Friday, May 9, 2014

Surprised by Grace



In November I had the pleasure of  writing about "Snow on the Tulips" a novel by Liz Tolsma.  One of the things I wrote about was how much I enjoyed "The Hiding Place," by Corrie Ten Boom, much of which also takes place in the Netherlands during World War II."The Hiding Place" was also written by John and Elizabeth Sherrill. I was delighted when I was given the opportunity to read "Surprised by Grace," Elizabeth Sherrill's own story.

My goal this year is to read fifty books and most likely forty-nine of them will be fiction. But reading "Surprised by Grace" reminded me that that balance needs to change and I need to look more to biography and memoir. This was a rich and rewarding read, as engaging as any novel I might pick up this year. Elizabeth "Tib" Sherrill has written for "Guideposts" for over sixty years and her own story is as interesting as any of the people she has written about. I took a lot of notes as I read and there are many things I would like to remember in my daily life. I was touched by her thoughtfulness, candor and yes, humility. So many memoirs lack any sense of humility, but this one reminded me that our accomplishments are not ours alone. I highly recommend "Surprised by Grace."

Please note: I was given a copy of "Surprised by Grace" by the Litfuse Group for review purposes, but the opinions are all mine.

I've been running around for the last few days with my friend Sue, who was visiting from Florida. We had splendid weather and a lot of fun, but that didn't leave much blogging time. I'll be back later with a great giveaway and around all weekend catching up on some of our adventures.

As always, thanks for visiting and take good care. Happy reading and happy weekend wishes!

11 comments:

Catherine said...

Dear Carol, I am trying to fit some good reading in too. I have so many books on the list!
Thank you for the recommendation.
Have a beautiful weekend. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

Susie said...

Buttercup, So glad you are having fun with a friend. Today our weather is iffy. I am ready for just pleasant weather. No rain, wind, storms, Too much heat too soon. just 65-70 is what I like. Blessings for agreat weekend, xoxo,Susie

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Sounds like a good book and I'm glad you're having some fun with a friend! It's HOT in Florida already...a nice time to travel North! Happy weekend! Hugs!

Sola Scriptura said...

That looks like a really good book. I just love to read! I hope you have a sunny and fun weekend!

Nellie said...

I will be adding this book to my reading list. Super that you've had an out-of-town guest! Have a great week-end! xo

TARYTERRE said...

The book sounds good. Glad you and your friend are having fun.

Melinda said...

Sounds like an interesting book.
It alos sounds like you are having a lot of fun with your friend. Enjoy!!!

M :)

Mevely317 said...

I'm ridiculously behind on my reading; but I'm intrigued from your impressions of Ms. Sherrill's story.

....After all, you introduced me to those "Girls from Ames" which I so enjoyed!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Enjoy your visit with your friend ! I hope you have a happy weekend.

Theresa said...

Oh girl, it sounds like you are having a ton of fun:) Have a blessed day, kick back this weekend and read your book! HUGS!

Annesphamily said...

I love reading and always look for good books to share! Corrie ten Boom ranks in the top five women I admire. She was a rare gem in this world. Blessings to you sweet Carol.