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text 2017-03-01 18:25
Enjoy these short stories before the Read an Ebook Week begins on Smashwords!
Life Of A 'prayer - Midu Hadi
Mr. Bear - Midu Hadi





Waiting for the Read an E book Week to start on Smashwords? 


Why not read Life of a 'prayer today! 


Set in a post-apocalyptic world, where mosquitoes have hunted most species to extinction, the story centers around James who is a Sprayer. He has had a hard life and he deserves to die in peace. If only, he weren't dying so young. It isn't all gloom and doom though because sharing his world are lice-infested air-pirate heroines, metallic gorillas, and horses that run on steam. Oh and airships!

If steampunk isn't your style and UF is more your thing, then you can try Mr. Bear!

Jane has succeeded in convincing her nosy family to let her have a life of our own. A new town, a new job, living on her own...everything seems to be going fine for her until she runs into trouble. Of the Bear variety!

The best part is that both stories are short, free, and packed with humor!

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-07-04 22:27
Now Enrolling: Prayer 101
Ways to Pray: Growing Closer to God - Cardinal Donald W Wuerl

Everyone comes from different religious backgrounds. For those of you who have been with me since the start of this blog, you know that my particular religious background is that of a cradle-born Catholic, the daughter of two converts to the Catholic faith (one of whom has a Ph.D in Theology and has taught Theology in Catholic colleges since I was a baby); you know that my educational background has always steered toward the Catholic side, what with using Kolbe Academy as a high school program and having gone to the University of Saint Francis for my B.A.; you know that my life hasn't been a life devoid of guidance and growth in my spirituality.


This book taught me a lot.


Cardinal Donald Wuerl's Ways to Pray: Growing Closer to GOD is a good book for anybody in any walk of spiritual life. Don't be scared by the fact that this book taught a cradle Catholic with a very formative religious upbringing; whether you are like me and have been praying since you could talk, or whether you have never said a prayer in your life (or, at least, have said very few!), this book will offer you a Prayer 101 that meets you where you are.


How? How can a book meet people with very different experiences, in very different places in life and development, right where they are...right where they need to be met?

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text 2015-07-24 13:02
I hate it when...
Nicki Redstone: Book One: Hard Player - Myles Stafford
Nicki Redstone: Book Two: Legend - Myles Stafford
Angels to Ashes - Drew Foote
Life Of A 'prayer - Midu Hadi


Book blurbs are so generic that they keep me from reading it!


"Selena must choose between the love of her life and freeing her own self. Sometimes the heart doesn't have enough roon for love and power. Her choice will change her destiny and lead her to find a strength within she never knew she had."



Did not find it on BL but it is on SW


The covers of the books stop me from reading them!



I mean this is what the cover for my short looks like...glass houses and stones and all that!



The book blurb is so confusing that it stops me from reading it!



"Barnabas, a Demon of Pride with the predatory heart of a salesman, defies the will of the Inferno.

Kalyndriel, an Avenging Angel, staggers beneath the weight of her own sin.

Walter, a damned human, witnesses the impossible, both on Earth and below.

Three unlikely allies unite against a terror beyond good and evil. Threads of desperation bind their worlds together: Hell, Heaven, and Earth. The emptiness before time gives birth to an abomination ... one who dreams of unraveling the tapestry of the God who abandoned His children.

Angels and Demons, alike, dance in the darkness as the world of man trembles beneath them. A mystery is born of a simple professor’s death: a trail that unveils the depravity in the souls of God’s firstborn.

All reap the wages of sin. All betrayals become inevitable over the course of eternity.

All is ashes."



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review 2013-10-12 00:00
Beginner's Grace: Bringing Prayer to Life
Beginner's Grace: Bringing Prayer to Life - Kate Braestrup I generally like and admire Kate Braestrup's approach to spirituality, especially her common sense and practicality. I continue to find her Ra! Ra! USA! tone and slight anti-Islam bias mildly irritating and at odds with her otherwise compassionate approach.

If you're looking for something prescriptive, this might not be the book. If you're looking for a general philosophy and discussion as to what it actually does, along with a number of rather good example prayers, this could be your book. I especially appreciated the chapter on prayer and people with toxic religious upbringings.

The author and I share a view that every spiritual act should reflect positively into the world. Prayer is for God, but in acting to make a prayer, you're putting your own spiritual house in order. It's a promise and a reminder of what you value, and a moment of pause, a check.

I found the matrix a little less affecting than I had in her memoirs, though perhaps it was meant to be.
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