About the Author

Robin is the author of For All Who Wander, her relatable memoir about wrestling with doubt that reads much like a conversation with a friend. She's as Southern as sugar-shocked tea, married to her college sweetheart, and has three children. An empty nester with a full life, she's determined to...

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  1. I love your creative take on a book review. (I adore Haiku.) I’ve read many of the ones you listed. This “John Piper books wear me out” made me laugh out loud! I think I’m going to have to buy Waking the Dead for my son. Thanks!

    • Thank you, SG :). And have you ever READ a John Piper book? I felt like I should’ve been awarded a divinity degree when I finished “Desiring God” :). I can’t imagine anyone taking time to read “Waking the Dead” not being inspired in *some* capacity upon finishing it….

  2. I love your haikus! Honestly, I’ve just been skimming the other book reviews, but you pulled me into your post. 🙂

    I agree with you about Waking the Dead. I was about as far from an Eldredge fan as possible, but a mentor had me read Waking the Dead a few years ago when I was at a crisis point over some personal issues, and I think it’s fair to say the book really did transform me. I needed to hear the message and God sent me that book. Now I need to check out some of the others on your list that I’m less familiar with.

    • Elizabeth,

      Thank you for your kind words :). I wondered how people would take a review done this way, so I’m thankful it resonated with a few special friends :).

      You sound just like me about WTD; I was in a VERY bad spot when I picked it up; and although it messed with my head, it made SO MUCH SENSE and actually breathed healing into a wounded heart.

    • Thank you, Brianne :). I thought it would be a piece of cake to write ’em, but getting into this I realized in order to “capture” the book, I had to work at it. For me, it was fun AND satisfying :).

  3. Love the creativity in your haiku’s! I’ve read a few of these and they are very good. And a few I haven’t read and sound very interesting. Thank you so much for sharing quick, informative synopsis’ for each one! 🙂

  4. To Kill a Mockingbird isn’t a Christian book? Seriously?

    Scout and Gem and Dill
    Watch as Atticus tries
    To turn a town against hate.

    (what are the rules of Haiku again?)

    And my current so favorite is The Wheel on the School:

    The boys and Lina
    Turn a town around
    Saving storks and each other.

    Oh, it’s such a sweet and funny and dear and true book. Great read aloud! Of course a Newberry, but who knew it would be so funny?

    Daddy reads Watership Down to us each summer, another ripe for Christians book.

    Downs are up where sight
    Can save and birds, mice, rabbits
    Together fight through.

    Rich characters, and even the bad guy is not without his good qualities, making our daughter spin a sequel in which he finds redemption.

    Enough for now, and you just started me off late night on a Friday. Shabbat Shalom!

  5. I think you pretty much nailed For Women Only and Love & Respect – two of the best relationship books I’ve ever read! And I couldn’t help laughing about the John Piper books – I never made it through Desiring God at all! lol

  6. you are amazing!! have no idea how you managed this fabulous post! love the Haiku’s – your’ quite the herald!

    I’ve added the bonhoeffer book to my list – if you could see my list, though…SERIOUSLY. it’s ridonkulous. My hubs has put a book buying quietus on me until I finish some I’m currently woring on.

    One for you to hunt donw and enjoy – A severe Mercy by Vanauken. HE’s a contemporary of CS lewis, american and incredible writer. You will {HEART} it!