July 13, 2015 KimHarms

I am a book addict. My sons are not as of yet, but we read together at night (Well, most nights. They go to bed so darn late in the summer that sometimes I’m too tired to make sense of words on a page.) The following is a list I handed out at my Grace Women’s Retreat workshop on Saturday. It is a mix of books I’ve read with the boys and books I’d like to read at some point. I focus on finding books with strong male characters of integrity. The list includes a variety of genres and includes…

June 26, 2015 KimHarms 1Comment

I enjoy fiction. But when it’s fiction passed off as truth? Not so much. A big thanks to a blog reader who pointed out that A Million Little Pieces is a fake. The author promoted the book as his life story, but it is filled with lies. When I did a little research, I realized this was quite a big story in 2006. So big that Oprah kicked it out of her book club and had some choice words to say about the author. You can read about that in this New York Times article. Author Kicked Out of Oprah’s…

June 25, 2015 KimHarms

What happens when you go to a writer’s conference is you come home with a brain that is about to explode and a new list of books you want to read. (Some people are addicted to chocolate or exercise or alcohol. I’m addicted to books…) Needless to say, I had to add to my previous summer reading list, and I thought maybe some book addict out there would be interested. (I’ve put a dent in my original reading list by the way. The Kitchen House may be my favorite story of the year.) So, here it is, the addendum to my…

May 26, 2015 KimHarms

I read. A lot. Probably more than I should. (But the pros and cons of my reading addiction are a topic for another day.) The subject of Books I’m Reading has come up in multiple conversations over the past few weeks, so I thought I’d share (an incomplete) list of the book-worlds I plan to immerse myself in this summer. 1. Bird By Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott (WRITING) 2. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (HISTORICAL FICTION: WWII ERA) 3. Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story by Ben Carson with Cecil Murphey…

March 20, 2014 KimHarms

Lois Nieuwendorp is the winner of Mary Potter Kenyon’s soon-to-be-released Chemo Therapist. Congrats! (Lois, if you send your address to kimharms@rocketmail.com, I’ll get the book in the mail soon.)

March 18, 2014 KimHarms

Just a reminder if you are interested in a signed copy of Mary Potter Kenyon’s soon-to-be-released book, Chemo Therapist: How Cancer Saved a Marriage, leave a comment on my previous post. One of my handsome children will be drawing a name on Thursday.

March 13, 2014 KimHarms 12Comment

“While we had developed an extraordinary relationship, we had never been extraordinary people. We were just two flawed humans, who eventually discovered what it was to put the other first.” – Mary Potter Kenyon, Chemo-Therapist, How Cancer Saved a Marriage. Isn’t that what it’s all about? Discovering how to put the other first? Two flawed people committing their lives to each other and then hopping into life full-force, sometimes completely missing the planks in our own eyes while trying to dig the sawdust out of our mate’s. Anyone can have an ordinary-survival-mode type of marriage. It is only when we…

March 6, 2014 KimHarms

I happened upon Samuel Williamson’s blog, Beliefs of the Heart several months ago. I don’t read every entry, but I can say the ones I have read have been well-written, thought-provoking and Biblically-sound. Williamson recently published a book. I generally stick to reading books published by traditional publishers, because I figure if a reputable publishing house is willing to put their name and some of their money behind it, chances are it’s an okay book. But because Williamson had proven himself to me through his website, I knew Is Sunday School Destroying Our Kids? would be worth a read. Though the title…

December 30, 2013 KimHarms

A mansion. A stormy night. A cast of quirky characters. No telephone service.  A murder. Another murder. Nowhere to go. I don’t know if Cecil Murphey did it on purpose or not, but this book made me want to watch the movie Clue. A  group of people relatively unfamiliar to one another are summoned to the dinner party of a wealthy man who is privy to  information that could lead to the ruin of each and every one of them. I’m not gonna lie, as I read, I envisioned the dining room of the Clue mansion. The 317-page book was…

November 25, 2013 KimHarms

Rachel is the winner of Mary Potter Kenyon’s Coupon Crazy. Congrats Rachel!  I will get the book shipped out to you soon. Watch for another review and book giveaway when Mary’s second book Chemo-Therapist comes out in the Spring of 2014. Coupon Crazy is available for purchase on Amazon.