Book Sale Recap

Have to share, it was incredible!  They had so many books this year they did not even put them in alphabetical order by author… actually made it more challenging but I think I was up to it.

Oh the books – the beautiful books…. beautiful hard cover books for 50 cents – that’s right – 50 cents!  I cruised through the whole thing quickly scanning titles and then went in for a second lap – more detailed this time as I dug in boxes under the tables, read jacket covers and breathed in that great book scent.  Wall to wall people and wall to wall books…. 

I was in line to check out when I discovered I had completely missed the oversize paperback section and spent another 20 minutes there. 

When I finally checked out, an hour and a half after I had stepped in – I had 23 books!  $11.50!  The price I would be lucky to get for our hard cover book!  What a rush!!!

Stay tune this fall when the Library sale hits again!

UN Christian by Dave Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons

dsc06894.jpgFor the past few months I have been digging into this book slowly processing and re reading and  telling you now – I think I have struck gold.

Christians are supposed to represent Christ to the world. But according to the latest report card, something has gone terribly wrong. Using descriptions like “hypocritical,” “insensitive,” and “judgmental,” young Americans share an impression of Christians that’s nothing short of . . . unChristian.

Groundbreaking research into the perceptions of sixteen- to twenty-nine-year-olds reveals that Christians have taken several giant steps backward in one of their most important assignments. The surprising details of the study, commissioned by Fermi Project and conducted by The Barna Group, are presented with uncompromising honesty in UNChristian.

With great input by Rick Warren, Gary Haugen,  Mark Batterson, Andy Stanley, Jim Wallis, Sarah Cunningham, Chuck Colson, Louis Giglio, Andy Crouch, Jim White, Brian McLaren, Margaret Feinberg and many more – this is a hard to put down, yet a must read for anyone trying to understand what we face in trying to reach the 16 to 29 generation.

What dreams may come…

You would think with my never ending stack of books at home to be read, and the not as big but just as popular pile of books to read again…. I would be satisfied. Not to mention, my current books that I am reading: The Other Boleyn Girl, UNChristian, and Nothing To Fear… but alas, that is not the case…

I still see books, hear about books and want to read books…. SO as we end March 2008, here is my current wish list:

The Next Thing On My List by Jill Smolinski

Three Cups Of Tea by Greg Mortinson, and David Oliver Relin

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

I am sure there is more… but that is what is in my head at this moment….

A Letter…

Dear Barnes and Noble,

It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that I am breaking up with you.  After much consideration and making of mental pro/con lists – I feel it is best if we take this no further and end our walk together here.

Recently I have been seeing other book stores.  I have been spending what I consider to be quality time in stores within a ten mile radious of my home.  With the positive upgrades to our two local stores as well as my ever increasing enjoyment of and Amazon, I truly feel our time has passed.

I’ll remember the good times – your shelves and shelves of books, the great atmosphere, and of course, that “new book” smell.

I find it only fair to tell you that I will be requesting half of all your books in our divorce settlement.

Best of wishes,


Brainerd Library Book Sale

Ok… I almost hate to share this…. but the Bookie in me (my definition of a book junkie as well as the name of my book club) has to put the word out on this little known blog so I don’t feel selfish.  : )

The Brainerd Library book sale is Friday March 28th and 29th at 9 am each morning.  There I said it. 

For those of you who have never experienced this sale that takes place every Spring and Fall – here are a few guidelines from a book sale pro….

  1. Ladies, leave your purse in the car or at home.  Grab cash or check and stick it in your pocket.  You are not going to want to be lugging anything around while you dig through piles of books by your favorite authors and favorite topics.
  2. Stretch.  You may laugh… but not only are there stacks and stacks of books lined up on long tables…. but there are more books under the tables in boxes all categorized and ready to hit the tables if they have a chance.  It has not been beyond me to crawl under these tables and plow through the boxes.
  3. Patience.  My past experience has been a packed area in the room to the right of the library and by packed I mean wall to wall people all doing the same thing you are doing.  (For that reason, you really can’t get upset with them).

That’s about it.  Enjoy!  Oh – and for those of you who have books to donate, they are still accepting books and if you feel the need to feed my habit and others like me…

Bless you.

Hunger Pains by Cynthia Moe

dsc06898.jpgI recently heard about this book from a friend while traveling back from a conference. She was telling me about this book that was written by a co worker of hers who works in the Brainerd Police Department, Cynthia Moe.

I was immediately intrigued by the topic and the fact that this was a woman from my own home town. I went to Bethany Book Store and found it!

The book is well written and I like that Cynthia breaks down a 40 day fast by journaling her thoughts day to day. For me, I enjoyed the layed back truthful way the book is written. Cynthia gives it all – the moments that are great, and the moments you question what you are doing. She has questions at the end of each chapter and scripture to show you Biblically what she is talking about.

Highly enjoyable book!

What’s So Amazing About Grace by Philip Yancey

dsc06909.jpgThis is my third time through this book and each time I pull out something different. Philip is an excellent writer who tells it like it is.

What’s So Amazing About Grace really makes me look at who I am in God – and who I am as a person. Grace goes far beyond my normal human response and reading how Philip puts it into perspective stretches me. Grace is shocking, even scandalous – but always Biblical.

This is a book that will always be in my personal library. For the record, you are safe to go with anything that Philip Yancey has written. (Rumors of Another World, Reaching for the Invisible God, The Jesus I never knew, Where is God when it Hurts, Disappointed with God) I believe I have read them all….