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The Friday 56

Rules:
* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of http://storytimewithtonya.blogspot.com/
*Post a link along with your post back to http://storytimewithtonya.blogspot.com/




Page 56, Sentence 5:
The language of Arabic had a divinity of its own: the simple act of opening one's mouth and spouting Quranic Arabic was enough to endow the speaker with blessings.

Can God Be Trusted? Finding Faith in Troubled Times By Thomas D. Williams

Full Description:
Father Williams explores the most common obstacles that prevent people from trusting God, including personal betrayals, unfulfilled expectations, and seemingly unanswered prayers. He then explains what is reasonable to expect from God and offers practical tips for ways to grow in trust.
Williams is becoming a revered voice in the Christian community for his insightful writings on issues that really matter to Christians. In this new book, Father Williams will help readers understand, not only how to trust God in spite of doubts and confusion, but to truly know God can be trusted.

©2009

About Author:
Thomas D. Williams, LC, ThD, is Vatican Analyst for CBS News and a professor of theology and ethics at the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University in Rome. He has also worked extensively for NBC News and Britain's Sky News, covering church and ethical issues, including the final illness and death of Pope John Paul II, the 2005 papal conclave, and the election of Pope Ben…

Article Submission: I'll Take a Community With That Book, Please!‏

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I'll Take a Community With That Book, Please!
By Fauzia Burke

With today's search empowered readers, do we need to market and publish books differently? Does general publishing makes sense in an age of Google searches, micro c…

Contest Time!!! Ends Nov. 11th 11:59 p.m. e.s.t. CLOSED

Seven: The Number for Happiness, Love, and Success

Full Description From Website:
What is it about the number seven that has such a hold on us? Why are there seven deadly sins? Seven days of the week? Seven wonders of the world, seven colors of the spectrum, seven ages of man, and seven sister colleges? Why can we hold seven numbers or words in our working memory--but no more? Author Jackie Leo explores everything about this mystical, magical, useful, and fun number in her new book.

SEVEN REASONS YOU NEED THIS BOOK

1. SEVEN is a tool to improve the quality of your life. It is a way to define time, synthesize ideas, and keep your mind performing at top speed in an era of distractions.
2. SEVEN is culturally significant. It pops up everywhere, structuring our world in ways so fundamental, we notice them only when we pause to look. Across the ages and across cultures, the number has acquired a huge scientific, psychological, and religious significance.
3. SEVEN is intriguing. Why, out of …

Teaser Tuesday

Hosted by: http://shouldbereading.wordpress.com/?s=Teaser+Tuesdays

* Grab your current read.
* Let the book fall open to a random page.
* Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
* You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from…that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given.
* Please avoid spoilers!


My Teaser:


In the book of Proverbs we read: "The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, but the Lord tests the heart" (17:3). Both the crucible and the furnace are unpleasant prospects.

Page 102, Can God Be Trusted: Finding Faith in Troubled Times by Thomas D. Williams, LC, ThD

A Flower Blooms On Charlotte Street by Milam McGraw Propst

Full Description:
The only remaining female in the George Nash family, Ociee chooses to view herself as more brother than sister. Her favorite outfit is soft, worn dungarees and her brother Ben's old shirt that Mama made. Ociee's hair is a wispy web of curls and, dreadfully, it usually falls in her face when her self-tied ribbons slide down her back. Her gray eyes sparkle as she delights in jumping on moving boxcars and chasing strangers who dare to wander upon her Mississippi farm. This same little tomboy also goes to great pains to cook and clean and make a home for her beloved Papa and brothers Fred and Ben. She tries valiantly to fill the hole her Mama's death has left in the family. She fingers Mama's locket and hopes the touch of it will make things better. Ociee endears herself to all while she struggles through the trauma of her mother's funeral to finally celebrate her young life. Her eyes learn to see beyond stereotypes and traditional viewpoints as she …

A Climate For Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions

Full Description:
Global warming: it's one of the hottest scientific and political issues of today. And yet we've all found ourselves asking . . .

