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Review: The Buddha in the Attic


The Buddha in the Attic
The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book was chosen for the Book Club Read this month. (http://www.bountifulbookclub.blogspot.com/) I don’t often attend, but usually try to read the book, if it’s available through the Pioneer Library, my main resource for my books. (http://pioneerutah.lib.overdrive.com/B9A44FC8-1126-4EBC-AB38-7E0F204B5EB2/10/50/en/Default.htm) I was pleasantly surprised to find this one available, and it was a quick read. Although, I would not classify it as easy. In fact it was rather heavy.

The story was told from the mindset of the Japanese Mail Order Brides / Picture Brides (kind of reminded me of the Borg on some levels) taking place just prior to Pearl Harbor being bombed. They told of what promises and hopes they had in mind, and their realities, and shattered dreams, they tell of their treatments, and always being on the outside and then move into the suspicion, going into hiding, and then the disappearing.

Overall it was very interesting, really opened my understanding much more. Despite it being a short read, and with the risk of redundancy, it was very heavy and heartbreaking. Nonetheless, it’s a read I recommend just once.

(Actually finished 20 January 2014)

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Review: World Regional Geography


World Regional Geography
World Regional Geography by Douglas L. Johnson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really thought this book was fabulous! I know it’s a text book and required reading. But I found it informative, engaging, and fascinating! It was so fun learning more about cultures,economics, governments, historical data, landmarks, climates, industries, cultural attributes, you name it. I thought that the book was thorough and comprehensive in teaching. I felt that much of the focus had a lot to do with sociology and cultures played into the natural landscapes of the world and how we were able to effectively or ineffectively trade, grow and develop. I found myself constantly preferring to read my text book than my fluff books, and I feel that says a lot about how well this book was written! Highly recommend to everyone. I know it took a long time to finish. It was quite comprehensive, and I tested out of the class. As soon as I finished this class my reading changed to my next class and had to refocus my efforts in finishing the two textbooks allocated to that class instead. Again, fascinating read, even if it’s not for school!

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Review: Way to Be!: 9 Rules For Living the Good Life


Way to Be!: 9 Rules For Living the Good Life
Way to Be!: 9 Rules For Living the Good Life by Gordon B. Hinckley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Absolutely loved the Way To Be!, just as much as I adore President Gordon B. Hinckley! It was wonderful to read this book again, to hear his voice and feel he pure love that exuberates from him. How I’ve missed this great man. I’ve read this book a few times and will read again. Always new applicable points and views! I highly recommend for anyone of any background, faith, religion, etc. Just basic and profound views and points, of being a good person – just because you should try to be a good person.

My uncle wrote on his coffin, “Do good because doing good is good to do. Not because of threats or promises of Heaven or Hell.” I love that. I think that this book helps mostly guide on simply BEing a good person!

President Hickley stated in the book, “Rise above mediocrity, above indifference. Become involved and speak with a strong voice of that which is right. ”

I originally took fantastic notes while making my journey through this book. But looking back. I feel like I highlighted the whole book! 😐

Nonetheless, the 9 Be’s we should all remember are as follows:

9 Be’s:
Be Grateful
Be Smart
Be Involved
Be Clean
Be True
Be Positive
Be Humble
Be Still
Be Prayerful

Finished the book 1 October 2013.
I highly recommend this book to all, over and over again! Enjoy and BE an amazing contribution!

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Review: Briar Rose


Briar Rose
Briar Rose by Jane Yolen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I first read this book about 17 years old (16 years ago). This is a book that sticks with you. You know the type, the kind that randomly will run through your head or something else will trigger your thoughts that will end up drifting back to you. For the last 16 years I have considered this on my top books list. It still is for the record. But how I remembered the book and how I internalized it this time were drastically different. But I know it’s the same book nonetheless.

I didn’t remember from before:
* The way Gemma’s story was intertwined with ‘today’ and told in bits and pieces.
* I don’t remember so much detail about the holocaust camps
* I didn’t remember a thing about the Prince!

For whatever reason this book came to mind so much this year that I felt compelled to read again, I was enthralled to find a copy of it on Amazon. (I love Amazon).

