Hi fellow bookworms! Are you ready to talk books? I am! So I'm linking up with my fellow 'worms over at Carolyn Astfalk's blog.
I've gotta say, this one looks good, and I hope it won't disappoint.
But I digress. Books, that's what we're talking about. Books.
So I was planning to become immersed in what I hoped would be a grippingly readable fantasy world. But when I was barely more than a chapter into Morton's novel, I had to go upstairs for something or other, and I spied a too-long-neglected paperback on my nightstand. It made me realize that before I move on to yet another book, I really should finish this one that I'd already started months ago, when the summer was young. I was thoroughly enjoying said book, but then put it down when life got busy and never got around to picking it back up. (I could do that, you see, because it's a collection of short mystery stories that get tied up nicely by the end of each chapter, rather than a novel per se, although they all feature the same thoroughly engaging time-traveling priest.)
Here's the cover of that book I started but didn't finish.
The Father Capranica Mysteries, Stories of the Strange and Supernatural, by Father Mike Driscoll, Ph.D, was published by Cheryl Dickow's wonderful Catholic company, Bezalel Books, which published my two novels as well. (And I couldn't be more proud to have the imprint of Bezalel--a company esteemed in the business for producing quality works of both fiction and non-fiction--on my "babies," Finding Grace and Erin's Ring!) When I started Fr. Driscoll's book, I remember being enchanted by the main character, a diminutive priest who finds himself jumping back and forth in time to investigate all kinds of strange happenings, "things-that-go-bump-in-the-night," as it were; so before I delve any further into The Lake House, I'm determined to go back and re-read The Father Capranica Mysteries from the beginning, finish it, and next month perhaps I'll have a review finished to share at the October Open Book link-up.
Another offering from Bezalel that I've been enjoying lately is actually a coloring book. And it's not just for kids, either. Cheryl Dickow very generously sent me a copy of the company's recently published The Stations of the Cross, an adult coloring book, by Kathryn Mulderink, OCDS (with illustrations by Father Victor KyNam), hoping I would spread the word if I found the opportunity to do so.
When I sat down to color one of the pages, I chose to begin with the 4th Station, "Jesus Meets His Mother," because as a mother of sons this is an image that has always touched me deeply. I set to work with my trusty colored pencils, and I found the experience of adding color to the beautiful illustration very relaxing. When I was finished, I read the inspiring prayer to the right of the picture and was reminded of all the suffering Mary willingly took on when She surrendered completely to the will of God.
As I was contentedly coloring this page, I was struck by how perfect an educational tool this would be for homeschooling families. It combines an art lesson with a religion lesson seamlessly. In fact, if this coloring book had been around when we were homeschooling our youngest son during the years he was in 4th through 8th grade, I would certainly have incorporated it into our art curriculum.
Get this book for your homeschool book shelf. Or just get it for yourself, so that when life's pressures get to you, you can find peace as you create art that will feed your soul.
So that's it from me, until next month. But head on over to Carolyn's for more book talk.