Here are some memoirs by fellow travelers that I’ve enjoyed this past year:
The Girl in the Orange Dress: Searching for a Father Who Does Not Fail
by Margot Starbuck
A mediation on the fatherhood of God after growing up adopted, and her search to make her velveteen rabbit faith into real faith.
by Eugene Peterson
Worth reading if you know a pastor [even if you aren’t married to one], this book gives a window into a faithful servant who has loved people and told God’s story
A Good and Perfect Gift: Faith, Expectations, and a Little Girl Named Penny
by Amy Julia Becker
The challenging and inspiring story of a Princeton grad loving her child with Down’s Syndrome
Redeemed:Stumbling Toward God, Sanity, and the Peace that Passes all Understanding
by Heather King
As I wrote last year about this book, “Through episodes and events in her life [divorce, cancer, the death of a parent], Heather King chronicles the power of Christ to take a person out of the mud and mire and set them on a rock solid foundation that can weather the harshest storms. But she doesn’t describe her transformation with a sense of personal triumph, rather with a hard-won obedience to the One who knows better than she does.”
And what will I be reading during my vacation?
Faith and Other Flat Tires: Searching for God on the Rough Road of Doubt
by Andrea Palpant Dilley
A woman’s journey from faith to post-modern confusion and back. Dilley writes: “The divine hiddenness that once drove me from the church now brings me back to the sanctuary every Sunday. That distance seems like less of a gap and more like a gift, a space I can travel, a place where my longing draws me upward toward God.”