I’ve moved … again

Tuesday, 30 November 2010 Leave a comment

Hopefully for the last time. Find me hosting myself now at bibliophilist.net!

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Christian Audio Free Download — September 2010

Monday, 13 September 2010 Leave a comment

I’m a little late but wanted to remind you to check out the free audiobook this month:

Spiritual Leadership
by J. Oswald Sanders

Free September 2010

With more than 500,000 in print, Spiritual Leadership has proven itself a timeless classic in teaching the principles of leadership. J. Oswald Sanders presents and illustrates those principles through biographies of eminent men of God – men such as Moses, Nehemiah, Paul, David Livingstone, and Charles Spurgeon.

Christianity needs a powerful voice in today’s world. Such a voice can come only from strong leaders guided by God and devoted to Christ. Spiritual Leadership will encourage you to place your talents and powers at His disposal so you can become a leader used for His glory.

This edition of Spiritual Leadership has been been completely revised. The language is updated with a modern flavor and a study guide has been added, designed as a tool to help you grow and successfully apply the principles in this classic book.

Latest read: Out Live Your Life by Max Lucado

Friday, 10 September 2010 4 comments

Non-Fiction: Christianity. Hardback from Thomas Nelson. Published 2010. 240 pages. Free review copy from Booksneeze.com in exchange for my honest review of the book. And, here it is:

Many years ago our oldest son was battling cancer at Wilford Hall Medical Center on Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. Somehow word reached a couple who were members at the church where Max Lucado preaches and they came to visit us, bringing me my first glimpse of his work. Because of their kindness, and because I enjoyed the book, I have continued to read many of the works that Lucado has published through the years.

When I first saw the title I was reminded of the “Million Miles” book I recently read by Donald Miller, and in many ways the message is the same. But I think it’s such a great lesson that the more people discuss it, the better. Lucado’s books seem to all follow the same pattern, and this one is no exception. It’s a quick read, but still has some excellent reminders of what is really important. Lucado is donating all of his royalties from the book to World Vision, which is a great example of practicing what he’s preaching in this book.

Publisher’s Summary:

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These are difficult days in our world’s history. 1.75 billion people are desperately poor, natural disasters are gouging entire nations, and economic uncertainty still reigns across the globe. But you and I have been given an opportunity to make a big difference. What if we did? What if we rocked the world with hope? Infiltrated all corners with God’s love and life? We are created by a great God to do great works. He invites us to outlive our lives, not just in heaven, but here on earth. Let’s live our lives in such a way that the world will be glad we did.

Busybody Bibliophilist on Dumpsters Full of Books

Monday, 16 August 2010 Leave a comment

A friend of mine recently posted a picture on Facebook of a dumpster full of books. She works at a university and apparently the library had been doing a bit of a clean up before the start of the new semester.

Intellectually, I know that books need to be thrown out (or ideally recycled) occasionally but emotionally a picture like that makes me want to take up dumpster diving again just to be sure there isn’t anything good lurking in the pile. How about you? Does a picture of a skip full of books bother you?

HT: Jackie ❤

Busybody Bibliophilist asks: Book or Movie first?

Monday, 9 August 2010 4 comments

Things continue to be slow here on Bibliophilist as I am still doing battle with the dreaded vertigo. Skirmishes have been won but the war is as of yet undecided.

Despite not reading or posting much during this time of warfare, the old brain was thinking today about what to read once this health issue is settled, and a reread of the final Harry Potter book came to mind. There are times that it’s enjoyable to revisit a story before seeing the movie. (The two part movie version of HP7 will come out later this year for part one and next year for part two). It can be disappointing when the movie changes the plot line or leaves out a favorite part, but I don’t think I’ve ever regretted reading a book before seeing the movie version and will often go looking for the book a movie was based on if I haven’t read it yet.

When it comes to books and movies, do you like to read (or reread) a book before seeing the movie version? If you see (and enjoy) a movie then find out it was adapted from a book would that make you more or less likely to read the book? Or do you prefer to have your books be books and your movies movies?

Christian Audio Free Download – August 2010

Monday, 2 August 2010 Leave a comment

This month’s free audio from christianaudio.com:

Free August 2010

Ministries of Mercy: The Call of the Jericho Road
by Tim Keller

Why would someone risk his safety, destroy his schedule, and become dirty and bloody to help a needy person of another race and social class? And why would Jesus tell us “Go and do likewise”? Like the wounded man on the Jericho road, there are needy people in our path- the widow next door, the family strapped with medical bills, the homeless man outside our place of worship. God call us to be ministers of mercy to people in need of shelter, assistance, medical care, or just friendship.

WWW Wednesday Woes — 28 July 2010

Wednesday, 28 July 2010 3 comments

Ever had trouble with vertigo? Not only does it cause an awful unbalanced nauseous feeling but it can also put a damper on regular extended reading. Such is the state of things in my world for the last couple of weeks, leaving me with nothing new to report in a WWW Wednesdays post. So, if you have time to answer the questions in a comment, I’ll get my book fix vicariously through you.

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

* What did you recently finish reading?

* What are you currently reading?

* What do you think you’ll read next?

Library Nostalgia

Monday, 26 July 2010 1 comment

Outside the Library at Trinity College -- 2004

One of the blogs I follow – Jesus Creed – often puts up a picture of the Old Library at Trinity College in posts about books. If you’ve been following my blog for a while you’ll know we had the good fortune to visit Trinity College in 2004. Every time I see the picture pop up on Jesus Creed, I get a very nostalgic feeling and wonder if I’ll ever get the chance to visit there again. Then I get to thinking about other libraries. If I close my eyes I can picture the library we visited in Champaign, IL when I was growing up and remember the joy of sitting there with a newly selected book, reading away. I long for the the excellent libraries of Grand Rapids, Michigan which I have really not seen matched anywhere we have lived.

Is there a library in your past that brings up feelings of nostalgia for you? Do you have good memories of time spent in a library? If you do, what specifically do you remember?

Categories: Bookish Things

WWW Wednesdays — 14 July 10

Wednesday, 14 July 2010 Leave a comment

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

* What did you recently finish reading?

* What are you currently reading?

* What do you think you’ll read next?

While painting our bathroom last week I finished listening to Boneshaker by Cherie Priest.

After that, to keep the boredom level down as I continued to paint, I downloaded Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson. It’s slow moving, but not in a bad way. It’s set in the UK and I am enjoying recognizing places and British ideas. I also started on my new Booksneeze review book: Everyone Communicates, Few Connect: What the Most Effective People Do Differently by John C. Maxwell. I am feeling compelled to take lots of notes as I go along, so I am not getting through it very quickly. It’s a very interesting book.

At this point in time I don’t have any plans for a next read. I’m always interested in suggestions, so feel free to leave a comment about a book (or books) you’ve enjoyed.

Busybody Bibliophilist asks: “Do you reread?”

Monday, 12 July 2010 2 comments

There are times when it pleases me to go back and reread a book I’ve previously read. Even as a child I remember rereading the Little House on the Prairie books over and over. As an adult I still continue to revisit favorite books: Snow Crash, Persuasion, Going Postal, and Enchantment to name a few.

How about you? Do you have a favorite book (or books) that you like to reread? Or are you more of a “read it once and move on” kind of reader?