Friday, January 12, 2018

Review: The Man He Never Was: A Modern Reimagining of Jekyll and Hyde

The Man He Never Was: A Modern Reimagining of Jekyll and Hyde The Man He Never Was: A Modern Reimagining of Jekyll and Hyde by James L. Rubart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is not the first book by James L. Rubart that I have read, and I'm sure it won't be the last. As with the author's other books, this intriguing novel gives you much to think about. If you've ever read and studied [i]The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde[/i], then you know where this story is going. And if you're a Christian, then you really understand this story. Inside each of us is both good and bad; the one we feed the most is the one we show the most.

As with other books by this author, there are supernatural elements, but it's not a Sci-Fi or fantasy novel. It's the story of a modern-day man who wakes up one day and discovers he disappeared eight months before after leaving a note that could be construed as a suicide note. He's not the man he used to be, and he never wants to be that man again....and that's the struggle.

Well worth a read, even if books with a few supernatural elements are not your normal cup of tea.
At my request, I received a free electronic copy of this book from NetGalley. I was not required to give a positive review. This review reflects my honest thoughts and opinions on the book, and I received no compensation for this review other than getting to keep the e-book.

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Review: The War on Christmas: Battles in Faith, Tradition, and Religious Expression

The War on Christmas: Battles in Faith, Tradition, and Religious Expression The War on Christmas: Battles in Faith, Tradition, and Religious Expression by Bodie Hodge
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a great book that demonstrates how CHRISTmas has become so secular. It offers many reasons why this has happened and how it has happened through history. The book also gives some good information on original meanings of various words in scripture, as well as dispelling myths that have become integrated in the nativity narrative. Knowing how it's become so secular can lead to being intentional about making the season more meaningful for yourself and your family. It's an excellent start to your research of the Bible passages that tell about the birth of Jesus Christ.

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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Books: My Year in Reivew

 I surpassed my goal of 50 books to be read in 2017.  Below is the link to the books I read:

Books Read: 2017 Year in Review

Review: Weighing Shadows

Weighing Shadows Weighing Shadows by Lisa Goldstein
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Although I normally read Christian fiction, I also enjoy some sci-fi and time-travel. This book, however, had too much of a feminist agenda for me. In addition, there were parts of the story that were just too unbelievable. (I mean who jumps into a car with a stranger to be taken to a job interview?! And then accepts the job before being told what the job really is? Who doesn't ask a lot of questions when told the company uses time-travel to make "little changes" in history?) The story is an interesting concept and a fairly enjoyable read, but not for me.

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Review: The Witch With The Glitch

The Witch With The Glitch The Witch With The Glitch by Adam Maxwell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a fun middle-school read. Definitely not my normal choice of books to read, but what's not inviting about an old bookstore with a secret room that leads to adventures? I'm not into witches, werewolves, ghosts, and vampires, but it was a fun read and better than many middle school books of today that I've read. I did think it odd that it was midway through the book before the authorial intrusion began. It was a bit jarring when it first occurred. The story alluded to other adventures, even though this is the first book, so be on the lookout for more.

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Wow, it's been so long since I blogged. Four years of high school homeschooling have passed since I last posted!!! Where did the years go?  I always meant to get back into blogging here, just to record the memories. Guess I've always been like that....never could keep a diary up to date either. 

Last Saturday, we graduated our older daughter from homeschool.  Despite the fact that I'm still waiting on a few final essays and chapters of math!  LOL. Gotta love homeschooling!  I'm such a mean teacher!  :)

DD18 is headed off to Ireland this fall for her first semester of college, which suspiciously sounds like homeschooling on the college level!  In January 2017, she'll return to her Christian college to begin "real" college. :)  She plans on majoring in Professional Writing and hopes to become a novelist.  Over the past three years, she has really begun to develop her writing skills.  She has two novels written, along with ideas for the final book in the trilogy....not to mention a few other tales running around in her head and demanding to be put down on paper.  She reads anything and everything written by JRR Tolkien and loves stories of the Arthurian legends.  Along the way, she's also come to love Pride & Prejudice and Jane Eyre.  When she's not reading and writing, she grows carnivorous plants, volunteers at church, is involved in our church's puppet and stick (dowel rod) ministry, and rides her horse.  She is in her third year of the United States Pony Club and has varsity lettered for two years as an Equestrian Athlete.  She is headed to Pony Club championships this summer!

I am still homeschooling our younger daughter.  She has two more years after this one.  Over the past few years, she has moved from wanting to be a missionary in the Honduras to being a different kind of missionary: an early childhood teacher.  She has been working with the young ones in our Junior Church since she was in 6th grade.  When she's not doing schoolwork, she is reading, reading, reading!  She too is involved in our church's puppet ministry and volunteers at church. 

Both girls have discovered Goodreads and Pintrest this year, but they don't do Facebook. :)  Both set up blogs yesterday to begin their venture into the blogging world.  (Which is what prompted my return here!)

When I last blogged here, I was probably fretting about how to homeschool high school.  I found an old computer file recently with old high school plans in it for our older daughter....evidence of my fretting!  It had all four years marked out, albeit with lots of question marks.  Funny, there were so many ideas that we never did.  While it is nice to have some rough ideas for the 4 years, I ended up changing things each year to allow for interests and our schedules and reality.  Yeah, there's a lot I wish we had done, but we still did a lot of great stuff and it all worked out.  Just think....four years ago, our older daughter had no clue she would desire to become a novelist. 

Last year, we added NaNoWriMo and GoTeenWriters to our school year, and we were able to foster her love of writing.  Back when I originally wrote out plans for the upcoming high school years, I had ever even heard of those sites.  But, as she sought out good advice for a budding novelist, she found these two sites, and they have made a huge impact on her and her writing.  So they became part of our curriculum.  The flexibility of homeschooling is awesome that way!

I've still got two more years.  And, yes, I've got them all planned out in a computer file.....with lots of questions marks. Some things don't change, but I bet what we actually do in these next two years will change from the ideas I've got written today. :)  And I'm OK with that.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

For my friend Rebecca.....Cat Herders Day


My friend Rebecca has a blog called Herding Cats.  So, when I began researching for December's calendar for the new HSS blog, I was amused to find a day that's been set aside for Cat Herders.......that day is tomorrow, December 15.

Herding cats is an adage referring to an undertaking that is exceedingly difficult (or impossible!) because of the sheer number of uncontrollable variables involved in the task. Cat Herders Day was established to honor all those whose lives can be compared to herding cats.

Poke around Rebecca's blog....I think you'll soon see why her life is like herding cats!  (Though, overall, I'm sure she wouldn't have it any other way!)

So, Rebecca, you have a day just for you!  Come tomorrow, I hope you celebrate to the fullest!  Enjoy YOUR day!