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review 2017-08-22 04:58
Hearts of Purpose: Real Life Stories from Ordinary Women
Hearts of Purpose: Real life stories from ordinary women doing extraordinary things for the glory of God. (The Call) - Gail G Nordskog

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Title: Hearts of Purpose: Real Life Stories from Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things for the Glory of God.
Author: Gail G. Nordskog
Publisher: Nordskog Publishing
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
Review:

"Hearts of Purpose: Real Life Stories from Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things for the Glory of God" by Gail G. Nordskog

My Thoughts......from this wonderful read...where each author brings their story alive.

These were beautifully written stories about ten women on their remarkable journeys that made a 'great impression' on Gail Grace Nordfskog as well as to its readers.

I will introduce each other and offer up a discussion question. Now, you will have to pick up this good read to see for yourself and be able to answer the questions that are offered up at the end of each ones section of their story.

First we have Chapter one with Mary Ann Ambroselli whose main focus was on 'Counseling on Keeping PreBorn Babies Alive.
Discussion Question: This one caught my eye...Mary Ann suffered many losses in her family. Have you ever wondered where God is when tragedy strikes?

Second Chapter we visit with Cindy Reynolds whose main forcus was 'Ministry to Orphans in Linjiang.
Discussion Question:What does this mean "If you depend upon Jesus, your enemy will become your Friend? I found this quite interesting!

Chapter Three...Audrey Forster whose focus was 'Worldwide Adoptions and Aid to Orphans.
Discussion Question: When you reflect on your talents and gifts, what do they include?

Chapter Four: Patricia Blanco Steele focus on: Transforming the Lives of Abused Women and Children
Discussion Question: In reading Trisha's thoughts on "Love," which items impact you the most?

Chapter Five: Julie Dawson Focus: To Bring Healing to the Nations through the Multiplication of Medical Ships and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. To Disciple Nations through Evangelism and the Multiplication of Leadership Schools for the South Pacific ad Asia
Discussion Question: Do you believe that "all things work together for good: Romans 8:28

Chapter Six: Lisa Shidler focus: Helping and Training Special Needs Orphans
Discussion Question: In reading about special needs children, what stands out in your mind about them?

Chapter Seven: Marilyn Pulis Minister, Ordained by the Assemblies of God Pulis Ministries
Focus on: Spreading the Gospel
Discussion Question: When was the first time you felt the presence of the Lord?

Chapter Eight: Lili Vaehr: CFO, MovieGuide & Good News Communications Inc.
Focus on: Biblical Guide to Movies and Entertainment
Discussion Question: Instead of a question here I would like to just add Lil's Five Don'ts to Help You Succeed in Parenting, Marriage and Life..

Don't Create Your Walls
Don't Wait
Don't Compartmentalize
Don't Be Afraid
Don't Quit

Chapter Nine: Nita Hanson Director, God's Hidden Treasures
Focus on: Bringing Hope to the Forgotten
Discussion Question: Have you ever felt that you are a "mistake?"

Chapter Ten: Sharon Daly President, The Mossy Foot Project, Ethiopia
Focus on: Providing Mossy Foot Patients with Support through Education, Prevention, Medical Treatment, Vocational Training and a Message of Hope
Discussion Question: I loved this one coming from the read....

"I have been in every moment of your past,
My hand formed you
I am with your now.
I will be with you in the future.
All tomorrows are in My hands.
Trust Me daily.
Trust Me moment by moment.
I am your life and your portion.
Trust me for everything.
I will never leave you or let you down?"

All that is left to say after reading and absorbing it all from these wonderful well written stories is to thank this author for presenting such a good reads to the readers. I didn't know when I picked this read that I was about to receive so much from each one of the stories that will truly stay with me forever. I even tried to pick a favorite one but couldn't because each one of the reads touched me in different ways.

I loved the 'Two Pertinent Devotions in Closing from New Every Morning from the author of this book: Gail Grace Nordskog.... A Daily Devotional Glorify the Lord....Oh, magnify the Lord, with me, and let us exalt His name together. [Psalms 34:3] and If God Be For Us...When then shall we say to these things? If god is for us, who can be against us? [Romans 8:31]

Thank you to the author and WNL for sending me your novel for me to give my honest opinion of its read. These were truly "Real-life stories about ten ordinary women doing extraordinary things for the Glory of God."

 

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text 2017-08-03 14:38
Stranger than Fiction

So a dude with a hatchet killed a guy in a bar here.  I'm so glad I never go there.  

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text 2017-06-29 08:48

BUCHBERLIN 2017Heute gibt es wieder tolle und aufregende Neuigkeiten! Letzte Woche hat mich meine Verlegerin angerufen und während wir über tausend Dinge sprachen die das bevorstehende Erscheinen von BRÏN betreffen, kamen wir über Umwege auch auf das Thema Buchmesse zu sprechen. Es dauerte nicht lange, bis sie mich fragte, ob ich nicht vielleicht zur diesjährigen Messe in Berlin fahren wolle. Der Butze Verlag ist dieses Jahr das erste Mal auf der BUCHBERLIN vertreten und ich freue mich sehr darüber, dass ich dabei sein darf!

