Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller

Reading Donald Miller is an acquired taste. Like a new food, you read the book little by little trying to decide if you like it or not. Sometimes it’s good and sometimes you’re not so sure. But you keep at it until you realize you are done, and it was enjoyable.

This book seemed to bounce from story to story, almost like a child with ADD. But there was a theme and good one at that. Life is a story, and like those stories we read as a child, we desire a happy ending. Yet that does not happen as there isn’t always a happy ending in life. It’s not about the ending but the middle that is where the real living is. “People love to have lived a great story, but few people like the work it takes to make it happen.’ (p. 100). I hope I’m living a great story.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Seaside Letters: A Nantucket Love Story by Denise Hunter

Being from New England, I thought I would enjoy this book. I have fond memories of vacationing at the Cape and know the charm of the islands.

The storyline is similar to "You've Got Mail" and I can almost picture Meg Ryan playing Sabrina/Sweetpea and Tom Hanks as Tucker. The difference is that he knows who she is and she knows who he is but she doesn't know what he is. Confusing? Not so much especially since the reader is aware of this he knows/she knows/he knows she knows situation within the first 15 pages of the book. So as a reviewer, I haven't spoiled anything. As a reader, all I wanted for for her to know that he knows so that they could live happily ever after.

The pace of the book was slow as I just wanted to two characters to realize that they were in love. The best part of the book was the ending, but it took 300 pages to get there. If you like a good ending, then the 300 page was worth it.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Review of Seaside Letters coming soon.

From Peanuts to the Pressbox by Eli Gold

One way to get to the top is to start at the bottom and work your way up. Eli Gold did just this. As a child he enjoyed playing sports but was really excited about talking about sports. He fulfilled his dream of being a sports announcer by making the most of every opportunity, including selling peanuts in Madison Square Garden.

This biography is a great story of hard work paying off. We now know what a great sports announcer Eli Gold is, but did we know what he did to get there. As a teenager, he had a job that started at 4:30 AM. While announcing hockey games, Eli traveled with the teams by bus, and not those nice luxury buses of today but those old buses with straight back seats and a bathroom that was more of an outhouse. Eli worked as an intern just to get experience and didn’t mind not getting paid since he was doing what he loved.

Not only did he work hard, he was so humble and did not take for granted the opportunities he had. He enjoyed what he did, and he helped those watching or listening to the games enjoy it, too.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Fearless by Max Lucado

What are you afraid of? Death, failure, commitment.... Seriously, what are you afraid of? Let's be honest here. We are all afraid of something, and usually we are too scared to admit it.

In his charming yet poignant way, Max Lucado addresses some of our deepest fears in this newest bestseller-to-be. With the current culture, fear is rampant, and Max is not afraid to tell it like it is. Yet, he also tells us how to face our fears and overcome them in the mighty power of God.

Don't read this book if you have no fear. But for the rest of us, this book will challenge you to become FEARLESS!