Fancy Nancy

513ylndjdol_sl500_bo2204203200_pisi Sydney got this book from one of her friends, Julia, for her birthday and we have read it EVERY night this week!  If you have a little girl who is VERY much into being a princess, make-up, her clothes(mommy, they have to match!), this is fabulous book!   Written by Jane O'Connor and illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser,it teaches a lot of big words in a fun way and it is illustrated beautifully.  Go get it!


Patches of Godlight

One of the most enjoyble "pick-me ups" that I do as much as I can is to wander around Barnes and Noble. I search my favorite authors just to see if possibly I have missed a new book they have written and every now and then I stumble across a gem. This happened recently and I have to share this book with you. I am a huge Jan Karon fan and for those of you that have read her Mitford series, you are familiar with Father Tim Kavanagh (they are not girl books, guys!). Throughout these books, Father Tim referes to his personal journal and his thoughts as he records them. Jan took these thoughts from the entire series and put them in one book entitled Patches of Godlight - quotes from C.S. Lewis, Lord Byron, Aristotle, Thoreau, The Bible, and so many more. This collection has been such a wonderful refreshment for me. Whether you have read Jan Karon's work or not , you will enjoy this collection of great quotes and thoughts. Check it out...


Book Review:Choosing the Right Path to Your Creative Summit

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I read Randy Elrod's new book this morning...It's about 18 pages of energy!  The challenge for every creative is to stay fresh and to be challenged to break outside of what you have always done and reach for something that honestly may be out of your reach.  This book will be a mainstay for me in my personal reading because I need to be reminded of the beauty and the exhilaration that being creative holds for me everyday. Being a wife, mother of 2, worship leader, and THE creative team leader at my church requires that I stay current, energized, and ready for challenges.  That scares me just to type that!  Get this book - you need it...

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A Good Man is Hard to Find

We have been discussing Flannery O'Connor's short story "A Good Man is Hard to Find" the last 2 weeks at our Artist Breakfast Fellowship.  This was my first experience with this story. I have attached it for you so that you can get the essence of what we are discussing.  Our Christian worldview begins with us believing that people are by nature sinful.  It is only by God's grace and Him working through us that any good can result from our actions.  But those without a Christian world view would feel very differently about good and bad.  How do those without this world view explain why some people are good and some are bad?  We talked about common grace and the ability for beauty and good things to happen in our world without people having the knowledge of God or a relationship with Christ.  One interesting thought was why do so many good things happen at all in this world if we truly recognize our own depravity?  That is the real question, someone said.  These questions are never resolved in an hour over a muffin, but the discussion brought to me a sense of really feeling humbled about how big our God truly is.  Left to myself, I don't think I would add up to much good.  You may think that I am being self-deprecating, but honestly, if there is not a Divine One and a Creator of all, why doesn't this world just spin out of control?  Why don't more people murder, steal, abuse others?  I don't think our justice system is scary enough to ward off all the evil...

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DaVinci Code reflections

So, I finished The DaVinci Code last night...yes, I am one of the few people left in the world that had not read it..(to be honest, I am just cheap and I have been waiting for the paperback to come out which did at the end of March).  If you haven't heard enough talk from people about this book, then keep reading...As an avid fiction reader, I enjoyed it.  It kept me engaged the whole way.  As a Christian, I had every swing of emotion..anger, frustration, humor (sometimes, I just had to laugh at the absurdity of the claims in the plot!), concern for people who are not very well read on the authenticity of Christ that this may confuse them, excitement at the conversations that I hope to have with people when the movie comes out.  Overall, it tweaked my interest! I am not fearful of what I know to be true - that somehow learning more and discovery will negate what I know and believe.  I am fearful of what is unexplored.  This book gives me the opportunity to engage in conversation about why I believe that Jesus is who He claims to be...it challenges me to put feet to my faith...it motivates me to share the truth.  By the way, doesn't the first page say this is a work of fiction?