My first audiobook listen of the year, Man of the Family begins shortly after Charlie Moody, Ralph’s father, has died. There are many struggles and surprises for the family as they learn to survive and thrive without husband and father. Ralph, being the oldest son, assumes the role of “man of the family”. With his sister, Grace, Ralph finds many creative ways to help support the family. One could be very inspired by the determination and creativity of this family!
It is enjoyable as a long time Colorado resident to listen to the story and recognize the many of the locations mentioned in the story, to be able to close my eyes and see it.
Ralph Moody’s book, The Man of the Family is the second in his Little Britches Series, and like the first, is a wonderful story. Last year I read Little Britches and encouraged my husband to read it too. With his work schedule, he prefers to listen to audiobooks. We purchased both books 1 & 2 from iTunes, narrated by Cameron Beierle and what a treat they have been!
Early in the month I asked Petal Rose for a book recommendation. It was fun to see her dash away and then, come back with a stack or 5 or 6 books. Twice Freed by Patricia St John was the book I chose from her stack as Petal Rose has been seen reading this book several times in the last few years. A fantastic book, I now recommend it highly. Even though this is a children’s or young teen read, the author does a wonderful job describing the setting and bringing the early church to life in the imagination.
Torches of Joy is a book we started as a read aloud, but in a busy season it was set aside. I recently requested it from the library and finished reading it on my own. Here are some of my thoughts from the book.
And lastly, prompted by this article we requested several books from the library. So far the only one I have received and made time for reading is The Giver by Lois Lowry. This is a heartbreaking, haunting story that my daughters and I are talking about. I doubt we will go see the movie, as the word pictures were strong enough.
What have you been reading this month? While I really want to focus on the books waiting on the bookshelves around our home, I do love to hear what others are reading. And I usually, get delightfully distracted reading a few of those titles.
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