- It's freezing outside--where's global warming now?
- Climate is always changing--how do we know this isn't just a cycle?
- Why should Christians care about global warming when we know the world won't end that way?

For all the talk about climate change, there's still a great deal of debate about what it all means, especially among Christians. A CLIMATE FOR CHANGE offers straightforward answers to these questions, without the spin. This book untangles the complex science and tackles many long-held misconceptions about global warming. Authored by a climate scientist and a pastor, A CLIMATE FOR CHANGE boldly explores the role our Christian faith can play in guiding our opinions on this important global issue.

Book Website: http://climateforchangethebook.com/

©2009

About Authors:
Katharine Hayhoe
Katharine is a clim…

The Sugarless Plum by Zippora Karz

Full Description:
It started as the perfect story. Zippora Karz was a member of the famed New York City Ballet by the age of eighteen. By twenty she was starring as the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, dancing roles created by Jerome Robbins, and traveling the world.
It was the stuff dreams are made of until, at age twenty-one, Karz became exhausted, dizzy and excessively thirsty. Heavy pancake makeup covered the sores under her arms that would not heal, but she neglected to go to the doctor. When she finally did, she was diagnosed with diabetes, and learned that if she continued to ignore her symptoms, she risked heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, blindness and amputation of her toes, feet and legs. She struggled to get the correct diagnosis and treatment, first thinking she had Type-2 diabetes, when in fact she had Type 1, juvenile diabetes. Once placed on an insulin regimen to regulate her blood sugar, she would inject herself with unsafe doses before going on stage in misg…

The Friday 56

Rules:
* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of http://storytimewithtonya.blogspot.com/
*Post a link along with your post back to http://storytimewithtonya.blogspot.com/



Page 56, Sentence 5 (&6):
Without a word, Sheila grabbed me by the hand. As she pulled me out the door to where my mother was waiting to drive me home, she uttered one two-word exclamation: "You're going!"

Take Your Best Shot by Austin Gutwein, (Founder of Hoops for Hope) and Todd Hillard

Full Description:
Discover how you can respond to God's call in your own life, whether it's in your own town or on the other side of the world.
Teen Austin Gutwein has taken his best shot several thousand times to help AIDS orphans in Africa and in the process has built a school and a medical clinic! Take Your Best Shot tells how one boy made an incredible difference in the lives of those without hope while challenging the reader to do the same.
The interactive dialogue will leave space for the reader to respond. By the end of the book, the reader will know the testimony of Austin and other teens from around the world who are committed to a life of sharing Christ’s love, and will have begun to search for God’s voice in their own lives. The book will also equip and challenge readers with information on a variety of ministries and organizations around the world to help people, animals, and the environment.

©2009

About Author:
Austin Gutwein
Because this remarkable young man dec…

Teaser Tuesday

Hosted by: http://shouldbereading.wordpress.com/?s=Teaser+Tuesdays

* Grab your current read.
* Let the book fall open to a random page.
* Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
* You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from…that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given.
* Please avoid spoilers!


My Teaser:

And when these people breathe their last, the caregivers help prepare the body for burial, make arrangements for the funerals, and then help the families lay the body to rest in the ground.

Page 198, Take Your Best Shot by Austin Gutwein, (Founder of Hoops for Hope,) with Todd Hillard

MBA in a Book: Fundamental Principles of Business, Sales and Leadership by Leslie Pockell and Adrienne Avila

