Tuesday, June 29, 2010
I always feel blessed when I win anything, especially an autographed book. The only downfall is the pressure of whether or not I’m going to like the story, knowing the nice thing would be to later let the author know what I thought of it. Having never read any of Sharlene MacLaren’s books added to my worries.
I admired the front cover of HANNAH GRACE for a while before opening the book to the first page. It only took me HALF A PAGE to realize any fears of not liking Sharlene’s writing, to disappear. By the end of the first chapter I knew not only was she an amazing writer on so many levels, I was quickly falling in love with the characters.
I love to have a picture of the hero on the cover. It bothers me to not know what he looks like beyond the story description. The front cover of HANNA GRACE is wonderful, though I missed not having the hero on there as well. Upon day two into reading this wonderful book, I turned it over to study the back cover. To my utter surprise, there in the shadows was the hero! What a wonderful surprise that was.
As an aspiring writer, I was blown away by the great lines Sharlene delivered with humor that easily flowed rather then feeling forced and stiff. The hero and heroine were everything you’d want in a character, and so much more. You were even given a sense of who Hannah’s sisters were, leaving you wanting to read their story as well.
I’ll be ordering the other two books in this series, DAUGHTERS OF JACOB KANE, MAGIE ROSE and ABBIE ANN. I can’t wait to get started on them. Sharlene has now made my list of favorite authors for I’ll be looking for more of her great books in the future.
Monday, June 21, 2010
GOD’S HEALING FOR LIFE’S LOSSES may be small in size but it’s packed full. As I held this little book in my hand and studied the cover, and the title I thought I knew what I’d find inside. Once I began to read, I quickly discovered this book was much more then a book on healing for life’s losses. It’s a book filled with knowledge, hope, love, and faith. A way of dealing with not only death but disappointment on many levels in a way that God desires.
In only a little over a hundred pages this book brought to light many things. It made me realize how human, and normal I am, and how God, and being a Christian plays into it. That what we go through is “normal” but how we handle it is a choice. We can either choose the wrong way/mans way, or the right way/God’s way.
How do you handle trials and tribulations that come your way? Do you suffer, or do you survive? I was able to reflect back on my life and realized that early on, when I was far from God, I chose to suffer alone. Now I chose to survive. I can think of many that are still choosing to suffer.
I believe this book would be an amazing tool for those stuck in suffering, and worthlessness, and despair. Those that have been struck down by addiction, or found themselves behind bars. They need to hear the good news this book has to offer.
One of the many things that stuck out to me was that not only are we given permission to “complain to God” but that we should. God wants us to come to Him in ALL things. So much of what I read is exactly what I’ve experienced in my own life. This book puts it into words, and reaffirms what I already knew deep down. What a blessings that is.
It isn’t often that I wish to be rich for as the Bible says, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God” but after reading this book I wish I had the funds to purchase this wonderful book for those in my life, as well as all those that cross my path that I fear are hurt, and suffering.
Not only is this book filled with great information, it also has handy worksheets. Each and every one is packed with amazing questions. It’s not just a worksheet; it gives you questions to ponder within your own life, thus giving you the knowledge and tools to better your future.
Everyone’s grief journey is unique, yet we all have the same choice. To either choose to suffer in handling things mans way, or surviving, doing it God’s way. For me the choice is easy. I’ve learned over the years the rewards of doing it God’s way. Bless Mr. Kellemen for putting this book together to teach those that don’t know, and to remind those of us that do, the importance of it.
I was shocked by the words on page 43. I’d gone through this very thing without even realizing it. How wonderful it is to have a confirmation of what I’d gone through, other have as well, and how blessed I am to have chosen the surviving rout when so many others have not.
Here are just a few great quotes from this wonderful book.
“Faith looks back to the past recalling God’s mighty works. Hope looks ahead remembering God’s coming reward.”
“God is a ‘time God.’ He does not come before time. He does not come after time. He comes at just the right time.”
“Faith is entrusting myself to God’s larger purposes, good plans, and eternal perspective.”
“Every problem is an opportunity to know God better, and our primary battle is to know God well.”
I could certainly continue to quote the words written in this book that impacted, and inspired me but in doing so, I’d have written every word from front to cover.
Knowing the truth has a huge way of lifting the heavy burden of life from ones shoulder. This is truly one of those “must reads’ to be placed on your “to read list”.
To learn more about RPM Ministies, http://www.rpmministries.org/writing/gods-healing-for-lifes-losses/
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Sunday, June 20, 2010
Just as I had recently posted in my last blog post, a poorly written book can give me hope. Why? Because if that story can get published, then so can mine one day.
