Friday Five: Crying

scared of self


So, this picture doesn’t have anything to do with my post, but I love the story behind it. Elijah was terrified of himself in the mirror while wearing his dinosaur costume for Halloween at age 2.

Last Five Books that made me cry:

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers A modern-day story of the book of Hosea, Redeeming Love is beautifully written. Set in the early 1900s a woman who learned at an early childhood age she was not of value, is pursued by God in a way that reveals the depths of grace and love to be so humbling it brought me to tears.

Balls by Nanci Kincaid The fiction story of a coaching family that is written by a football coach’s wife. The details are pulled from real life and the story of a wife fighting to find herself in the midst of her husband’s career is one that any coach’s wife can relate to.

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult “The story of  Sage Singer is a baker. She works through the night, preparing the day’s breads and pastries, trying to escape a reality of loneliness, bad memories, and the shadow of her mother’s death. When Josef Weber, an elderly man in Sage’s grief support group, begins stopping by the bakery, they strike up an unlikely friendship. Despite their differences, they see in each other the hidden scars that others can’t, and they become companions.

Everything changes on the day that Josef confesses a long-buried and shameful secret—one that nobody else in town would ever suspect—and asks Sage for an extraordinary favor. If she says yes, she faces not only moral repercussions but potentially legal ones as well. With her own identity suddenly challenged, and the integrity of the closest friend she’s ever had clouded, Sage begins to question the assumptions and expectations she’s made about her life and her family. When does a moral choice become a moral imperative? And where does one draw the line between punishment and justice, forgiveness, and mercy?”

In this searingly honest novel, Jodi Picoult gracefully explores the lengths we will go to protect our families and to keep the past from dictating the future.

Everything Bitter Is Sweet by Sara Hagerty “In Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet, Hagerty masterfully draws from the narrative of her life to craft a mosaic of a God who leans into broken stories. Here readers see a God who is present in every changing circumstance. Most significantly, they see a God who is present in every unchanging circumstance as well.”

Play With Fire Bianca Olthoff  “Play with Fire, the debut book by popular speaker and teacher Bianca Juarez Olthoff, is the reminder that God isn’t waiting until you have more resources or a spouse or a job so he can use you. He’s ready to use you now.

Using the mythical creature, the Phoenix, which was also referenced by early church leaders, she parallels this story with God’s work in her own life, highlighting the beauty of reinvention with fire as both the impetus and the method for change.”

I’m not one to seek out books that make me cry, but the truth is that these have all impacted me because of my emotional attachment to the characters or storylines.