Shameless, I know. I'll get to that in a minute. But first I do want to tell you about the two books I'm currently reading. (I can't seem to stick to just one at a time these days--so many books, so few hours in the day!)
The Truth about Therese. I'm still only about half-way through this slim volume, but it's simply beautiful--a must-read for fans of the Little Flower, for sure; but I think almost anyone would enjoy it and be inspired by it.
The second book I'm currently gobbling up is Michelle Buckman's Rachel's Contrition. This novel was the 2012 winner of the Catholic Writers Guild's CALA (Catholic Arts & Letters Award) for adult fiction. I was lucky enough to meet the author herself (a really sweet woman!) at the CWG conference in NJ earlier this month, and we did a book swap: I gave her a signed copy of Finding Grace, and she in turn gave me a signed copy of Rachel's Contrition. (I was practically star-struck, being around all those authors!)
|Clutching my precious hand-signed copy, with a personal note inside that says, |
"To Laura, God bless you on your journey."
What really drew me to this book (long before I met Michelle Buckman in person, when I saw the title listed on a Catholic blog I was reading) is the fact that St. Therese of Lisieux actually plays a big role. When she's about as down and out as she can get, Rachel Winters finds a tattered holy card with a "sketch of a nun" on it--and as the story goes along, St. Therese seems to start doing for Rachel just what she promised before her death, when she said she would spend her heaven doing good on earth...showering roses from the heavens.
My little heroine, Grace Kelly, also develops a special relationship with St. Therese, so I was curious to see how Buckman would incorporate this saint near and dear to my heart into Rachel's story of pain and healing. In fact, Buckman and I got talking and found out that we both possess genuine relics of St. Therese. I inherited mine from my grandmother, and Buckman was sent hers by a friend just as she was finishing up Rachel's Contrition. I feel a real kinship with her now.
Okay, so that's what
Okay, enough about that--now you can click your way over to Jessica's, if you want to see where all the other noses are buried today!