Singing Praises for Susie Finkbeiner’s ‘A Song of Home’ and Offering You a Free Copy

When you read a really good, compelling book, don’t you sometimes come away wanting more? Do you wish you could learn what happened after the final chapter, the last sentence? I felt that way when I finished Susie Finkbeiner‘s first book, A Cup of Dust, and again as I read A Trail of Crumbs. I’m …

Offering You A Few Good Stories, Well-Told — What Could Be Better?

I cannot write about the life-changing power of story without telling you about stories that have changed my life. I consider myself a bibliophile and though I know many people who read more widely, deeply and voraciously than myself, I claim a profound love for books. The photo at left is just one tiny corner of …

Guest Post: Telling Stories Opens Them To Something Greater Than Ourselves

When a memoir has the power to transport the reader to a different time and place, that’s a gift. And when the author’s words evoke the emotions she experienced during a profound period in her life, you’ve unearthed a treasure. My friend Jill Kandel’s beautiful book So Many Africas: Six Years in a Zambian Village did …

Follow the Pattern of Sound Words: Truth in Storytelling

Fair warning here: This post will be a bit random because sometimes that’s just the way my brain works. (I apologize in advance for the number of words I’m piling on you today.) In the previous post on “story” I mentioned this fact — telling our stories may change us as much or more than those …

On Reading: Books That Bring Healing and Life

I love a good story. Don’t you? There weren’t a lot of story books in our home when I was growing up, but our neighborhood babysitter had plenty. She introduced me to the wonder of fairy tales, reading to me and my sisters at bedtime from one of the big, colorful books she’d brought along. I not only …