Words on Wednesday – Experience, Not Identity

My reading hasn’t been exciting lately and I first came across the quote I’m going to share with you in Reader’s Digest. (I know!)
experience not identity
After reading her essay, I went looking online for more about Debra Jarvis and I came across her TED Talk: Yes, I Survived Cancer. But That Doesn’t Define Me.

It’s inspiring stuff and you should listen or at least read the transcript. (There’s a suggested reading list, too.)

Recently Finished

The Life We Were Given by Dana Sachs (finished in September). Fascinating account of Operation Babylift during the end of the Vietnam War but it wasn’t just that. It’s also a look at the implications of international adoption, which is a complicated issue that Sachs treats as evenly as she can.

It was interesting to read this book in conjunction with Dust of Life: America’s Children Abandoned in Vietnam by Robert McKelvey (which I finished in August) because many of the people Sachs interviewed seemed to believe the need for a “babylift” was overstated, whereas in McKelvey’s interviews there were people still trying to emigrate who held the view that the U.S. should have done more to try to evacuate the children who were left behind.

Mind Your Manors by Lucy Lethbridge. A companion to Servants: A Downstairs History of Britain also by Lucy Lethbridge. If you enjoyed Downton Abbey or similar books, you might enjoy these.

Recently Added

Murder at the Mikado by Julianna Deering. I was offered a chance to review the newest book in this series but I haven’t read any of them yet. This is the earliest book my library had available. It’s #3 in the series so I hope that’s not a big deal. Anyway, it’s from a Christian publisher and I’m looking forward to trying it since the setting and style is one I enjoy. (Fingers crossed that it’s better than most of what passes for “Christian Fiction” these days.)

Current Read Aloud

We’ve started The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald. This is one I’ve been meaning to read for a long time and now that we have the Puffin Classic edition, we all agreed it should be our new bedtime read aloud.

Current Book to Review

Nothing current.

Current Kindle Deals

There are some fantastic books on sale this month:
Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas is one of the best books written in the past five years. Highly recommended. It’s $2.99 for Kindle this month.

Give Your Child the World by Jamie Martin is also $2.99. The booklists are a fantastic resource for any family.

What are you reading now?


Resources for Readers:

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