A Mary Book Haul

Both Marys are avid readers. In fact, many of our earlier letters would detail the books we were reading. When the idea for a co-authored book first made it’s way into my brain, I mentioned how our book would inevitably involve titles of books we’d read. That didn’t happen, but maybe that is fodder for a future book.

As I’ve mentioned before, of the two of us, I (Mary PK) am the more apt to purchase books. While my husband was alive, I also attended every library book sale within a 50-mile radius. Still, it isn’t often I go on a book-buying binge, but occasionally a coupon code or good sale comes up that I just can’t resist. That was the case with this order through Book Outlet;

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Briefly Noted: Two Letterpressed Notebooks
A Greeting Card Collection (Nature, with butterflies and hummingbirds!)
Heaven on Earth: A Guided Journal
I’ll See You Again
2 Inspirational Art Journals
It Must Have Been Moonglow: Reflections on the First Years of Widowhood
Opening Heaven’s Door: What the Dying May Be Trying to Tell Us About Where They’re Going
The House on Teacher’s Lane: A Memoir of Home, Healing, and Love’s Hardest Questions
Wild: 10 Notecards with Envelopes

The Art Journals (I bought two) went to my daughters Emily and Katie, the greeting cards and notecards were added to my stationery baskets, and the books were added to my to-read pile. I finished the heartbreaking memoir I’ll See You Again quickly, but couldn’t get into the other one, The House on Teacher’s Lane, and ended up skimming through the last half. Both rated a two out of five on my Goodreads account.

I also collect signed copies of books by my favorite authors, which is why I purchased another book last week, Heather Gudenkauf’s Missing Pieces.  I should have known better than to start it at 6:00 in the evening, because I couldn’t put it down until I finished it. Needless to say, I got to bed late that night. Heather’s book rated a solid 5 out of 5 stars. Fans of Jodi Picoult will love this!

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Thrift Store “Book Haul”

I don’t know why “coincidences” like this continue to amaze me, since I have so many of them, but they do. Maybe because I don’t believe they actually are coincidences. I stopped at a Goodwill thrift store this afternoon and purchased these books. I was excited to find a newer copy of Heaven is For Real for my library because our copy got ruined in the drop box last week. The Power of a Praying Woman Bible and Everyday Encouragement Journal are like new. And despite the fact that 2015 is nearing completion, I couldn’t resist the leather bound daily planner for 50-cents, with one of my favorite Bible verses inscribed on it: Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. plans to give you hope and a future.”

Then there is the boxed genuine bonded leather daily devotional journal, nearly new except for an inscription inside, and I can easily remove that page.

The single fiction title I picked up is Falling Home by Karen White.

DSCF3340These are all wonderful books, but my most amazing find today was the Bill Hybels’ Power of a Whisper: Hearing God, Having the Guts to Respond. If you remember my “book haul” photo from a BookOutlet order earlier this week, you’ll recall the brand new DVD included in the box. Yes, it was Bill Hybels’ Power of a Whisper:Hearing God, Having the Guts to Respond. What do you think the odds are that I would find the book that goes with the DVD within days of each other, one through the mail and the other in a thrift store thirty miles from home? Just yesterday one of the members of my group stopped me in the grocery store to ask if I’d decided what to use for our next study. I wasn’t sure then.

I am now.

Another Book Haul

My last “Book Haul” post netted a lot of interest so I decided to share a box of books that landed on my porch today from Book Outlet. These books were purchased during a special half-price sale.

book haul 001The book I am adding to the top of my “to-read” pile is one that has to do with letter-writing, of course; Dear Deb: A Woman with Cancer, a Friend With Secrets, and the Letters That Became Their Miracle by Margaret Terry.

The leather bound copy of Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts is so beautiful, I thought it might make a good Christmas gift. Unfortunately, it is no longer available for the $3.24 price I paid.

The Bill Hybels Too Busy Not to Pray study guide and Power of a Whisper DVD are items I am considering for my Bible study group.

Also included in my box for future reading: It’s a God Thing by Don Jacobson, When “Spiritual But Not Religious” Is Not Enough: Seeing God in Surprising Places, Even the Church, by Lillian Daniel, Heaven’s Lessons by Steve Sjogren, Bargain Junkie: Living the Good Life on the Cheap by Annie Korzen, A Waist is a Terrible Thing to Mind by Karen Scalf Linamen (love that title!), Astonished: A Story of Evil, Blessings, Grace, and Solace by Beverly Donofrio, Debbie Macomber’s Once Upon a Time: Discovering Our Forever After Story, and Grace in the Maybe: Instructions on Not Knowing Everything About God.

While I do love non-fiction, I’ve got a pile of yummy fiction waiting for plastic covers at my library. I’ll take a photo of that “library haul” when I bring it home.