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Book Review: English Lessons

I wanted to love this book. I expected to love it. Because of the author’s father.

After my husband’s death in 2012, Max Lucado’s inspirational writing lifted me nearly every morning and evening in the devotionals I devoured, searching for answers.

So it is with some embarrassment that I admit I didn’t finish English Lessons: The Crooked Little Grace-Filled Path of Growing Up.

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In fact, I ended up just skimming the last half of the book, enough to see that while she does get into some soul-searching regarding her faith, the author’s writing didn’t have the depth that her father’s does. I should admit I’d chosen this book from BloggingforBooks because of her father, and realized after I began it, I have no real interest in reading about a 22-year-old preacher’s daughter attending graduate school in Oxford. While the book was well-written (attributed to the Masters in English, no doubt), it is missing the down-to-earth “realness” of her father’s books. Perhaps that will come with age and experience.

I particularly disliked the section of the book where she relates, in script form, conversations she had with a young man. Mine was an uncorrected proof, so I don’t know if that changed with the final copy.

 

 

Author:

Author, public speaker, and workshop presenter for community colleges, libraries, women's groups and for grief support groups, Hospice and retreats. Certified grief counselor and Senior Service librarian for the James Kennedy Public library. Popular public speaker and workshop presenter on the topics of writing, couponing, utilizing your creativity in everyday life, and finding hope in grief. "Coupon Crazy: The Science, the Savings, and the Stories Behind America's Extreme Obsession" was published by Familius Publishing in 2014. "Chemo-Therapist: How Cancer Cured a Marriage" and "Refined By Fire: A Journey of Grief and Grace" were released by Familius in 2014. "Mary & Me: A Lasting Link Through Ink," co-written with Mary Jedlicka Humston of Iowa City, was published in September 2015. Grief journal to be released in 2018.

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