So my English major daughter (soon to graduate--4 mos!) told me about this first book (Jealous? Who, me?) of Diane Setterfield that she and her roommate just finished which she highly recommended. Since she is a tough sell, I decided to check it out, literally, from the library and see what all the fuss was about. Now Jorge is reading it.
Many of you know I'm not a fiction person, and I rarely do a review, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book and think you might, too.
From the inside jacket: It is a tale of gothic strangeness featuring the Angelfield family, including the beautiful and willful Isabelle, the feral twins Adeline and Emmeline, a ghost, a governess, and topiary garden and a devastating fire.
I loved being caught up in the mystery of the story of a famous authoress who decides to set the record of her life story straight before she passes away. And one of the main themes of the story explores "twinness," which I found fascinating.
Plus, you get lots of literary references which underscore an ode to the love of reading. If you like a Jane Eyre-ish type mystery, you might like this.
I just finished Simple Church, a book similar to Willow Creek's Reveal study, which looks at churches that successfully help new believers take the next steps in their growth, from being new believers to becoming fully-engaged, mature believers serving the community/world.
Basically, the authors purport that excessive programming is squashing growth rather than promoting it. Our staff is interested in this book because in our community, we are a large church which does a lot of programming. We're kind of reassessing where we are to see if we're on track with mentoring followers of Christ in our local body.
Just wondering about you church-goers out there ... do you have a problem with a small percentage of your congregation doing a large percentage of your volunteering? If not, how do you communicate the necessity of each person serving in some capacity or another?