Monthly Archives: September 2012

Daniel – Christian Bible Study

Daniel: Lives of Integrity, Words of Prophecy - Member BookDaniel: Lives of Integrity, Words of Prophecy – Member Book by Beth Moore

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was used as part of a small group Bible study, and I really wasn’t quite sure I would like it. After all, Daniel is a book in the Old Testament, and I figured it was going to be pretty dry. Was I ever surprised! Once we dug in, I was actually looking forward to the study each week. The book was used in conjunction with a DVD featuring Beth Moore. She did a great job of helping us pronounce names such as “Jehoiakim” king of Judah, “Hananiah”, “Belteshazzar” or “King Nebuchadnezzar”. The video also took us on a guided tour back in time–showcasing actual historical landmarks in Israel that were discussed in the book. The book of Daniel is a wonderful historical study. I soaked up the history lessons, as we also discussed a life of sacrifice–and what that means to our modern day lives. Very interesting, informative and life-changing.

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Thin Places–A Kick to the Gut

Thin PlacesThin Places by Mary E. DeMuth

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ever read a book that kicked you right in the gut? This was such a book. Mainly, the gut wrenching kick you will feel is from vividly experiencing the author’s harrowing childhood. All children should be loved, protected and cherished. No small child should ever have to suffer the way she did, and all the neglect, sorrow, and abuse was front and center with nothing held back. I also appreciated the skillful way the author wove the love of God into her story, and how this love saved her. She wrote beautifully and poignantly, and held me rapt all the way through to the end. I felt as if I had made a new friend, and didn’t want to leave her as I turned the last page. You will never be the same after reading Mary’s story. I am now on a search for more books by this author.

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Write 500 in 20!

Did you know you can write a 500 word piece of copy in ONLY 20 minutes?

 

 

It is true and so easy to do. Whether you are writing a blog post, or a book, this method works time and time again to get the writing done–so you can kick back and relax!

Here are the very simple steps:

1) Make a list about your topic
(either write a numbered list, #1-10, or create a mind map)
(5 minutes)

2) Create a list of questions based on prompts from your list
(5 minutes)

3) Set a timer. Just write as fast as you possibly can. Don’t worry about making mistakes.
(5 minutes)

4) Clean up writing (5 minutes)

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Mary Higgins Clark Does it Again…..

The Lost YearsThe Lost Years by Mary Higgins Clark

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s been quite a while since I read a MHC book, but the style remains the same. She always brings you along on the journey quite nicely with an interesting cast of characters, locations, suspenseful situations, and a murder mystery. I appreciate the fact that you always know what the main character is thinking, and feeling, and the writing will leave you wanting to know more at the end of each chapter. Of course, she brought in Alvirah and Willy, the amateur detectives, to help solve the crime. Since I have become accustomed to her writing style, I figured out the murderer about halfway through. That does not take away from the fact that her story was well written and suspenseful. Just what we’ve come to expect from Mary Higgins Clark.

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Stray Far from Stay Close

Stay CloseStay Close by Harlan Coben

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I picked this book up because of a review that grabbed my attention in our local paper. I have never read any prior work from this author, and knew nothing about him. From reading reviews of his prior novels, I think I will go back and try one of those to see what the fuss was all about. The opening of the book started out interestingly enough to capture my attention. I was intrigued to find out all about the different characters and how their lives entwined together. However, as the story wore on, I found myself less and less interested, to the point of not even caring who the heck the killer was. The Ken and Barbie characters just did not ring true at all. Maybe there are really nutty people out there like this, but I didn’t believe it in this novel. The characters didn’t hold my attention, and it seemed to go off in one direction, only to halt and head off in another. I’ll reserve judgment until I’ve read one of his prior novels. I really can’t recommend this one.

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