This spring season, ReadersMagnet recommends these five books about hope, renewal, and rediscovery.
Spring is here once more. Despite the global pandemic and other challenges we are currently facing this year, there are still many things to celebrate and look forward to. Spring symbolizes hope, renewal, rediscovery. Spring is a reminder that we can always rise and improve for the better. Spring is a reminder that things will eventually get better. The fact that we are still here is both a blessing and an opportunity. Each new day is filled with hope and a chance to learn, relearn, unlearn things. This spring season, ReadersMagnet recommends these five books to read while staying safe at home.
A Place of Secrets by Rachel Hore
A Place of Secrets follows the story of Jude, an auction house appraiser working at Starbrough Hall. While checking an estate’s collection of eighteenth-century astronomy documents and instruments, Jude meets the lady of the house, Chantal Wickham. The two become close friends and share their grief over losing their husbands. Jude soon learns that aside from the collection, the Wickham family also plans to sell some of their land, and the nearby astronomy tower. Their ancestor, Anthony Wickham made famous discoveries in the said tower. Along with Euan, a friend she met while staying at Starbrough Hall, Jude set about saving the tower. As the story unfolds, Jude discovers many things about the Wickham family, and the fate of the Astronomer’s daughter while also coming to terms with her past.
The Pursuit of Personal Renaissance Experience by Peter Justus
Published in 2012. The Pursuit of Personal Renaissance Experience is a self-help book that seeks to help readers rediscover their life’s purpose and achieve greater things. Author Dr. Peter Justus blends science and spirituality in convincing everyone that only by continuously examining the different facets of our daily activities and pursuing self-improvement, can we achieve fulfillment and happiness in our existence. Justus believes that we can avoid the feeling of loneliness and the existential void by being in the moment and by understanding how and why we do the things that we do every day. The Pursuit of Personal Renaissance Experience is an inspiring guide to improving one’s perspective and disposition in life.
When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes
Children love spring. Unfortunately, this spring requires everyone to be indoors. So we included a children’s book on our list. When Spring Comes is one of the most popular children’s books about spring. It is written by Caldecott Medalist and Newbery Honor author Kevin Henkes and illustrated by the award-winning painter and illustrator Laura Dronzek. Using wonderful imagery and simple language, Henkes introduces to young readers the changing of the season. When Spring Comes take readers from the quiet, cold winter to the unfurling of the leaves, the blossoming of the flowers, the singing of the birds, and the vibrant atmosphere of spring.
The Language of Flowers, by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
The Language of Flowers follows the story of an eighteen-year-old girl named Victoria Jones who grew up in foster care. A local florist took her in after discovering that she has been sleeping in a park while planting a garden. The florist believes that Victoria has a natural talent for nurturing and growing things. All her life, Victoria is unable to get close to anyone. Her only connections are with flowers and their meanings. Soon after, she learns to interact with people by helping them choose the right flowers. One day, Victoria meets a stranger and the encounter forces her to confront a dark secret from her past. The Language of Flowers is a poignant and emotional novel about acceptance, rediscovery, and second chances.
Nothing to Prove—Why We Can Stop Trying So Hard by Jennie Allen
Spring also means renewal and faith. Nothing to Prove is a book that invites readers to rediscover what it means to live with God. Author Jennie Allen explains that life should not be all about trying to impress one’s self, other people, and God. In this book, readers are encouraged to “find freedom from self-induced pressure by admitting we’re not enough—but Jesus is.” Nothing to Prove also challenges us to admit our needs and trust the only God can fulfill them. Overall, the book is a refreshing read that will inspire readers to seek a different experience with God, one that is filled with joy and contentment.