Saturday, July 31, 2010

Saturday Six

1. How many different spices are there in your kitchen? A BUNCH...I'd say about 15 or 20...

2. Of the spices you have on hand, which one is your favorite one to use? Salt and pepper! :)

3. What liquid flavoring did you use most recently? I don't use liquid flavoring often so probably back around Christmas when I used peppermint...OR when I use vanilla...Hum...
4. You decide to marinade a steak or chicken: do you use a powdered or liquid spice mix? I'd use Italian dressing and put the whole bottle and the chicken in a bag and let it sit over night...Then grill it...It taste so good!

5. Take the quiz: What Spice Are You? You Are Garlic...Of all the spice types, you are the most universally loved. You get long with pretty much everyone, and you leave a lasting impression. You adapt yourself well to situations. You can fit in or stand out, depending on what you're called on to do.
6. Which spice — whether you have it in your home or not — do you consider the most “exotic”? Probably saffron...Not sure if I even spelled it right...

Song of Redemption by Lynn Austin

When King Hezekiah discovers that God's Law forbids him to take multiple wives, he must choose one woman to love. He must also choose to trust God's promises when he decides to rebel against his powerful Assyrian overlords. Hezekiah seeks to strengthen his nation's fortifications by building a tunnel in Jerusalem to hide his water supply. The tension mounts as the Assyrians march closer--and Hezekiah's tunnel remains incomplete.With his officials advising him to submit to the Assyrians, Hezekiah's faith is once more severely tested. Chronicles of the King Book 2.

My review - I liked this second book in the series much more then the first one. I loved reading about Jerusha and Elikiam falling in love and I had a feeling when she came back they would. I also loved watching them both find God. But most of all I loved reading about Hezekiah and all his trials but always trusting in the Lord. Austin is a wonderful author and I can't wait to get into the 3rd book!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Friday Fill-Ins: #187

1. I'm going to trust God with everything...even though it's hard to do sometimes.

2. These two words only describe me about 10% of the time: adventure and daring.

3. Perhaps today you can make it a point tell someone you love them.
4. I do NOT have true adventurer’s spirit.

5. Compassion is required when you are in a relationship.

6. Do something kind today, no matter how difficult.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to relaxing, reading and cleaning some, tomorrow my plans include laundry and reading and Sunday, I want to go to church and relax but I have to stop by work for a bit!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Gods and Kings by Lynn Austin

Lynn Austin is a former teacher who now writes and speaks full time. She has won three Christy Awards for her historical novels Candle in the Darkness, Fire By Night, and Hidden Places. She and her husband have three grown children and make their home near Chicago, Illinois.A riveting retelling of the life of King Hezekiah from an award-winning novelist. Book 1 of Chronicles of the Kings. Gods and Kings is the story of King Hezekiah, heir to the throne of King David. When his evil father plots to sacrifice him, Hezekiah s mother, Abijah, searches frantically for a way to save him. But only two men can help her, and neither of them seems trustworthy. In a time and place engulfed by violence, treachery, and infidelity to Yahweh, Abijah and her son must discover the one true Source of strength if they are to save themselves and their country. Book 1 of Chronicles of the Kings.

My review - I loved this book. I liked how it took a story from the Bible and although bits are true some are not. But you go the just of the story as it's told in the Bible. Reading the second in the series now! :)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Columbine by Dave Cullen

Ten years in the making and a masterpiece of reportage, "Columbine" is an award-winning journalist's definitive account of one of the most shocking massacres in American history.

It is driven by two questions: what drove these killers, and what did they do to this town?


"On April 20, 1999, two boys left an indelible stamp on the American psyche. Their goal was simple: to blow up their school, Oklahoma City-style, and to leave 'a lasting impression on the world.' Their bombs failed, but the ensuing shooting defined a new era of school violence--irrevocably branding every subsequent shooting 'another Columbine.'

"When we think of Columbine, we think of the Trench Coat Mafia; we think of Cassie Bernall, the girl we thought professed her faith before she was shot; and we think of the boy pulling himself out of a school window--the whole world was watching him. Now, in a riveting piece of journalism nearly ten years in the making, comes the story none of us knew. In this revelatory book, Dave Cullen has delivered a profile of teenage killers that goes to the heart of psychopathology. He lays bare the callous brutality of mastermind Eric Harris and the quavering, suicidal Dylan Klebold, who went to the prom three days earlier and obsessed about love in his journal.

