The winner of last week’s The Red Queen Giveaway is #20:
LOVE Philippa Gregory! just finished "The White Queen" - excellent.
I must say that karma is a wonderful thing. Fannie has had a very rough summer, she was in need of a lift, and this week she won another blog book giveaway!
This is a book I’ve been waiting to review for quite a while now. Since May as a matter of fact—the book has just been released, but I was given a proof copy. I hope it’s okay that I give that copy away—because I really want one of you to have a chance to read it.
The email offering me the chance to review the book, Halfway to Each Other, by Susan Pohlman, called it an “inspirational family memoir.” For some reason, I didn’t connect “inspiration” with “Christian.” It also didn’t click that something published by a company called Guidepost might be connected to religion. Slow on the uptake who?! So, when I realized—in the first paragraph—that religion was going to be a BIG part of this book, I was a bit taken aback.
If you’ve read me for long, you may realize that I’m a bit of a heathen. If you didn’t know, now you do.
This book is incredible. I loved it. I learned from it. I was inspired by it. I have to give the author, Susan Pohlman, kudos for being able to include her religious views—which are a vitally important part of her family’s journey and her story—in a way that did not turn me off at all.
Rather, I felt invited in.
Invited to share the journey of a woman and family with a lot of similarities to mine—and likely to yours.
The Pohlman family was busy, overscheduled, running in different directions and growing apart; money and material possessions had insinuated themselves as possibly the highest priority of their life.
Her family’s situation had become drastic enough—and she had resources enough to (though not without sacrifice)—that she and her husband decided they would reconnect as a couple and as a family by uprooting their comfortable American lives for a year in Italy.
This book is their story.
You should read it.
Tell what your family would do with a year to devote to each other—I’ll pick a winner from the comments next Monday.
Amusing aside: I was talking to my friend Terri on the phone and she was so excited to tell me about this fantastic book—since it JUST came out she knew I hadn’t read it. She was dismayed to find out that I had a proof copy several months ago.
She’s definitely one up on me with this though—one of the women in her book group was college roommates with the author’s sister, so they got to have the author at their book group via Skype. How cool is that?!