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Review: Holy Bible: New Testament: The King James Version


Holy Bible: New Testament: The King James Version
Holy Bible: New Testament: The King James Version by Anonymous
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve read the New Testament a few times, and felt a few months ago, that I wanted to read it again. Always good to do. I love how each time that I read through the scriptures I find new gems, have questions answered, and find new ones. I’m grateful for a guide in my life to help me become a better person.

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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! šŸ˜

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: Ensign – June 2013


Ensign - June 2013
Ensign – June 2013 by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I honestly love the fact that we have The Ensign available to us!! It never ceases to amaze me how each month it’s filled with articles that I swear, were written just for me! In addition its material is not always applicable to me, but also put forth in such a manner that I am able to internalize the doctrine greater. Resulting in feeling closer to the Lord and the Gospel. šŸ™‚

http://www.lds.org/ensign/2013?lang=eng

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Review: The Ensign – March 2013


The Ensign - March 2013
The Ensign – March 2013 by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ok, I know I haven’t been fantastic at staying on top of reading the Ensign every month for the past few months. I have defiantly felt the lack of it’s influence in my life, and on my spirit. I’m grateful I listened to the prompting to start reading it again this month! At this moment I’m committing once again to read the Ensign each month for the rest of this year and go back and read the first two issues. This really was a fantastic issue and deeply touched my spirit and uplifted my heart. It felt that almost each article once again had been written just for me! I love how that works! šŸ™‚ It makes me feel that maybe I’m not completely alone in the world with my struggles and trials, and let’s be honest – mental issues at times! Great Ensign! I highly recommend! It also helped to encourage me and really kinda slap me upside my head on subjects that I’ve been slacking on or other areas in my life where I need improvement… and that improvement is easy! I just have to do it! I know I can, and I know that God will bless me for doing so! I fully know that life isn’t always peaches and cream if we just follow the commandments… but I know that God does bless us in those tiny butĀ significateĀ daily tender mercies! Those tender mercies are what strengthen and keep us encouraged as we face trials and tribulations they are what help make it through and so that they are mere, and it came to pass moments, and not thus came the downfall of Jennifer…

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Review: Mere Christianity


Mere Christianity
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Yet another CS Lewis I really enjoyed! I really enjoyed how deep he delved into subjects, very controversial subjects! I kept wanting to take experts from the book and just give that as my reply to certain subjects that are current hot topics in the world. Highly recommend to all! Even if you are not Christian, it gave some great insights, and more ammo for me in other areas. šŸ˜‰

Topics I book marked:
Theology on desires – healthy & unhealthy; Lifestyles; Appetites w/ Food & Sex; Marriage; Charity; Faith; How Christ molds us; Hope; Faith; and more. Great read!

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Review: The Memory of Earth


The Memory of Earth
The Memory of Earth by Orson Scott Card
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I have very mixed feelings on this particular book. I really enjoy Orson Scott Card and was excited about reading this one. I was really needing a book with some more thought provoking points – this was a great one for that matter!

It’s a Science Fiction (which I also love) set in the future, when the Human Race has destroyed Earth and moved to another planet named Harmony. Most of the book sets up the scene, the people, the planet, the culture, the religions, etc. It was fascinating to read about. I enjoyed much of the religious overtones and similes through the first 75%+ part of the book. Granted, some of it was VERY weird, but over all I liked it. I thought that it flowed well and that the story and all details connected and made sense, and really brought things to my mind about our own cultures here on Earth.

It finally gets to the point of this whole story, in the last 15% of the book, not just setting the stage and it was the first few chapters of Nephi, from the Book of Mormon. There were not many variances from the story of Lehi and his family. At this point I lost a lot of interest, and some respect honestly. I didn’t like how he literally played it out detail by detail identically to the things that happened with Lehi’s Family! Which took away any suspense, of how is this going to end… Even Nephi’s name was used in Card’s book (I listened to it) but the main character’s name is Nefi! Really? Have we lost all creativity here? Obviously I got hung up on it feeling like plagiarism.

