All posts tagged: Memoir

Book Review ~ Many Hands Make Light Work By Cheryl Stritzel McCarthy

About the Book Many Hands Make Light Work is the rollicking true story of a family of nine children growing up in the college town of Ames, Iowa in the ’60s and ’70s. Inspiring, full of surprises, and laugh-out-loud funny, this utterly unique family champions diversity and inclusion long before such concepts become cultural flashpoints. Cheryl and her siblings are the offspring of an eccentric professor father and unflappable mother. Mindful of their ever-expanding family’s need for cash, her parents begin acquiring tumbledown houses in campus-town, to renovate and rent. Dad, who changes out of his suit and tie into a carpenter’s battered white overalls, like Clark Kent into Superman, is supremely confident his offspring can do anything, whether he’s there or not. Mom, an organizational genius disguised as a housewife, manages nine children so deftly that she finds the time―and heart―to take in student boarders, who stir their own offbeat personalities into this unconventional household. The kids, meanwhile, pour concrete, paint houses, and, at odd moments, break into song, because instead of complaining, they …

Book Review ~ Shaped Notes: How Ordinary People With Extraordinary Gifts Influenced My Life and Career By Larnelle Harris with Christine Schaub

About the Book “My dad was a bootlegger. Believe or not, bootleggers go to church. Drug dealers and cartel kingpins go to church. That doesn’t make them Christians. Mom was praying Dad into the faith…praying for a change in his life and a change in ours…” The majestic tenor voice of Larnelle Harris has helped define a generation of contemporary Christian music. Most people know about Larnelle’s notable successes—his Grammy Awards, his Hall of Fame inductions, his #1 hit songs—but no one has heard the true story of how a little boy from the hills of Kentucky made his way to music’s most acclaimed stages and venues. His journey—from the son of a bootlegger to being the first gospel artist inside the Kremlin after the fall of the Soviet Union—is chronicled for the first time in this heart-felt memoir. From watching his father handcuffed and taken to jail to battling racial tensions to losing his voice and not knowing if he would ever sing again, Larnelle shares the most painful and triumphant moments of his …

Author Scoop ~ Interview With Bonnie S. Hirst

I am glad to introduce to you author, Bonnie S. Hirst, the woman who bravely faced the trauma of watching her daughter go to prison with a life sentence, and still found a reason to love God back for seeing her through her toughest season. Faced with raising her daughter’s kids, this and many other blessings, set Bonnie on a path to healing so much that she wrote her testimony, sharing it in her new book, Test of Faith: Surviving My Daughter’s Life Sentence, releasing September 24th. For Bonnie’s story and journey, take a look below. Miranda ~ Hello and welcome, Bonnie! Glad to have you on TBAP today. Could you please tell us a bit about yourself? Bonnie: I am a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, and friend. All of those relationships nurture me. I enjoy being outside, especially near water. I can sit for hours on our deck overlooking a small lake and watch hummingbirds flit between my feeders, or watch a squirrel scurry up the tree. One of my favorite pastimes is …

Book Review ~ SuperGal Vs God by Lori Hynson

About the Book SuperGal. Strong, successful, self-reliant. A slightly mature—okay, middle-aged dynamo, a go-getter, an achiever. SuperGal figured she could control her own life and the rest of the world as well. Love? Phooey! Never again. Until the moment she found herself, well—back in love! Joy quickly became despair when her new love fell desperately ill. SuperGal rolled up her sleeves. She would fix this, too. Tomorrow, the battle would begin, and she would find herself at the epicenter. God’s victorious hand was stretched out to Supergal, but she circled around it. Blind. And lost. Yes, SuperGal could handle anything that life threw her way. Until she couldn’t. Until she utterly failed. Until finally, God had her right where He wanted her. Genre Christian/Non-fiction/Memoir My Rating ***** (5 Stars) My Review What a lovely book! It’s not many times I come across books that are unique in presentation—this one is one of the few. The blurb and author bio make it clear it’s a non-fiction memoir, but it is, however, written in fiction fashion. The …

Book Review ~ Called To Suffer by Patricia Stuart

About the Book “All alone, abandoned, rejected, neglected and abused, I was ready to give up on life. Becoming a Christian did not end my suffering and pain. Where is God and why isn’t He doing something to help me, I wondered? Wasn’t it enough that I had turned to Him? What I didn’t know was that God had a marvelous plan attached to all of my suffering.” This is the true life story and testimony of Patricia Stuart. She shares God’s Grace and Mercy that covered her and rescued her when there was no hope! Genre Christian/Non-fiction/Self help/memoir My Rating 4.5 out of 5 (stars) My Review A major part of my calling involves books. So naturally, one of the ways God exposes a truth to me, or confirms one He’s teaching me, is to prepare an author who will tell it in such an awesome way that I can’t miss it. (I wrote all about this kind of experience in a post I titled, Why I Believe In Christian Fiction.) This book did …