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52 Books in 52 Weeks

Review: Mendeleyev’s Dream by Paul Strathern

From ancient Greece through centuries of alchemy to the modern periodic table, Mendeleyev’s Dream traces the history of chemistry with fascinating mini-biographies.  We learn about Thales of Miletus who fell off a cliff while stargazing; Henning Brand who fermented and distilled vats of urine to isolate phosphorus, the first new element; Boyle, the founder of […]

Review: The Good News About Marriage by Shaunti Feldhahn

We all know those ‘facts’ about marriage:  half of all marriages fail, most marriages are unhappy, it takes years of painful work to fix a bad marriage, remarriages are unlikely to succeed, and Christians’ divorce rates are the same as unbelievers’. What if these ideas were not true?  What if they were based on misunderstanding […]

Review: Home to Chicory Lane by Deborah Raney

Landyn, married less than six months, runs back to her parents’ place with a U-Haul in tow, crashing the opening celebrations of her parents’ new bed and breakfast, Chicory Inn.  Her parents, Audrey and Grant, are stretched to the limit financially and emotionally by Audrey’s dream of an inn.  Her husband Chase, a fairly new […]

Review: The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico

Rejected by society because of his hunchback and crippled arm, artist and bird lover Philip Rhayader buys an abandoned lighthouse and a large portion of the desolate marshes of Essex surrounding it.  Here he cares for birds, paints, and sails, all through the 1930’s.  One day a little girl, Fritha, braves her fear of this […]

Review: Shaken by Eric Walters

Fifteen year old Josh is off on a mission trip to Haiti with his father and sister, but he does not really want to go.  In fact, he is negative about almost everything, and no wonder.  Despite intense prayer his mother recently died, and Josh is bitter with both God and his preacher father. But […]

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