Guess A Quote [5.09.16]

Caddie Woodlawn [gaq]Hello all! It’s another day that the Lord has made. I hope we’re all able to rejoice in it. 🙂 Before I launch into this week’s Guess A Quote, I want to give you a heads-up that next week is going to be awesome. We’ll be celebrating two book releases: Espionage by Morgan Huneke and Samara’s Peril by Jaye L. Knight. Morgan is joining us with an author interview a week from today, Jaye is doing an author interview on the 11th, and I’ll be sharing my review about Samara’s Peril on the 13th. You definitely don’t want to miss any of it!

Okay. So, last week’s quote came from Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink. Morgan Huneke was the only one to guess correctly, so congratulations, Morgan!

On Saturday, a group of young people from my church went hiking together. Due to the release of Captain America: Civil War, a lot of the conversation during the hike revolved around superheros and marvel comics. I figured I’d stick to the theme and pull a quote from a book that falls into that genre. This quote is one you’ll either instantly laugh at, or be totally confused by–depending on whether or not you know the context.

“You’re like a potato!” I shouted after her. “In a minefield.”

Happy Guessing!

What Has My Attention

  • Help Me Write the Definitive Book on Modern Selling This article has held my attention because of the wealth of information in the posts it links to. I’ve been exploring a few links per day for the past few days, and each one have some interesting nuggets for the sales and marketing side of me.
  • A Long Line of GoodbyesBeautiful description of the joys and sorrows of being a foster mom. The entire post was worth reading for the last paragraph. It reminded me of one of my favorite hymns, Let Your Heart Be Broken.
  • My Mom! We had a lovely Mother’s Day yesterday. I hope your Mom had/has your attention too!

This was a busy week for me, so my list of great online articles is pretty short. Share your finds with me! What has encouraged, inspired, or challenged you this week (links or stories)? I can’t wait to hear about it!


Guess a Quote [5.02.16]

Treasures of the Snow [gaq]

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you are all well rested and ready to face the week–especially those of you plunging into finals. You can do it! (If you need a break from finals, you may find this Pinterest board highly relatable.)

Last week’s quote came from Treasures of the Snow, by Patricia St. John. Liberty Bluebell, Elisabeth, and Savannah Peran all guessed it correctly. Great job, girls!

This week’s quote comes from a Newberry Medal book that’s filled with adventures and misadventures.

How far I’ve come! I’m the same girl and yet not the same. I wonder if it’s always like that? Folks keep growing from one person into another all their lives, and life is just a lot of everyday adventures. Well, whatever life is, I like it.

Happy Guessing!

What Has My Attention

  • Equipping MindsI spent half of my weekend at the annual MassHOPE homeschool conference. It was great! Carol Brown of Equipping Minds was one of the speakers, and her sessions were fascinating. She’s all about using games to increase people’s cognitive cores in order to make academics easier to process.
  • Abaddon’s EveRachel Starr Thomson is one of my favorite speculative authors. She’s trying to hit 15 Amazon reviews for her book, Abaddon’s Eve. As a result, it’s discounted to $0.99 for a few days. I already reviewed it, so I thought I’d reach out to you all and invite you to give it a try.
  • Samara’s PerilMost of my free time this week went to reading my advanced reader’s copy of this book. A preliminary review is up on Goodreads, and I can’t wait to share more with you!
  • Box of SunshineThis care package idea is simply adorable. Now I need to decide who to send one to.

If you want more curated links, the top three links in last week’s post are some of the best blog posts I’ve read in a while.

Guess a Quote [4.25.16]

Heidi [gaq]Who thought I’d forgotten about Guess a Quote posts? I’m thinking about raising my hand myself! Mondays have turned into crazy days for me, and my goal of pre-scheduling posts never seems to materialize. So, take a moment to journey back to February and refresh your memory on our last GAQ post.

The last quote came from Heidi, by Johanna Spyri. Emily, writefury, Elisabeth, Addyson M. Huneke, Hanna R, Mary, and Gabriellyn all guessed it correctly. Congratulations, everyone!

This week’s quote comes from a book that’s not quite as well known as Heidi. However, it was popular enough to be made into a movie.

It was Christmas Eve, and three people were climbing the steep, white mountain side, the moonlight throwing shadows behind them across the snow. The middle one was a woman in a long skirt with a dark cloak over her shoulders. Clinging to her hand was a black-haired boy of six, who talked all the time with his mouth full. Walking a little way away from them, with her eyes turned to the stars, was a girl of seven. Her hands were folded across her chest, and close to her heart she carried a golden gingerbread bear with eyes made of white icing.

Happy Guessing!

What Has My Attention

I’ve been enjoying some great blog posts recently, so I thought it was time for another one of these.

What corners of the internet have impressed you recently? Share links!

Book Review: Light of the Last

Light of the LastI spent the first half of this book desperately wanting to tell Drew (the main character) that he wasn’t insane, and the second half trying to read fast enough to keep up with the cascade of action. It was a wild ride!

I’m not sure how to classify Light of the Last. Superhero? Spiritual warfare? Political thriller? It’s all three!

It’s been years since a lab accident resulted in Drew Carter’s visions of alien invaders–his term for the angels and demons he can now see. Now he’s draw the attendtion of the American government. Always a patriot at heart, Drew is excited to serve in the CIA despite the underhanded way he’s drafted into service. His problem is, he doesn’t know who he can trust. When a psyciatric exam tells him his visions are conjured by his subconscious, he doesn’t even trust himself. Drew is isolated from his family and the girl he loves, and he’s coming undone.

Meanwhile the force of angels tasked with protecting Drew is locked in the battle of the ages. Apollyon is loosing the forces of darkness in a desperate attempt to prevent the salvation of one man. Validus and his team must hold nothing back. The fate of the world is in the balance.

My Thoughts:
I love the lead characters in this series. Drew is a  quintessential hero–sincere, self-sacrificing, devoted, and just proud and broken enough to make you fully invested in reading to find a happy ending. Besides, what Christian Marvel fan wouldn’t get excited about a superhero story (complete with a Jarvis-like computer) with a spiritual warfare twist? However, I’m not going say more because you need to read it for yourself. Go back to book one, push through the first 50 pages (which I found boring), and enjoy the journey. 🙂

What Has My Attention

I enjoy seeing what other people are looking at and reading. With so much content produced on the internet every week, it’s nice to get curated lists of what people I trust have found valuable. So, I thought I might try to occasionally share my own list with you all! Let me know if you do or don’t like this new feature.

  • The Generosity Factor by Ken Blanchard. Don’t give to get. Get to give!
  • The Secret to Becoming an Expert Listener. This is a fabulous blog post on the art of listening well. As a talkative person, remembering to listen (and listen well) is something I can always use a reminder about!
  • The Family: Together in the Presence of GodNoel Piper (wife of John Piper) wrote this inspiring article on family togetherness during corporate worship. Hopefully I’m not the only single girl on here who enjoys reading parenting articles!
  • A Tribute to PrimroseIt’s no secret that I love adoption. This blog post about a baby’s first birthday with a family of her own made me cry.
  • How 5 Minutes Can Change Someone’s LifeEncouraging reminder about the power of little things.
  • Sermon NotesA graphic designer friend of mine and I have begun collaborating to make sermon graphics for my church.

What has your attention this week?