Full Description:
MBA IN A BOOK offers the kind of information graduates of MBA programs ought to have, but usually gain only after years of hard-won experience. This volume contains essential advice about the fundamentals of business, sales, and leadership from some of history's most influential thinkers and doers: entepreneurs, executives, scholars, statesmen, and philosophers.
The business principles section includes wisdom about the fundamentals of business practice and theory and important advice on investment, leadership, management, marketing, and success. The following section includes observations and insights that offer useful sales advice and ingenious techniques. Readers will discover gems of wisdom that address both the daily practicalities and the grand ideals of leadership in the final section.
Updated with a new introduction, this valuable collection will provide readers with the keys to mastering timeless and essential business skills. MBA IN A BOOK will inspire, gu…

New Author Challenge 2010

January 1st, 2010 - December 31st, 2010

Sign Up Here: http://www.literaryescapism.com/new-author-challenge-2010/

Literary Escapism is hosting this challenge and I had to enlist. I love reading, and especially new authors.

RULES:

1. The challenge will run from January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2010.
2. Since this is an author challenge, there is no restriction on choosing your novels. They can definitely be from other challenges. However, the authors must be new to you and, preferably from novels. Anthologies are a great way to try someone new, but only a third of your new authors can be from anthologies.
3. I want this to be an easy challenge, so you can pick to do either 15, 25 or 50 new authors. It all depends on how fast you read and how adventurous you want to be. For me, I’m trying another 25 new authors. If you reach your goal halfway through the year, don’t stop. Any new author you try can be added to Mr. Linky. We all want to know about your new experience.
4. After r…

Locked In by Marcia Muller

Full Description:
Shot in the head by an unknown assailant, San Francisco private eye Sharon McCone finds herself trapped by locked-in syndrome: almost total paralysis but an alert, conscious mind. Since the late-night attack occurred at her agency's offices, the natural conclusion was that it was connected to one of the firm's cases. As Sharon lies in her hospital bed, furiously trying to break out of her body's prison and discover her attacker's identity, all the members of her agency fan out to find the reason why she was assaulted.

©2009

About Author:
Marcia Muller, a Mystery Writers of America Grand Master, is the author of more than twenty novels and many short mystery stories. She has also established a brilliant reputation as an anthologist and critic of mystery fiction. In 1993 she was awarded the Private Eye Writers of America Life Achievement Award, and Wolf in the Shadows was nominated for the 1994 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Crime Novel and won the An…

Interview with Sherri Shepherd Oct 29

Please join us in a live interview with Sherri Shepherd, author of
PERMISSION SLIPS
Grand Central Publishing ISBN 9780446547420






Date: October 29, 2009
Time: 1:00 PM ET
Author: Sherri Shepherd
Title: Permission Slips
Publisher: Grand Central Pub

BlogTalkRadio/HBG Program:
Join us live as we interview Sherri Shepherd, co-host of The View and author of PERMISSION SLIPS. Sherri has been on the couch of many talk shows, such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel, and The Bonnie Hunt Show,
and she holds the record for being the most-booked guest on The Ellen Show (23 times). She can also be seen as Sgt. Judy, Robert Barone's partner, in Everybody Loves Raymond. Her other film roles include co-starring alongside Queen Latifah in Beauty Shop and Ashton Kutcher in Guess Who. Sherri's greatest accomplishment, however, is being the proud mother of her 4-year-old son, Jeffrey Charles, Jr. Away from the set, she enjoys karaoke, skating, church activities, and a good game of Tab…

Musing Monday

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about the read-a-thon…

Are you planning on participating in the upcoming 24 Hour Read-a-thon (either as a reader or cheerleader)? Have you made any preparations for the event? And, veterans out there, any tips you’d like to share with the newbies?

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Musing Mondays post, or share your opinion in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks.


I am not participating in the read-a-thon. Kudos to those that are ambitious enough to do it. I just couldn't keep my eyes open for 24 hours reading. My eyelids would be heavy after 3 or 4. I wish the best to all who are participating, and who knows, maybe I'll enter next year!

