Friday, May 22, 2015

Reasons to Live

Daily we reach for another day.
And know we will find miracles around us.

Wherever there is a baby's cry, a grandmother weeding zinnias,
Next to a tree struck by lightening, there is reason to live again.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A Trip around the Sun by Mark Batterson Richard Foth with Susanna Foth Aughtmon

When I received this book, A Trip around the Sun by Mark Batterson Richard Foth, from BakerBooks, I had no idea how much meaningful material would become my gain. These men along with Susanna Foth Aughtmon have a unique way of sharing Bible concepts and ways to live an abundant life. At any given chapter, I wanted to take notes or stop and just meditate for the moment on a specific idea.At the same time, I didn't want to interrupt my reading about ways to live life like an everyday adventure.

Each chapter is written from the viewpoint of Mark Batterson or Richard (Dick) Foth. At the end of each chapter is the main point of the chapter. This point is blocked off so you can not miss it. It also helps as a memory device. I especially enjoyed reading about how much they love their children and grandchildren. How exciting to go on a special journey with each grandchild and share family journals.

Along the way, a book is mentioned. The books is A Touch of Wonder by Arthur Gordon. I read A Touch of Wonder by Arthur Gordon years ago. Oddly, I've never seen this book mentioned anywhere except in "A Trip around the Sun." My heart did a little pitter patter seeing the book mentioned. Since these men had read this book, I knew to expect a great read and wonderful suggestions along the way in their book. Thanks to all involved in writing this Christian nonfiction book. Thank you for the reminder in the dedication to always remember and remain thankful to past ancestors and also to keep hope alive for future generations. I now know the importance of  writing down goals as well. One goal is to try and read  a chapter of the Bible everyday. I might add a Louis L'Amour western for desert.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Teaser Tuesday

"We can learn from any genre, from theology to allegory to poetry to fiction. When I read biography, I love good heroes....Books allow us to know each other's stories when we aren't sitting around the same campfire."

My Best Friend

Five months I hunted for two special kittens.
Reaching for Mother Goose, I read about the kittens who lost their mittens.
I cried. Then  downtown, I spotted a calico kitten across the street.
Easing my way through the crowd, I kept my eyes on his black and white feet.
Nothing could stop my chase. My new friend sat down with me on a bench.
Dearest is what I named him, and every day he purrs his love for me in French.

A Trip around the Sun by Mark Batterson Richard Foth with Susanna Foth Aughtmon

"Dick taught me to read people the way I read books. I discovered, as Dick likes to say, that people are books with skin on them. Their lives are stories to be read and learned from....He has modeled how relationships enrich your life. I have read his biography, not on paper but in person...There is nothing like seeing someone use the God-given gifts that you saw in them before they saw them in themselves."

Monday, May 18, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

 I finished reading Everyday Grace by Jessica Thompson and The Long Fall by Penelope Wilcock. I am now reading A Trip around the Sun by Mark Batterson and Richard Foth with Susanna Foth Aughtmon. Next is The Heart of The Amish by Suzanne Woods Fisher.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

A Trip around the Sun by Mark Batterson Richard Foth

"Jim Elliott, a missionary to the Huaorani tribe, said it this way: You don't lose your life when you choose to follow Jesus--it is the starting point to the life you were meant to live."