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Marla Taviano

Wow--I'm so with you on being more discriminating about what I read. Time is precious, eh? I must say that your blog is one of those things that is well worth my time!

I was just on Robert Benson's blog a couple weeks ago and saw that book. Looks good. The other one sounds good too. Keep recommending books! That saves me even more time--reading something I already know will be worth it.

Like Living Simply, for example. (by some Joanne Heim chick)

Have fun on vacation!!

Lisa R-P

Have a good vacation. I am with you on being a discriminating reader. I have limited time to read, so try to chose wisely. I have been reading the Left Behind series and also reading through the adelente book club series for AAUW. There are so many good non-fiction books in that book club to chose from.

On a side my daughter graduated from Kindergarten. I think that I have finally stopped crying. The program was wonderful. Her teacher is awesome and she made a beautiful movie of the kids with photos taken throughout the year set to music. She gave us each a copy. My husband even got a bit teary eyed. They really do grow up too fast.


I just finished Robert Lurson's book, "Shaddow Divers." It is non-fiction but reads so easily. It is about deep sea diving and the discovery and identification of a WWII U Boat. We have a U Boat here in Chicago at the Museum of Science and Industry. I learned so much about WWII U Boats and was fascinated by the exploration of these 2 men. It was so interesting. I have to say that I perhaps enjoyed it because it is exactly the kind of book my father would have read and recomended!

Have fun! Janine


Sounds like two good books! Keeping House sounds especially interesting... I've been hearing more and more about housework blessing the family and honoring Christ. Have a wonderful vacation!


Tomorrow I'm sending out my two novels to bunches of people. Would you be interested? If so, send me an email at maryedemuth at sbcglobal dot net.

Here they are:


i'm finding my reading groove again. i read a book in less than a week, ran out to the library to get another one and haven't opened that one yet. ah, well.

have a fun trip! floating around on a raft sounds lovely.


Im new to your blog, but I have enjoyed looking at it every day. I have a few good reads for you, as I am an advid reader myself. Although having 6 kids makes it sometimes tricky. Quaker Summer by Linda Samson is a great book. So are any books by Dee Henderson, and now I am reading The Good Nearby by Nancy Moser. Grace Livingston Hill books are good, and so are Sharron Ewell Foster books. I am looking forward to getting your book about Living Less In A World Of More. Our library doesnt have it, but I hope to purchase it soon. Im enjoying all the crafts I see you make, and some Id like to have patterns too. My daughter is wanting me to sew American doll clothes, so that will be a new challenge for me. :)
God bless,

Holly Smith

Here is a good fiction book for you, Joanne. It is my very favorite book to read and share and discuss. In fact, I've given it away twice and need to re-purchase it. It's called "The Book of Hours" by T. Davis Bunn. It is quite a good vacation book, filled with mystery (and a godly book, too!).

I'm about to take yet another nap...boy this VBS is getting me tired! But so very worth it :)
Love you!

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