One Scream Away by Kate Brady

Full Description from Book:
Seven years ago Beth Denison was attacked by a killer named Chevy Bankes. Since then, she's created a new life for herself and her daughter, one far removed from the night that ended in an awful tragedy. But now Bankes is out of prison, and his chilling phone calls tell Beth he's coming for her.
Ex-FBI agent Neil Sheridan is driven to investigate a chain of murders eerily similar to a disturbing case from his past. When the killer's trail dead-ends at Beth's doorstep, Neil finds a beautiful woman with a secret she'll do anything to keep. Yet even as Beth surrenders to Neil's protection--and then his embrace--she still refuses to tell him why Bankes hungers to hear her scream, and why she'll soon consider the unthinkable: face Bankes alone.

©2009

About Author:
Kate Brady began writing fiction when her doctoral research became tedious. For years, she wrote in the closet, penning several novels that—thankfully—remain there. Now, s…

A New Earth: Awakening Life's Purpose by Eckhart Tolle

Full Description from Book:
With his bestselling spiritual guide The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle inspired millions of readers to discover the freedom and joy of a life lived "in the now." In A New Earth, Tolle expands on these powerful ideas to show how transcending our ego-based state of consciousness is not only essential to personal happiness, but also the key to ending conflict and suffering throughout the world. Tolle describes how our attachment to the ego creates the dysfunction that leads to anger, jealousy, and unhappiness, and shows readers how to awaken to a new state of consciousness and follow the path to a truly fulfilling existence.
Illuminating, enlightening, and uplifting, A New Earth is profoundly spiritual manifesto for a better way of life--and for building a better world.
Eckhart Tolle is a contemporary spiritual teacher who travels extensively, taking his message throughout the world.

©2005

About Author:
Spiritual Teacher and author was born in Germany …

Aloha Friday

This meme is hosted by An Island Life: http://islandlife808.com/memes/aloha-friday-103/

To Play:
Answer this question, then post your own at your blog and link up at An Island Life.

Question is:
What is your favorite book adapted into a movie and why?

My Answer:
I think of all the books out there that have been made into films, Of Mice and Men written by John Steinbeck was the best. In the movie it starred a young Gary Sinise, and the characters and scenes were so much like the book. I read a book, a I play it like a film in my mind, so this was the closest adaption to what my mind already created.
Links for the book info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Of_Mice_and_Men
Links for the film info: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0105046/

The Friday 56

Rules:
* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of http://storytimewithtonya.blogspot.com/
*Post a link along with your post back to http://storytimewithtonya.blogspot.com/


Page 56, Sentence 5:

Except that holding Beth Denison was like handling fire.

When Everything Changed The Journey of American Women From 1960-present by Gail Collins

Full Description From website:

Picking up where her previous successful, and highly lauded book, America's Women, left off, Gail Collins recounts the sea change women have experienced since 1960. A comprehensive mix of oral history and Collins's keen research, this is the definitive book about five crucial decades of progress, told with the down-to-earth, amusing, and agenda-free tone this beloved New York Times columnist is known for. The interviews with women who have lived through these transformative years include an advertising executive in the 60s who was not allowed to attend board meetings that took place in the all-male dining room; and an airline stewardess who remembered being required to bend over to light her passengers' cigars on the men-only 'Executive Flight' from New York to Chicago.

We, too, may have forgotten the enormous strides made by women since 1960--and the rare setbacks. "Hell yes, we have a quota [7%]" said a medical school dean i…

Teaser Tuesday

Hosted by: http://shouldbereading.wordpress.com/?s=Teaser+Tuesdays

* Grab your current read.
* Let the book fall open to a random page.
* Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
* You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from…that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given.
* Please avoid spoilers!


My Teaser:

In 1976, for the first time, more than half of African-American babies were born to unmarried women.

Page 277, When Everything Changed, The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960-present, by Gail Collins.

A Suprise 2nd Contest!!!! Woohoo!!! Ends October 21st, 11:59 p.m. (e.s.t.) CLOSED

This contest ends sooner so get your entries in!!!