Nonetheless, I’ve always loved this story (in it’s original telling) it was very interesting to see how Card made these defining moments fit into his story board. It brought many things to the surface in a different light than I have ever looked at.

I think that the things that stuck out to me most was that the Oversoul’s purpose was to help mankind over come itself to finally develop the greatness that we inherently could have if we but tried a little harder. But that no matter what time or place we continue to make the regular trip through the pride cycle. Another big point was the difference Nefi’s out look was on everything once he knew the Oversoul’s purpose and goals and how he played a part it in. Little things, fights with his brothers, how he approached things he was asked to do, how he choose to treat people – all of it changed, because he could see more of the big picture and where he fit and learned more of the things that really matter.

Overall I did like it. I know there is a lot more seeing that he barely broke into the first few chapters of 1 Nephi. I worry though that I would struggle, because I would already know what big thing was really going to happen next.

In addition, I really like the fact that Card has been able to share basic gospel principals in more of a secular manner and able to reach out to more people. Go ahead and read it, if nothing else it includes some great physiologic and sociological discussion points.

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Christmas Magic & The Festival of Trees


I love Christmas! I love the season, the smells, the feel of everything, the taste in the air and the energy all around! For years I have dreamed of having that perfect storybook Christmas, my family never had that. Oh we had our own type of Christmas Magic, but never what I knew was waiting out there…. somewhere.

I grew up all over the US, my dad works for the Federal Government in the Bureau of Land Management. Therefore, we lived in every small podunkĀ town known to mankind. Ok, not really, but it sure felt like it! I ended up going to 11 different schools by the time that I graduated from high school, so I’ve been around. We never lived close to our extended family and we always just celebrated our quiet littleĀ immediateĀ family holidays by ourselves. Which I ultimately grew to appreciate VERY much! After college, I ended up moving back East, New York City, Vermont & then was in the Philadelphia suburbs for nearly a decade. (While on that subject I think the state of Pennsylvania simply has something incredibly magic about it – butĀ especiallyĀ during Thanksgiving toĀ ChristmasĀ toĀ theĀ New Year!) Which again put me far away from extended and immediate family. As I’d always done, I adopted new family(ies). This also comes with invitations to spend holidays with other families and get a glimpse into other people’s worlds and traditions. From this I have gleamed some of the best ‘magic’ I have witnessed, and implementing their traditions and magic into my own traditions – and hoping that someday when I have a family of my own I’ll be able to continue to add to that great Christmas Magic!

However, here I find myself close to family once again and some holidays are celebrated, while most are not. If they are celebrated it’s generally because I’m hosting the whole shebang. Most the time though, I find myself ignoring the things about the holiday’s that I love so very much – in order not to be once again heart-broken. I stopped putting up decorations, I don’t want to cook my big fabulous meals, and I look forward to the quiet day off with no one bugging me, no phone calls or texts beyond Happy whatever holiday! It breaks my heart knowing this. I even do it for my own birthday anymore (I’m a Christmas week baby) no one cares, no one will come and if they do, they do stupid stuff that makes me wish I never attempted to throw myself a party in the first place. šŸ˜¦ This I know all stems from the years of heartache and let downs of having hopes so high that just maybe this year might be a fraction better. In addition in all likeliness its that awful voice of my ex-husband telling me everything was horrible because of me, and my wanting each moment to be great – even if it’s horrible – I continue to believe that there can be goodness found in all things even if it’s just a micro or nano thing… Of course I find myself just wanting to take myself on some fabulous vacation that I can’t afford; far away from everyone and everything…. and it’s warm of course!

Despite my jaded view on this subject, there are a few things that bring me such great joy!

