Sunday, November 30, 2014

52 Little Lessons from Les Miserables

"There is One Spectacle Greater than the Sea:
That is the Sky;
There is One Spectacle Greater than the Sky:
That is the Interior of the Soul."
 
Bookworm's Ranking - 4.5 Worms
 
About - Author Bob Welch takes readers on a journey through the popular book, beloved musical, and famous movie, Les Miserables and examines some of the deeper lessons it shares. From sacrifice to loving your enemies, 52 Little Lessons from Les Miserables compare God's word with this Victor Hugo tale and how it calls readers to live a better life and see others as God sees them. The poor can teach us more than one might think.

Author - Bob Welch

Publisher - Thomas Nelson

Age Group - 15 and up

Personal Opinion - Wow, what a great book. A perfect devotional-type book that takes the story of Les Mis and examines lessons and examples that we can take and learn from for our own lives. Each chapter begins with a quote and summary before leading into what Jesus has taught us and/or personal experiences. It made me think of my own life and how I treat or react to others and what I could do to change. One chapter I am still debating over on some of its points but I was very happy with the whole book. A read for those who love Les Mis or using books/movies/popular culture as examples to dig deeper into their faith.

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Ruby's Tale

"A True Rags to Riches Story"

Bookworm's Ranking - 4.5 Worms
About - Ruby defies the stereotypes of pit bulls and shows the true nature of the breed. When adopted by her new home, she loves everyone she meets and goes on to host a radio show, perform in stage productions, and be a finalist in a Milk Bone competition. Her love abounds as she works as a service dog visiting others in nursing homes. Ruby might be a pit bull but she is not what someone would expect.

Author - Patrick Bettendorf

Publisher - Tasora Books

Age Group - 15 and up

Personal Opinion - With charm, humor, and honesty, Ruby's Tale is full of wonderful tales and lessons on dogs and their abilities. It made me laugh at her antics, happy at the change of people, and furious at the behavior of some people to dogs. Through her adventures, Ruby defies her breed's stereotype and inspires her owner and fans though her exploits on stage, radio, and service work. Ruby's tale is not the only one to grace the pages but also that of her owner, other dogs, and the experiences around them. This, though, at times made me wonder why Ruby's story was chosen to tell over one of the other dogs in their life and seemed to derail from what the point of the book was. But this is becoming one of my new favorite books and would gladly share it with friends and family.

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Awards - Indi Excellence Winner
                Book of the Year Finalist

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Knitting Reimagined


Bookworm's Ranking - 4 Worms

About - With simple designs, knitting modern clothing can become a work of art that allows the knitter to either follow the prescribed pattern or change it up. For levels for beginner, moderate, and advanced, designs from dresses, sweaters, and pull overs fill the pages for any occasion. Let the needles run wild.

Author - Nicky Epstein

Publisher - Potter Craft

Personal Opinion - Being a knitter between beginner and moderate, there were a handful of questions I had from the directions but were not clear in the book but my inexperience is what I will have to sum that up to. I will just have to buy a dictionary for the future. Anyways, this book is easy to use and has a guide in the back to demonstrate stiches if need arises. I like how the Nicky Epstein gives suggestions how to change the pattern because then I am not stuck just doing what is there on the page but can use my imagination. In fact, the patter I tried was so simple in nature yet looked cool that I did change it up a little. This book would be good for moderate to experienced knitters who want modern day patterns and a chance to use their creativity.

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