August Reading List

Read Making A LifeI am a little late to the party this month, as I was on vacation for the first week of August. I had four books listed on my July reading list but I only made it through two of the four. As I read a fair amount I rarely buy books instead I rely on my local library which can be hit or miss. Sometimes I can get a book right away and other times I wait months to get my hands on a best seller. I picked up a third book not on my reading list based on a readers suggestion and I was not disappointed.

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July Reading List

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I always read more in the summer months, as the warm weather draws me outside to sit and soak up the sun. Reading is my perfect warm weather activity, where my mind is engaged and my body is relaxed. I am still taking one masters level course this summer so I am quite surprised that I still read three books in June. I am however shocked that June is over. Seems like the month sped by while I had my head buried in a book.

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June Reading List

IMGP0962Today I was out and about with a book, which is not an uncommon occurrence. I read quite often in public, and even more frequently at home. Nothing makes my happier than having my face buried in a book, under a blanket with a glass of wine. Or outside in the sun depending on the season.

To clarify I mean a real book made of paper not an electronic device. I prefer books because they feel better, and I have a much easier time reading outside with a paper book, the glare on electronic devices is too much. The blanket is homemade and the wine is white, just so that you get the full picture. Continue reading

Book Review: His Endless Love

His Endless LoveA couple of weeks ago a fellow blogger Samantha Sali was looking for other bloggers to review her recently published book. As an avid reader I jumped at the opportunity to read a freshly released book. His Endless Love is written about the power of God’s love, and for those of you that know me well don’t be alarmed. Since I was diagnosed with a brain tumour earlier this year my reading preference has shifted. Initially I shied away from books centered around illness, death or trauma, and I was more drawn towards self-help and non-fiction. I have always been interested in and read self-help books because I feel that I could always be a better person. To be totally honest I didn’t know that the book that I had just volunteered to review was about God’s love (but I should have figured it out from the title).

I was pleasantly surprised that while His Endless Love is centered around biblical teachings, and more specifically God’s love that it wasn’t evangelical. Author Samantha Sali shares her story about growing up in an abusive home and how her belief in God helped her through her situation.

In the first chapter Love is… she adds a variety of quotes about what love is and this particular one stuck me.

“To love is a choice. It means meeting the other person where they are at in their brokenness.”

It sounds a little dark but in truth we are all a little broken. Each of us has something or a series of things that have beaten us down. Accepting ourselves and others as we are is key to having loving relationships. To love is a choice as is being open and accepting of love.

As I was reading her book (more critically than I normally would have) I started thinking that the premise of the book could be improved upon if she shared the stories of others in addition to her own. It was as if she read my mind because the next chapter was a story about a youth pastor that had just lost his family in a car accident. While the pastor’s story was tragic Sali focused on the positives that can come from a bad situation. Finding the good in a bad situation is what I have been trying to do over the past couple of months so this particular chapter was close to my heart.

Congratulations to Samantha on the release of your first book. I look forward to reading your future works.

The fine print: I was given a copy of the book to review but the opinions are my own.

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Recently I hurt my back, and I was very limited in what I could do.  I couldn’t make any crafts but I could catch up on my reading.  I added my Goodreads info on the right side of this blog, so if you are a reader please join me on Goodreads and we can share book ratings and recommendations.

While we have a lot of books, but we also use the library weekly.  I love that I can get books, movies and E-books for FREE from the library.  I have even gone so far as requesting that the library order newly released books, which they do for FREE.  I love the library, and encourage you to use your local library if you don’t already. I also belong to two book clubs in Victoria so if you are interested in joining, please leave me a comment.

We read to our kids daily and both have large collections of books, so I though that these over-size scrabble tile letters might be a good addition to Logan’s bookshelf.

 

These can be made any size you wish.  I made these from 7 1/4″ x 7 1/4″ x 3/4″ pine.

Materials:

  • Pine board (as knot free as you can get) 7 1/4″ x 3/4″ by the length you need depending on number of letters
  • Jig Saw
  • Printer/Computer
  • Black paint
  • Paint brush
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Pencil
  • Stain, or Tung Oil
  • Sandpaper

 

Instructions:

1. Cut the wood into squares 7 1/4″ x 7 1/4″

2. Sand the squares on all sides (going with the grain) using 120-220 grit sandpaper

3. Print out the letters and number using a computer & printer.  I used Century Gothic font with a size of  500 for the letters, and 150 for the numbers.

4. Cut out the letters and numbers

5. Tape the letters on to the wood with painter’s tape

6. Trace the letters with a pencil

7. Using black acrylic craft paint, paint in the letters and numbers.

8.  Once dry the paint is dry (24 hours) finish with stain, tung oil, or leave natural

 

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