Since this was a book-book, it did take me a little longer to get through. Most days I found myself wishing I could simply stay home in my quiet peaceful and clean home enjoying the coolness of the weather and finish this delightful story once again that has lingered in my mind and heart since the last time I read it 16 years ago. I certainly wasn’t disappointed in it, many others re-reads were highly disappointing.

I loved meeting all the characters and hearing their bits and pieces of Gemma’s history with their own. However, most of them were very short. However, “The Prince’s Story” seemed very long! It’s went on for chapters. Not that it’s bad and it’s interesting, and nauseating at the same time. Not because of the writing, but because of what happened. Ah history… but it’s been interesting to see how much his story is elaborated upon.

Overall I still absolutely love Jane Yolen, and look forward to reading more of her books. I love her style, her rhythm, and great talent for story telling.

I tend to have been drawn to many books around WWII, I felt years ago and still that Ms. Yolen has a unique talent for relating the hard stories. Highly recommend!

Favorite Quotes from the Book:

Fairy Tales always have a happy ending.’ That depends… on whether you are Rumpelstiltskin or the Queen.”
― Jane Yolen, Briar Rose

“Time may heal all wounds, but it does not erase the scars.”
― Jane Yolen, Briar Rose

“Stories,” he’d said, his voice low and almost husky, “we are made up of stories. And even the one’s that seem the most like lies can be our deepest hidden truths.”

― Jane Yolen, Briar Rose

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Review: That Perfect Someone


That Perfect Someone
That Perfect Someone by Johanna Lindsey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read this in only two days!! I nearly forgot HOW much I love Johanna Lindsey!! Her books might be very predictable, but she is a delightful and engaging storyteller! Always such a breathe of fresh air and fluff for my brain! 🙂 🙂 I had to put this away before I finished it in one day so that I might relish in the story longer…

This book as well as her other books was fun, light-hearted, full of funny moments and real life situations and lessons. She does have small lovey scenes that if you are sensitive, you might want to skip over, but they are really pretty mild.

In addition, I’ve decided I am going to finish my crazy hard end of months with a great fluff book. 🙂 Totally makes it better! That is going to be my little treat to myself. 🙂

(Finished 30 August 2013)

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Review: If I Stay


If I Stay
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Wow, this was definitely a book that makes you ponder your own life and feelings.

I enjoyed that most of it was back story, I feel that the plot of Mia’s decision moved well, with her reliving her life through memories. It makes me wonder how many of us really have that same decision, do I take the easy road and move onto the next life? Or fight for a little more life? A little bit more love? More trials, tribulations, and joys that make it all worth it.

I feel that the author was very talented in telling the story, but could use work on her dialog. The length was just about right. Anymore, would have felt that it dragged, which it didn’t. She kept a fairly decent pace and rhythm. Overall very interesting read. Heartbreaking and triumphant story.

Finished 18 November 2013

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Review: The Tale of Despereaux


The Tale of Despereaux
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I’m pretty sure they made a movie out of this book. Frankly I’m not sure why. I’m not sure of why there was so much hype about this book or why people were so excited. Completely baffles me!

I was first surprised that it has the same sort of rhythm as Dumas and Hugo, telling the story of one character for a while then jumping to another and trying to make the world complicated. Which was ok at first but then it just felt like the author was trying to hard, at which point it got really annoying.

By page 95 I was ready to be done with this! I didn’t care, it just rambled and I wanted to be done. But because it was so short I carried on, hoping that it might redeem itself. It didn’t. Now I’m just annoyed. 😐

The tag line on Good reads says, “Forgiveness, light, love, and soup. These essential ingredients combine into a tale that is as soul-stirring as it is delicious.” — BOOKLIST (starred review)” Yeah I think they were digging too deep and trying to hard to find a point…or they were paid off. Either way my opinion horrid book!

Side point, towards the end of this book I looked up the author. I was very surprised to see that she wrote “Because of Winn Dixie“. Hard for me to fathom that they were written by the same author, then again I read that well over a decade ago…

My recommendation for this book…. keep moving, don’t waste your time!

This book is so stupid! I”m so grateful that it’s short! I don’t like the style. And completely do not understand that point of this story! I really don’t understand why there was so much hype about this book. Gag me! I’ve been pushing through it only so I can be done with it!

