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Mud, Sweat and Tears

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                                                     When many people think of survival shows, the first one that comes to their mind is Man vs. Wild starring Bear Grylls. Now fans can get up close and personal with Grylls in his new autobiography, Mud, Sweat, and Tears . Right from the get-go, the book starts off with a near death experience as Grylls is climbing one of the Rockies right here in BC. Well written and thrilling, it keeps you on the edge of your seat and anxiously turning the pages. Even though you know that he is going to survive and make it (he is writing the book after all), it is still tense and you can't help but be amazed at how he is able to survive things that he had no business surviving. The book isn't all action adventure however. The first few chapters, after it allows you to take a breath from his near death experience, Grylls talks about his grandfather and his father. His grandfather is built up as a legendary figure, and even if some

Learning to Read...

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One of my favorite activities is to read stories to young children; somehow you cannot help but get caught up in their excitement!!  When my kids were young I read to them daily. Sometimes I found it was difficult as I was tired and knew that a pile of laundry the size of Chicago threatened my basement, not to mention the dishes that felt as tall as Mount Everest on the counter…sometimes I would try to hurry the process by ‘missing’ a page (which rarely worked) but regardless of the chaos surrounding us we always made time for a book or two (or three). Encouraging children to develop a love of reading at an early age lays the foundation for strong literacy skills, which are crucial for future success.  Exposing babies to books and reading increases vocabulary, makes it easier for them to learn to read later on, and it offers opportunities for positive interactions with the adults in their lives. Early exposure to language—whether through books, words, or songs—can help prevent pr

Red Sea Rules - Thoughts from a non-reader

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                         : Thoughts from my friend Jenelle on the book Red Sea Rules : I was given this book to read to see what I thought about it.  I am not usually one to read a lot of books and the books I do read take me about a year to complete.  I really am more of a movie person.  But this book was inconceivable.  I had a difficult time pulling myself away from the astounding points that it has to offer. And the quotes that were referenced throughout the book were mind blowing yet so simple.  It's kind of like one of those things that seems so obvious yet our human mind never seems to recognize the facts when they are right in front of us.  Sometimes when we are too close to something it can be impossible to see clearly and we therefore find ourselves facing difficult challenges and are unable to see a way out or even a clear path to indicate which direction to even look to.   John R. Rice quotes in the book, "Worry is putting question marks where God has

Red Sea Rules

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The Red Sea Rules About 10 years ago I heard Robert Morgan speak about his book The Red Sea Rules at a Thomas Nelson sales conference.  (Thomas Nelson is the publisher.)  I knew I'd be selling the book to bookstores but his message cut right through the sales pitches and all that sort of thing.  I knew I needed to read it.  I had been going through big transitions and was looking for biblical perspective.  I found it in The Red Sea Rules .  This powerful little book is filled with God's perspective that I think might apply to everyone.  I picked it up again and have been re-reading it.  Yup.  Still a great book.  If your view into the future looks uncertain or if your present circumstances don't match your expectations, I'd recommend you give this book a read.  I think and hope you'll be glad you did.  Let me know what you think of it.  Gary  

My Imaginary Jesus

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From Keith: I don't know what I was expecting when I started the book My Imaginary Jesus by Matt Mikalatos, but it definitely wasn't what I ended up reading. Part fiction, part Christian Living, part Allegory, and even part Theology. The book is a story of one man's quest to find the real Jesus. Matt has a picture of Jesus in his mind. At first, he seems legit. But he soon discovers that the Jesus of his imagination is not the real Jesus of the Bible. So Matt goes on a quest (along with other characters) to find the real Jesus. They come across many other fake Imaginary Jesuses (what's the plural of Jesus? Jesi?); ones that we can all relate to believing in at one time or another. Legalist Jesus, New Age Jesus, Eight Ball Jesus, Masculine Jesus and numerous others. But none of them are real. None of them are true.    This book was fascinating. It was hilarious (I laughed out loud on many occasions), and at the same time, it is heartwarming

A Deeper Understanding.

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 I have read a number of good books of late...it was my intent to tell you about one of them but then I saw something...something wonderful and I could not resist letting you know about it!  The new Baker Illustrated Bible Commentary !! A good commentary is one of the most helpful tools when studying and this week we received one that has me very excited! This is a beautiful book that is filled with section-by-section notes from 43 leading scholars; it provides not only a great overview of the text but includes vibrant, full colored images designed to help us gain a deeper understanding of the time or place. This commentary is filled with great information that can be used by everyone, it is accurate and intelligent without being so academic that it is hard to use. I am a bit of a geek and I love reference books, they give us such great insight into the Bible and help us to understand His Word which in turn gives us a better understanding of God Himself. When studying there are a c

UNBROKEN!

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   From frontliner and booklover, Keith:  For anyone interested in WWII history, and intense survival narratives, there is no book better than Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.  I can honestly say that this book was the best book I read in all of 2011 (and best biography I have read in my entire life).  I know that is high praise, and I know that saying something like that, sets the book up to be overhyped and then disappoint the reader. If that ends up being the case...if I end up overhyping this story, and you end up disliking the book, I sincerely apologize. The book is about a man named Louie Zamperini, and essentially, the book falls into 4 parts: Louie the Athlete, Louie joins the War, Louie the Survivor, and finally Post-War Louie. I'm not going to give any major plot details away, but the things that Louie goes through as a WWII veteran are incredible. The book is so well written that at times you forget you are reading a biography and mistake it for a novel.