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Faith 'n Fiction Saturday is a weekly meme hosted by Amy at My Friend Amy's for Christians to get together and talk about fiction published from a Christian worldview. The Christian market has grown by leaps and bounds and there is truly something for everyone.

I've pretty much lurked for this meme every weekend and have had fun and been enlightened by all participants who join in Faith 'n Fiction Saturdays. I decided to finally join in this weekend.

Today's Question:
You have a good friend who is a devoted Christian and voracious reader. He or she, however, tried to read a Christian fiction book in the past and found it to be too preachy and unrealistic. Your friend wants to try it again and has asked you for a recommendation. Their favorite genre of book is what is considered literary fiction. What book would you recommend to them?

You also have a friend who is not a Christian but wants to read fiction that is considered clean without being too Christian. They have…

Book Review # 15 - Spider's Web

Agatha Christie

Spider's Web

Adapted as a novel by Charles Osborne

Back Cover: "Clarissa, the young wife of a foreign office diplomat, delights in tweaking the sensibilities of her more serious friends by playing a game she calls "supposing"--imagining a difficult situation and finding out how people would respond. But Clarissa's lighthearted game becomes deadly serious when she discovers the body of an unknown person in her own drawing room. If that weren't bad enough, her husband is on the way home with an important foreign politician. Clarissa decides to dispose of the body and persuades her three house guests to help. But before she can get the corpse off the premises, a policeman knocks at her front door. Now Clarissa must keep the body hidden, convince the skeptical police inspector that there has been no murder, and, in the meantime, find out who has been murdered, why, and what the body is doing in her house."

Spider's web is the third pl…

Book Review # 14 - Kiss by Ted Dekker



Ted Dekker and Erin Healy

Back Cover: "Let me tell you all I know for use. My name. Shauna. I woke up in a hospital bed missing six months of my memory. In the room was my loving boyfriend--how could I have forgotten him?--my uncle and my abusive stepmother. Everyone blames me for the tragic car accident that left me near death and my dear brother brain damaged. but what they say can't be true -- can it? I believe the medicine is doing strange things to my memory. I'm unsure who I can trust and who I should run from. And I'm starting to remember things I've never known. Things not about me. I think I'm going crazy. And even worse, I think they want to kill me. But who? and for What? Is dying for the truth really better than living with a lie?"

Kiss really packs a punch from the very beginning. Shauna is very angry with her father, has found out some incriminating information and is going to confront him about it. As always, they g…

Weekly Report #17 1-26 to 1-30

This week was difficult, dragged ever so slowly and we all are more than ready for our break next week. Midweek we had a mini break when my traveling sister and brother in law stopped by Thursday on the tail end of their 6 month journey around the United States. They saw some amazing sights, took some awesome pictures and kept a travelogue of their experiences here. I was exhausted just reading about their adventures but K and G looked amazingly rested. It was quite educational hearing about all the historical sites they visited. I think she should have it all made up into a book to document the trip.

What we accomplished:

Explorer Bible Study: Completed Lesson 2 which covered Genesis 1 and the first 5 days of creation. Plus James writing out 2 Samuel 22:31 "As for God, His way is perfect, the way of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him."And in a way, it turned into a mini english lesson and lesson about respect for God and when we capital…

Friday Finds

What great books did you hear about / discover this week? SHARE WITH US YOUR ‘FRIDAY FINDS’!

I discovered several books this week to put on my ever growing wish list for purchase later:

Island of Mad Scientists..... It has a very long title

On the Grind by Stephen J. Cannell

Lifelines by C.J. Lyons

The Journey that saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey.

Head on over to MizB's at ShouldBeReading to see what every one else has found this week.

Booking Through Thursday - Electronics versus Paper

Today's Booking Through Thursday is a bit different and Deb is asking us to:

First: Go read this great article from Time Magazine: Books Gone Wild: The Digital Age Reshapes Literature.
Second. Stop and think about it for moment. Computers and digital media are changing everything we do these days, whether we realize it or not, and that includes our beloved books.Third. DISCUSS! To be different, today, I’d love to see a discussion here, in the comments, rather than scattered amongst all our separate blogs. Because this is an issue that affects ALL of us, and I’d really like to see us hash out the merits and demerits of this evolution. So head back on over to Booking through Thursday and see what everyone has to say
Tell us what you think. Do you have an ebook reader? Do you read ebooks on your computer? Do you hate the very thought? How do you feel about the fact that book publishing is changing and facing much the same existential dilemma as the music industry upon the creat…

Wordless wednesday

We will never Forget

On January 27, 1967 the crew of Apollo 1 died in a command module fire during a practice session.