I have been an Auction Host at theĀ Festival of TreesĀ now for 3 years! It’s hard to believe I’ve even been around here that long! I was first introduced to the Festival of Trees from my girlfriend, Andrea. (Andrea’s Main Blog & Andrea’s Second Blog – Things you will not believe!! Regarding the Health of her Children) Ā These areĀ amazingĀ stories that you need to read!) TheĀ Festival of TreesĀ Ā is a fabulous non-profit organization that donates 100% of their proceeds back to the children at Primary Children’s Hospital. Each year the first week after Thanksgiving they hold a gigantic auction at the South Towne Expo Center. People andĀ organizationsĀ donate their time, talent and resources to providing a fabulousĀ environmentĀ and things to auction. You can find Large Trees, Medium Trees, Small Trees, Centerpieces, General Decorations, Wreaths, Quilts, Statues/Sculptures, Paintings,

Photography, not to mention all the baked goods and other gifts that you can purchase there and MUCH more!Ā It’s quiet theĀ experienceĀ  Auction night is always quite elite and has a formal attire dress code. Andrea & I are Auction Hosts for whatever section we might be assigned to each year answering questions and facilitating the silent auctions in our area. What fun this is! Not only do we get to dress up in our beautiful formals, but we also get to make new friends, meet interesting people and serve! What energy fills the air here! In this one place my Christmas Magic has returned and ignited such a fire ofĀ hope and joy all around! I’m so grateful that Andrea invited me three years ago! This

is truly one of my most favorite events of the year! I’m so glad that my little effort actually makes a difference in someones life! It’s amazing to see what some of these items go for – and it’s all really for the children!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So whatever it might be that you love about the Christmas Season… I hope you find it this year. I hope you grab onto it and hold it tight. Find people around you in every capacity that you can serve in either the littlest of ways – most people are so in need of a genuine smile and a hello, or in big ways – but do it just because.

May you be blessed with the Love of our Lord and remember exactly WHY we have Christmas after all… because someone gave us the greatest of all gifts!

I’ll post a few photos from our night. šŸ™‚ Later when I am working on a better computer… šŸ˜‰

 

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Review: The Screwtape Letters


The Screwtape Letters
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I thought this book was very interesting. I am a huge fan of CS Lewis to start with. Needless to say I think that Mr. Lewis put things in a very interesting perspective here. Sometimes I personally think that the “War in Heaven” between God and his Angels and Satan and his dominion is still raging every day. We see it in all that we do in all that we strive for and all that we believe in. In all aspects of world and personal history we see the for eternal battle between good and evil. Satan’s true goal in the eternities is to make us fall, and drag us down within the depths of our own personal Hell. Some of us give into it, and some of us will continue to fight and fight. One of my favorite songs is “If You Are Going Thru Hell” by Rodney Atkins. The song basically relates that no matter how bad life gets, if you find yourselves in the depths of despair just keep on going, keep moving and eventually life will work its self out and don’t let the Devil get his claws in you. The things that Satan likes to put in our lives generally backfire, helping us develop stronger wills, courage and strength – no matter how deep the tribulations. I think this book goes right along with it. A how to book teaching Satan’s Minion are to drag each of us down, keep us away from God, confuse our minds, and our paths, ultimately bringing us further away from our divine natures. This objective view gives us a look and heads a warning and in truth ammunition and inside knowledge of fighting our own battle against the enemy and how to come off victorious. I think that everyone needs to read this book! My father has been recommending it to me for 15 years. I’m a bit stubborn. I wish I would have heeded his suggestion years ago. I also think this is one that we need to read every year or so and bring things again into perspective. Go win your personal battle today!

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Winter Wonderland


What a beautiful morning here today! We have been in the middle of a blizzard for two days now. My favorite part of winter is the overwhelming desire to cuddle up in your favorite blanket, a movie, a book out best of all a loved one.

