Posted by: icecreamgram | May 28, 2017

100 Christian Women Who Changed the 20th Century

100 women, from all walks of life: Speaking and writing, Bible study ministry, education, the arts, music, literature, business, missions, Christian ministry, Marriage and motherhood – they are honored in this very interesting and eye-opening book. Whether or not we agree with everything they believed in, yes, we have to admit that these ladies have changed the 20th century. And each one can give us advice as to how we also can do our part in changing our world! Check it out! You´ll be glad you did!

Posted by: icecreamgram | May 25, 2017

Kabul Beauty School

Daughter Kris is in a book club, so I decided to join her while I´m here in C. But I had to read the book first – it was a fast, fascinating read! Just a bit of warning – the reading gets heavy and graphic at times.

Soon after the fall of the Taliban, in 2001, Deborah Rodriguez went to Afghanistan as part of a group offering humanitarian aid to this war-torn nation. Surrounded by men and women whose skills–as doctors, nurses, and therapists–seemed eminently more practical than her own, Rodriguez, a hairdresser and mother of two from Michigan, despaired of being of any real use. Yet she soon found she had a gift for befriending Afghans, and once her profession became known she was eagerly sought out by Westerners desperate for a good haircut and by Afghan women, who have a long and proud tradition of running their own beauty salons. Thus an idea was born. The Kabul Beauty School welcomed its first class in 2003.

With warmth and humor, Rodriguez details the lushness of a seemingly desolate region and reveals the magnificence  (or not!) behind the burqa. Kabul Beauty School is a remarkable tale of an extraordinary community of women who come together and learn the arts of perms, friendship, and freedom.

Posted by: icecreamgram | May 20, 2017

Two good reads!

The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating mistrust and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings. Now eighteen and emancipated from the system with nowhere to go, Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But an unexpected encounter with a mysterious stranger has her questioning what’s been missing in her life. And when she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.

After five hectic years of retirement from Lord’s Chapel, Father Tim Kavanagh returns with his wife, Cynthia, from a so-called pleasure trip to the land of his Irish ancestors. While glad to be at home in Mitford, something is definitely missing: a pulpit. But when he’s offered one, he decides he doesn’t want it. Maybe he’s lost his passion.   Millions of fans will applaud the chance to spend time, once more, in the often comic and utterly human presence of Jan Karon’s characters. Indeed, they have never been more sympathetic, bighearted, and engaging.

Posted by: icecreamgram | May 1, 2017

A Change of Heart and The Brotherhood

Two books, totally different, both fun to read, both almost impossible to put down, especially The Brotherhood! Wow!

Sam Gardner never dreamed he would be thanking God for Harmony’s self-appointed general of the religious Right, Dale Hinshaw. God does indeed work in mysterious ways. Amanda Hodge, who has been living with her Uncle Ellis and Aunt Miriam since her parents abandoned her years ago, now faces their return and their desire to be a part of her life again. Dale Hinshaw hovers on the brink of death, in dire need of a heart transplant The whole town is abuzz as the beautiful Deena Morrison marries the town’s most eligible bachelor, Dr. Pierce. And in the midst of these triumphs and tragedies, Pastor Sam Gardner helps the people of Harmony negotiate the sometimes rocky road of family life, faith, and forgiveness.

Boone Drake has it made. He’s a young cop rising rapidly through the ranks of the Chicago Police Department. He has a beautiful wife and a young son, a nice starter house, a great partner, and a career plan that should land him in the Organized Crime Division within five years. Everything is going right. Until everything goes horribly, terribly wrong. His personal life destroyed and his career and future in jeopardy, Boone buries himself in guilt and bitterness as his life spirals out of control. But when he comes face-to-face with the most vicious gang leader Chicago has seen in decades, he begins to realize that God is a God of second chances and can change the hardest heart . . . and forgive the worst of crimes.

Posted by: icecreamgram | April 29, 2017

Come Rain or Come Shine

Now, Father Tim Kavanagh’s adopted son has graduated from vet school and opened his own animal clinic. Since money will be tight for a while, maybe he and Lace Harper, his once and future soul mate, should keep their wedding simple. So the plan is to eliminate the cost of catering and do potluck. Ought to be fun. An old friend offers to bring his well-known country band. Gratis. And once mucked out, the barn works as a perfect venue for seating family and friends. Piece of cake, right?

In Come Rain or Come Shine, Jan Karon delivers the wedding that millions of Mitford fans have waited for. It’s a June day in the mountains, with more than a few creatures great and small, and you’re invited—because you’re family. By the way, it’s a pretty casual affair, so come as you are and remember to bring a tissue or two. After all, what’s a good wedding without a good cry?

Posted by: icecreamgram | March 22, 2017

Walls are for Leaping

The amazing and beautiful story of how God is using Michiko, who at age 3 suffered with polio and lost the use of her legs. In a country where handicapped children were hidden away, as an adult she came into the public eye and God worked so many miracles as she taught others who were suffering.

Posted by: icecreamgram | February 19, 2017

Rescuing Finley


Amy Wallace has made plenty of mistakes in her young life, but she didn’t see this one coming. Chris Seger is a marine serving in Afghanistan. His life is forever altered by a single, fateful step. A mother of another Afghan war vet suffers a devastating loss, which changes the course of Finley’s life for good. Finley is a mostly golden retriever, who suddenly finds himself alone and confused in a dog shelter. Could this prison actually become the place where Finley finally finds freedom? Rescuing Finley tells the story of how one rescue dog powerfully impacts three tragic lives and puts all of them on a road toward redemption and healing.

Dan Walsh is known for page-turning, character driven novels, and this is definitely one of those! It’s a fascinating story of not just Finley’s rescue, but that of others. Check it out!

Posted by: icecreamgram | February 4, 2017

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made


What an amazing book! When I started it, it was a bit boring with so many details about cells in our bodies, but as I kept reading, I couldn’t put it down! In this book, renowned surgeon Dr. Paul Brand and Philip Yancey explore the human body. I joined them in a remarkable journey through inner space – a spellbinding world of cells, systems and chemistry that bears the impress of a still deeper, unseen reality. It was written in 1980, so you might think it’s “old stuff”, but no, it’s so, so fascinating and up-to-date! Check it out!

Posted by: icecreamgram | January 21, 2017

Beginnings, Rifka and Helping Hands


I haven´t shared in awhile, but I´m still reading – lots! Beginnings was, I thought at first, another of “those Amish or Mennonite books”, but it wasn´t! It´s about Beth Quinn who lives with Mennonites, but isn´t one and her struggle with being accepted and content. Good! Letters from Rifka was told with grace and simplicity an unforgettable picture of immigrant courage, ingenuity and perseverance. Think of it, we´re all immigrants, just that some of us didn´t have to struggle to get here! Helping Hands, the fascinating story of Paul Brand, medical missionary to India. He was the first surgeon in the world to use reconstructive surgery to correct the deformities of leprosy to the hands and feet. I´m going to look for more books about this amazing doctor!

Posted by: icecreamgram | December 14, 2016

A Boy´s War


I just read the most amazing book, A Boy´s War. The author, David Michell was interned in a concentration camp during World War II with over 1000 other people, about 500 of whom were children, his classmates from their MK school. I loved reading of his teachers who contributed to his faith and growth in such a challenging situation.

The best part was the chapter describing Eric Liddel, one of their teachers and mentors, who had a huge influence on these children who were in a situation not of their making. No wonder Eric is one of my true heroes of the faith!


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