A look at the lioness, her habits and ways of being, with a connection to Christian women. How should one be a lioness of God? Many thought-provoking...moreA look at the lioness, her habits and ways of being, with a connection to Christian women. How should one be a lioness of God? Many thought-provoking passages. In all honesty, I read Girls with Swords first and LOVED it. This one didn't touch me in the same way, but I did find myself thinking and feeling closer to God.(less)
How do we traverse our most difficult roads without giving up? How do we live our normal days, day after day, without becoming complacent? Upon what d...moreHow do we traverse our most difficult roads without giving up? How do we live our normal days, day after day, without becoming complacent? Upon what do we fix our gaze?
In this book, Lucado suggests we explore the story of David in order to answer these and other questions. More specifically, he contends that David was able to defeat Goliath and had moments of great clarity, inspiration, and leadership when he kept his eyes on God and asked for God's help and direction. When he didn't, he fell into pits of self-pity, adultery, and worse. The idea being that we can also face down our Goliaths, be they illness, debt, failing relationships, etc..., if we keep our eyes on God.
At a time when there are so many troubles and sorrows, this book can be a comfort and a source of inspiration, especially the first several chapters; those spoke to me the most. (less)
Vermont.... If you're a part of Vermont, born and bred, or currently living in the Green Mountain State, this book will make you smile and cause your...moreVermont.... If you're a part of Vermont, born and bred, or currently living in the Green Mountain State, this book will make you smile and cause your heart to stir. If you're not a part of Vermont, it will make you want to be.
I'll be honest at the outset. The author of this lovely book of poetry is my cousin and a few of my pictures grace the pages and inspired some of her poetry. Given this, I resisted giving the book five stars.
Bobbi Jo, wanting capture the spirit of Vermont, which is, in part, community, asked volunteers to give her photos that she might use in her newest book. Some of the photos inspired her to write poems. Each page includes a photo of Vermont, taken by real Vermonters and once Vermonters, and a corresponding poem. Some of the poems are light and humorous, capturing the wicked humor of Vermonters. Some are as deep as Lake Champlain, delving into the depths of what it means to have been born on Vermont's hills and in her valleys, to have seven generations buried in her soil. Tenacity. Hope. So many things.
I know a book is a four or five star when it makes me smile, chuckle, think, and wonder. This book meets that mark! (less)
As many of his books begin, we, the readers, find ourselves transported to a hot and dusty foreign land where historians, archaeolog...moreJames Rollins....
As many of his books begin, we, the readers, find ourselves transported to a hot and dusty foreign land where historians, archaeologists to be precise, are attempting to uncover the truth. Yes, for those of us who have gone on history-filled romps with Rollins in the past, usually veering from reality into the world of top secret spies who need to save us from madness and greed and the secret truths of the past, we're comfortable with the thought that we picked up a book that Rollins co-authored and, therefore, might not be what we'd come to expect....
Until, that is, we're introduced to the ....
Yes, .... Despite the opening of archaeologists digging through the sands of the Israeli desert, this is a tale of the undead, traveling throughout history and infiltrating the Catholic church, among other organizations, in order to either seek all power or to save humanity from those who would crush us due to greed.
Oh, Rhun.... Wanting to be good but hearing heartbeats and "tasting" blood, always battling for self-control. I must admit, I found myself liking him but being afraid of his past at the same time. Though, the various monsters and their ongoing attacks rather distracted me from Rhun's soul-searching and the budding romance between Erin and the marvelous Jordan, amazing despite his lack of kilt!
Did it make me question various points and conduct historical research at the local library? No. Was it an entertaining summer read? Yes. If, of course, you're not put off by the undead.(less)
...Please know, prayers lay in the road where you will plant your feet. Please know that aspirations of your family are high at your back, and surround you entirely. Please know that great hopes of your devoted shower you with ardent wishes for your being and for your future. Your beloveds know that you are entering a nation where you must learn the difference between seeking after justice and lusting for revenge. They know also that you will meet those who would be kind if only they had the courage, and those who would do evil if only they had the opportunity. You will be bathed in the morning dew of truth and you will drink down the brackish water of false witness. Be wary, my nephew, but fear only God, for you have a limitless resource of powerful love.... (91-93)(less)
A former Detroit cop, having been wounded in the line of duty, settles deep in the woods, chopping wood and serving as a PI on the side ... all while...moreA former Detroit cop, having been wounded in the line of duty, settles deep in the woods, chopping wood and serving as a PI on the side ... all while having an affair with his "best" friend's wife. What could be wrong with this picture? Other than the fact that he's a Detroit cop living in the woods and betraying his friend, it appears the man who shot him multiple times and who murdered his partner is back, leaving red roses, notes, dead bodies, and wanting to relive the past.
