Monthly Archives: March 2008

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….

Illuminated by Matt Bronleewe

dsc06905.jpgTake National treasure and trade the Davin chi Code for the Gutenberg Bibles with a dash of Indiana Jones and the pace of 24, and you will have the making of Illuminated.

A great read of stolen Bibles and hidden codes. Two organizations both fighting for the same secrets as our main character August battles to save the secret. If he fails, his family dies. If he succeeds, he destroys a national treasure. The clock is ticking.

An enjoyable read. This author was a founding member of Jars of Clay.

The Book of Names by Jill Gregory and Karen Tintori

dsc06895.jpgThis Book was chosen by my book club for our March read. First thing I picked up on was this book is written in a Davinchi Code style (I don’t believe it to be as controversial) but had the same fast paced theme and it all stemmed around a group called the Lamed Vovniks (who I had never heard of).

I loved that the book was written by two women, best friends in fact. They knew about the legend of the Lamed Vovniks and wanted to write a story around them. After years of research and putting this idea onthe back burner – it finally came to be.

The book was written well and read well. I liked the pace and our book club review was very interesting as we discussed Biblical references, and who in todays world would classify as this fiction book said, as a lamed vovnik.

Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Decked Out by Neta Jackson

dsc06903.jpgAre you ever in the mood just to let our mind wander anywhere? You are not looking for a heavy read – but basically fluff. A no brainer that you can pick up read a few pages and get back to whenever… if ever.

Well, that is how this book found its way into my hands. Purchased for the plane ride to Honduras, I skimmed it and didn’t finish until I had returned home. At that point just finishing it to see if it had a point (which it didn’t) I did stumble across one gem in this book.

Towards the end of the book I learned about the Watch Night Celebration, which stems back to Abraham Lincoln’s reign before he freed the slaves. The Watch Night Celebration was what the slaves would do on New Year’s Eve… it was a time to be in deep prayer over the past year, and for the year that was upon them. They pray through the new year. I love that idea!

In the book, they have a similar celebration where they potluck together as a church, as family and friends, and on New Years eve they eat together, laugh together, and as midnight draws near, they pray through the new year, thanking God and praising Him for the past year and praying for the new one.

That right there, made the book for me.