Monthly Archives: November 2012
The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap by Wendy Welch
For those of us who have dreamed of owning our own bookstore or for those who just dream of having an independently owned bookstore in their community, The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap by Wendy Welch will serve as inspiration and give a glimpse into the reality of such an adventure. I say adventure because of the wonderful tales that Wendy relates of customers, the bookstore cats and more.
Wendy and her husband Jack, a native of Scotland, decided to settle down in Big Stone Gap, a small town tucked deep into the mountains of southwest Virginia. They purchased a Victorian home downtown with plans to liveupstairs and operate a used bookstore downstairs. The book takes us into life in a small Appalachian community where everyone knows everyone and two strangers opening a bookstore become the talk of the town. After initial struggles with local politics and negativity, Wendy and Jack become important members of the community, providing a venue for discussion groups, town meetings, musical entertainment and dances. During the course of the book Wendy introduces us to colorful characters who frequent the bookstore, out of state wanderers and the closeness of small town living.
I truly recommend this book for everyone who has ever been laughed at or discouraged for chasing their dreams, to those who dream of doing what most folks label as impossible and for those of us who want to be encouraged about life in small towns across the United States. Wendy does a good job of describing small town politics and the pure joy of owning your own business that is actually supporting itself in the downturned economy that is so noticeable in the coal country of Central Appalachia.
Recently, Tails of the Lonesome Pine Bookstore (which is actually the real name instead of The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap) hired a storekeeper so that Wendy and Jack could tour bookstores across the United States to promote both their store and Wendy’s new book. Life continued as normal in Big Stone Gap and there was even a wedding held at the bookstore in October. Wendy keeps a blog going at http://wendywelchbigstonegap.wordpress.com/ where folks can keep up with weekly happenings at the store. I think that this book has inspired a road trip for me.
Recommended by: Wendy J.
The Harbinger: The Ancient Mystery That Holds the Secret of America’s Future by Jonathan Cahn
A member of the Friends of the Library asked me if I had read this book. I had not and frankly, I hadn’t heard of it. She said a group at her church had read and discussed it and I should read it. When I read the synopsis on the cover, it piqued my interest.
The book centers around 9/11 and a passage in the Bible. The passage is Isaiah 9:10. This passage was used, knowingly or unknowingly, by many in government to bring comfort to America after the disaster. I must admit I found comfort in the words after the disaster and especially because they were from the Bible. Isaiah 9:10 reads; The bricks have fallen down, but we will rebuild with hewn stones; the sycamores are cut down, but we will replace them with cedars.
In the Bible this was a vow the leaders of Israel proclaimed after the Assyrians had broken through the wall protecting Israel. The problem was that the Assyrian invasion was meant to be a message to Israel for the country to return to worshiping God. Instead, they depended on their own skill and power and remained rebellious toward God. There were 9 warnings to Israel, before they were destroyed by the Assyrians. The similarities between ancient Israel and America today is eerie!
This book is fiction. However, before the table of contents there is this message: “What you are about to read is presented in the form of a story, but what is contained within the story is real.” You know what they say; “Truth is stranger than fiction.” You should read it and decide for yourself.
Recommended by: Kay at Main