Monday, July 27, 2015

First Chapter First Paragraph

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"Michael Hunter stared at the hand-lettered sign on the Gull Motel office, expelled a breath, and raked his fingers through his hair. Not the welcome he'd been expecting after a mind-rumbling thirty-six-hour cross-country drive to the Oregon coast. And where was he supposed to stay for the next three weeks, until the place opened again?"

Mailbox Monday

Thank you to Gallery Books, Revell and Kregel.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Welcome To My Breakdown by Benilde Little

Although she loved writing, it was rare for Benilde Little to sit down and write without fighting feelings of depression. In Welcome To My Breakdown, she writes about the early years when she was bullied at school. Then she becomes one of the many grown-up daughters who choose to care for their parents as they age. She loves her mother deeply. She cares for her mother as her heart condition worsens. At the same time, she cares for Ford and Baldwin, her children, and husband. Through all of her pain, she never gives up writing. She hangs in there and writes and publishes quite a few novels.

Baldwin tells her mother to write out her depression. This memoir tells how to keep going when the energizer bunny inside you just wants to give up and throw in the towel. It's not about what's going on in our life. It's whether we keep going and attending life's

Monday, July 20, 2015

Stronger by Clayton King

Hard trials that come our way build us up. They don't tear us down. In Stronger by Clayton King, there are traits of character listed. We become more vulnerable, humble and strong and really give our hearts to worship during struggles in our lives. The author, Clayton King, after thirty years of his life had passed, and during one of the saddest moments of his life, the death of his mother became a 'new' man.

It's deeply touching to read about the author's parents, their illnesses and other problems. His personal experiences made me look at situations I had gone through in my own life. His journal entries are also an important part of the book. These entries are at the very beginning of the book. Here is one. "I can grow bitter or I can become better."

Throughout Stronger, a bit about Hospice Care is mentioned. I am now more aware of the way this system works with family and friends.  Who knows what the future will bring?

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Teaser Tuesday

Cormac McCarthy's novel All the Pretty Horses says it well: "'Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real.''

"I have to teach my girl and my little guy, who just started kindergarten, to be proud of their heritage. I have to encourage them to immerse themselves in black history, both in and out of the classroom, so they understand why some history books....."

The Innocent by Ann H. Gabhart

Carlyn Kearney is a woman who must remake herself in the Christian novel, The Innocent by Ann H. Gabhart. This because her husband, Ambrose, is a missing soldier. Her only companion is her dog, Asher. When she is evicted from her home by Curt Whitlow, she moves into the Shaker community.

I felt very sorry for Carlyn. It's never easy for a woman to try and make a new life anywhere. There are new friends to meet. These friends are strange to her because she doesn't understand their way of life. The Shakers don't believe people should have pets. So, Carlyn has to give Asher away. Reading about a woman who had to give up so much really upset me. Like in real life, one trial led to another trail. She had to totally lean on God.

I grew tired of reading about Shakers. It almost made me not like this Christian Fiction novel. It seemed more like a novel about this religious sect than a murder mystery.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Day Of Atonement by David A. deSilva

"It had been the first day since Jason's advance that it was remotely easy to move about the streets again, but with all the action now focused in the city's center--and Menelaus and his party locked down in the Akra--there was a strange feeling of freedom in the southern quarter."