Tuesday, March 31, 2015

What I Love About Delaney-March 2015

Scripture Verse: 

Ephesians 4:29-32 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
 
1 Corinthians 15:33 Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”


Favorite Photo...


Favorite Things We Did-Camping, North Texas Irish Festival, trying new foods, drive in movies, playing in the snow, getting to know your boyfriend Aaron. You even talked Aaron into getting a kilt. Although I am not sure where else he would wear it! It was alot of fun hanging out that the Irish Festival, Earth Fest, and playing games this month.

 
What Things You Are Into: Music, but you always have been. Still practicing singing, art and photography.

Things we enjoy doing together: Volunteering at Samaritans Inn, volunteering with Building Inner Beauty, seeing you get asked to prom, sending each other stupid e-mails, facebook messages and texts back and forth (even when we are in the same room).


What you want to be when you grow up: Professional photographer, hostage negotiator, or computer engineer. Seem to be the consistent ones you stick with. 

New Sayings: "Fam" that's it, just Fam. Alright fam, ok fam, thats cool fam. Really irritating, but you seem to pick up on phases that make no sense to me and use them till they are begging for death.


Struggles and Accomplishment: I have been really proud of you that you are no longer self harming. You have stopped completely and that is HUGE. It was becoming a daily thing with you, but you are happier now, more full of life and easier to get out of the house to go and do. You no longer sit in your room all day looking so depressed, I am glad to see you happy and your eyes full of life once again. You still have bouts of depression and anxiety, but they are less frequent. You are learning to journal and draw and act to help yourself instead of turning to self harm as the cure all. 

Your Style: Has not changed in  months. The only thing that changed is now you claim to have fallen in love with Rap music! Something you always devastated until Aaron. This is his favorite type of music.

What I Love About Drake-March 2015

Scripture Verse: Ecclesiastes 5:18
Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of his life that God has given him, for this is his lot.

Favorite Photo...


Favorite Things We Did- Easter Bunny pics at the mall and every where else you happened to see the bunny out and about this month. Celebrating my birthday and your brothers. You also LOVE taking Gizmo to school with us in the morning, but he insists in sitting in your lap. We also had a great time going camping at Yogi Bear Park this month in Wichita Falls. The North Texas Irish Festival was a blast as well. We all ate Perogi's for the first time and fell in love! Plus your Uncle Shane bought a Kilt to wear! Then we got SNOW. That's right, snow in Texas in March! What a great b-day it was.


What Things You Are Into: I am not sure the video game thing is going away anytime soon, but now you have made new friends. You met a boy that lives at the end of the road named, Matthew. He is 12, but since there are virtually no kids in the neighborhood he comes over to play with you. You guys play baseball, football, ride bike, play the game systems, hang out at McDonalds, watch movies and argue. So it's alot like when you are with your sister. :)


Things we enjoy doing together- Running the wipe out obstacle course together. Ok well we were going to run together and then was told you were too young. You had to be at least 16, which we all thought was ridiculous. We did stick around and watch the games and you met some friends to play with in a small section they had that included a soap filled pool which you thoroughly enjoyed. All in all I think we were both let down. We had our hopes up to DO the course and could not. We did enjoy the  La bohème simulcast at Kylde Warren Park. It was really full and we had to park over 10 blocks away

What you want to be when you grow up: Pretty much the same as last month and the month before. You go between a professional sports player, or someone else that wears a cool uniform. Only thing new that has been added is now you also want to work with kids in AWANA when you get out  of it. That will be awhile though!


New Sayings : "You know me mom, me yelling is my process"  You are working in your feelings and identifying what you do when you get upset, so this is your new phrase that pays.


Struggles and Accomplishment: I am worried you may not get to 3rd grade. Although you are making progress, it has tampered off and you are getting increasingly frustrated with what you do not know. It's becoming harder for you to focus on your accomplishments as it becomes more clear to you that the other kids can read good, write good and get the math that you still struggle with. You come home alot of the times saying you are stupid, only see "scribble, scrabble, and write in scribble, scabble." Its a process that is very hard for both of us. You have increased your reading skills from a level 4 book to a level 10 book, which was significant. It was a basic 1/2 year increase in 2 months. You are making huge strides, just slowly. 

