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Friday roundup: Five things worth paying attention to this week

6.1. 2018 Posted By: The Mennonite 58 Times read

Here are five things worth paying attention to this week. These are designed to expose you to a perspective you may not normally come across in your daily lives.

I’ve been pondering summer reading this week. Our public library, area conference library and local bookstore are each having summer reading programs for kids and adults. Here are a few of my favorite summer reads that will entertain as well as invite you to reflect on your faith.

1. The Beautiful Pretender by Melanie Dickerson–A medieval fairy tale and an exploration of what it means to be yourself.

2. Beyond all Dreams by Elizabeth Camden–As a librarian, how could I not love a story about a map librarian at the Library of Congress? This one involves a mystery of a lost ship and political secrets.

3. The Heart of the Fontier Series by Tracie Peterson–Three volumes (Treasured Grace, Beloved Hope and Cherished Mercy) that tell the story of a trio of sisters trying to join their uncle in Oregon City who decide to winter at the Whitman mission and experience the tragic massacre. A beautiful and heart-breaking saga of grace, hope and mercy as well as a way to start exploring our painful history of white-Native American interactions.

4. Land of Silence by Tessa Afshar–A moving imagining of the life of the woman who was healed after touching the hem of Jesus’ garment in Matthew 9.

5. The Sensible Shoes series–I can’t wait to read the fourth installment of this series (An Extra Mile: A Story of Embracing God’s Call published in Feb. 2018). This is the first series I recommend to someone who wants a deeper book to make them think about their relationship with God. The series is about a group of women who begin a journey of spiritual formation together and the real-life struggles of learning how to grow in faith.

Jennie Wintermote is a native Kansan, an interim pastor, a graduate student and director of the Western District Conference Resource Library. She loves reading, scrapbooking and trying to figure out what it means to live out her faith every day. She also tries to remember to blog at

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