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Kelsey couldn’t believe a read a “whole” book in 1 day…I did! Haven’t done that in a really long time.

Books Misc.

A Step of Faith












I just finished this book (recommended by Kris), took me about 5 hours. Moved on to the 2nd book in the series. Easy reading, not to mind provoking but not too much fluff and holds your attention. Beware- no sex, drugs or profanity!











Just finished book 2 and am moving on to book 3. I think I would describe this as “uplifting”…gave books 1 & 2 to mom to read. 











Book 4 will be out in the Spring. Looking for something to read- I pass Kris’s recommendation on, give these a try.


In Mitch Albom’s newest work of fiction, the inventor of the world’s first clock is punished for trying to measure God’s greatest gift. He is banished to a cave for centuries and forced to listen to the voices of all who come after him seeking more days, more years. Eventually, with his soul nearly broken, Father Time is granted his freedom, along with a magical hourglass and a mission: a chance to redeem himself by teaching two earthly people the true meaning of time.

He returns to our world–now dominated by the hour-counting he so innocently began–and commences a journey with two unlikely partners: one a teenage girl who is about to give up on life, the other a wealthy old businessman who wants to live forever. To save himself, he must save them both. And stop the world to do so.


May 11: Luke 1
May 12: Luke 2-3
May 14: Luke 4-5
May 16: Luke 6-7
May 18: Luke 8-9
May 20: Luke 10-11
May 22: Luke 12-13
May 24: Luke 14-16
May 27: Luke 17-18
May 29: Luke 19-20
May 30: Luke 21-22
May 31: Luke 23-24

Did You Know?
Luke was probably a Greek. He was the only non-Jewish New Testament writer.
Luke is the only gospel with a sequel – the book of Acts. Luke wrote the longest gospel account. Luke’s writings account for more than 25% of the New Testament.
Luke has 18 parables that are found in no other gospel. For example, the Good Samaritan, the Lost Sheep, and the Prodigal Son are only found in the book of Luke (See Luke 10:25-37, 15:4-7, 15:11-32).

Luke revealed the prayer life of Jesus.
Jesus prayed at His baptism (Luke 3:21). He often prayed in secret (Luke 5:16, 6:12, 9:18, 9:28-29). He gave thanks before eating (Luke 9:16, 22:17-19).
Significant prayers in Luke include the “Lord’s Prayer” and the prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane (Luke 11:1-4, 22:39-46).
Two parables found only in Luke highlight the importance of persistent prayer (Luke 11:5-13, 18:1-8).



I have had some request to slow down our reading so we can have a better discussion on WHAT we are reading and to allow those busy family members to join in. Those who wish to read the Bible in a year- follow the link on the first post. I will slow the rest down so we can have more fruitful discussion on what we are reading or how to apply it to our everyday life. I like the concept of meaningful over productive timing. So at this point I would say let’s take the rest of March to read Matthew- any good insights?



We will read New Testament then Old Testament- therefore starting with the Book of Matthew. If you don’t have a Bible- read it on line- links provided.

March1: Matt 1-4
March2: Matt 5-6
March3: Matt 7-8
March4: Matt 9-10
March5: Matt 11-12
March6: Matt 13-14
March7: Matt 15-17
March8: Matt 18-19
March9: Matt 20-21
March10: Matt 22-23
March11: Matt 24-25
March12: Matt 26
March13: Matt 27-28

Here is the first two weeks- add discussion points, questions, confusions, points to ponder- that is how we learn and grow- together.



In an attempt to read the Bible in a year (little behind), we can read:

Beginning to End: Read the Bible from start to finish, from Genesis to Revelation.

Chronological: Read the Bible as its events occurred in real time. For example, Job lived sometime after the beginning of creation (Genesis 1) but before Abraham was born (Genesis 12). As a result, the Book of Job is integrated into the Book of Genesis.

Historical: Read the books of the Bible as they were written historically, according to the estimated date of their writing.

New then Old: Read through the New Testament first, then read through the Old Testament.

Old and New: Each day includes a passage from both the Old Testament and New Testament.


Kris and I were talking and I asked her about a Bible I use to have (One Year Bible) and she indicated she wanted to read the Bible too. I was at Sam’s club today and found this Bible– I liked it because of the “application” of taking the words and make them mean something in our lives- simply put- helps me understand. Maybe some of the answers I seek are here. At Amazon this book is $64.00 but at Sam’s Club it was $41.88. If you have a Bible- you can just join in and read it-any takers?
The Life Application Bible was created for the reader who wants to answer the Question, “What does God’s Word mean for my life today?” This edition is full of features that will help you understand the timeless lessons of the Bible, including application notes, character studies, maps and charts, detailed book introductions, and more. The Life Application Study Bible is a rich resource to help you live out your faith in practical ways.
There are actually cheaper ones- mine is leather but a hard copy is $26.39.


summerreads (76k image)

Can’t make up my mind so I’ll try to read them all. Started all but “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.” Have to bring a student to the hospital on Friday for a procedure- will be there awhile and plan to make a dent in “The Hour I First Believed”.
What are you reading?


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I finished the book- I like the story but didn’t care for the story teller (the book is written from Relin’s perspective as an admiring journalist interviewing and observing Mortenson). I wish he would have written it in first person. Still glad I read it!

The title from a Balti proverb…”The first time you share tea with a Balti, you are a stranger. The second time you take tea, you are an honored guest. The third time you share a cup of tea, you become family.”

The book describes Mortenson’s transition from a mountain-climber to a humanitarian committed to reducing poverty and educating girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan. He did this by co-founding the “Central Asia Institute,” which has built over 78 schools in the most remote areas of the countries.

Given the current issues in Pakistan and Afghanistan- it made for an interesting read. Give it a whirl!

Ideas for a “next book”?