The Birdwoman’s Palate by Laksmi Pamuntjak, translated by Tiffany Tsao

Review: This was supposed to be one of my WIT books this year, but my August fell apart and I was grateful to have worked far enough ahead of the Bible posts to get anything posted last month. Despite the timing not working out, though, I am so glad I read this book. Not only was it just the mood I needed to compensate for … Continue reading The Birdwoman’s Palate by Laksmi Pamuntjak, translated by Tiffany Tsao

Books Available in the time of Jesus

Now that we’ve finished the Old Testament, I had to wonder if all this material would have been available at the time of Jesus. I knew that Jesus and some of the apostles quote different parts of the Old Testament, but I also know that it wouldn’t make sense to be called that in the absence of a New Testament, right? The Christian Bible as … Continue reading Books Available in the time of Jesus

Memoirs for Hispanic Heritage Month

Sadly, I have not read a single memoir by a Hispanic author this year. I have been trying to hit all the heritage months for once and it’s been fun. As mentioned last year, I have only read two Hispanic memoirs, Something Fierce and My Invented Country. This year, I looked around and found some good lists of recommendations for Latina memoirs and added some to my TBR. … Continue reading Memoirs for Hispanic Heritage Month

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race

Review:  I tried listening to this on audiobook first but kept feeling like I was missing things. I am so glad I stopped and went back to print. This collection of essays and poems has so much to say and I’m glad to have finally read it. I’m also glad to have given time to have truly digested some of the other books on race … Continue reading The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race

From the Old to the New Testament

Before beginning this project I had no idea that there was a 400 year gap between the end of the Old Testament and the beginning of the New Testament. It had never occurred to me to wonder what happened between the Old and New Testaments. Why would they even have been separated? The entire Old Testament had been translated into Greek for the Library of Alexandria … Continue reading From the Old to the New Testament

A Beautiful Work in Progress by Mirna Valerio

Review: I fell in love right at the title. I’m not a big fan of running and don’t really understand why anyone would choose to run this much, but I am a huge fan of thinking of myself as a work in progress. I’m also a sucker for an every woman memoir. Valerio is amazing. Valerio’s story is amazing, not because of where it started, … Continue reading A Beautiful Work in Progress by Mirna Valerio

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

Review: First of all, I just want to mention how much I adore this cover. It’s one of my favorites. The book itself is pretty amazing too. I’m a bit of a sucker for immigration stories and this one is quite unique. The story revolves around Fabiola, a Haitian girl who has moved to America. Her mother runs into problems getting into the country but … Continue reading American Street by Ibi Zoboi

Lessons Learned from the Old Testament

After a few years of reading through and blogging about the Old Testament, I have learned a few things and had some realizations that I wouldn’t otherwise have had. It really is worth the trouble to get into the text itself and know what people are arguing about when they say things about the Bible. There’s just no substitute for reading it yourself, not even going … Continue reading Lessons Learned from the Old Testament

5 Memoirs of Teachers

It’s that time of year again when students and teachers return to their classrooms. In the last few years, I’ve read a few memoirs by teachers about their experiences. As I’ve mentioned before, the best thing about memoir is how it can take what we think of as a common experience and show us just how different life can be from one place to the … Continue reading 5 Memoirs of Teachers

Looking back on Daniel

Daniel’s story takes place during the exile, though some of the Israelites have returned to Jerusalem by the end. For so short a book, he does have two pretty infamous Old Testament stories that I’ve heard a few times. But there’s also some crazy prophecy in here too. Chapter one This chapter introduces the story of Daniel and his friends, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. This … Continue reading Looking back on Daniel