Monday, August 17, 2009

North! or Be Eaten By Andrew Peterson

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Readers thrilled to the phantasmagorical adventures in On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness, Book One of the Wingfeather Saga. Now in Book Two, Janner, Tink, and Leeli Igiby, mom Nia, ex-pirate grandfather Podo, Peet the Sock Man, and trusty dog Nugget flee north to rebel headquarters.

Their escape brings readers to the very brink of Fingap Falls , over the Stony Mountains , and across the Ice Prairies, while villains galore try to stop the Igibys permanently. Fearsome toothy cows and horned hounds return, along with new dangers: a mad man running a fork factory, a den of rockroaches, and majestic talking sea dragons.

Andrew Peterson’s lovable characters create what says made Book One “one of the best fantasy novels in a very long time,” and Book Two contains even more thrills, exploring “themes universal in nature, ranging from the classic good versus evil, to the importance of family, and burdens of responsibility.”

Author Bio:
Andrew Peterson is the author of On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness and The Ballad of Matthew’s Begats. He’s also the critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter and recording artist of ten albums, including Resurrection Letters II. He and his wife, Jamie, live with their two sons and one daughter in The Warren near Nashville , Tennessee . Visit Andrew’s websites: and
I found this book extremely hard to get into. I tried numerous times to get intersted in it. I'm not sure if it is because it is the second book or what. It sounded interesting to me, especially the part about learning the hard way that the love of a family is more important than anything else. I am hoping to find the time to read through and hopefully get hooked and find that message.

I also have an additional copy that I am giving away, so if you are interested please notify me by posting and telling me that you are interested. I will choose a winner on Friday, August 21st!

This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The Friends We Keep/ Rising to the Call of Leadership

The Friends We Keep by Sarah Zacharias Davis

During a particularly painful time in her life, Sarah Zacharias Davis learned how delightful–and wounding–women can be in friendship. She saw how some friendships end badly, others die slow deaths, and how a chance acquaintance can become that enduring friend you need.The Friends We Keep is Sarah’s thoughtful account of her own story and the stories of other women about navigating friendship. Her revealing discoveries tackle the questions every woman asks:
• Why do we long so for women friends?
• Do we need friends like we need air or food or water?
• What causes cattiness, competition, and co-dependency in too many friendships?
• Why do some friendships last forever and others only a season?
• How do I foster friendship?
• When is it time to let a friend go, and how do I do so?
With heartfelt, intelligent writing, Sarah explores these questions and more with personal stories, cultural references and history, faith, and grace. In the process, she delivers wisdom for navigating the challenges, mysteries, and delights of friendship: why we need friendships with other women, what it means to be safe in relationship, and how to embrace what a friend has to offer, whether meager or generous.

Sarah Zacharias Davis is a senior advancement officer at Pepperdine University , having joined the university after working as vice president of marketing and development for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and in strategic marketing for CNN. The daughter of best-selling writer Ravi Zacharias, Davis is the author of the critically-acclaimed Confessions from an Honest Wife and Transparent: Getting Honest About Who We are and Who We Want to Be. She graduated from Covenant College with a egree in education and lives in Los Angeles , California .

40 Minute Bible Studies

The 40 Minute Bible Study series from beloved Bible teacher Kay Arthur and the teaching staff of Precept Ministries tackles important issues in brief, easy-to-grasp lessons you can use personally or for small-group discussion. Each book in the series includes six 40-minute studies designed to draw you into God’s Word through basic inductive Bible study. There are 16 titles in the series, with topics ranging from fasting and forgiveness to prayer and worship. With no homework required, everyone in the group can work through the lesson together at the same time. Let these respected Bible teachers lead you in a study that will transform your thinking—and your life.
Titles Include:
•The Essentials of Effective Prayer
•Being a Disciple: Counting the Cost
•Building a Marriage That Really Works
•Discovering What the Future Holds
•Forgiveness: Breaking the Power of the Past
•Having a Real Relationship with God
•How Do You Walk the Walk and Talk the Talk?
•Living a Life of Real Worship
•How to Make Choices You Won’t Regret
•Living Victoriously in Difficult Times
•Money & Possessions: The Quest for Contentment
•Rising to the Call of Leadership
•How Do You Know God’s Your Father?
•Key Principles of Biblical Fasting
•A Man’s Strategy for Conquering Temptation
•What Does the Bible Say About Sex?

Kay Arthur, executive vice president and cofounder of Precept Ministries International has worked with her teaching staff to create the powerful 40-Minute Bible Studies series. Kay is known around the world as a Bible teacher, author, conference speaker, and host of national radio and television programs.

This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Week 29 "Funny, Silly Faces" and "Pets"

Week 29 "Funny, Silly Faces" and "Pets"

"Silly, Funny Faces" Entry:
I chose the following picture of my little boy. It was taken December of 2008. I think he might have gotten a taste of the candy cane and didn't like it!

"Pets" Entry:

This was a tough decision to many pictures...choosing one was difficult. I chose one of me hand feeding a was really quite the site to see - camera in one hand, piece of bread extended in the other - and about a million seagulls all trying to get that piece of bread!

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Monday, August 10, 2009

Rick and Bubba's Guide to the Almost Nearly Perfect Marriage by Rick Burgess & Bill "Bubba" Bussey

"Rick and Bubba's Guide to the Almost Nearly Perfect Marriage"
Written by: Rick Burgess & Bill "Bubba" Bussey
I enjoyed reading Rick and Bubba’s Guide to the Almost Nearly Perfect Marriage. The book outlined topics that are relevant in every relationship. There were topics ranging from serious matters such as parenting and respect, to less serious matters, such as household chores. The book had a humorous twist to each topic at hand.

However, I think it was my husband that enjoyed it more! For some of the stories I felt like it was one-sided, but that is to be expected since it was written by men; just as a book written by women on the subject of marriage would probably be slanted more to a woman’s view. I think the book would be great read with your spouse. My husband and I read a couple of the topics each night and looked forward to it. The topics were not too deep, but deep enough; in other words they provided for thought provoking discussion after each topic. Some topics just left us thinking to ourselves. We both enjoyed how Rick and Bubba included personal stories on the topics at hand.

Overall this was a great read, it gave my husband and I something to look forward to every night. We were always curious what Rick and Bubba’s next story would be! I would definitely recommend this book to others and actually already have!

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This book was provided for review by the Thomas Nelson Publishing Group