Book Recommendation from Fellow Blogger Friends

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1941049788/

http://www.blurb.com/b/8086385-bloom

While I don’t like to annoy people with advertising my own books on my truth and encouragement blog pages, I love to suggest my blogging friend’s books. These are great and worthy of the time and money to purchase and read them. Plus, you help a fellow blogger who has gone through some trouble and learned from it and now wants to help. Love that! Share the positive!❤

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Writing Shows the Soul

When one writes well, the words convey the soul of the author.

I love the Bible because it shows me the soul of God.

I love reading books because it connects me with the soul of the writer. Doesn’t matter the physical manifestation of the author, the shell of that person is stripped away to obscurity and the mind and heart and essence (the soul) of the author is conveyed and appreciated. You also see the moral character, for better or worse. And this meeting of souls is beautiful. The story may support this but how it is written is much more important.

Never neglect the written word. Especially the Bible, as God is the most important of souls to connect with.❤

Treasures in the Snow

https://www.amazon.com/Treasures-Snow-Patricia-St-John/dp/0802465757?SubscriptionId=AKIAILSHYYTFIVPWUY6Q&tag=duckduckgo-d-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0802465757

(I get nothing for promoting this book. I did not write the book and do not know the author except through reafing this book. In fact, I blog for my passion and love of God, truth and the art of writing and not money.)

I am promoting this book because it is a fantastic story with the greatest encouragement I know of through its thrilling story. I am reading it to my daughter right now, not having read it for several years, and again was drawn in to its power and sweetness. And it is making my daughter much more passionate about reading. Thought I would pass it on. ❤

Life Changing Parenting Book

Raising Accountable Kids: How to Be an Outstanding Parent Using the Power of Personal Accountability by John G. and Karen G. Miller. This book has transformed my parenting and understanding for the better. If you want to be a better parent, this book is a great start. It is amazing. ❤

Props to Our Library

Did you know there is a place where there are books, music cds and movies to borrow? Our library, unlike many others I have visited, is very much alive and booming. There is a children’s section, a teen’s section, a grownup section and each has activities and readings and all sorts n of things. And our library has a lot of Christian resources also and really nice people. (I have been to others where you feel like a guilty intruder to enter.) So here is proof that with a little revamping, you can still have a popular library, bustling with activity. We come here once a week most weeks and the kids enjoy it. Lots to do. And I love that they love reading. So, thank you, library, for your valuable contribution to my children’s love of reading!❤

Life Outside the Pages

I once felt more alive reading and writing than I did actual living. This is saying a lot because I am a pretty big “liver” (not the organ) too. I love life. The thing is that life didn’t always like me so a book was my friend, my escape, my journey into an alternate reality, my learning tool about people, my entertainment. I would stay up late into the night with my reading light on in bed, with four or five repetitions of “lights out” before I would allow my sleepy eyes to close in slumber. It was the classics: the Bible, Jane Austen anything, Loisa May Alcott, C.S. Lewis, Agatha Christie, Herman Melville, Brontte, the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogy, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little Princess, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, the greats. I loved poetry also. And it occurred to me after having burnt out of books from intense doctoral study and way too much college education, that reading is just now becoming a love again. But in the interim, I realized that the Bible was gaining prominence as it connected with my deep desire for truth and closeness to God AND that it reinforces reality lived well as opposed to escaping it. And my busy schedule forces me to prioritize so this real life business may be handled really well, I must limit. I lately enjoy reading my new blog friends’ blogs, writing, participating and reading my Bible and a chapter here or there of some great book.❤

Living Jane Austen’s Stories

  1. I understand this is out of topic for my normal (yes, I use the term loosely) blogs, but I am about to pick up my pen again (laptop, actually) and write another book, this one an autobiography (not that I am famous but I have led a fascinating life that might help someone else). So, of course, thought of my favorite authors. It occurred to me that the absolute beauty and mesmerizing quality of Jane Austen’s great classic novels is the relatable quality they possess and the positive spin and wholesomeness of that spin. I love Louisa May Alcott for the same reason. Also, I am female and very few men would have the patience to understand how true these characters are to what we go through. There are amazing coincidences, granted, but who cannot relate to financial hardships, choosing a spouse, wrestling with emotions, parental interferences, sibling love and also rivalry, moves, vacations, death of loved ones. Who cannot relate to these experiences? Everyone knows an Elizabeth and hopefully a Darby, everyone knows an obnoxious Mrs. Bennett or detestable Fanny, and I believe I once dated a Willoughby. Lol And I think in real life also our story may have familiar experiences with different faces and meaning but varies so sharply that each view of their life is decidedly unique. To know people fully is to love them. This is why God loves us so much more than any human can, because He made us and knows us best. We are characters that develops as our stories and journeys continue on, each taking twists and turns that are unique to us but never a surprise to Him, the Author. I love getting to know other people for this reason and am very thankful for all of it. We all have amazing stories to tell that will help someone.