Wednesday, May 1, 2013

My kids are mirroring my reading choices.

During the school year, my kids check out books from the school library. They choose these books without any input from me. Recently, I asked them what they were reading that wasn't related to their schoolwork. I was so surprised when they brought out their books. They had each chosen a book that I loved!

My 14 year old son was reading Black by Ted Dekker! I love Ted Dekker's books. I can't say I have loved all of his books but most of them are very dear to me. Black is certainly high on my list of favorites. I have probably read it 5 times. As he reads further into the book, I anticipate some good discussions about the themes in the story.

My 12 year old daughter had just started The Song of Albion (Book 1, The Paradise War) by Stephen R. Lawhead. As soon as she showed the book to me, I walked over to my bookcase and pulled out my copy of the book. She decided that she would rather wait until summer and read it with me. It has been a long time since I read it so that sounded good to me.

It thrills this book lover's heart to know that I can share some of my favorite books with my kids.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Review: When Jesus Wept by Bodie and Brock Thoene

When Jesus Wept is the story of Lazarus and his friendship with Jesus. Lazarus is a master wine maker. He travels to see who John the Baptist is and is there when John baptizes Jesus. He next sees Jesus at the wedding at Cana and witnesses Jesus turning the water into wine. Of course, this makes a huge impression on Lazarus. He seeks Jesus out more and more and becomes close friends with him. There are many comparisons involving how grape vines are pruned to get the best grapes and how the Father prunes us to get the best out of us.

The best part of the book was when Lazarus was dead and in Heaven. He is greeted by his parents first and then his son that died at 3 days old. Then finally by his wife who died in childbirth. Being reunited with our loved ones is something all of us look forward to. The description of what happened in Heaven when Jesus wept was very moving.

Overall, it was a very enjoyable read. I can highly recommend it.

I'm Back!

With my husband's encouragement, I have decided to come back to blogging.

Many things have changed since I last wrote. I now work part time at the local library but ironically I don't work with books. I work as a computer lab assistant and when I am not helping someone, I process DVD's.

I will be doing some book reviews. I would like to spotlight some authors that might not be as familiar to most. I will write about ebooks and the best places that I have found to find free ebooks.

I would welcome any suggestions for topics that you would like me to cover.

I hope you will be Inspired 2 Read.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

What to do?

I am trying to decide what to do with this blog. I haven't updated it in a long time. I find myself wanting to get back to it but take it in a different direction. I just need to decide what direction to take.

I don't really want to focus on book reviews. I found that I wasn't really enjoying the book knowing that I would be reviewing it. I would be analyzing it while reading it. I will still do some book reviews but not all of the books that I read. I do have one book review that I need to finish.

I have always wanted to write a story. I have never felt like I could. I am feeling a strong pull right now to write. It seems that everywhere I look today, someone is mentioning NaNOWriMo. Maybe that is what I need to do.  I am still trying to decide on that one.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Book Review: Shades of Blue by Karen Kingsbury

Shades of Blue
Karen Kingsbury
336 Pages

Shades of Blue is a stand-alone title from Karen Kingsbury. It is a story of forgiveness and healing.

The story starts with Brad Cutler. He is an advertising executive in New York. He is engaged to Laura and they are to be married in four weeks. He is working on an account about baby blankets. He can't concentrate and come up with a slogan for it. Something is bothering him. He finally realizes that an event in his past with his former girlfriend is standing in the way.

He is miserable. He must resolve the issue before he can get married. He tells his fiance and then goes to North Carolina to find his old girlfriend, Emma.

Emma is having her own problems. She can't put the past behind her and move forward.

Brad and Emma work through the past and eventually find forgiveness and healing.

Spoiler Alert

This story works through some tough issues. It works through the emotional pain that abortion causes to the people who have had one. It shows that the only way to true forgiveness is through God.

This was a very emotional story. The last third of the book, I had tears running down my face constantly. It is a good reminder that unresoved conflict can eat away at us for years until we take care of it.

I think that this is one of Karen Kingsbury's best books. I rate it 5 out of 5 stars.

Source: Library

Book Review: The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

The Time Traveler's Wife
Audrey Niffenegger
Mariner Books
560 Pages

I had heard about this book from other book bloggers and then saw that a movie was made about it. I have always liked time travel stories so I logged onto my local library's web site and placed a hold on it. It had a lot of holds on it and took about two months before I had it in my hands.

The Time Traveler's Wife is told from two peoples point of view. The story of Henry and Clare is a love story that spans time.

Henry was born with the ability to time travel. He can't control when or where he goes. Sometimes he is gone for minutes and sometimes for days. A lot of the time, he travels to places where his loved ones are. He has viewed his mother's death over and over. He meets himself many times. He instructs his younger self on how to survive when he travels.

Harry has a big problem when he travels. His clothes don't travel with him. So he is frequently naked and without money. He has to learn how to steal wallets and clothes.

There is one place that he travels to more than any other. That is to a meadow behind the house of a little girl named Clare.

Clare is the other main character in this book. She meets Henry when she is 6. She leaves clothes for him in the meadow. She brings him food. He visits many times over the years. As time goes on, she falls in love with Henry. Henry knows that this little girl will eventually be his wife.

The story does go back and forth a lot. Sometimes it is hard to keep track of who is where in time. I have to look back and see what year it is. Even so, I think that the author does a fantastic job of telling the story.

There is a sub-plot about Clare and another man that I didn't like. There is also too much sex. I would rather not read about their sex life.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Library

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Book Review: Find Your Strongest Life by Marcus Buckingham

Find Your Strongest Life: What the Happiest and Most Successful Women Do Differently
Marcus Buckingham
Thomas Nelson
288 Pages

Marcus Buckingham is a consultant that specializes in strengths-based solutions. His newest book, Find Your Strongest Life: What the Happiest and Most Successful Women Do Differently, grew out of a workshop he did for The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Mr. Buckingham and his team counseled thirty women to help them rediscover the passion they were missing in their work. They followed them for six months and then came back together to see what changes had been made.

It was what happened after the show aired that caused him to write this book. After the show aired, over a million (mostly) women downloaded the workshop from and then lit up the message boards.

Mr. Buckingham has created a test called The Strong Life Test. It asks you 23 questions and then tells you what your lead role and supporting role is based on your strengths. In chapter 7, he defines what each of the nine roles are. The nine roles are: Advisor, Caretaker, Creator, Equalizer, Influencer, Motivator, Pioneer, Teacher and Weaver.

I was very interested in reading this book. I am in the midst of a transition and have been trying to decide what type of work I should look for. For me, the best advice that Mr. Buckingham gives is to examine the times in your past that were strong moments. What excited you. What made you look forward to going to work. You must pay attention to those moments and apply what you learn to the decisions you make about the future.

I took The Strong Life Test. It said that my lead role is Teacher and my supporting role is Influencer. These are not the roles that I would have thought described me. I am not saying that it is wrong but I am going to have to think about it more and see where those roles might lead me.

I would recommend this book for any woman who is not satisfied with her work.

Reviewed for Thomas Nelson's Book Review Blogger Program.

You can take The Strong Life Test here.