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Yesterday, I was blessed with a paid day off work because of the blizzard. It was much needed. I was able to do some chores and just do some of the things on my need to do list. Nonetheless, there is still much to do. This morning I am so grateful for the time to my self to just attempt to relax and watch a movie. This has always been difficult for me. I can’t just sit. But I tried hard this morning! My computer is still not working (remember the honey infested keys), and I couldn’t figure out a project I could work on in the living room. No wonder I listen to books while doing chores & projects! Lol

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Also yesterday, when I turned on the radio for some music I was surprised that they were playing straight Christmas Music! However, it really is starting to look a lot like Christmas! Here are a few pictures of my area. It certainly isn’t as beautiful as my old home in Pennsylvania (200 year old farm home on 3 1/2 acres, in the middle if the forrest on a lake), yet out is still beautiful! In these pictures you can’t see the mountains due to the storm still hovering. I’ll post a picture of the snow capped mountains later. So far we have received 16″ in my township, but only 6″ or so at my home.

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I’ve never been a fan of pine trees, long explanation, and after the windstorm from last year that made national news that took down nearly every pine tree in the south end if the county, (I’ll give you the story and pictures later) I like then even less. Yet, as I saw these two, I had to stop and admire God’s eye and talent for creating this beauty, of the snow.covered pine trees. šŸ™‚

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Please excuse any typos. This was typed on my phone. I will make corrections when I again obtain computer access.

 

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Review: The Grand Finale


The Grand Finale
The Grand Finale by Janet Evanovich
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

At this point we all know I love Janet Evanovich. This was again one of her pre-Plum romances. Honestly, I love them the most! They are all somewhat similar, and of course have formulas. But I don’t care. They are cute, witty, crazy little circumstances, always with a fun main character, sometimes ditsy, this one (Berri) wasn’t, and have a hunk of a man for them, with crazy supporting characters. You can definitely see the development of Stephanie Plum‘s character and story line, and supporting characters throughout these. It’s been fun to watch the development really. This was well written, there were a few disconnects though. In addition to a few times where you can see Janet started foreshadowing somethings and then changed her mind or forgot about them. I didn’t like how it ended. It was ok, but I wasn’t ready for this story to end and thought it could have had a stronger closing, this one just kind of left me hanging and saying, “Really? That was it!?”
I really found myself identifying with Berri, recently divorced from an un-loving, un-supporting, roommate type spouse and having to find her direction in life again. While Berri didn’t know where she was going or what she was doing before; I had. My difference was having to redirect my entire career, not just find one. Both she and I are working our tail ends off burning the candle at both ends and going to school (well I’m starting). All the while we still find all these opportunities to serve just because or part of our everyday actions even though we feel like we are going to burn out at any second. One thing that I noticed with Berri & Jake and the “Little Old Ladies” aka the supporting characters is that each of them were able to find love again, and relax about it! All of the love that they found actually came very quickly and easily. This is hard for me, I live in a society where everyone meets, dates, engaged and married within 3 months. I have a hard time believing that a healthy foundation can really be built in that time frame, or that you can even remotely know the person. Most of the hold back and difficulties in Berri & Jake’s relationship & romance came from Berri herself resisting it and trying not to allow love in her life, or anyone really close enough to her to throw her off her “Plan”. Sometimes life doesn’t work out the way we plan, but we have to remember that God always has a “Better Plan” for us, better than we can ever imagine, we just have to be willing to let his hand guide our lives….. in all things.

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Blessings on the Horizon and Abounding Everywhere!


Holy crap! Amazing things are really happening this week! Its so so exciting! I feel life the windows of heaven are pouring out amazing blessings and opportunities! Every time I blink its something new! Thank you Heavenly Father!! šŸ™‚Ā  couldn’t help but share my excitement and joy! šŸ˜€ Its so wonderful to see things starting to fall into place! Nothing in stone yet…. but SO much on the horizon!

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Let Us Always Remember…


I know it’s late in the day for this… but out of all of the photos I have seen today, this one touched me the most (and was the first one I saw) May we truly never forget our friends and family that died… and what this country was founded upon. May God Bless All – Everyday. And may we always remember the hand he plays in our lives, sometimes saving our lives, our hearts, our minds, or even just our feet from stepping in something. While the tragedy that took place here, it could have been so much worse. Thank you for your love and Compassion Heavenly Father!Ā Image

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