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Review: The Help


The Help
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m one that has a really hard time giving in to read really ‘popular’ books… so I procrastinate and procrastinate simply because I don’t want to simply follow the crowd. Well I have to admit on this one, it was a simply amazing book! What courage, dedication and resolve these strong women showed in the face of adversity. I don’t know that I would have had the same courage and conviction, if I were in any of those roles, to be the difference, I pray that I would, but I just don’t know.

The writing style was well done in this book, easy to follow and most definitely engaging! Once I got into it, it did take a minute, I couldn’t put it down. I found every opportunity I could to read, and found myself laughing and crying all the way through. Definitely heart wrenching.

I am curious though, I know it was based on a true story. But if that’s the case and this is the story about them writing their story, and their story in the book is titled “The Help” then where is the other book??

I wish I would have had the few minutes to write the review when I finished this book. However, I delayed because I wanted to give it the time and dedication in writing a review it deserved, and unfortunately I’m writing it 3 months later and not giving it the love I wanted it because it’s faded a bit.

Regardless, fantastic read everyone should put on their list, popular or not.

(Actually Finished June 3rd,2013)

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Review: The Five Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace: Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People


The Five Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace: Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People
The Five Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace: Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People by Gary Chapman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve been a fan of Gary Chapman and his 5 Love Languages since I was introduced to them at the age of 18 in 1999. How grateful I am to my friends and their recommendation! It’s been one of the best blessings in my relationships & life!

Naturally because of my admiration of Dr. Chapman

English: Gary Chapman speaking at an Associati...

English: Gary Chapman speaking at an Association of Marriage and Family Ministries conference in 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

‘s work I was intrigued with this idea and concept. I found that it was very applicable and fun learning more about each of the 5 languages and how to more effectively communicate appreciation to my colleagues that I spend so much time with, even if I am a bit of a hermit at work. I am very aware of those that assist me and so appreciative of their efforts! I also know that I am happier in my workplace and with the efforts that I also put forth when I know that I’m also appreciated. I’m very hard on myself and expect a lot out of myself. Unfortunately I’m not always my own best friend. Positive reinforcement and appreciation goes a LONG way with me!

My love languages are acts of service and quality time, which are not always easy to express or receive in the work place. Especially with me sticking to myself until I don’t feel like I’m the new girl trying to prove that I am capable and make a difference.

I think this book is a great asset to have under your tool belt and I can definitely see the the many positive affects that it might place in motion when implemented throughout a company, albeit slightly awkward at first.

The first 3/4 of the book, was great and hard to put down. It moved quickly was engaging and fascinating. It all remained fascinating and very easy application steps and follow. The last 1/4 of the book moved very slowly. But still really great book! Highly Recommend. I actually immediately bought myself a audio and print version of this book upon completion! 🙂

(Actually Finished August 8th 2013)

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Review: Smokin’ Seventeen


Smokin' Seventeen
Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

What can I say, I LOVE Stephanie, Joe, Ranger, Lula and Grandma!!!
I’ve been trying to space out reading them, but I generally miss my friends, but always welcome them back with such relief! I know it’s essentially the same stories with different variables, however they warm my heart and make me laugh. What more is needed? I just finished Stephanie Plum 17. I can’t believe there is only two more left until the release of the new book in November… not sure how I’m going to deal with this. I’ve read all of Janet’s books already… but I can’t seem to get enough! 😐

(Actually finished June 30th 2013)

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Review: The Goose Girl


The Goose Girl (novel)

The Goose Girl (novel) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Goose Girl
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I wasn’t sure what to think when Kylene recommended this to me. Honestly I took a look at it and said yeah, I probably won’t be super into it, but probably won’t hate it. Kylene hasn’t led me astray yet with decent books, so I thought I’d give it a chance, besides I don’t get too many recommendations from people, just the online library that certainly does lead me astray! In addition, I was surprised to find so many friends who had already read this unknown book. So I put the book on hold and found it surprisingly engaging from the first chapter. It was fun to learn about the fantasy and folklore of people who have underlying ‘language skills’ of the animals, birds, people, wind, fire, etc. Fascinating concepts frankly. I found myself connecting quickly with the Princess Anidori, and certainly falling in love with her prince as well. I love the depth the book displayed so elegantly of the princess. She was highly capable and incredibly loving, she took her bad situations in stride, but never gave up, she was enticing, witty, engaging and smart! Great book, I highly recommend as well. I’m excited to read the rest of the series, and grateful the story goes on!

