Sunday, February 12, 2017

Sunday Salon ~ books with bookmarks in them

Whisper My Secret: A Memoir by JB Rowley (2012) is one I downloaded onto my Kindle last week.
How does a mother cope when she is forced to walk away from her three children and never see them again?  That is what happened to JB's mother, Myrtle.  Eventually, rescued from her despair by tall, dark, and handsome George Rowley who fell in love with her, Myrtle started a new life and had seven more children.  She buried the grief of losing her first children deep within and kept her pain secret.  JB and her siblings were unaware of the existence of Myrtle's first three children until after she died.  Desperate to know how such a thing could happen to a devoted and caring mother, JB went on a journey to find out.  What she discovered was a heartbreaking story of loss.  It was a long time before JB was able to work out that her mother kept her early life and her first family secret out of misplaced guilt and shame.  To redress that, JB decided to tell the whole world her mother's secret.  This "memoir" is a proud declaration that Myrtle did nothing deserving of guilt or shame.
Understanding the Bible: An Introduction for Skeptics, Seekers, and Religious Liberals ~ by John A. Buehrens, 2003
I'm still reading this one with my former Sunday school class, at the rate of about a chapter each week.
The Jesus Sutras: Rediscovering the Lost Scrolls of Taoist Christianity ~ by Martin Palmer, 2001
I'm almost halfway through this book, which is as much history as religion.  I've had it checked out of the library for awhile, but I do want to finish it.
Quote of the Day ~ posted daily by Brainy Quote on the sidebar of my blog.
"Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves."
— Abraham Lincoln
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1 comment:

Helen's Book Blog said...

What an intense journey for the author! I cannot imagine finding out that my mother had a whole other life before me and my brother. This sounds intriguing.