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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

How to Pick Up a Stripper by Todd and Erin Stevens

I first heard about Todd and Erin Stevens two months ago in the local newspaper. There was a profile on Erin's work in starting Nashville Strip Church and I was intrigued. That afternoon I received an email from BookLook that their book How to Pick Up a Stripper and Other Acts of Kindness would be available for review beginning in July. I marked the date and waited. 

This excellent book is part of the Refraction series which is targeted at Millennial Christians (me!) and How to Pick up a Stripper is about evangelism. This is not a book about how we need to go out and shout at people to try and convert them. This is a book about developing a relationship and a reputation with your community so that you can reach them for Christ. There are practical tips for building relationships, for bolstering your reputation (and that of the church as a whole) and for reaching out to those who need to find a relationship with Jesus Christ.

The title comes from the Erin Stevens experience starting Nashville Strip Church. God called her to begin ministering too and serving the girls who were dancing. Through this ministry several girls have become Christians and their church has had the opportunity to minister to them and help them as they change their lives and destinies.

There was so much covered in this book that made me evaluate myself, my beliefs and my Christian life. I cannot recommend this book enough to those of you who want to help others find Christ. The important thing to remember is that for our generation, many will be in that category. I read this book slowly so that I could savor and fully grasp what the Stevens were explaining. I want to be the person that helps lead others to Christ. I definitely recommend this book for everyone, but especially for our generation.

A copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot by David Shafer

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is the story of three 30-somethings who find themselves involved in the underworld of society. No, not that underworld - the one that involves a cabal of powerful people trying to take over the lives of everyone and the group of regular folks who are trying to stop them. These three characters must determine who they are and what they are willing to do in order to stay on the right side of history. 

This is no easy task as decisions that they make affect their family's, careers and even their future romantic interests. This story will kidnap your attention and take you on a wild ride, you won't soon forget. 

I highly recommend this book. The characters were believable and relatable. I found myself fully invested in the decisions they made as each took their specific courses of action. It also made me think twice about what I post on the internet and how much information is put into the hands of corporate America. 

Here's my warning though - there is a lot of language in this book that could be offensive to you. Please realize that this is an adult book and not a YA book so the author's choices reflect the genre. If you can look past the language or it doesn't bother you then I would definitely suggest you read it. Its like Hunger Games meets James Bond meets Thank you for Smoking.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot releases today from Mulholland Books.

A copy of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot was given to me for review by the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Min Pin Monday

Can you find the Min Pin in the picture?


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

About Last Week

Last week was a rough week. It wasn’t that something terrible happened (okay, actually there were two pieces of terrible news), it was just a lot of little things compounding into stress. For example: I didn’t get enough sleep Monday night which led to a rough rest of the week; I looked down at my odometer and it was at 222223; and it was HOT here, which never helps.

By the time I got home from work on Friday night, I was beat. I wanted nothing more than to lay down and not get up until I could do so without a foggy head. I got up Saturday morning and worked out, which made me feel better. At the very least I feel like I have accomplished something for the day. Then I had some errands to run. I voted (early) and got my haircut. I did some light housework and had lunch with someone very dear to me. I got home and finished laundry and then sat down to relax about the time Pop Rocks got home from work. It was a great day and I felt better having gotten so much done. But, I was still tired and still had a lot to do.

Sunday we had to do yard work and then we spent time with family. It was great, but by the time we got home I had to sleep. It helped me feel better.

What do you do to recharge your batteries? The thing that helped the most was the opportunity to sit and read a book between voting and getting my haircut. I planned for there to be a line, but also got there right when the polls opened, so I had a window of time.

The good news is that this is a new week and I got to sleep last night :)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell

I recently received an advanced copy of The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell. The story focuses on the Bird family, specifically matriarch Lorelai. She has a problem with hoarding that grows worse as she ages. The four children Meg, Bethan, Rory and Rhys and their father, Colin, each face issues of their own particularly after a family members death. The book details the spiral of the family members. 

The House We Grew Up In was beautifully written and well constructed. While it bounced back and forth between the characters past and present with different perspectives on each part of their lives, the story was cohesive and never left me confused as to who was narrating and what was happening. The story followed an obvious trajectory as it waded through three different eras. 

The plot though led the characters into deeper and darker corners of themselves and the world. This was what I didn't like about the book. I don't like to go into corners as deep and dark as the ones Jewell negotiates. It was a bit unsettling to me and made it hard to keep picking up the book. It took me a long time to finish this book. (So long in fact that I am now 4 books behind schedule on my Goodreads challenge.) I can't, in good conscience, recommend this book as it was so grisly. However, you may have a tolerance for such subjects. If not consider this fair warning.

The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell releases on August 27.

A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher. All opinions in this post are my own.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Min Pin Monday: 7.21.14

What do you do when your little brother won't leave you alone?

Take a page from the Cat Handbook and climb to the top of the sofa and sit, of course!


Friday, July 11, 2014

Lately

I want to update you, my dear readers, but the truth is that I don't have a lot going on right now. So I thought I would let know some of the boring stuff going on right now. 

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I've been watching 7th Heaven which showed up on Hulu Plus* in June. I loved this show in middle and high school. While I was Simon's age when the show aired, I always related most to Lucy and adored Ruthie. It's a great show, you should definitely check it out. You should note that the show (which has 11 seasons) started in 1996 and references a lot of topics that were hot button issues in those days.

I'm currently reading 4 books! I don't really know what happened. I am also 3 books behind on my Goodreads challenge for 2014. (Follow me at that link!) I am reading The House We Grew Up In* by Lisa Jewell and will review it sometime in August - it releases on August 27. I am trying to finish Quitter* by Jon Acuff. I have been reading this for a while. Its great, but I tend to get distracted when reading non-fiction. I really recommend it, even if you have a job you love and don't want to leave. I am also loving How to Pick up a Stripper and Other Acts of Kindness* by Todd and Erin Stevens. This book is fabulous and is really challenging me. In fact it has altered the way I pray in the morning. I will be reviewing this one as well, once I get it finished. Finally, I started Truth and Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett the other day. I didn't intend to start it, but I did and the first chapter really made me want to keep reading. Although it was raw and different from how I lived at the girls age, I could relate in a lot of ways.

I think I am going to dedicate this weekend to reading.

I started sewing back in the fall and into the winter. I love it, but stopped after we went on vacation. Pop Rock's grannie told me that it was ok, she always like to sew better in the colder weather. I'll pick it back up soon. I only have so many hours in the day and I need to spend more time reading (see above). I did make some really cute necklaces to sell, but I haven't sold them yet. Hopefully soon…

Finally, what inspired this post, I wrote a post that I didn't publish sort of about politics and religion. Topics I don't generally get involved with here or in many conversations. Then this post came out and I was like, that's what I was trying to say. So go read it instead. In fact, I had titled my post, "The Gray."

Anyway, I hope that you all have a great weekend. Enjoy yourself, whatever that looks like for you!