(Actually finished July 7th 2013)

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Review: 16 Lighthouse Road


16 Lighthouse Road
16 Lighthouse Road by Debbie Macomber
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I just finished my semester of college, and all my required text book reading. I was feeling like I needed and wanted something light-hearted and maybe a little bit cheesy. I admit it, I love being cheesy! I openingly fantasize about the love I someday hope to really have, so I do enjoy romances from time to time. I have to believe for myself that crazy love is real! I know I’ve experienced it – when I don’t downplay it and be honest with myself. For this I’m incredibly grateful! I also have horrible romantic experiences that I’m also grateful for because they make me appreciate the great. But often times I feel like I loose faith and hope in finding crazy real love again. That’s why I enjoy these ‘fluffy’ books. Now, I’m also a realist and completely realize that not all of life is like this, and we are one of the few lucky ones if we but just a moment or two of these moments and memories!
However, that being said – This book needed work! At the beginning of this book, I felt like I have read one of Debbie Macomber’s books before, however cannot find any record of such. I do not know if this is one of Ms. Macomber’s first books – but her writing style indicated so. It was frustrating most the time. Now as far as clean level of romance. It was clean, there was mostly romantic feelings, but only one scene that was tastefully done. It was as if it had been written with a middle/high school student mentality and reality view of life. In addition, there were so many characters, that seemingly didn’t completely tie together. They all went off in different directions. I understand that the Judge was the central character, and the supporting characters were her children and their relationships, her best friend and her relationships and the life and happenings of a couple that had passed through her courtroom, in addition to the judges mother, and the judges love interest, oh and don’t forget her ex-husband. All these stories went in a million directions and never seemingly came back to tie together with a climax or a resolution! The dialog was a completely un-realistic and it was hard to not gag most the time with these ‘really, are you kidding me situations.’ I finished the book but I doubt that I would ever read one of her’s again. I might, if this was among her first books. I might read a later one and give her another chance. But if looking for a good light-hearted fluffy, feel good story mixed with romance that just leaves you grinning and warm on the inside … keep looking!

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Review: The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business


The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business
The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business by Terence Lau
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Really fascinating! Again, I’m grateful that the books I’m required to read for my degree are actually interesting. I continually find myself putting down the other books I’m reading or listening to so that I can go back to these. They are easy to understand, very logical and straight forward. The wording is strangely captivating as well as their application stories. The books are concise and do not ramble on saying the same thing over and over. They teach you what you need to know, in a manner that sticks and moves on. Highly recommend for all.

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Review: Full Tilt


Full Tilt
Full Tilt by Janet Evanovich
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I probably wouldn’t have read this as part of the continuing Full Series, if it hadn’t been for a couple things:
1) If I hadn’t already been on a quest to read all of Janet’s books
2) If my Aunt hadn’t told me how much she loved this series.

That being said, I also think I actually read this one once before about 5 or 6 years ago. As a random book that I found at the library before I really ‘discovered’ Janet Evanovich.

This book was MUCH better than the first book of the series!! MUCH!! You can tell how much Janet’s skills had developed over the years in-between the first and second book. I’m glad that I continued on with this series. It provided more smiles and giggles and something other than Bounty Hunting. I do like the path that she takes with this series as well. Although I complained that the first book was very corny I missed the presence of the two original characters in the first book. There were also some major disconnects and inconsistencies in the details. That was annoying, but I soon got over it (had to lol). Oh another thing, I didn’t like the whole two men scenario… My ex-husband had fidelity issues and so I tend to be sensitive to such things. Overall good book, fun and I’m excited for #3.

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Review: The Dante Club


The Dante Club
The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Honestly, this was NOT my favorite book. I barely made it through. I was bored out of my mind thru the entire book. The only reason that I finished it was because it was a book club read. It moved slow and jumped around. Lots of inconsistencies and disconnects. It also had a very ‘uppity’ and ‘holier than though’ type feel thru the whole book. I don’t recommend.

