A conversation with the Trinity after the unthinkable has happened; “The Shack” is the telling of one mans unbelievable experience with the divine, reA conversation with the Trinity after the unthinkable has happened; “The Shack” is the telling of one mans unbelievable experience with the divine, redefining his relationship not only with God but with everyone.
Regardless of your belief in the actual experience (I chose to believe), it’s clear that those involved (Mac Phillips & his friend who wrote the book William Young) believe in the experience. That they would go to the trouble of sharing Mac’s story with us, I find emotionally and spiritually profound.
While the book should be a short easy read, emotionally it’s one of the hardest books I have ever read. Once you get beyond the pure tragedy of the situation the spiritual concepts are astonishing; This book has helped me not only steady my long standing rocky, formally non existent relationship with “Jessie” (Jesus), and helped me sort out of many of my issues with the trinity as an entity, but has helped me further contemplate another thought of mine that we are the universe trying to understand its self (a concept started for me by Babylon 5 actually). Get a copy of the book, but only read it when you feel emotionally capable of doing so. While it only took me four days of active reading, that’s two days in November, and two in January.
Changing her location to change her life Taylor Greer leaves Kentucky in a decrepit car, traveling west with the intention of relocating wherever theChanging her location to change her life Taylor Greer leaves Kentucky in a decrepit car, traveling west with the intention of relocating wherever the car stops. While Taylor didn’t know what to expect, her subconscious expectations were completely off the mark! Of course no one expects to work a job that frightens them, to live out of state with a stranger from the same county, to fall in love with a married refuge, or to pick up a foster child while traveling!
A lovely book, the Bean Trees offers all desired moments of written drama: joy, anger, fear, suspense, sadness, contemplation, and love. One of those books you pick up on a lark (or in this case at the suggestion my friend, Michele) and can’t put down once you pick it up, but are unlikely to pick up again.
The particular point of interest for me with this book was of course Taylor’s relocation to Arizona; her struggles with a lack of trees and birds, her uneasiness with local poisonous creatures, her sock at the strength of the local vegetable gardens, and her dealing with it attitude towards the heat. Her issues mimic my hopes and fears regarding our upcoming move from Washington to Arizona, it was nice to know that Taylor at least made piece with the desert. ...more
Overwhelmed with her life Melissa leave sunny San Francisco to be an Au Pair in the clement United Kingdom, in hopes of gathering her thoughts and regOverwhelmed with her life Melissa leave sunny San Francisco to be an Au Pair in the clement United Kingdom, in hopes of gathering her thoughts and regaining some happiness. Nothing is as she expected it to be, and though she’ll ultimately look back on the experiences with fondness much of her time is spend frustrated and confused. Yet somehow Melissa does find herself, and is surprised to find she’s not exactly the person she thought she was.
I love to read books written in a diary format, fiction and non-fiction a like; I suppose it has something to do with always having kept a diary of my own, and the idea that someone might read it someday. I can relate to Melissa’s character, and her fascination with Europe which really pulled me into the story. I loved this book, couldn’t put it down, but I think that many of the people I know would have found the story in some way lacking. Everything and nothing happens, in the way that life moves both quickly and slowly and most people I know don’t enjoy that type of writing.
The life lessons in this book are subtle and some go unrecognized by the main character, which for me adds to the appeal; life’s lessons are usually subtle and as human-beings we frequently miss them. When I read I (usually) have to be able to put myself into the story or get I board, most times I take the form of an additional character; however, with this book I related to Melissa on so many levels that I became her.
I think this book was a gift, but I don’t remember from whom. My sister maybe? Well who ever you are thank you, I really enjoyed it and will keep an eye out for more of Marjorie Leet Ford writing. ...more
Assassins, terrorists, rouge CIA agents, conspiracy theories, sex and money - oh my! Thomas Lang is a British ex-military man, in a complicated P.I. lAssassins, terrorists, rouge CIA agents, conspiracy theories, sex and money - oh my! Thomas Lang is a British ex-military man, in a complicated P.I. line of work. Master Boyd looper (second only to THE Doctor) Mr. Lang struggles his way through a situation filled with layers of complications, questioning himself and the world along the way.
