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Spring Reading Wrap Up   6 comments

The Spring Reading Wrap Up Interview: 

  • What was the best book you read this spring?
    • Total Forgiveness by R.T. Kendall on the Non Fiction side and  Aunt Dimity Goes West by Nancy Atherton on the Fiction side.
  • What book could you have done without?
    • I liked them all!
  • Did you try out a new author this spring? If so, which one, and will you be reading that author again?
    • Yes – Diane Setterfield – (The Thirteenth Tale) I really liked her writing style.  I am looking forward to reading more books by her.
  • If there were books you didn’t finish, tell us why. Did you run out of time? Realize those books weren’t worth it?
    • I finished the books on my list and even added some extras!
  • Did you come across a book or two on other participants’ lists that you’re planning to add to your own to-be-read pile? Which ones?
    • Yes! The Dorothy Sayers’ mysteries.
  • What did you learn — about anything — through this challenge? Maybe you learned something about yourself or your reading style, maybe you learned not to pick so many nonfiction books for a challenge, maybe you learned something from a book you read. Whatever it is, share!
    • I learned that “Graciousness is shown by what you don’t say, even if what you could say would be true” – Total Forgiveness by R.T. Kendall
  • What was the best part of the Spring Reading Thing?
    • Participating!  This was my first one and I am hooked!
  • Would you be interested in participating in another reading challenge this fall?
    • Absolutely
  • Any other thoughts, impressions, or comments.
    • Thank you Katrina for putting this together.   Looking forward to the Fall Reading Challenge. I will be participating in a couple of Summer Reading Challenges as well.

IDOLeyes by Mandisa – A book review   3 comments

I just finished this book by American Idol’s Season 5 top 10 finalist, Mandisa (written with Angela Hunt). If you want to take a  behind the scenes look at an American Idol contestant’s experience from beginning to end, you won’t want to miss reading this book. 

Mandisa shares her story of participating in the Americal Idol reality television show.  She says, “I am NOT the American Idol.  I’m a plus-sized, thirty-year old black woman whose heart belongs to Jesus. I’m just Mandisa, and this is my story.”  And what a story she shares.

The first line of her book reads “Hello. I’m Mandisa, and I’m a foodaholic.” Mandisa shares honestly and beautifully her experiences and heartaches; her joys and what she describes as the Dark Night of her Soul.   Mandisa’s American Idol experience changed her life and she did a fabulous  job describing that experience in her book. I enjoyed reading Mandisa’s story and I gained a new respect for the contestants on that show and what they actually go through. 

Mandisa’s knowledge of the Word and her relationship with Christ are beautifully illustrated in her story as well as her on going struggle with food addiction. I was so impressed by her; she truly is a role model.  I highly recommend this book.  You will love it!  You will love her!  Go, read this book and be blessed.