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.

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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.

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  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.

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  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!

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  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.

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  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!

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  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!

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  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…

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  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?

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  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!

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  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.

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  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 http://www.speakingoffaith.org.
    btw, how is Skipper doing?

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  12. 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.

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  13. 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.

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  14. 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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