Library of Grace

Thomas à Kempis (author of The Imitation of Christ) famously wrote, "I have sought tranquility in everything and found it nowhere except in a corner with a book." Thanks to God and my parents, books gave me my first taste of heaven on earth. I spent my childhood lost within the pages of many, many books! As I grew older, libraries and gardens became passions too. It is entirely appropriate, then, that I should host a virtual Library of Grace, a place to list my book and other media reviews and recommendations on this blog. I also list devotionals that would make great gifts for yourself or others under the Devotionals category below. This is a work in progress. I started this page, February 2013, with my first review being that of an ebook:  The Ideal of School by David Beardsley (Kindle). Other posts on books I've read can be found by clicking on these labels: Books I'm Reading, Library of Grace, Book Reviews. One of these days I'll provide an index of the titles of all the books mentioned on my blog and also provide categories but for now here's a few categories to help us all age gracefully and a short list off the top of my head. Btw, I have personally found Rachel Perry's Reverse the Aging Process invaluable for putting together a daily skin and hair care regimen.

Devotionals (includes Prayerbooks)

For the gardener, nature lover, church friend and busy person in your life this is a perfect gift: Garden of Grace: A Daybook of Faith and Healing. It is also an easy study of Ephesians. Yes, this book by me, this is shameless self-promotion, a woman's got to live :). Royalty from the sales of this book in the first year (31st July 2013 - Kindle and 5 September 2013 for print go to  Pravaham: A Community for Peace and Justice in India. Print | Kindle.

Busy? Don't have time to do a Bible study and a daily devotional? Try Casa Charis: A Daybook of Freedom and yes, this too is by me, Using Galatians, it deals with many of the contemporary issues faced by followers and disciples of Jesus. Print | Kindle

For new moms - Mommy Time by Sarah Arthur. Book details and my review can be found here.

For Lectionary followers: For All the Saints: A Prayer Book For and By the Church (4 volumes based on the 2-year Lectionary in the Book of Common Prayer and the Lutheran Book of Worship and you can find it for sale on the website of the American Lutheran Publicity Bureau) |  Feasting on the Word (based on the Revised Common Lectionary and published by Westminster John Knox Press)

Foe people struggling with food and inability to surrender to God - Jan Johnson's Surrendering Hunger

Online Devotionals:  Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest | Daily Hope with Rick Warren | Hearing From God Each Morning: Daily Meditations with Joyce Meyer

New and Old Devotionals that make good gifts: Henri Nouwen's Bread for the Journey |  Mary Tileston's Daily Strength for Daily Needs | God Calling by Two Listeners

Murder Mysteries

Agatha Raisin and Hamish MacBeth series by M.C. Beaton - Agatha and Hamish are both such non-traditional murder detectives! They will make you laugh and see the world quite differently once you've sampled their locales, picturesque Cotswolds where Agatha lives and the Scottish highlands of Hamish.

Another series I like is the one by Tarquin Hall. His detective is the suave (but presumably fat since he keeps eating all the time) Indian Vish Puri. I love the descriptions of food and Indian social critique and commentary. Hilarious and enjoyable.

Agatha Christie will of course always be my favorite mystery writer. No one comes close to her. Some others I read include: P.D. James, Ngaio March, Patricia Moyes, Patricia Wentworth. 

Forthcoming Reviews
Corbett & Fikkert. When Helping Hurts.
Duewel. Touch the World Through Prayer.
Kanigel. The Man Who Knew Infinity: The Life and Genius of Ramanujan.
Nouwen. Wounded Healer.
Pearcey. Total Truth.
Rinker. Conversational Prayer.
Tolstoy. The Kingdom of God is Within You.

Some Books I Want to Read (perhaps)

Kuyper, Abraham. Wisdom and Wonder: Common Grace in Science and Art. Grand Rapids, Mich., Christian's Library Press, 2011.
McLaren, Bryan. Why Did Jesus, The Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road? New York, Jericho Books, 2012.
Montogomery, David. The Rocks Don't Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah's Flood. New York, Norton & Company, 2012. Link to Amazon

Titles of Books I've Read and Totally Enjoyed: I plan to share meditative essays and reviews (like the Bonhoeffer link below); in the meantime browse through my GoodReads page for reviews of these books or others.

Bonhoeffer. Life Together, The Cost of Discipleship.
Dunn, J.D.G. The Theology of the Apostle Paul.
Epstein, Greg. Good without God (the link is to review, on this blog, written by Don Major)
L'Engle. Walking on Water: Reflections on Art and Faith
Nouwen. The Genesee Diary.
Parker and St. Johns. Prayer Can Change Your Life.
Pinckaeurs. The Sources of Christian Ethics.

Tags: #devotionals #prayerbooks #ebook #kindle #indie #bookgifts #authorgifts #readers #amreading