Books, Rheumatoid Arthritis

Books, Books, Books

Three more books to review:

Book #31: What to Do When the Doctor Says It's Rheumatoid Arthritis, by Winnie Yu–A couple of weeks ago I went on Amazon and searched for books about RA. I found two that I thought looked worth reading, and this one arrived first. It had a lot of good basic information, delivered from the medical point of view. It's a good overview, and I would recommend this book for a spouse/partner/child/friend trying to understand what's going on. I'm in the midst of a book written by a person with RA that I think will be even more useful to me, but more on that when I finish it.

Book #32: Here If You Need Me: A True Story, by Kate Braestrup–Kate is a UU minister who serves as the chaplain to the Maine Warden Service. I don't know her in person, though some of my colleagues do. I adored her book. I loved the way she wove scripture into stories of her life and work. I highly recommend this book, which will be the subject of the RevGalBlogPals book discussion in September. It comes out in paperback in just a few weeks.

Book #33: In the Bleak Midwinter, by Julia Spencer-Fleming–Am I the last clergywoman in the world to read a Rev. Clare Fergusson mystery? I read it on my Kindle, found it VERY engaging and stayed up a little too late to finish reading it.

I love keeping this list. I'm grateful to Alex for suggesting doing such a thing.

17 thoughts on “Books, Books, Books”

  1. I am really happy I started keeping a list a couple of years ago. Memory doesn’t always serve me as well as I might like! And now that I am writing little reviews on Goodreads and DorothyL, I also feel like I’m engaging with the books a little more, not just mindlessly consuming them. I also loved Here If You Need Me, and have been surprised and delighted by how it’s being read all over the country.

  2. Oh, I love Claire Fergusson. Just finished the most recent (I had to download it cause I couldn’t wait to have it delivered.) Now, I’m afraid Spencer-Fleming has gotten tired of her characters and there won’t be another.

  3. I have been very drawn to _Here if you Need Me_ when I saw it in the bookstore. I haven’t bought it yet, but after reading your review I think I will have to pick it up. Thanks for the recommendation!

  4. A friend said she was going to pass along her copy if “here if you need me” after she read it, but she moved to Indiana. So today I just bought a copy! …and a couple of books by Bill Bryson.

  5. I read “Here If You Need Me” last summer on vacation and loved it, and I am a big fan of the JSF Clare Ferguson novels. I don’t think she is tired of her characters yet, and I hope that there will be more!

  6. Oh, I hope you’re right, RDM! It never occurred to me there wouldn’t be lots more!
    Diane, glad to hear the paperback is out!

  7. Auntie K, aren’t you good to keep a list! It never crossed my mind. I’m glad to have this one, although it’s going to make for a long page…

  8. Apparently you aren’t the last to read the Clare Ferguson books. However, I just checked and our library has six in its collection, so guess where I’ll be tomorrow evening?

  9. You are amazing Songbird! How do you do it? Preaching, Mom, Wife, RA, reading, knitting, blogging… You are an inspiration.
    I checked out “Here if you need me” when it was mentioned while you were at Interim training – looks really good… especially in paperback!

  10. Gosh, Templeamma. You’re asking the question I’m asking myself all the time now. I’m learning it’s all about pacing. I’m trying to learn it, anyway. Reading is a great activity for a person with RA. It takes you out of yourself (well, if the book isn’t *about* RA) and especially with the Kindle is not a strain on joints. My knitting is pretty limited these days. I was lucky my hands were flexible at the meeting last week. Other than a little work on my daughter’s sweater over the weekend (and I mean ten rows), I haven’t done any knitting since then.

  11. I am currently reading “here if you need me” It is a terrific book. Do you know that Rev. Braestrup was recently on a radio program “Speaking of Faith.” I highly recommend listening to the unedited version which you can download at
    btw, how is Skipper doing?

  12. Skipper is enjoying her new vintage clothes (that’s an oxymoron) and will be blogging soon!

  13. You are definitely not the last clergywoman to read these mysteries… thanks for the tip!
    And I loved Kate Braestrup’s book too. Beloved gave it to me last summer, and I read it on vacation, gobbled it up in a long afternoon. Lovely.
    Pax, C.

  14. I havent read the mystery either – I’ll check it out of the library!

  15. I picked up your post by title since I’m also into books. In fact, I find I’m blogging a lot about what I read. One note is that I am reading a lot of classics. I started that after working in a Nursing Home with people who no longer could read. I thought, I want to read all I can so that when I don’t read any more, I’ll have enjoyed the best. I find though that notes to myself, and a personal index written on one of the blank pages, is helpful. Also, there are those books I need to read aloud one paragraph at a time. Currently these are Showings by Mother Julian of Norwich and Christ in the Silence by C. F. Andrews, a book about the inner life mainly from John 13-17. I’ll stay tuned for more of your list. Also, post about how the psychology of reading changes with Kindle sometime, please. Thanks.

  16. Hi, John! Thanks for leaving a comment. I’ll come check out your blog. And yes, I plan to write more about the Kindle as time goes by.

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