I'm a wedding and portrait photographer living in Vancouver, BC with my husband Randy.  I photographed my first wedding when I was only 17 years old - and I've photographed over 200 weddings since! I am an avid bookworm, lover of green tea, pretty nail polish & my Labradoodle Harley. Thanks for visiting!

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I was traveling for two weeks last month & I polished off 4 fiction books. Here they areeee!

“Fieldwork” by Mischa Berlinski // I was fascinated by this book for many reasons. First off, the author named his narrator after himself — an interesting choice. Mischa (in the book) is a freelance journalist. He moves to Thailand with his schoolteacher girlfriend. However, in “real life” Berlinski worked as a freelance journalist in Thailand himself. He originally set out to write a non-fiction book on one of the Thai ethnic group’s conversion to Christianity — but no one was interested in backing his manuscript, so he recycled all of his research and notes into a fiction story instead. In the novel, Mischa becomes fascinated with the story of Martiya, an American anthropologist who was in Thailand doing her Masters “fieldwork” study among the Dyalo people. (The Dyalo are a fictional tribe created by Berlinski.) Martiya and Mischa meet when she is in prison, serving a 50-year sentence for murdering the son of a American Protestant missionary couple.

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I had awesome intentions on keeping up with my Recently Read series on the blog. But here’s the thing. I read a lot. I like words, I like books, I find reading relaxing AND I read faster than I write. In addition to the 6 books I’ve blogged about since the New Year, I’ve also read 5 more. Rather than waiting to type an extremely detailed review for two hours each, I thought I’d get these titles out there with my rating, a quick summary and a few of my thoughts.

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God’s grace does not come to people who morally outperform others but to those who admit their failure to perform and who acknowledge their need for a Saviour.

I read “The Meaning of Marriage” by Timothy Keller after watching his Google talk and hearing buzz around his writings. I hope to review that book soon, but the next Keller work I needed to digest was best-selling “The Reason for God: Belief in the Age of Skepticism.” The Reason for God is separated into two sections: “The Leap of Doubt” and “The Reasons for Faith.”

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It feels fitting to blog about the Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. on the actual Martin Luther King, Jr. day. I’m going to be honest and tell you I knew only 2 things about MLK up until last month. He fought for civil rights and he was assassinated.  I don’t know how I went 22 years without learning more about this incredible man of God but it’s a little embarrassing. I’ll blame my Canadian heritage (MLK Jr. Day isn’t recognized here) and my age (the civil rights movement was before my time) — but wow, I want everyone to read this book.

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