Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Now I know why people told me to read this book

Treasures of the SnowTreasures of the Snow by Patricia St. John
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read this book to my 12-year-old daughter. Good story of the devastating consequences of sin, the strength of bitterness, and the even stronger power of forgiveness.

I love the way sin is dealt with in this story: simply through the invitation of Christ into one's life, initially at salvation, and repeatedly thereafter whenever temptation comes. The idea is that even as darkness simply disappears when light shows up, so also sin in our hearts also disappears when Christ shows up.

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Best knock-knock joke ever

How I Wrote 2 E-Books in 21 DaysHow I Wrote 2 E-Books in 21 Days by Glen Stanford
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The writer documents his writing his first 2 books ever in a 3-week period. Subtitle is, "Damn Funny. Seriously," which is in fact true. Fun to read and funny. And if that doesn't entice you to read it, you should know that the book also contains the best knock-knock joke ever.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The dark Little House on the Prairie

My ÁntoniaMy Ántonia by Willa Cather
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

One guy at a book discussion group called it the dark Little House on the Prairie. Hadn't thought of it that way, but there are several dark scenes, including 3 suicides, a gruesome wolf attack, etc. The pioneer life of the early 1900s is pictured (paradoxically) romantically, yet with warts intact. Engaging, but not entirely absent of yawns.


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Thursday, May 2, 2013

My introduction to Hamish MacBeth

Death of a Kingfisher (Hamish Macbeth, #28)Death of a Kingfisher by M.C. Beaton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I've not read Hamish MacBeth before. I enjoyed this. Good mystery. I was surprised at how denigrated the police force is portrayed there in Scotland, to their face; everyone telling Hamish to shove along and to get out. A very cheap approach to sex, but fortunately relatively little of it, and not explicit.

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