I became way behind on my goal this month so I am resetting my 52 book goal way down. I’ve been finding that when I force myself to read a lot, I tend to automatically read less. When I have a low goal, I end up reading a ton of books. Am I the only one that inadvertently does things like this?!
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Heaven is Here by Stephanie Nielsen
I pre-ordered this book before it came out because I have read Stephanie Nielsen’s blog for years and I’ve seen her and her sisters speak at a women’s conference before. To sum it up, Stephanie Nielsen and her husband were in a nearly fatal plane crash. Stephanie and her husband ended up surviving, but not without a life of constant surgeries and 80% of her body being third degree burned.
Stephanie shares her story of healing, faith, love of family, and gratitude for being able to have the life that she has. I felt like I learned a lot about her perspective on her gratitude for homemaking and cherishing simple every day things that she previously took for granted. I definitely recommend this book, but because of her openness in marital sexuality, I wouldn’t recommend it for my teenager friends 🙂 .
Eva’s Story: A Survivor’s Tale by the Step-Sister of Anne Frank by Eva Schloss // 3 stars
** spoiler alert **
I have read many holocaust biographies and this one was really interesting because of experiences I read about in other ones. Eva is Anne Frank’s post-humus step-sister, as her mother married Otto Frank, after surviving Auschwitz. I have no idea how I never have heard of this book and ended up picking it up since there was a signed copy in a used book store for cheap.
Like Anne Frank, Eva’s family was in hiding in an attic until someone betrayed them. Her family was then taken to Auschwitz. I’ve read about the perspective, from a male prisoner at Auschwitz (Eli Wiesel), and have always found the female perspective really interesting. This book recounts many miracles Eva and her mother encounter which end up sparing them until the Russians liberate the camp. As depressing as any of these books are, I always appreciate the little silver lining they seem to find.
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