Amanda Barber

Stories, songs, and thoughts on life.

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My Favorite Fiction, Part 5: Soldier Boys

13 February 2014

I came across this book in my late teens on one of my many trips to the library. It looked interesting, so I brought it home. If I remember correctly, I read it all in about one sitting. I loved the book so much I read it to my brother. By the end, we were both in tears.

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Teaching Music

06 February 2014

All I really want to do today is normal stuff like teaching and writing and practicing violin and drinking coffee and things.

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My Favorite Fiction Part 4: Stepping Heavenward

30 January 2014

Thirteen years later, I am still so glad my sister and her husband decided to give this little volume to me. I don’t recall how many times I’ve read this book, but it has been many more than twice. Written by Elizabeth Prentiss, the same woman who penned the hymn “More Love to Thee, O Christ,” Stepping Heavenward is the diary of young Katy and her spiritual journey.

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Speechifying and Busted Head Gaskets

23 January 2014

Amid the flurry of phone calls and arrangements I had to make in a small time period, the thing that kept coming to my mind was the message of the book I had spent ten years of my life writing and promoting. Namely, that God is love, that He is in control of everything, that everything that happens, good or bad, is a gift from God for my good. I have come to the conclusion that I end up writing these things to remind myself that they’re true, because I, of all people, have a hard time believing them.

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My Favorite Fiction Part 3: Lord of the Nutcracker Men

09 January 2014

It doesn’t seem to matter how often I’ve read the book (it’s been several times). It always brings tears to my eyes. The story is warm and compassionate while dealing with the entire gamut of the human experience. Get it and read it. You won’t regret it.

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My Very Early Christmas Morning

26 December 2013

I’ve been thinking all night long about how little things like losing sleep are so much harder to deal with than large calamities. At least for me they are.

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