Ruthless River: Love and Survival by Raft on the Amazon’s Relentless Madre de Dios by Holly Conklin FitzGerald

Stars: 4 of 5 I love travel and have always wanted to do some crazy adventure style travel but am pretty over it after reading this. To say that it terrified me would be a bit of an understatement. Of course, this happened to FitzGerald and her husband in the 1970's and technology has come … Continue reading Ruthless River: Love and Survival by Raft on the Amazon’s Relentless Madre de Dios by Holly Conklin FitzGerald

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Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong—and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story by Angela Saini

Review: I LOVE this book. I've had a bit of a thing for science and research books about women since I read Delusions of Gender back in 2015.  It's interesting but I know enough to take it with a grain of salt too, like the news. Everything has an angle and I know that's true for these … Continue reading Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong—and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story by Angela Saini

Matthew 11: Elijah who is to come

For the text of Matthew 11, click here.  This chapter takes place just after Jesus finished talking to the 12 disciples who were just then dubbed apostles., sort of. At this point, we come back to John the Baptist who baptized Jesus in chapter three and was arrested in chapter four. John had recognized Jesus … Continue reading Matthew 11: Elijah who is to come

Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between by Lauren Graham

Review: There really is something about listening to Lauren Graham talk as fast as she can. I'll admit right up front that I never really watched Gilmore Girls, but I've seen some episodes and get the general gist. The timing of the show and that my husband doesn't want to watch it leaves it for … Continue reading Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between by Lauren Graham

Read Harder Challenge Complete!

This is my third year doing the Read Harder Challenge and it has been the hardest one yet! Okay, maybe it has more to do with the way I was trying to get it done this time. In previous years, I figured out what to read the day the list came out (or the day … Continue reading Read Harder Challenge Complete!

Great by Sara Benincasa

Stars: 3 out of 5 Spoilers ahead for anyone not familiar with the original story of The Great Gatsby. Great is my final book for Read Harder 2018! It's a stand-in for the The Great Gatsby which I totally hated in school for two reasons. First of all, despite that Read Harder made task 24 … Continue reading Great by Sara Benincasa

Matthew 10: Go

For the text of Matthew 10, click here. At the end of the last chapter, Jesus asked the disciples with Him to pray for more laborers for the coming harvest. We saw within context that this is a reference to the people He is trying to bring to God, the sinners He ate with who … Continue reading Matthew 10: Go

An Unquenchable Thirst: Following Mother Teresa in Search of Love, Service, and an Authentic Life by Mary Johnson

Review: This book surprised me. There were a few things that were obvious about where it was going, but I didn't expect most of it. I expected Johnson to have moved quickly through her time with Mother Teresa, for it to have been a quick path like in so many of those "my year of" … Continue reading An Unquenchable Thirst: Following Mother Teresa in Search of Love, Service, and an Authentic Life by Mary Johnson

Women Who Run with the Wolves Myths & Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Review: I really need to get better about reading the synopses of books before I pick them up. Then again, I'd probably miss out on so many great books that I just love the titles of. This is my last Read Harder book of the year, for task 20, a book with a cover you … Continue reading Women Who Run with the Wolves Myths & Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Matthew 9: The first stirrings of trouble

For the text of Matthew 9, click here. In an interesting turn of events after Jesus returns to the other side of wherever He "crossed" to, He doesn't just heal a paralytic, but first forgives him of his sins. Until now, Jesus had been healing people and speaking with God's authority, but now He forgives … Continue reading Matthew 9: The first stirrings of trouble