Lt.Col Gus Grissom, Lt Col Edward White and Lt. Commander Roger Chaffee

"If we die, we want people to accept it. We are in a risky business and we hope that if anything happens to us it will not delay the program. The conquest of space is worth the risk of life."--Virgil I. Grissom, after the Gemini 3 mission, March 1965

January 28, 1986 The crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger were lost in a explosion within a minute of launch.

STS-51L Crew photo with Commander Francis R. Scobee, Pilot Michael J. Smith, Mission Specialists Judith A. Resnik, Ellison S. Onizuka, Ronald E. McNair and Payload Specialists Gregory B. Jarvis and Sharon Christa McAuliffe. Image Credit: NASA

On January 16, 2003, the crew of the space shuttle Columbia were lost on re-entry over East Texas.

STS-107 Crew photo with Commander Rick Husband, Pilot Willie McCool, Pa…

Friendship Award

Aw - How Sweet! Julie from Joyful days gave me this award and it is much appreciated and very unexpected. Thank you.

The award says: “These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.”

I want to pass this award on to eight wonderful ladies whose blogs I read daily. To me, they all show great strength and character.

Katrina from Callapidder Day's

Jessica from Trivium Academy

Nan from Life is like a lunchbox

Mental Multivitamin

MizB at ShouldBeReading

Beth at Beth Fish Reads

Darcy at Life with My 3 Boybarians

And last but not least

Lisa at Lisa's Chaos

Thank you ladies for being you and sharing so much of your lives.

What's on Your Nightstand - January

It is the fourth tuesday of the month which means it time for What's on Your Nightstand hosted by Jennifer at 5 Minutes for Book

Jennifer says "I love everyone's excitement about posting and reading around in this monthly carnival. I know — it's a dangerous exercise, and I appreciate all of you who take the risk each month of exposing your to-be-read pile (which if it's anything like mine, doesn't always adhere to your goals). Even riskier, some of you are willing to read others posts, opening yourself up to finding even more lovely books worthy of attention."

I cleaned up my nightstand a couple days just to make it presentable for you all. There were books heaped in, on, and around it and looking kind of messy. I found several books I had already read but not moved to the bookshelves, so took care of that. Now the nightstand is more organized and less cluttered and makes me feel a whole lot better. Some books won't fit such as War and Peace or Wa…

Sunday Salon # 3 and all that stuff

This turned out to be an interesting week. I instituted a no technology week for my son and ended up limiting myself to about a couple hours on two or three evenings after James went to bed and while Father was occupied with designing his circuitry for the new amplifier. I wasn't able to participate in the weekly meme's I usually do such as Monday Musings, Booking through Thursdays or Friday Finds. I was feeling burned out and surprisingly so were my employees. They have been covering on Tuesdays and Thursdays and rotating Saturdays without complaint for the past two months. So R took a vacation day on Friday and H will take next Friday off.

Father has a doctor appointment on the 3rd and I expect him to return to handling the shop after that. We are modifying the schedule and he will work Monday and Friday, I will return to my normal Tuesday and Thursday. The guys will cover Wednesday and we will all rotate Saturdays which means each of us only has to work one Saturd…

Book Review # 13 - Split Second

Split Second


David Baldacci

Front Flap: "Michelle Maxwell has just wrecked her promising career at the Secret Service. Against her instincts, she let a presidential candidate out of her sight for the briefest moment, and the man whose safety was her responsibility vanished into thin air. Sean King knows how the younger agent feels. Eight years earlier, the hard charging Secret Service agent allowed his attention to be diverted for a split second. And the candidate he was protecting was gunned down before his eyes. Now Michelle and Sean are about to see their destinies converge. Drawn into a maze of lies, secrets and deadly coincidences, the two discredited agents uncover a shocking truth: that the separate acts of violence that shattered their lives were really a long time in the making--and area long way from over."

Split second is an excellent story with many twists and turns and keeps you reading long into the night. The more information Michelle and Sean uncover…

Book Review # 12 - Hot Mahogany

Hot Mahogany

A Stone Barrington Novel


Stuart Woods

Front Flap: "Stone Barrington is lured from Elaine's to New England, and the genteel but cut-throat world of priceless antiques, historic homes and lavish country estates. In a place dominated by bluebloods and their inherited wealth, along with the nouveau riche, there are surprisingly few rules of engagement, and Stone finds himself navigating a dangerous course, one where even the most expensive and sought-after status symbols are sometimes stolen and sometimes clever fakes, though no less pricess."

