I've updated my website, and posted a review on Kristin Lavransdatter that has yet to be published. On second thought, it's not so much a review as a reflection on the trials of parents:
While I prepare each time [I read this book] to be absorbed into the life and struggles of another, I am always surprised by my changing reaction. As a young mother, the first reading allowed me to share Kristin's frustration with a husband who was inconstant, unreliable, and irreverent towards many Things That Matter. How could he shrug off incidents concerning duty, honor, and moral rectitude? Poor Kristin. The second time around, I realized that she knew these things about him before marriage; and he was right in saying he never promised her those things -- only his undying affections. Poor Erland to have married such a scold. The third time, I simply sighed upon finishing, recognizing certainly that, well, marriage is quite complicated.
But it's this fourth reading that shows, not only the trajectory of my own life with a small handful of children and a troubling culture lurking about to snatch them from the narrow road, but also how the purifying love of one's offspring throws us into the arms of God the Father -- as father...
Read it all here and enjoy the new site!