I have never had the opportunity to read a study concentrating on the book of Kings. Often during group bible studies the smaller books are skimmed ovI have never had the opportunity to read a study concentrating on the book of Kings. Often during group bible studies the smaller books are skimmed over, so this really appealed to me. The first thing I noticed was the smooth wording. The individual parts of the study work together forming a cohesive, easy to read dialogue that gives you much to ponder. But don't let the simplicity fool ya' - this study encourages deep personal reflection, using the kings and prophets as our earthly example. Their struggles are so easily relateable. I would never have imagined that my problems are mirrored in the kings and prophets from so long ago. With each reading, the accompanying questions and material are like directions on a map - with the destination being a closer, stronger walk with God. One exercise in particular that summed up this experience was more like a mantra - on three separate lines you write your name, then beside the first you write *Chosen, the second *Holy, the third *Royal...throughout the study you are reminded, encouraged and challenged to be the person you were created to be. We have to be molded, like potters mold clay, we too can be transformed...
Set Apart is a Six week study consisting of:
Read the Scripture (five daily readings per week)
Reflect and Respond (space for recording responses)
Spend time in prayer
The video was not included so I had to skip over those sections, but I feel sure it would've greatly enriched my experience. Also there were scripture verses that had to be looked up independently - it would've made things easier for me had they all been right there together in the study book. That said, this is an excellent study, I feel like I really learned a lot about the kings and prophets, but more importantly I learned a great deal about myself. This book is for anyone interested personal reflection and those who seek to have stronger faith. I recommend it for independent or group study.
I won't bother repeating the synopsis here, as it has been well covered by others. I was excited to read this book - I love history - I really enjoyedI won't bother repeating the synopsis here, as it has been well covered by others. I was excited to read this book - I love history - I really enjoyed Dan Brown's books...so I thought this one would suit me to a T. ... Well, not exactly.
Alan Jacobson's new novel, "The Lost Codex" has all the elements of a great book...unfortunately, the way those individual elements are put together fall short. FBI Profiler Karen Vail has been the star of previous books, here - she plays such a minor role, that had she been left out entirely it wouldn't make a difference in the story. It would however, have eliminated her immature dialogue and that would be a plus. This is a serious novel, dealing with heavy subject matter and too often Vail's voice sounds more like a teenager. The action sequences (and there's a lot of them) are powerful and Jacobson does a good job of explaining the complexities of the terror network. understood. When shooting stopped, the good/bad and more importantly - the why was crystal clear. But the biggest disappointment is the codex. I know there's only one DaVinci Code, and that's great - I didn't expect (nor want) a repeat. I did expect the codex to be the main part of the story and it isn't. Calling it a subplot stretches the definition. There's just enough information scattered throughout to cause me to keep reading, thinking "okay, now we are getting to the good stuff." Sadly...we never did.
This isn't a bad book. There are several great ideas - had they been sewn tightly together this would have been the kind of book you read again and talk about a lot...instead it's an okay book, you read once and quickly forget.
Gymboree Play and Learn: 1001 Fun Activities For Your Baby and Child concentrates on key areas of development through age appropriate activities whichGymboree Play and Learn: 1001 Fun Activities For Your Baby and Child concentrates on key areas of development through age appropriate activities which enhance motor skills, problem solving, coordination, language skills and encourage individual creativity and imagination. 1001 activities for children from birth to age five provides ideas for parents to connect with their children at every stage, helps build a strong sense of self and fosters a positive attitude towards learning.
The first thing I noticed was the sturdy cover, the colorful tab-style layout, with the age clearly marked on the center tab, which makes finding the exact section you’re looking for a breeze. The book is filled with gorgeous pictures of children at every stage, brilliant art work and lots and lots of color. At the beginning of each age change (0+, 3mo+, 6mo+, etc.) the authors have written an introduction page that includes a set of four milestones, displayed in color-coded boxes, giving parents a heads-up on what to expect as your little one reaches important and life-changing milestones.
Some of the activities include, recording your child’s favorite book on tape, making and decorating gingerbread cookies to enjoy while reading the story, playing footsie and the time tested trick to stop restaurant melt-downs, Mr. Fork and Ms. Spoon. The book is jam-packed with simple but ingenious ideas that help parents amuse and entertain even the fussiest child. With no preparation needed, using everyday household items, or sometimes just the sound of your own voice, these activities will enrich your relationship with your children and provide years of priceless memories.
This is an excellent tool for parents and caregivers, that I highly recommend. Gymboree Play and Learn: 1001 Fun Activities For Your Baby and Child is loaded with fun activities that make life a little bit easier for tired parents and lots of fun for curious, energetic little ones.
3.5 Best selling author David Baldacci has an innate ability to create interesting characters, there’s even something different about his bad guys… i3.5 ☆ Best selling author David Baldacci has an innate ability to create interesting characters, there’s even something different about his bad guys… it isn’t that they are more evil or that his books contain more graphic violence – quite the opposite. Baldacci’s writing is classy. It is easy to identify with his characters, to feel for them, to be invested in what happens and Amos Decker is no exception. That said, this book is unlike any of Baldacci’s earlier works, it’s a breath of fresh air in an often stagnant genre.
Amos Decker suffered a crushing helmet to helmet blow ending his pro football career the first time he suited up. How his brain receives and interprets information was forever changed. He was diagnosed with rare cognitive phenomenons known as syynethesia and hyperthymesia. He can’t forget anything. Which for the first two decades of his career in law enforcement was a gift. Then came that horrific night, when Detective Decker, returning home from a stakeout walked into a nightmare from which he has yet to awaken. His family had been murdered – his beautiful wife Cassie shot in the head, 9 year old daughter, Molly strangled and his brother-in-law’s throat had been slashed. Why? Who had done this? Despite their best efforts the case remained unsolved. His life spun out of control…he lost his home, his job, and nearly his mind.
That was 15 months ago. Now working here and there as a private investigator, Decker is trying to find his way out the darkness when his former partner, Mary Lancaster tells him a man named Sebastian Leopold has confessed to killing his family. While trying to talk to this confessed killer, there’s a school shooting as his alma mater, Mansfield High. From this point forward everything speeds toward the resolution.
I have always loved David Baldacci’s writing style – he takes risks…thinks outside the box. And Memory Man is definitely outside the box, I had never heard of these cognitive conditions and after much reading on the subject, I still don’t understand it. But that’s ok. This was an interesting read that sparked my imagination and while it did seem to go flat in few chapters, for the most part everything was tied together and resolved by the last page. I can’t say exactly what made this novel fall short for me, except that it just didn’t have the “fire” I have come to expect when reading a Baldacci book.