In Hot Mahogany, Lance Barton's brother barton, whom Stone didn't even know existed, appears and Lance asks Stone to help him. He suffered a blow to his head and can't remember where he lives or how he got there. That is just the beginning of many twists, turns and messes Stone gets himself into in this story. You have the usual cast of characters from Elaine to Dino to Holly assisting Stone as he trys to ge…

Weekly Report # 16 1-19 to 1-23

We accomplished quite a bit this week. I changed when we do some lessons and James and I will be working on some stuff together everyday after breakfast, including the days I go to work. Daddy days will be reserved for math, cursive, english handouts follow up and science stuff.

Faith: We started Explorer's Bible Study Discovery and studying Genesis using In The Beginning: Genesis. We completed Lesson 1 which gave a general overview of Genesis. James and I will be working on this every morning after breakfast.

Voyages in English: We continued with Unit 4:Verbs and completed 4.8 writing the correct forms of Take, Tear and Write; 4.9 Simple present tense; 4.10 Simple past tense and 4.11 future tense with will. On his daddy days, James completed the worksheets on his own for take, tear and write; simple present tense and simple past tense. He did pretty well working on his own

Spelling: Completed lesson 15 suffixes added to root words.

Cursive: Completed tow truck connections…

Book Review # 11 - Black Sands

Black Sands


Colleen Coble

Back Cover: "Volcanologist Annie Tagama loves her family with a fierceness that lights up her quiet exterior. But unseen forces seem to be tearing the family apart with the fury of the hot lava that seethes beneath their Hawaiian home. And the only person she can turn to for help is the man she blames for all the trouble. Mano Oana can't get past the guilt of what happened to his best friend on that devastating day in Iran. He's even taken leave from the Navy to make amends to the Tagama family and help them out of trouble for which he's partly responsible. But how can he get them to trust him when he can't even trust himself?"

I'm happy to say I liked Black Sands which is the 2nd book in the Aloha Reef Series. The story was very interesting and the main characters 3rd dimensional and it held my interest. I picked up the book upon going to bed last night and read about half of it while waiting for Father to come home from…

Post to Ponder

Mid Week Musings

We've been having a technology free week around here this week and today is the first opportunity I've had to blog. James had been allowed to play way too much WII and have way too much time playing on the computer and just having way too much time in general with technological devices. I had been thinking about having him take a break for a week or so, which we do periodically. Then we allow him to play an hour a day, then eventually that turns into two, then three, etc, etc, etc... Then the attitude and attention span start to go and it is time to take a break. I admit I have the tendency to spend way too much time on the internet as well, so decided to take a mini break as well.

Sunday was a beautiful day. I returned from grocery shopping and instead of going inside and doing my homework, decided to take advantage of the beautiful day and take down the remainder of the christmas lights. Father and James joined me. Father is managing to limp aro…

Book Review # 10 - To Catch A Thief

To Catch A Thief


Christina Sky

Back Cover: "Nell MacInnes can spot a forgery from a mile away. After all, she learned from the best-- her father is one of the art world's most notorious thieves. His brutal beating by the very authorities who claim to keep the world safe from harm taught her one more valuable lesson--trust no one. The last thing rugged Navy Seal Dakota Smith needs on his mission is a tempting woman he doesn't trust. But a sketch by Leonard da Vince has gone missing, and the art conservator's skill in detecting forgery would be invaluable, if only her ties to the criminal world are as dead as she says they are. Soon an edge partnership and white hot attraction are forged between Nell and Dakota as they race to Draycott Abbey to track down a ruthless criminal with terrorist ties before time runs out--and the da Vinci is lost forever."

First time read by author Christina Skye. The story was well done and fast paced. The characters end up spen…

Book Review # 9 - Distant Echoes

Distant Echoes


Colleen Coble

Back Cover: "When a missile plows into a tourist boat, dolphin researcher Kaia Oana is one of the first into the water, risking her own life to help others. When called upon to investigate the incident, Lieutenant Commander Jesse Matthews enlists Kaia and her specially trained dolphins to help--and romantic sparks fly. As Kaia and Jesse edge closer to the truth about the accident, their own lives are threatened. Will they be able to stop a killer before more lives are lost?"

Overall, the story is good, but the characters seem two dimensional. The main character seemed very childish and immature and she is supposed to be 29, which made it difficult to get into the story. There were a couple times I was throw out of the story, because the scene didn't make sense. For instance: she drove out to her brother's house and sees him having an intense conversation with a navy officer, possibly his commander. She decides to wait in her…

Sunday Salon #2 and Weekly Geeks # 2 and other stuff

Good morning from sunny California. Yes, it is sunny and warm - a balmy 68 degrees yesterday with more of the same today. This is winter, isn't it. Not that I'm complaining, but when it freezes for a couple days, then becomes so warm you are in shirt sleeves and shorts, your body gets confused. So do my plants. Some have gone dormant, others are thinking about it. My husband asks how can you possibly cut them back when the flowers are blooming. Snip! Snip!