Winner of the Edgar award, I decided to give this author and book a go. For me, while it's, on the one hand, good or, rather, goodish, it fell more than a bit flat. I grew up around law enforcement officers and insight into the way their brains work and their special brand of humor are absent from this novel, leaving it without the same sense of ... "he nailed it" ... that I've gotten from some mystery writers. I'll likely read the second novel, just to see. But, all in all, I can't say I loved it.
Unless! Unless the sense of detached distance I perceived was an ingenious plan on Hamilton's part to mirror the experience of an inner-city cop experiencing post-traumatic stress and shutting himself away from the world, his fellow characters, and, in the end, the reader. (less)
Just having moved beyond the sandwich to truly banging around in the kitchen a year or so ago, this cookbook is just right for me. Not only is the lay...moreJust having moved beyond the sandwich to truly banging around in the kitchen a year or so ago, this cookbook is just right for me. Not only is the layout fun and inviting, with many color photos and a retro vibe, the recipes look amazing for two key reasons. First, they seem to use fresh and wholesome ingredients to create dishes that just about anyone would enjoy. Second, ...? They look very, very easy.
I've been inspired to make my first frittata, sweet pea and onion, and my first ever chili; I'm about to start the chili right now! Not many ingredients and not many instructions. I picked up the fixings for the frittata, chili, and herb-roasted beef with potatoes and carrots yesterday and plan to put my oven to work. I love the idea of making what appear to be "real" dishes from fresh ingredients with veritable ease! If it's easy, I can do it, even after a busy day at work.(less)
Wisdom and power. Words will likely come short when attempting to express the amount of wisdom and power found in this book.
I picked up Bevere's book,...moreWisdom and power. Words will likely come short when attempting to express the amount of wisdom and power found in this book.
I picked up Bevere's book, my first by this author, about two months ago. One of my cousins died, literally, during an asthma attack and was without oxygen for several minutes before being revived. Placed in a medically induced coma, doctors told the family his only hope was a miracle. We? We started to pray. During this time, I went to a local bookstore, walked directly to the section on religion, and was, it seemed, led directly to this book. It was as if it pulled me. I looked at no other books at first. I just walked up and pulled this one from the shelf. Within a week, by the way, my cousin was out of ICU, blessed with his miracle.
Among other things, Bevere contends Hebrews 11 was correct; "The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd." (38) She points out that we, women, are daughters of God and have a very powerful place in working powerful and miraculous wonders. In referencing the heroes of Hebrews, including Rahab, she states, "We are linked to the long chain made out of their lives. We are part of the final act in their ongoing story. All of their heroic acts are waiting to be completed when they are joined together with ours." (45)
As God's daughters, Bevere asks us to open our minds, hearts, and souls to the idea that we are God's swords. By our faith and living our lives through God and Christ, we will, as warriors, wield God's sword, the sword of intercession, mercy, protection, and much more.
It was a much needed book for me at a time when our family chose to put all our hope and faith in the miraculous power of prayer. Further, I think it's a much needed book for women, who have oft been painted ask silent accessories in some aspects of some churches; it brings us more in line with the women who walked beside and worked with Jesus. And, I think, it could bring hope and a call to action to a world in need, in my opinion, of miracles and wonders.(less)
I went to BAM yesterday, searching for something; I didn't know what. I was craving something but had no idea what...moreSearching, searching, searching....
I went to BAM yesterday, searching for something; I didn't know what. I was craving something but had no idea what would fill my need. A different author? A different genre? Something.... After walking around and about the store for a bit, I honed in on this. Alice Hoffman! Wait.... Alice Hoffman had cancer? What was I holding in my hands? Words of pain and survival. Advice about friendship and heroes and eating chocolate and making plans to do something special, like going to the shore. There I stood, in the middle of BAM and in front of several shoppers, with tears in my eyes. I'd found something.
Hoffman's insights are raw, pluming the depths, but also filled with strength and perseverance. One doesn't need to have experienced cancer to find meaning here. My one disappointment? The chapters were too short. Just as I began to fall into the message, she'd stop. Why...? I actually felt my fingers clenching a few times, wanting to hold onto the bit of wisdom she was beginning to unravel. Oh, how, ... frustrating. Of course, perhaps she made the choice to start but leave certain things unfinished. The moral ...? It's for us to grab on and finish for ourselves.(less)