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 Christianbooks.com 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,

Sheila

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.