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This was a book club book. Check out the correlating Book Club Blog: http://www.bountifulbookclub.blogspot.com/

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Review: The Swan Thieves


 

 

Cover of "The Swan Thieves: A Novel"

Cover of The Swan Thieves: A Novel

 
The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

 

Honestly, I was EXTREMELY disappointed. Elizabeth’s first book, The Historian was one of my favorite books I’ve ever read. Thus, I was elated to read this one. I chose it for my book club (http://www.bountifulbookclub.blogspot.com/), thinking I couldn’t go wrong with a book by Elizabeth. It was my first time choosing a book for this club and I wanted to make a good impression. However, I’m mostly mortified. 😐 The Historian took me on this crazy wild ride, that has stuck with me and lines and scenes from it randomly pop in my head. Alas, The Swan Thieves, just goes on and on. I felt like she took the entire book to tell the ‘back story‘ and I just kept waiting for the plot to start. The last 15% of the book was the most interesting and what could and would have been the most exciting part if she would have elaborated upon it just a fraction of what she spent on the first 85% of the book. Elizabeth of course kept her characters consistent and did amazing amounts of research. In addition it was very interesting to learn more of what it’s like to be an artist and a bit of a psychiatrist. Her writing style is beautiful. Still this book was very long winded and mostly I just couldn’t wait to finish it and be done. Also with the last 15% it felt as if she realized she was behind on her time schedule to finish the book and rushed to a conclusion that left MUCH to be desired. I kept hoping that the resolution would at least justify the long back story, lack of a climax, etc. It didn’t. 😐 I did find myself getting anxious and questioning more about the paintings that had been talked about and described. I found myself going online and researching the paintings, painters, etc. Printing them out and placing them myself inside the book for future references. It would have been a nice appendix type addition to the printing to have included a few of them… Because it just left you wanting to see them… a picture after all is worth 1,000 words. I will of course continue to give Ms. Kostova a chance again with future writings, and pray that they are more similar in style to the Historian.

 

Oh one other thing it taught me was to make sure I never end up with an artist of that magnitude for a spouse. lol I did like a few lines and things that it taught as well. My favorite was when Marlow was speaking with his Father, who said paraphrasing, “Marlow, you just need to find someone who completes your thoughts and sentences, and when you do, you simply look them in the eye and say, “My Dear, it appears to me that your heart has been broken. Will you allow me to heal it for you?”

 

Another favorite passage was, “People whose marriages haven’t collapsed, or whose spouses die instead of leaving, don’t know that marriages that end seldom have a single ending. Marriages are like certain books, a story where you turn the the last page and you think it’s over, and then there’s an epilogue, and after that your’e inclined to go on wondering about the characters or imagining that their lives continue without you, dear reader. Until you forget most of that book, you’re stuck puzzling over what happened to them after you closed it.”

 

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Review: The Historian


The Historian
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh my goodness I absolutely LOVED this book!!!!! Very well researched, written and believable! I was quite shocked at the end of the first chapter to see what this book was REALLY about, and I remained in constant, ‘are you kidding me’ state the rest of the book. Constantly on the edge of my seat and completely obsessed through the last page. I really really hope that there will be another book continuing from here, it felt like it could continue on… I certainly do not want to give any spoilers… So I will leave this at – this is definitely a journey you need to take – your perspective will change forever and this book will go to the very top of your favorites list. Ms. Kostova did an amazing job with her research, her details, story and characters. She will not disappoint. 🙂

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Review: The Memory Keeper’s Daughter


Josephine Mills Awards celebrate Down syndrome...

Josephine Mills Awards celebrate Down syndrome research (Photo credit: BC Gov Photos)

The Memory Keeper's Daughter
The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow!!! Simply one of the best books I have ever read! Very well written. Absolutely Heartbreaking and Encouraging all at the same time! You will find your self questioning the characters actions and reflecting upon your own decisions in life. Really shows the impact that one seemingly small decision can make on your life and the lives of those around you. Also shows how lies and deceptions will literally eat you from the inside out, and how showing a little love will change it around. I work with Special Needs Kids (12-100 years old) it is the most amazing blessing in my life, how incredibly grateful I am for it. This fact alone and how much I love our sweet friends with special needs might have been a factor of why I feel so strongly about this book. But I honestly believe that EVERY individual in the world needs to read this book, gain a greater understanding of somethings – but ultimately take a look inward. This book, the words, the events, the people will change your life and never leave your heart or mind. It is definitely one of those books that you will randomly think of in random places and change your life for the better. More than highly recommend!