This week in art history we are studying 15th century Renaissance art in italy which calls for reading pages 585 to 609 in Chapter 18, 628 to 644 and 647 to 656 in Chapter 19 and answer three discussion questions:

1) Chose an italian painting from the reading and discuss what tools of illusionism have been employed to give the work depth and convincing naturalism.

2) Discuss elements from the readings that provide information about artist training, patronage, and artistic prestige.

3) Finally, discuss the hidden, and no…

Weekly Report #15

We had a very busy week with lessons, cub scouts, father's projects and just life in general.

What we accomplished:

Devotions: Wrote and memorized Proverbs 15:1 A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Next week we start Explorers Bible Study - Genesis.

Voyages in English: Continued Unit 4: Verbs with Lessons 4.5 Regular and Irregular verbs, 4.6 Bring, Buy, Come and Sit and 4.7 Eat Go and See. Father and James completed the worksheets on their days to see how much James retained of the lesson. James did excellent, but Father flunked. Had to give him a refresher course on past and present participles. :)

Spelling: Completed Lesson 14 More vowels with R

Cursive: practiced O, W, B, and V words

Math: Continued with subtracting 4's and 5's.

Science: Father and James continuing with Chemistry: read and discussed "Looking at Air" in DK Eyewitness Chemistry book; covered Chapter 2 The Alkaline Earth Metals in Periodic Table; read Chapter 6…

Book Review # 8 - Unspeakable



Sandra Brown

Back Cover: "Carl Herbold is a cold-blooded psychopath who has just escaped the penitentiary where he was serving a life sentence. Bent on revenge, he's going back to where he began--Blewer county, Texas. Born deaf, lately widowed, Anna Corbett fights to keep the ranch that is her son's birthright, unaware that she is at the center of Herbold's horrific schemel, and that her world of self imposed isolation is about to explode. Drifter Jack Sawyer arrives at Anna's ranch asking for work, hoping to protect the innocent woman and her son from Herbold's rage. But Sawyer can't outrun the secrets that stalk him--or the day of reckonig awaiting them all..."

Unspeakable is a murder mystery, thriller and romance all thrown into one. Brown puts you into the head of all the characters from the violent world of Carl to the cushioned, isolated world of Anna, who is deaf and mute. Their worlds are about to collide when Carl escapes …

Friday Finds

MizB at ShouldBeReading asks: What great books did you hear about / discover this week? SHARE WITH US YOUR ‘FRIDAY FINDS’!

Finds added to my wish list this week for future purchase:

Bone Man's Daughter by Ted Dekker which will be released April 14th.

The Man in the High Castle by Philip Dick. This review by Susan Wise Bauer made it sound very intriguing.

Relentless by Robin Parrish. Don't remember whose blog I found the review on, but it sold me enough to put on my wishlist.

Head on over to MizB's to find out what she and others discovered this week.

What interesting books did you find this week?

Book Reviews # 7 Bad Faith (Sister Agatha Mystery)

Bad Faith
A Sister Agatha Mystery


Aimee and David Thurlo

Back cover: "Once she was Professor Mary Naughton, investigative reporter, and free spirit. Now she is Sister Agatha of Our Lady of Hope, a cloistered, financially struggling monastery in New Mexico. As an extern--a nun who handles her order's dealings with the outside world -- she is used to having her faith and newly acquired patience tested. But when popular chaplain Father Anselm is poisoned to death in the middle of Mass, Sister Agatha has to bring all her worldly skepticism and savvy instincts to bear to uncover the truth before scandal and unjust suspicion destroy Our Lady of Hope's future. She's up against a hostile local sheriff, an ex-lover who's never forgiven her for 'abandoning' their life together. She's got no shortage of suspects-with-secrets outside, and inside, the monastery. And she'll have to race the clock to stop one remorseless murderer before there's more hell…

Bookshelf Meme

I've Been Tagged -twice

BethF of Beth Fish Reads tagged me a couple weeks ago and MizB of ShouldBeReading tagged me today for the Bookshelf Meme.

1) The book that's been on my shelf the longest: It would have to be science fiction/fantasy books since that is what I read the most of way back when. My brother got me hooked on the Xanth Series when it came out so I would have to say A Spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony which started it all.

2) A book that reminds you of something specific in your life (a person, a place, a time, etc.) I would have to go with the Xanth book again. Reminds me of my first apartment and the thrill of filling up those bookshelves with science fiction books. I remember the first time I moved, my brother complaining about all the book boxes and how I packed them too heavy. The rule of thumb became: If you personally can't lift them, then they are too heavy.

3) A book you acquired in some interesting way (gift, serendipity in a used bookstore,…