Sabbath Rest Book Talk/Open Book [August 2017]

Carolyn Astfalk has a first Wednesday of the month book review linkup!


The aforementioned Carolyn also joins me and Rebecca Willen every month for Sabbath Rest Book Talk.

Sabbath Rest Book Talk: a monthly live interactive event where we talk about the value of fiction in developing compassion, empathy, and healthy relationships

Our selections for August were:

Sabbath Rest Book Talk: Where Fiction Is Good For You! Join us for August 2017, and we'll talk about how these books show us what we humans can learn about growing up.

Adult Book: Soulless Creatures by Katharine Grubb

YA Book: Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink

Children’s/Readaloud: Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

And here’s what we had to say about them:

And big congrats to Lisa Hendey, who won the signed paperback copy of Soulless Creatures by Katharine Grubb!

Plus, click here to check out our


It’s a list! On Goodreads! Vote for books we’ve already featured and add any books you think we should discuss in the future!

Remember, all SRBTs here on out, I’ll continue announcing the book selections and focus ahead of time, so you can read along and join the discussion a little more easily and thoughtfully. Voila, for September:

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Adult Book: Opal’s Jubilee by Leslie Lynch

YA Book: The Good Master by Kate Seredy

Children’s/Readaloud: Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery


deets on the way.  

That’s it for August! While we’re here, gentle reminder: To keep on top of each month’s SRBT selections, do sign up for my monthly newsletter. For notifications that each month’s SRBT is available for viewing/listening, subscribe to my YouTube channel.

What’s your #OpenBook?

Don’t forget to link up YOUR #OpenBook reviews over at Carolyn’s!

Sabbath Rest Book Talk: Where Fiction is Good for You! Join us for a monthly video exchange on how fiction makes us more human.

Upcoming Event: Day of Discernment


(Extended from November 18)Meet the Cloistered Dominican Nuns of the Perpetual Rosary, Lancaster PA!The Cloistered Dominican Nuns of the Perpetual Rosary in Lancaster, PA invite single women under the age of 40 to get to know them online as well as in person.  The nuns welcome young women considering a religious vocation to attend a Day of Discernment on Saturday, November 26 from 9:00am-4:30pm at their monastery at 1834 Lititz Pike in Lancaster, PA.

In preparation for this day, the nuns also will be interviewed live on social media on Thursday, November 17, starting at 7:00pm through the Facebook page of Lancaster-area author and lay Dominican Erin McCole Cupp.

Get to know the Cloistered Dominican Nuns of the Perpetual Rosary, Lancaster, PA!During the interviews, viewers will have an opportunity to meet some of the nuns of the monastery ahead of time and learn about their special charism and prayer ministry.  At the Day of Discernment, young women will have an opportunity to interact in person with this joy-filled community of cloistered nuns, take a closer look at what life is like living in a monastery, and experience the vitality of a vocation to lifelong intercessory prayer.

This event is free, but registration is required.  To register or to receive more information about the Day of Discernment event, or to arrange another time to meet the nuns and discuss a possible vocation, please contact Sister Mary Veronica, OP, at 717-569-2104 or  Additional information about the Cloistered Dominican Nuns of the Perpetual Rosary is available on their website.  RSVP by November 18, 2016.Get to know the Cloistered Dominican Nuns of the Perpetual Rosary, Lancaster, PA