A Climate for Change Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions By Katharine Hayhoe and Andrew Farley

Full Description From Website

Global warming: it's one of the hottest scientific and political issues of today. And yet we've all found ourselves asking . . .

- It's freezing outside--where's global warming now?
- Climate is always changing--how do we know this isn't just a cycle?
- Why should Christians care about global warming when we know the world won't end that way?

For all the talk about climate change, there's still a great deal of debate about what it all means, especially among Christians. A CLIMATE FOR CHANGE offers straightforward answers to these questions, without the spin. This book untangles the complex science and tackles many long-held misconceptions about global warming. Authored by a climate scientist and a pastor, A CLIMATE FOR CHANGE boldly explores the role our Christian faith can…

Contest Time!!!!!! Ends Oct. 26th. at 11:59 p.m. (E.S.T.) CLOSED

Can God Be Trusted By Thomas D. Williams


Full Description From Website

Father Williams explores the most common obstacles that prevent people from trusting God, including personal betrayals, unfulfilled expectations, and seemingly unanswered prayers. He then explains what is reasonable to expect from God and offers practical tips for ways to grow in trust.

Williams is becoming a revered voice in the Christian community for his insightful writings on issues that really matter to Christians. In this new book, Father Williams will help readers understand, not only how to trust God in spite of doubts and confusion, but to truly know God can be trusted.

Author Bio from Website:

Thomas D. Williams, LC, ThD, is Vatican Analyst for CBS News and a professor of theology and ethics at the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University in Rome. He has also worked extensively for NBC News and Britain's Sky News, covering church and ethical issues, including the final illness and death of Pope John P…

Musing Monday

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about books on your top book lists…

This past week, Borders re-released it’s 100 Favourite Books of All Times. Do you vote in these kinds of polls when they arise? Do you look through the list, or seek out books featured?

100 Favorite Books link: http://www.borders.com.au/favourite-books?utm_source=taomail&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=278+Borders+Shortlist+09.10+-+VIC+Main&tmtid=3576-278-4-22-1012673

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Musing Mondays post, or share your opinion in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks.

I personally never vote in these kinds of polls. I think it would make me somewhat bias to chose one over the other. When it comes to books, I'd rather not do that. I am open to reading anything, and would read the phone book if there was nothing else. I am a person to always express my honest opinion, but hate to narrow things down to just one. Makes for a bad voter.

As for my favorite …

Murder in the Magicks Club by Byron A. Lorrier Esq.

There is no description on/in the book.

©2009

My Take on the book selection:
So you must have guessed from the Jack Kilborn book, that I love murder mysteries. And yes, that's what this book was. However I wasn't a big fan of it.
The book had such a slow start, and I felt the author is way too descriptive when writing. He never did "capture" me, and pull me into the story. It fell flat for me.
I liked the characters, but didn't like the way the author wrote the dialogue. He used so much slang while writing, it just wasn't necessary to give the reader the right impression or atmosphere.
Overall, not something I would tell friends about. Not a recommendation from me.

~I did not receive anything for my post. It is my honest opinion.~

Aloha Friday

This meme is hosted by An Island Life: http://islandlife808.com/memes/aloha-friday-103/

To Play:
Answer the question then post your own at your blog and link up at An Island Life.

Question is:
What is your favorite way to communicate, and why:
Text message
Email
Phone

My Answer:
I would rather email than any other source, unless it is face-to-face conversation. I am most likely the only young woman in the world who refuses to get a cell phone again. I had one and it cost more than it was worth, also I dislike being tracked down outside the home. I feel that if you have my email or home number, you have a way to contact me. Cell phones are unnecessary and expensive.

The Friday 56

Rules:
* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of http://storytimewithtonya.blogspot.com/
*Post a link along with your post back to http://storytimewithtonya.blogspot.com/


Page 56, Sentence 5:

It was the only thing at the club that worked hard and was pure profit.