Most of us who write for Bridging the Gap also love to read. And we love to talk about what we’ve read. Today, we’d like to share some of our favorite recent reads with you in hopes of inspiring you to pick one and enjoy some time curled up with a good book.
Rooms by James L. Rupart—Seattle software tycoon Micah Taylor has made it big. He’s got a girlfriend, a successful business, and he loves life. But then, a letter arrives telling him he’s inherited a house in Cannon Beach, Oregon, from his great uncle. This is no ordinary house, however, and when Micah goes to Cannon Beach to check it out, strange things start happening and rooms appear that weren’t there when he first entered it. Is God using the rooms to draw Micah back into a relationship with him? This is an amazing (but weird) book. It’s the manifestation of the term, “God works in mysterious ways.” It took me two or three years to start reading this book after it was recommended to me. Don’t wait that long. Nancy Holte
Seated with Christ by Heather Holleman—I first heard of Heather Holleman through an interview on Faith Radio with Susie Larson. She is an English teacher at Penn State and loves verbs and encourages each of us to write with flair. When she reads the Bible she is drawn to verbs like seated, chosen, guarded, and included. This book dropped into my hands at just the right time and it is on the top of my list for sharing with others. Through stories and examples from her life, Heather unpacks the power of seated living—being calm, connected, and secure. Take your seat at the table in heavenly places and begin living a full life without comparison, competition, self-analyzing, and the busy pursuit of perfection. This is a new kind of living. Becky Meyerson
The Library at the Edge of the World by Felicity Hayes-McCoy—Hanna Casey finds herself back home on the Finfarran Peninsula on Ireland’s West Coast. After learning that her marriage was a sham, she left her London life to move back in with her aging mother, but when that arrangement turns stale she sets her sights on restoring a small cottage left to her by an aunt. Hanna discovers her job at the library is in jeopardy and she must join together with an unlikely band of volunteers to save the library and the rest of the town as well. Felicity Hayes-McCoy writes a charming book about life in a small town, and how we all rely on one another. I really enjoyed The Library at the Edge of the World and look forward to reading her other books. Christian caution: A few mild swear words are sprinkled throughout the story. Andrea Christenson
Caroline, Little House Revisited by Sarah Miller—This book felt like warm comfort food. I still remember my second grade teacher recommending the Little House books to me on the stairwell of my elementary school, and reading those novels was one of my most formative reading experiences. I shared a room with my younger sister while growing up, and my mom read the entire series aloud to us. As a family of four girls, we went to the Laura Ingalls Wilder play; we stayed in a sod house; we visited the Minnesota landmarks. I am a huge fan. So when I heard that a new and authorized Little House book for adults was coming out, I was ecstatic—and I was not disappointed! Written from Ma’s (aka Caroline’s) perspective, this book offers a more realistic picture of life on the frontier than the children’s books. It is heartwarming but also deeply human. How would it feel to have a husband you love dearly who is always wanting to move on to the next place when you might be just as happy to stay? What can you find for your little girls to do that won’t drive you crazy while you try and get something done? There are some truly touching scenes between Caroline and Charles as well as some beautiful snapshots of motherhood. Caroline finds inspiration in her strong faith and in God’s Word as she perseveres through the challenges of life on the frontier. I’ve never read a Sarah Miller book before, but I will be following up with her after this great read. Anna Henke