Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Open Book: March '18

   Mrs Mike is the story of Katherine Flannigan an American who married a Canadian Mountie and followed him into the Northwest Territory by Benedict and Nancy Freedman.  This was a reread for me and it was as good as I remembered. While not sugarcoating the realities of living in such a remote location as far as wild animals, and disease; the book is not too graphic but rather focuses on their marriage, growing family and the strength of community.  I first read the book as a teenager but may have appreciated it more now having been married myself.

The Interior Castle by St Teresa of Avila (translated by Rev. John Dalton) is a book written by the Saint for her fellow Carmelite sisters about the state of the soul and its progression towards closeness to God using the metaphor of traveling through seven rooms or mansions moving nearer and nearer to God.  I've not yet finished the book but am currently reading about the 6th mansion.  While she loses me occasionally overall I'm learning so much about clearing out the debris or noise of the world to better hear God's voice; and can clearly understand why this is a classic of Catholic literature.

Please head over to Carolyn's for more Open Book.


  1. Thank you for linking up! I know we have The Interior Castle somewhere in this house, but I have yet to read it. It seems like Mrs. Mike would appeal to When Calls the Heart fans with its mountie!

    1. Yes I imagine it would. Thank you for hosting!