young adult – chapters in a non-linear structure. Another blogger writer. Claire Bidwell Smith