Once again this proves to be true.
One of my favorite writes is Linda Lael.Miller. I love her characters for their feistiness. To date I've read eighteen of her books...no make that eighteen and a portion. I was shocked after reading so many of her books to fun across one that started out with her usual "bang" just to quickly dissipated. And I do mean quickly. I actually had to look at the cover several times to be sure it was one of her books. Sadly, I put it down and moved on to another book.
Since then I've read a few more, and to my relief they were the quick page turners I'd come to know and love. Hey, anyone can have a bad story once and awhile. Writing is not easy, and so much plays into it. In her defense, it was a book written many years ago.
Several days ago I started another one of her books, and right away I sensed something was off...different. After a couple of chapters I looked to see what year it was published. 2000. That would make sense. Once again, something early on in her career.
So now I'm struggling to make it through this book. I have about a hundred pages out of a little over three hundred to go. I feel as though I have too much time invested to quit now. Besides, I want to know how it turns out, and honestly, it's giving me great hope so how can I abandon it.
It gives me hope in that I feel as though I'm reading all the mistakes I've been making in my own writing and to think that once Linda Lael Miller wasn't the amazing writer she is today makes my heart sore. If she can go from where I believe I'm at, to where she is now...whoo hoo. So can I.
What an inspiration!
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!! It's funny, and filled with the kind of characters that love one another but just don’t know it. That makes for a great movie. Josh Lucas and Reese Witherspoon do an incredible job at battling it out until they realize what they want is to give it another go.
The whole concept of finding your true love in a childhood friend is so touching. Jake's undying love for Mel is one every girls longs for. A knight, though not in shinning armor, who does what it takes to win his princess.
Monday, June 14, 2010
As usual, Jodi Thomas didn't disappoint. Once again, she's written an amazing book. This story was well written, fast paced with characters you will fall in love with, as with all her books. Whenever I see a book by Jodi, I pick it up without a thought.
LUCK OF THE DRAW:
This one was okay, but in my opinion not well written.
This one was nothing short of amazing! This is the second book I've read by Linda Broday, the other being the preceding book, Give Me A Texan. I would put her writing right up there with Jodi Thomas...she's that good. This story was wonderfully written. I'm an aspiring writer, and was flabbergasted by all the great lines she delivered. The story was fast pace, a great storyline, with wonderful characters.
ROPING THE WIND:
Another great story. I also liked her last story she wrote in Give Me A Texan. I caught myself often smiling because of the great lines she delivered. Great story, well written, with wonderful characters.
Don't miss out on these great stories, written by talented authors.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
What a great movie, filled with action and romance. Great acting as well. Loved the whole concept behind it. There was never a dull moment, keeping you on the edge of your seat at all times.
Do you want an action packed story with adventure and just the right amount of romance threaded throughout...then this is the movie for you.
Monday, June 7, 2010
When looking over the shows that were playing some time ago, trying to decided what my 13 year old and I were going to see, we came across this one. We both like Gerard Butler after seeing him in a few movies, including PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. Thank goodness I decided to look at the movie trailer. I quickly realized it was not appropriate for my 13 year old. When I later saw it at my local library, I checked it out, remembering that I had been interested in it. It didn't take long to realize the mistake I would have made if I'd allowed my daughter to watch it, much less if I'd seen it in the movie theater. It was far beyond inappropriate for her, and I would have turned three shades of red watching it in a room full of people.
With that said, it was hysterical! Very funny! Great acting and put together well. I haven't laughed that much in a long time.
Friday, June 4, 2010
I won, I won, I won.
I just won an autograph copy of Sharlene MacLaen’s book, HANNAH GRACE.
It sounds wonderful! I can’t wait to get started on it.
For more about Sharlene and her books you can visit her sites.
I've been a James Patterson fan for years but was pleasantly surprised when I began reading this one. This is not his usual work though he did an amazing job. I could not put it down. I was lead to believe one thing and shocked to find out in the end that I was wrong. Just one of the reasons why this book is so amazing. Don't miss out. It's one that will stick with you forever.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
I must admit I had a hard time with the choice of words written, though true to their time. I am one for simple words. With that said, Deborah Kinnard wrote a fascinating novel. One that will take you back to the 1300's. I learned some fascinating things along the way as the characters swept me back in time. I really felt as though I were there, myself. Her thought to details had the words playing across my mind as if I were watching a movie, they were that detailed and true to the times.