This is a story about a woman who lost her husband (he died shortly after he abandoned her and their children) and inherits an old motel, called StardThis is a story about a woman who lost her husband (he died shortly after he abandoned her and their children) and inherits an old motel, called Stardust. It is her chance to change her life and get a new beginning.
Carla Stewart’s writing is easy to read and she puts a steady pace in the narration that makes you never feel bored or never feel like skipping pages to get to the “action”. Each chapter is very objective and it tells a important part of the story (no fillers at all).
She also created very interesting and believable characters. She managed to not demonize or sanctify anyone. Even the people that do some "bad" things are shown as regular people who makes mistakes, like it is in real life.
I enjoyed seeing the changes that the characters went through. I don’t intend to give away any spoilers, so let me just say that there are lessons for us there. There are lessons about love, forgiveness, the importance of family ties, the problem with keeping secrets, just to mention a few.
As I read, I kept thinking what a great amount of research Carla must’ve done to be able to work with all the details about the time period (the 1950's) and the polio outbreak. Her details are so rich and they help involve the reader in the story.
Stardust is the kind of fiction book that I like the most: a very well written and beautiful story that entertains us and teaches us important life lessons.
-- Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.com in exchange for my honest review....more
At the end of last year, a missionary and singer called Helen Berhane came to Brazil for a series of events where she would share her life story and tAt the end of last year, a missionary and singer called Helen Berhane came to Brazil for a series of events where she would share her life story and testimony.
I wasn't able to attend any of the events, but I was able to watch an interview that she gave at a TV show. It was brief, but when I heard her saying that she was imprisoned for almost three years in a container (like those shipping containers) and was submitted to harsh beatings and torture for refusing to deny her christian faith, I had to look for more information about her.
So I found about the biographical book that she had written entitled "Song of the Nightingale". I couldn't put it down...
As someone who lives in a country where we enjoy religious freedom, the worst thing I've ever faced were silly jokes about my faith. So as I read Helen's story, I could hardly believe it.
She was in fact imprisoned for singing and preaching the gospel in Eritrea (her home country), and was tortured and kept in prison because she refused to stop doing it.
It is a story of faith and endurance against the hardest trials. It gave me a better understanding of the sufferings that so many Christians face even today. And it made me much more aware of the religious liberty that I enjoy and I've taken for granted so many times.
Blaine talks about the challenge of the blank page, and how the creative needs to fill it with something beautiful and meaningful.
The book is dividedBlaine talks about the challenge of the blank page, and how the creative needs to fill it with something beautiful and meaningful.
The book is divided into four parts: the work; the inside out; failure, fear and making mistakes; and worth it. He focuses on different aspects of the creative process in each part.
In the first part, for example, he explains why he thinks that having ideas are not what matters. What really matters is how you execute your ideas.
He also talks about getting inspiration, about our fears, experiences (and how we turn them into our art), our challenge of living in the information era, with lots of information but not much time to digest it (and lots of junk too).
I've never thought of myself as a "creative", but while reading Blaine's book I was able to identify with much of the struggles and challenges that a creative goes through. So I understood why he chose to open his focus to any creative: because we are all in some level creatives. No matter if you write a blog, or a journal, or you're an author or actor or musician, or if you make up bedtime stories for your kids, we all create art somehow.
And even if you don't consider yourself a creative, I'm sure this book will inspire you....more
David Allen developed a system to keep control of our "open loops" (things we need to do). I was a little bit skeptical at first, before I actually reDavid Allen developed a system to keep control of our "open loops" (things we need to do). I was a little bit skeptical at first, before I actually read it. But I enjoyed the book very much and the system is actually pretty good. If you want to organize your life and keep your to-do's in control, that's a great read for you....more