I write about what you---
women, wives and moms---
about your family, faith and future.
I write about what's hard, what helps and what heals.
I show you how it's done. And not done.
I hold your hand as you find what matters to the Savior.
And let go of those things that mattered to you, but not to Him.
I write about what Him.
               Sonya Contreras

​What Do You Read When You Want To Refuel?

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Our public library was remodeled recently. After eight months of waiting, I was excited when they finally re-opened. But my excitement turned to frustration. They had removed A LOT of books. Instead of adding to my choices, they diminished them. In their place, they added charging stations for electronic devices.

They reorganized fiction books by author’s name only, not genre. No longer could I find “Mystery,” “Western,” or “Christian Historical.” They were all mixed together in a mesh of “find me if you can.” When I went to the teen section for read-aloud books for my boys, I found only dark, sinister covers reflecting a “super-heroine.” (Read Superwoman: Is She Believable? on what I think about those!) There was nothing for a young boy to emulate.
[There is a limit on how many times I can read the Ranger Series. (The obedience of those horses’ rival heaven’s perfection.)]

Often reading books are frustrating.
The characters seem flat, fake, and just propelled through events to bring a simple solution I’d known from page one.
When I read, I want to be challenged, given hope, educated, encouraged—
I don’t want to be where I started at the beginning of the book. I want to be drawn to care, to think, to change.
That’s a lot. But not impossible.
Most books don’t do that.
Where are the good books?

I found an author who writes thought-provoking books, with deeper lessons, mystery and real characters. I was refreshed.
She does have a tendency to require the young heroine to rebel against her parents’ beliefs to do what is right. Although I admire the courage, I cringe at what it brings. (Not all is “good.”)

Not all her books end where the woman gets the man and they marry. But isn’t that real life? But they still end with hope. Isn’t that what we crave?
Siri Mitchell is the author. And HERE’s HER LINK for her books.
Here’s my reviews on a few of her books:

Love’s Pursuit
Loved it! I haven't read a good book that speaks to the heart, stays true to truth, compels me to finish it, and adds mystery and real life. Thank you.

A Heart Most Worthy
Written from the narrative perspective caused me to be thrown out of the story at times.
The story showed the hardship and struggles during the massive European immigration. She reminded the reader of the character’s struggles without making them constant whiners. 
She interwove many characters to form a story of hope (without being false), and faith (she didn't preach sermons, but characters confessed before the priest as they were convicted by their own hearts).
Was worth the read.

She Walks in Beauty
Written in first person, Siri draws the reader into a world not many of us would face. The opulent balls, and conniving games the rich play to have the standard of life they desire, while recognizing no love will be there. The heroine struggles with obedience to her aunt and father while her heart and ethics leads her to do something else. 
Siri shows not all things golden are worth pursuing.

A Messenger
An unlikely heroine and hero are drawn together into battle to protect what they believe during the Revolutionary Times.
Beliefs are questioned against circumstances and found to be lacking.
Suffering of others draw the heroine to do what is right.
A book of deeper beliefs than love at first sight.
A worthy read.

What authors or books do you like?

My husband just recently introduced me to the Archives of Anthropos series by John White. We have so far not finished the second book (too much life in the way!) but I am excited to read the rest of them. They are written for kids but still very interesting for adults! I'm always looking for good books, love to hear good book suggestions for preschool up to adult.

My library branch has been undergoing renovation for the better part of a year. I can understand your frustration! I'm so glad my words have been encouraging. Thank you for featuring my books on your blog!

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