"The result is an astonishing account of two good students with lots of friends, who were secretly stockpiling a basement cache of weapons, recording their raging hatred, and manipulating every adult who got in their way. They left signs everywhere, described by Cullen with a keen investigative eye and psychological acumen. Drawing on hundreds of interviews, thousands of pages of police files, FBI psychologists, and the boys' tapes and diaries, he gives the best complete account of the Columbine tragedy.

"In the tradition of Helter Skelter and In Cold Blood, COLUMBINE is destined to be a classic. A close-up portrait of violence, a community rendered helpless, and police blunders and cover-ups, it is a compelling and utterly human portrait of two killers--an unforgettable cautionary tale for our time."

My Review - This book was a good book. I loved how it read like a fiction book but it was all non-fiction. I learned a lot about the whole event then I had known previous. Sometimes it was hard to read just because of all the stuff Eric and Dylan went through to get to where they got. And the families of the thirteen...My prayers go out to everyone who was involved in this event.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Sunday Stealings: Meme of Many Odd Questions, Part One

1. First thing you wash in the shower? My hair
2. What color is your favorite hoodie? Gray...My mom hates me wearing it because it's so old it's very worn out.

3. Would you kiss the last person you kissed again? Yep...That was my husband! :)

4. Do you plan outfits? Not often...Maybe I should...haha

5. How are you feeling RIGHT now? Okay...Sad the weekend is over.

6. What's the closest thing to you that's red? A red pen on the table next to me.

7. Tell me about the last dream you remember having? I dreamed that we were robbed the other night but it was all between me driving out of my driveway and I turned around to come back. And in my dream my husband slept through the whole thing. But the only thing the robbers took was our couch!

8. Did you meet anybody new today? No I don't think I did.

9. What are you craving right now? Some real food.

10. Do you floss? Not enough!
11. What comes to mind when I say cabbage? A big green head of cabbage and my daddy's yummy slaw!

12. Are you emotional? Sometimes...But I'm allowed cause I'm a WOMAN!

13. Have you ever counted to 1,000? Hum...don't think so.

14. Do you bite into your ice cream or just lick it? Never thought about this but I just lick it off the spoon.

15. Do you like your hair? I guess.

16. Do you like yourself? Most of the time.

17. Would you go out to eat with George W. Bush? Sure!

18. What are you listening to right now? Superchic[k]

19. Are your parents strict? They were when they needed to be.

20. Would you go sky diving? Uh no!

21. Do you like cottage cheese? Gross!!

22. Have you ever met a celebrity? I met Skillet and shook their hands!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Six Word Saturday

God will provide when it's right!!
 Just going through a lot of emotions this week and I just keep reminding myself that God will provide when it's the right time!


Caught by Harlan Coben

An explosive new stand-alone thriller from #1 New York Times bestseller Harlan Coben

Wendy is a reporter on a mission: She's chasing down the lowest of the low-sexual predators-and exposing them on national television. Her big break comes when she nails a child advocate who works with abused and underserved children. She's there, cameras rolling, when the cops cuff him and the guy realizes his life is well and truly over.

Three months later, the perp is off the grid, missing and presumed dead after the father of a victim claims to have killed him. Wendy, proud to have taken the man down in front of a shocked television audience, has moved on to the story of a missing girl, Erin, in a nearby suburb. The whole country is obsessed with finding this child, and Wendy should be well on her way to journalistic superstardom.

Then is all comes unhinged: Wendy gets a phone call that changes everything. A group of local fathers, out of work and not above vigilante justice, begins to take matters into their own hands on Erin's behalf. Secrets long-buried rise to the surface and Wendy begins to wonder if her assumptions that fateful night three months ago were based on solid investigative journalism-or if she has unwittingly been part of a grand manipulation aiming to destroy an innocent man.

My Review - I absolutely loved this book. It was so full of twist and turns and a really good book. Coben always provides a good read! The twist at the end was the best! Good quick read.

Saturday, July 03, 2010

The drama unfolds as Mike searches desperately for the courage to face the inevitable, and Wilhemina prays for the wisdom to lead a dying man to a personal faith. Will Mike take the future into his own hands? Can Wilhemina learn to trust again? Will love be enough to see them through? Paper.

My review - This was probably my least favorite book from Austin so far. But I got through it. It took a little bit longer then usual for me to finish this book. I loved the fact that Mike and Willymina fell in love in the end. But that was predictable for me. Can't wait to read the next book from Austin!