of the top 5 books I have read lately that I really enjoyed.


The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio :How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less by Terry Ryan

I really enjoyed this book because this woman took horrible life circumstances and instead of moping, complaining etc., prayed alot, and used her head to support her family from their home. What I was really struck by how her children said over and over, how happy she was! That really made me think about how do I present myself to my children.

#2 In His Steps by Charles Sheldon

I know this is not a new one, but it was one of my favorite books and I decided to re-read it recently. It really makes you stop and think not only how you conduct your life, but how you treat other people.

#3 Why the sky is Blue? by Susan Meisner

A mother of 2 is brutally attacked, raped and left to die. Discovering she is pregnant, makes her face some deep soul searching and tough decisions. (My paraphrase!)

This book was not terribly enjoyable, but showed how one family was affected by one persons selfishness, and not only them. They went on to make something beautiful from the evil in rejoicing in the life that was given and how God blessed the beautiful girl that came from such evil.

#4 The Yada yada prayer group gets down by Neta Jackson

I know, I know, this is the weirdest sounding book and sounds like a silly fiction novel someone shouldn't read. It can be soul searching. It is about a group of ladies who are from all different races and backgrounds and how they had to learn to love someone who was unkind to them. It is really real life stories of women facing difficult issues in life and made me think about some issues in my life and how to deal with them.

#5 A Song for Your Honor by Kay Evans

This book, though last on my list was one of the best. Maybe not for fantastic writing, but for the story! If you have not read it, it is worth to pay the money to get it.

I was selling this book recently and someone came up and told me that their nephews had just married one of the girls in the book. That was kind of neat to have that connection! It is a story of how God moved to do the impossible, in spite of human error and suffering.

Anyhow, if you ever have good books to recommend, let me know! I hope you enjoyed reading about my top 5!

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  1. Anonymous

    Hi Martha!

    I haven’t read the Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio, but I saw the movie recently. It was, in some ways, a difficult movie to watch because of the challenges she faced throughout her life. I have no idea how closely it kept to the book but it was fascinating to think it was based on a true story!

    I saw the Yada Yada book in a bookstore a couple of years ago and was intrigued by it but didn’t buy it. I might have to take a look at it based on your recommendation.

    The book I just picked up tonight is not a heavyweight, deep-thinking book, but it is one I am looking forward to reading. It is Simple Secrets to a Beautiful Home: Creating a Place You and Your Family Will Love by Emilie Barnes. I am taking it with me to read on the plane to Germany. Hopefully I will come home inspired to do some great things that will be appreciated by Mario when he returns from active duty.


  2. Martha

    I think it was when you saw it (the Yada, yada book) and said something about it, I got interested! I usually avoid books with titles like that as they are generally silly! (Although I will have to admit that I read some of the Sisterchicks books just to make myself laugh)

  3. jdoriot

    for your Top 5 List. I have a goal to read 50 books this year and I’m at a place where I am starting to look for new “reads”…your reviews help me a lot. I’m most interested in the The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio . I just finished reading “My Dream of Heaven” by Rebecca Ruter Springer….very good book and a quick read.

  4. Martha

    Keep watching! I am going to be posting about some more books hopefully in the future!

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