I found the character names hard to follow (but hey, I’m dyslexic, that happens); so I’m going to have to re-read The Gun Seller before I’ll feel like I actually ‘got’ most of it. Maybe a little notebook with names, alternate names, and the corporation he or she works for? Fortunately for me, The Gun Seller is most definitely a re-readable book.
Warning: For those of you who knew Hugh Laurie long before House, you might find his voice narrating in your head! The first chapter in particular sounds like Bertie (later Bertie, where he knows he’s being played but doesn’t see how to get out of it). Later chapters sound like the true Huge Laurie (if you have ever heard him interviewed); the whole things a little odd at first but once you get over the fact that someone else is speaking in your head it’s rather fun.
In an alternate reality, post modern, super inflated, cyber space driven world we find an out of work computer Hacker and brilliant swordsman, Mr. HerIn an alternate reality, post modern, super inflated, cyber space driven world we find an out of work computer Hacker and brilliant swordsman, Mr. Hero Protagonist; with a female teenage punk who couriers by harpooning cars while riding her skate board, Ms. Y.T. Try to survive a world run by mafia and gang owned franchises rather than government (the FBI having become their own franchise), our alternative duo find themselves fighting to save humanity from an ascent virus with a religious past – fighting not only in the physical world, but also in the Metaverse.
Credit must be given to the incredible Jonathan Davis for his fabulous narration of Snow Crash. Each character has depth and individuality, quite a challenge when so many of the characters have varying accents. You have to applaud a voice actor who not only has different accents for Vietnamese, Chinese, and Japanese, but for each of the multiple characters within those groups! His vocalizations of women are believable, not because of any variations in the pitch but because of their tone and intonation (not to mention the variation between one woman’s voice and another). I frequently come away from books wanting to read more from that author, but this is the first time I have come away from an audio book wanting more from the narrator.
I have it on good authority (my husband, and a librarian student) that audio is the ideal format for Snow Crash. The story is complex and detailed, requiring a large amount of setting and character history. Apparently the book can be very hard to follow, and dry during the longer history lessons, while Jonathan Davis’s voice acting carries you through these sections with clarification and interest. As it was, I still had to rewind the book a few times, just to make sure I understood what was going on (but it was worth it).
I highly recommend the audio telling of Snow Crash, to everyone, even those who are technologically inept. The technological explanations are detailed enough to carry you through the story line, without boring the hacker audience. The story line hits every genre out there and one point or another, so there is something for everyone. ...more
A struggling single mother and owner of an independent yarn store, Ariadne Evans faces undreamed of obstacles when she comes across the body of a custA struggling single mother and owner of an independent yarn store, Ariadne Evans faces undreamed of obstacles when she comes across the body of a customer amongst her yarn. Both suspect and potential victim, Ari dances on tip toe through her small town doing her own detective work, while teaching the dreamy Detective Josh Pierce about the fiber arts and the crafters who dabble in them.
Kruger does a lovely job explain knitters, spinner and the connection crafters have with their creations without boring those of us who are fiber artists. Kruger also includes some simple knitting patters at the back of her book, an interactive touch which I applaud. Due to the trails of dial up internet, the book has a false dated feel (for a big City North American); it truly took me a minute to understand why being on the interned barred someone reaching Ari by phone. ...more
The Shipping News is a heart warming story about an emotionally wounded New York Man starting a new life in Newfoundland with his two daughters and auThe Shipping News is a heart warming story about an emotionally wounded New York Man starting a new life in Newfoundland with his two daughters and aunt, learning that failures in life hardly equate to a failed life.
The language is lovely, and the characters are fascinating. Proulx does a wonderful job providing enough information about fishing and boats to allow a prairie reader to understand life in a small fishing town, while keeping the novel from becoming a textbook. ...more