 

Die BUCHBERLIN findet am 25./26. November 2017 im Estrel Hotel statt und bietet Selfpublishern und Kleinverlagen die Möglichkeit sich im Rahmen einer Messe zu präsentieren. Eine prima Gelegenheit um auch einmal Titel abseits der großen Verlagsprogramme zu finden und natürlich auch, um als kleine Autorin/ kleiner Verlag gesehen zu werden, noch dazu in einer so lebendigen, bunten Stadt. Neben zahlreichen Ausstellern und Autoren wird es aber auch wieder ein abwechslungsreiches Programm an Vorträgen geben. Für mich selbst wird es außerdem der erste Besuch der BUCHBERLIN und ich bin ganz aufgeregt, dass ich dort als Autorin sein werde. Man wird mich am Stand des Butze Verlags finden, zusammen mit der Autorin Corinna Behrens, die u.a. ihren Roman Indianer im Kopf bei Butze veröffentlicht hat.

 

Ich freue mich schon sehr darauf viele neue Besucher, Autoren und auch Verlagsmenschen kennenzulernen. Der Herbst dürfte aufregend werden! Falls ihr aus Berlin kommt oder zu der Zeit dort sein solltet und die BUCHBERLIN besucht, würde ich mich freuen euch anzutreffen. Wer sich sein Exemplar von BRÏN von mir signieren lassen möchte kann das natürlich auch wieder gerne tun! Am Stand werde ich auch einige Exemplare dabei haben – für die frisch überzeugten.

 

Ich bin schon richtig gespannt auf die bekannten und unbekannten Gesichter, die ich auf der Messe treffen werde!

 

Die Details zur BUCHBERLIN findet ihr auf der Veranstaltungsseite.

Source: moyasbuchgewimmel.de/auf-gehts-zur-buchberlin-2017
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text 2017-06-12 20:01
Meet & Greet für Bonner Leseratten

Meet & Greet für Bonner LeserattenVergangenes Wochenende bin ich eher zufällig, Twitter sei Dank, über die Information gestolpert, dass wir in Bonn letztes Jahr eine Art Mini-Buchmesse bekommen haben. ›Mini‹ deswegen, weil das ganze natürlich erst einmal eine gewisse Anlaufphase braucht und noch im Begriff ist zu wachsen, und klar, mit den Messe-Giganten in Frankfurt und Leipzig kann die Veranstaltung nicht mithalten. ABER ich freue mich dennoch wie ein Honigkuchenpferd darüber, weil ich regionale Vernetzungen liebe und weil ich als Autorin dabei sein darf. Jawohl, meine Lieben, das wird mein erster Auftritt als Autorin und ich würde mich wahnsinnig freuen, wenn ein paar von euch zu Besuch kämen!

Bei der Gelegenheit dürft ihr mir Löcher in den Bauch fragen, euer Exemplar von BRÏN signieren lassen, ein passendes Lesezeichen abgreifen und was eben sonst noch so anfällt.

Am Sonntag, den 15. Oktober 2017, findet zwischen 13 und 18 Uhr die 2. Bonner Buchmesse BonnBuch in der Brotfabrik – Kreuzstraße 16 – 53225 Bonn statt. AutorInnen, Verlage, Zeitschriften und literarische Institutionen aus Bonn (und Umgebung) präsentieren einem interessierten Publikum Neuerscheinungen aus dem Jahr 2017 und Bücher, die in den vergangenen Jahren erschienen sind.

Die BonnBuch 2017 findet parallel zum letzten Tag der Frankfurter Buchmesse statt. Für alle daheimgebliebenen Leseratten ist das eine wunderbare Möglichkeit, in geselliger Atmosphäre, auch im Köln-Bonner Raum an einer Veranstaltung teilzunehmen, die sich rund um Bücher dreht. Es wird Lesungen geben und hoffentlich viele nette Gespräche. Die letzte BonnBuch hat jedenfalls großen Anklang gefunden und ich hoffe das Projekt wächst und gedeiht in den nächsten Jahren weiter.

Also: tragt euch den Termin ein, kommt vorbei, sagt hallo und atmet den Duft frischer Bücher! Ihr habt Fragen, Wünsche, Anregungen? Lasst es mich in den Kommentaren wissen!

Weitere Infos und eine Liste der Aussteller und Autoren gibt es auf der Website des Veranstalters oder der Facebookseite von BonnBuch.

Source: moyasbuchgewimmel.de/meet-and-greet-fuer-bonner-leseratten
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review 2017-06-10 20:26
Speak, Memory, by Vladimir Nabokov
Novels and Memoirs, 1941-1951: The Real Life of Sebastian Knight / Bend Sinister / Speak, Memory (Library of America #87) - Vladimir Nabokov,Brian Boyd

(Review for Speak, Memory only: four stars)

 

It was a pleasure to read Nabokov after so long. I forgot how easy it is to get carried along by the flow and particularities of his prose, sometimes to the point of losing the meaning of what's being expressed. Speak, Memory is a kind of memoir of Nabokov's childhood through his family's exile in Europe following the Russian Revolution. I learned (or was reminded of) a lot that sheds light on his writing, such as the fact that he had synesthesia (syllables and letters had colors). He read and wrote English before Russian but later lamented that his English skills did not match those in Russian (if only I read Russian!). At one point he states that once he used a detail of his life for his fiction, it felt like it was no longer his.

 

If you're familiar with Nabokov, you'll enjoy the passages detailing or referencing his passion for butterfly hunting. In fact my favorite line in the book concerns it: "America has shown even more of this morbid interest in my retiary activities than other countries have--perhaps because I was in my forties when I came there to live, and the older the man, the queerer he looks with a butterfly net in his hand." Lol, indeed.

 

I was less interested in some of the earlier chapters that focus on his extended family, but there were still fascinating stories to be had, and his prose is always worth it.

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