Your Style: Does underwear count? You would prefer not to get dressed. You would love to spend the day in your underwear (normally on backwards), and when you do need to get dressed, you want no shoes, no socks and your boots if I insist. Life is never boring!

Acts (EP Study Commentaries)


  • Series: EP Study Commentaries
  • Paperback: 614 pages
  • Publisher: Evangelical Press (June 20, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1783970030
  • ISBN-13: 978-1783970032
  • US Price $44.99
  • Purchase at Amazon:  Paperback
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Study Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles is exegetically and theologically sound, cogently reasoned and clearly written. Demonstrating Luke's competence as a historian.

 

Anyone can tell you  we are in no short supply of commentaries on every book of the bible, including ACTS. So why read this one? What makes this 600 page book so different than the rest? Simple really. As we grow in our relationship with Christ we are, hopefully, seeking to understand Him more, build better relationships and come to a deeper understanding of our own spirituality and how God has worked in the lives of others, especially those He called to write the gospel messages. 

Guy does a wonderful job bringing the spiritual road of Luke to life in a way that the common person can understand and delight in. Guys application is vivid, thought provoking and applicable to us today as it was when Luke preached. It amazes me every time at how what was happening then in our church's is still happening now, but how we are called to handle has not changed. As we walk through each chapter of Luke, we gain more insight into how the Holy Spirit works in our lives and in each other, the church's history, and Paul's mission journeys.

The book is wrote from a Christian perspective. That the scriptures are the living, breathing, word of God. The author dives into background information, purpose of the writings, estimated date of writings and how it is relevant to our lives today. 




Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Evangelical Press through Cross Focused Reviews for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”



Guy Prentiss Waters is Professor of New Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Miss., USA. He received his B.A. in Greek and Latin from the University of Pennsylvania; his M.Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary; his Ph.D. in Religion from Duke University. From 2002 to 2007, he was Asst. Prof. of Biblical Studies at Belhaven University, Jackson, Miss., and has served at RTS since 2007. Guy is a Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). He is the author of several books, articles, chapters, and reviews. Guy and his wife Sarah have three children and reside in Madison, Miss. 

Monday, March 30, 2015

IDENTITY THEFT



IDENTITY THEFT

by Laura Lee

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BLURB:

A bored employee in a rock star's office begins an online relationship with a fan in the guise of his boss and sets off a chain of events he cannot control.

Candi Tavris is on the verge of turning 30, she works in the packaging department of a company that is downsizing and she is hounded by calls from creditors who mispronounce her name. She wakes up every morning praying that the folks at Life Lock will perform their work in reverse and give her "identity" to someone else. Her younger sister, never a serious student, married a rich executive and lives in a mansion.

Candi's only solace is escaping into the music and image of the 80s pop star Blast.

Ethan  Penn,  a  22 year-old college dropout who smokes pot and lives in his mother's  basement, works in the rock star's office. (His desk sits under a framed gold record with a dead spider caught in the glass.)

His boss, whose real name is Ollie Thomas, is as socially awkward off stage as he is charismatic on stage. He is depressed about his pending divorce. His greatest fame is behind him, his biggest hit "Partly Cloudy Thursday (Blast With Me)" was a cliched monstrosity written to please record executives. His rock n' roll lifestyle mostly consists of finding ways to keep his laundry from stinking while on the road and trying to remain anonymous while buying Preparation-H.

Blast assigns the task of keeping up with his social networking to Ethan. Ethan starts to correspond with Candi through e-mail and chats in the guise of the rock star. The conversation soon becomes steamy. The game spirals out of control when Blast performs a concert in Candi's hometown and Candi is mistaken first for a groupie and then for a delusional stalker.

Candi must try to prove (and retain) her sanity. Ethan must decide whether to risk jail by telling the truth. A terrified Ollie has to come to terms with his relationship with his Blast character and the consequences of his fame.
 

