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Book Reviews, Books

Book Review: Horse Crazy- Girls and the Lives of Horses by Jean O’Malley Halley is a fascinating cultural and sociological study @NetGalley #ReviewAThon

Why do women love horses? What does our love of horses say bout us? Reading Halley's book was refreshing because it felt as if I finally had the opportunity to sit down with a well spoken and very well educated friend and talk through these questions. She uses stories from her own personal history with horses (some of which made me cry) as well as different sociological and psychological frameworks. She also shares results from an interview she conducted with self-identified "horse crazy," women. The results, especially the way "horse crazy," impacts members of the disability community, were fascinating. 

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Book Reviews, Books

Book Review: A History of Art in 21 Cats is the purr-fect way to learn about art history! @NetGalley #ReviewAThon @AndrewsMcMeel

Gould's playful work is purr-fect for anyone who wishes that she knew a little bit more about art history. This book won't make you into an overnight art history expert (which makes sense, because that isn't her goal), but it WILL use adorable cat paintings to introduce you to the major developments of art history in the Western World.

A sunshet shows a family in silhouette. One person sits in a wheelchair
Book Reviews, Books, Disability & Accessibility, Diversity, Ministry, Pastoral Life, Women in Ministry

Book Review: Speaking Out: Gifts of Ministering Undeterred by Disabilities by the United Methodist Association of Ministers with Disabilities

Speaking Out: Gifts of Ministering Undeterred by Disabilities is a book that is full of both heartbreak and hope. This book is compilation of personal testimonies from people serving in ministry, all of whom are living with some type of disability.

Kristin on the TEDx stage. Photo from her website KristinSmedley.com/
Author Q&A, Book Reviews, Books, Disability & Accessibility, Diversity

Thriving Blind: Changing the Way People See Disability Book Review & Interview with TEDx Speaker Kristin Smedley

I had the chance to interview TEDx speaker and rare disease mom, Kristin Smedley, about her new book and how she is changing the way the world sees blindness. When both of Smedley's sons were born with a rare disease that caused them to lose their sight, she and her family chose thriving over merely surviving.

Author Q&A, Book Reviews, Books

Book Review: If Dan Can Shred- You Can, Too! By D. Coulter #Disability #DreamBig

Title: If Dan Can Shred- You Can, Too! Dream It; Live It Author: Danielle Coulter Genre: Nonfiction/ Memoir Length: 169 Pages Available for free from Kindle Unlimited or from Amazon in Paperback!  About Danielle (from her Amazon Author Page):My name is Danielle Coulter and I was born with Cerebral Palsy. At the age of 20,… Continue reading Book Review: If Dan Can Shred- You Can, Too! By D. Coulter #Disability #DreamBig

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Author Q&A, Book Reviews, Books, Disability & Accessibility, Diversity

Audiobook Review: “I, Win” by Win Kelly Charles with Author Q&A #DisabilityAwareness

"I, Win," by Win Kelly Charles is an incredible book by an incredible young woman who is working to redefine the way the world views people with disabilities.

Book Reviews, Books, Poetry

Poetry Review: soft magic. by Upile Chisala

Title: soft magic.  Author: by Upile Chisala Genre: Poetry Length: 122 pages   My Review: I've been thinking a lot about poetry lately. What does it mean to write poetry? What does it mean to be a poet? What makes a poem?  Many of my fellow English majors would argue that a poem is defined by form,… Continue reading Poetry Review: soft magic. by Upile Chisala

Book Reviews, Books, Diversity, Ministry, Women in Ministry

Book Review: Hermanas- Deepening Our Identity and Growing Our Influence

Title: Hermanas: Deepening Our Identity and Growing Our Influence Authors: Natalia Kohn, Noemi Vega Quiñones, Kristy Garza Robinson Length: 208 pages Publisher: InterVarsity Press Publication Date: January 15, 2019 I really and truly loved Hermanas: Deepening Our Identity and Growing our Influence. The word "hermana," is Spanish for "sister," and I wish that it were possible to reach… Continue reading Book Review: Hermanas- Deepening Our Identity and Growing Our Influence