Lately, I found some new authors I thought were exceptional in their writing: Michele Phoenix's books, "In Broken Places," and "Tangled Ashes. These books deal with the issues of alcoholism, breast cancer, and domestic violence, and even some still suffering from escaping the Nazis. These are not done in an irredeemable way, rather are real page-turners. Then there is Jan Watson's "Troublesome Creek," that is in an Appalacian setting. I also enjoyed, "The Promise of Jesse Woods," by Chris Fabry, a novel set in the sixties. I also learned something I had never heard before about the Dust Bowl days in the book by Bonnie Leon, "The Valley of Promise." It tells how a government program sent willing families away from their dried up land to Alaska to farm. These books are all so different, but well written. In "Tangled Ashes" I learned how one program of the Nazis was for women to give birth to babies for the cause, babies they would give up so that they then would be raised for Hitler's purposes. It was considered a duty for the most select officers to get the most beautiful Aryan women pregnant to breed for a more perfect race. Yes, I learned some new things, I belly laughed at others, and savored some beautifully written passages.
So, "I am exceedingly afflicted," well rather, "I'm somewhat afflicted," but I relate to the Psalmist's woes. I could use a little reviving about now. I called the doctor and she said I could quit my antibiotics and see if I'm better. Whoopie!