GIVEAWAY: 

The author, Laura Lee will award a randomly drawn commenter a digital copy of IDENTITY THEFT to one lucky winner! a Rafflecopter giveaway

MY IMPRESSIONS:  

This was a great read that brought new light to the circumstances that surround identity theft and how to protect yourself and be proactive. I loved the twists and turns throughout this book. It kept me engaged and expecting the worst and the best in people. The characters are well wrote, with depth and evolving as the book progresses. Ollie, Candi and Ethan are amazing characters. I felt so bad for Ollie, our rock star that seems no matter what he does he cannot catch the break he needs in life. 

If you love psychological suspense books you will adore this one no matter what your age is. 

EXCERPT: 



Ollie was in a good mood when his day began.  It was his first free day in three weeks of touring, and he did not have to pack and check out of the hotel for another couple of days.  This was the height of luxury.  He was dressed in a pair of navy blue sweat pants-- he'd slept in them-- and a new t-shirt he had stolen out of the merch.  The shirts cost about $1.20 each to make in Bangladesh, and they sold them for $30.  It was a racket, but it was also the main thing that kept the tours profitable.  The design featured a cartoon version of Ollie in his Blast persona.  It was the only clean shirt he could find.  He looked nothing like his alter ego at the moment, his face hidden a bit behind a pair of horn-rimmed glasses.  He wore contacts on stage. It had been a while since he'd colored his shoulder-length red hair, so the roots were coming in grey.  (Hats and bandanas disguised this when he performed.)

The television was on: a program about some guys in Texas who restore junk cars to their former glory and try to flip them to make a profit.  Ollie glanced at it from time to time as he pulled stale garments out of his suitcase and sorted them into piles by color on the bed.  No washing underwear in the sink today!  This hotel had a guest laundry! 

Once all of the clothes were stacked up, he grabbed a couple of plastic bags from a side pocket in his bag.  He always kept a few plastic bags.  You never knew when you were going to need them.  They can serve as trash bags when those tiny hotel rubbish bins get full, you can use them to wrap up toiletries that leak and, of course, you can tote your laundry.   When the clothes were bagged up, he threw a couple laundry detergent cubes into the bag with the darks.  The detergent cubes were a great invention.  Not only couldn't they leak during travel, you could move them around in the suitcase to help make things smell a bit more fresh.  He also traveled with a small spray bottle with a mixture of water and vodka inside. The alcohol mixture could be sprayed on to garments if they got a bit pungent. Worked wonders.  He kept a couple of those round balls designed to deodorize gym shoes in there for extra assistance in the olfactory department.  If the rock n' roll thing didn't work out, he figured he could always write a book called “How Not to Stink When You're on the Road.” 

Ollie picked up the room key.  He took a $5 bill from his wallet, which was laying next to his cell phone on the night stand.  He tucked the money into one of the plastic bags. Then he picked up the laundry and was about to head down to the front desk for change when a tinny version of The Beatles “Eleanor Rigby” started to play.  When he had chosen that as his ring tone it seemed clever and ironic.  Since then it had become increasingly depressing.  He made a mental note to download a new one when he had the chance.

He was tempted to not even look at the phone. There is a level of fatigue that kicks in after a month on the road.  You move from place to place, event to event like a wind up toy.  The momentum propels you through. The most likely phone candidates were the office, one of his lawyers or his soon-to-be ex-wife. Any of them would be a drain of his energy.  Only one would take his refusal to answer the phone as a personal affront and further evidence of his bad nature.   He stopped and glanced at the small screen.  It was her.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Metro Detroit native Laura Lee divides her time equally between writing and producing ballet educational tours with her partner, the artistic director of the Russian National Ballet Foundation. She is the author of more than a dozen non-fiction books with such publishers as Harper Collins, Reader’s Digest, Running Press, Broadway Books, Lyons Press and Black Dog and Leventhal. Her Pocket Encyclopedia of Aggravation has sold more than 85,000 copies. She has also written two collections of poetry, and a children’s book (A Child’s Introduction to Ballet). She brings to her writing a unique background as a radio announcer, improvisational comic and one-time professional mime.

The San Francisco Chronicle has said of her work, “Lee’s dry, humorous tone makes her a charming companion… She has a penchant for wordplay that is irresistible.”

Angel is her first novel. Read more about the book at http://angelthenovel.carbonmade.com
https://lauraleeauthor.wordpress.com/

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