Friday, November 22, 2013

autumn thoughts

I need space. I need somewhere I can go, shut the door, and not have to worry about someone coming in to take a nap or wash dishes or practice a dubstep routine.  Instead, I'm sitting at the table in the end lounge, with people loudly walking by every five minutes and talking over my BBC Radio 4 extra streaming.

Why did I volunteer to work tonight? That makes every night from Weds to Sunday working, four hours each. Right, I wanted the money. Stupid fiscal motivations. It would be a bit better if I had a chance to get to Barnes and Noble to buy the latest Doctor Who magazine, but I don't have a car and I'm not even sure they have it at all.  Anyway, I'm tired and fed up with being stashed in a dorm like sardines.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Dig /Overlooking the Troops / Trenzalore (a music tag)

I decided to play with some things. Plain text is my general shuffle, orange is my audiobook tracks, and blue is for soundtracks.

Are you male or female?
Cassabrie’s Song 
 Stone Cold Killer
Dinosaurs on a Spaceship/Pterodactyls

What do people feel when they are around you?
Christ in Me 
More than Meets the Eye
Merry Gejelh

Describe your current relationship
Oh Come all Ye Faithful
Last of the Nephilim Prolouge
Dr. Who, TV series theme

Where would you like to be right now?
March to the Scaffold
Epilogue (Luke Reports)
The Ring Goes South

What do you feel about love?
All about love
The TARDIS arrives
First Attack

What's your life like?
Bring it On 
The Underborn Reborn
The Chemical Castle

What would you wish for if you only had one wish?
One Toy Soldier 
The Prophetic Woe
Adrift in the TARDIS

Say something wise:
Hello to Goodbye 
And so, Sally, my brief career as a pirate queen was over
Blink (Suite)

If someone says "Is this okay. . ." You say?
Silver Lining
Welcome to Mercy

How would you describe yourself?
Getting Even 
It's a Repeating Pattern
A very unusual melody

How do you feel today?
Days of Elijah 
You're Awake
Together or Not at All

What is your life's purpose?
Silent Night
Pilgrim's Progress Revisted

What is your motto?
No Matter What 
Walter kicked at the snow.
Airthir the Ranger

What do your friends think of you?
Gotta Move 
You shouldn't be here, Lucie
Forth Eorlingas

What do you think of your parents?
You’ve Got Me 
Scouring in Glastonbury
Finale "Wicked"

What is 2+2?
Praise the Father, Praise the Son
The Price of Betrayal
Battle in the Sky

What is your life story?
His Great Love
A Tale of Two Daughters
Corridors and Fire Escapes

What do you want to be when you grow up?
Run in the Night
As we walked, the landscape slowly changed
Athelas and the Evenstar

What will you dance to at your wedding?
I heard the Bells on Christmas Day
The Huge Boat
Beneath Stonehenge

What will they play at your funeral?
Charred Bones
Cirith Ungol

What is your hobby/interest?
It’s been a long time 
Where is this Map?
Father's Day

What is your biggest fear?

Ne’oul Aih 
The two continued across the silent mountain.
Friends and Neighbors

What is your biggest secret?
The Spectral Promise

What do you think of your friends?
Watching Over You 
I'm Rather Busy Counting Blades
Ancient Bloodline of Kings

What will you re-post this as

Overlooking the Troops

Friday, November 15, 2013

Merlin's Blade

While Merlin is one of the most famous wizards of all time, few series focus on his childhood:  only T.A. Barron’s Young Merlin and Mary Stewart’s Crystal Cave come to mind. The Merlin’s Spiral series by Robert Treskillard attempts to take a new approach to Merlin’s youth by combining the historical and fantasy elements of Merlin’s tale. 
Merlin is a young man growing up in post-Roman Britain, half-blind after a wolf attack several years ago.  Christianity has come to the isles, but the druids still linger.  When the druids come to his town, they bring a strange stone that has the power to turn copper coins into gold and blind people.  The stakes are further increased when the High King and many of his warriors are enthralled by the stone.
The characters were distinctive and interesting, with flaws that lead to realistic conflict. The struggle between druids and Christians was shown through the characters and their actions, instead of just debates. The story also had a good plot flow, following characters and providing a balance between intense fights and quieter scenes. I’m looking forward to reading the next one.

I was given a free print copy of this book by Thomas Nelson’s booksneeze program but was not obligated to write a positive review.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Goddess Tithe

The latest work by Anne Elisabeth Stengl, Goddess Tithe takes readers back to events portrayed in Veiled Rose. Instead of merely expanding the story, the novella is told from a minor character's point of view, providing a greater insight into the world..
Although i haven't reread Veiled Rose for a long time, I found the novella to be fresh and invigorating. Another cool feature is the illustrations. It contains eight full page sketches. There's a perfect symmetry of text and illustrations. 
I was given a free copy in exchange for a review.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Change: How to Remain a Strong Leader during your Church’s Transition

I don’t like change, especially at church. Over the past two years, my home church has had both the senior and youth pastors resign; currently, we have an interim senior pastor and the youth pastor has returned on an interim basis at 80%.  So, when I saw Change: How to Remain a Strong Leader during your Church’s Transition by Janice Eliane Stinnett, I thought it might be worth reading.
As the title indicates, this book is aimed at church leaders, not lay people.  “Church leaders” includes positions other than pastors or elders—some of these lessons are also applicable to Sunday school teachers and other ministry volunteers. Therefore, this book also contains lessons on spiritual leadership in general, with certain principles of greater significance.
The author used many Scriptural references, but the formatting (at least in the ebook) was inconsistent.  Most passages were set off in quotation marks, but some were left as ordinary paragraphs. In the latter case, it sometimes felt that the author was merely providing passages without any insight or commentary.  While there were some good personal insights, the train of thought was difficult to follow in some places.  
Worth borrowing, but not buying

I received this book from Thomas Nelson’s Booksneeze program in exchange for an honest review.