In addition…. One of the biggest things to me was to watch how Caroline fights and fights for her daughter! Yes, all mothers do, however watching her refuse to give Phoebe to the ‘institution’ and to get people to treat them both with respect to fighting the school systems to get her daughter enrolled and helping her daughter get the best available future and life for herself… from education, to some sort of work to having a place in the community! It really gave me so much more of an understanding and respect for the mothers of my wonderful

Down Syndrome Foundation

Down Syndrome Foundation (Photo credit: MyLifeStory)

Group who are very Tough and are still fighting for their children to still have a chance. What a tough situation and battle. But look at the difference that this made in the world! We have come such a long way and by having these sweet and wonderful souls around us more each day – we become a little better learning how simple and true the small and simple things are in life.

I also enjoyed that the author told the story from the views of all the main characters… By doing this she was able to tell so much more of what was really going on and how the lies, deceit and continued miss-communication can turn wonderful lives and situations into pure tragedies.

Wonderful, wonderful book!

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Review: Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy


Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy
Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy by Donald B. Kraybill
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow! What a great book! I feel that the authors did a great job researching the subject, the interviews and base knowledge greatly added to to understanding of the Amish people and their belief systems and ultimately more of who they are. I actually love books about the Amish. I used to live within 45 minutes of Lancaster and have always been amazed at these wonderful people. In addition I think that they authors did a fabulous job compiling all the research, and interviews together. The book flowed very well and kept me engaged, yearning to read just a little longer and when I finished with the strengthened desire to improve my own weaknesses and let go of things.

I started this a few months ago, then life got so busy I wasn’t able to finish it by the time it expired. By the time that I received it again from the library hold it was only a few days before the Aurora, Colorado Shooting at the Premier of the Batman movie. What a surreal moment it was finding out about the devistation in Colorado. I had already been reliving the horror of the 2006 Amish Masacre near my home. I remember thinking back then thoughts like, “Are you kidding me?” “Who would ever want to hurt any of the sweet Amish that wouldn’t even hurt a bug?! Let alone 10 harmless little girls!” “Wow, if that can happen there – none of us have an ounce of safety.” It was amazing to see my exact thoughts echoed in the book. That Friday morning when Aurora was announced (I saw it on Facebook – I generally don’t watch the news). I remember thinking is this a joke because I’m reading this book? What horrible events.

It was amazing to see the different responses though Lancaster vs Aurora. In Lancaster it was an outpouring of outrage, but also love and forgiveness… In Aurora it was outrage again, but this time mixed in with hatred and vengenouce. Of course anyone who commits this sort of horendous act is obviously very mentally ill (that should never really be a plea…) they would have to be mentally ill to even conceive of such actions. Of course justice needs to be met. But all the hatred, vengence, retaliation, etc. Isn’t healthy for anyone. The person that commits these acts don’t care, in fact they kind of get off on it. Those feelings merely eat the person/people feeling it from the inside out creating worse situations down the road. My point is, when these horrid things happen, or even smaller every day actions. How are we responding to them? How are we chosing to be? When we look in the mirror at night, is that the person we want looking back at us.

I highly recommend this book to everyone. Let us offer a little mercy, understanding and forgiveness to all those we come in contact with.

As a side note to the massacre’s check out Glenn Beck‘s comments and how and when I learned of the incident. http://www.glennbeck.com/2012/07/20/twelve-dead-at-midnight-screening-of-new-batman-movie/

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Review: Eragon


Eragon
Eragon by Christopher Paolini
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really really enjoyed this book! I thought it was well written, great imagery and character sketches. The story flowed very well. I didn’t get lost or overwhelmed. It kept me engaged and obsessed the whole time! Glad I already have book 2 ready to go! There was always something new around every turn and the author took the time to give the necessary back story when needed. There was just the right amount of self-growth on Eragon’s part and action. Just really great! Highly recommend. The only thing that caught me really as a bit off was the last battle of the book. It kind of hit me from left field, like the author was going somewhere else, stopped then redirected, but it was ok. If I didn’t know there were a couple more books I would have been more upset at the edge I was left on. In comparission to other middle-earth type books aka Lord of the Rings (hated) I LOVED this!!!

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