Want to read a real scary book?? THE EXORCIST...done and done








This one never fails to scare the bejeebers  out of me...




and if I'm not shaking enough after reading the book??







Shoot, I'll watch the movie!!







Just so I really can't sleep at night...........

Happy Halloween!



I just love Halloween!!  


When our true spirits prevail!!










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BEYOND THE FARTHEST STAR

BEYOND THE FARTHEST STAR


This is an amazing film written by Andrew Librizzi!

What's the book connection you ask?  This film brought us the book - BEYOND THE FARTHEST STAR by Bodie and Brock Thoene  based on the original screenplay for this moving and heart wrenching film by Andrew Librizzi.

Look for the film in an area close to you!  OR bring it to your city!!

Find out how to bring it to you, where it's playing or just more information check out their official website:

http://beyondthefartheststar.com/

BTFS Official Trailer 1 from BTFS Movie Channel on Vimeo.







Heart of Beyond the Farthest Star
from Pathlight Entertainment on Vimeo.



Beyond the Farthest Star Novel



AN ACCIDENTAL LIFE by Pamela Binnings Ewen





Review up next:




AN ACCIDENTAL LIFE

By Pamela Binnings Ewen








Publisher's blurb:

In a 1982 New Orleans courtroom the best kept secret in the world is about to unravel, and a young couple's jet set lives are about to change. Senior district attorney Peter Jacobs is facing the trial of a lifetime, a passionate, spiritual battle against an evil with far reaching consequences. His beloved wife Rebecca, a glamorous and driven partner at a major law firm, suddenly finds her life spun out of control and her new faith tested while facing a once in a lifetime choice.
New from lawyer-turned-novelist Pamela binnings Ewen, An Accidental Life is fiction based on fact: the testimony of registered nurse Jill Stanek before a U.S. Congressional Committee confirming that it was routine for doctors in Chicago's Christ Hospital to have nurses take infants born alive during abortions down to a "soiled utility room" and leave them to die.
 Stanek's testimony led Congress to enact the Born Alive Infant Protection Act of 2001, a federal-only law that still does not bind state run hospitals or private clinics. The fact remains that what happens to abortion survivors is one of the best kept secrets in the world.


My thoughts up next!











THE ROSIE PROJECT by Graeme Simsion



SPOTLIGHT ON:







THE ROSIE PROJECT
Grame Simsion  



Simon and Schuster
Hardcover, various e-reader formats
Release date:  October 1, 2013


Publisher's blurb: 

An international sensation, this hilarious, feel-good novel is narrated by an oddly charming and socially challenged genetics professor on an unusual quest: to find out if he is capable of true love.

Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical—most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.

Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent—and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don's Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.

The Rosie Project is a moving and hilarious novel for anyone who has ever tenaciously gone after life or love in the face of overwhelming challenges.







ALICE MUNRO WINS THE NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE!



This was in an email from the Random House people!  Congrats to everyone!





ALICE MUNRO WINS THE NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE!
Sycamore Row
We are proud to share that our author Alice Munro has been awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature. Praised by the Nobel Prize Committee as "the master of the contemporary short story," Ms. Munro is the author of twelve previous collections of stories, as well as a novel, Lives of Girls and Women. Among the many awards and prizes she has received are: three Governor General's Literary Awards and two Giller Prizes in Canada; the Rea Award, the Lannan Literary Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Man Booker International Prize. Her stories have appeared in The New YorkerThe AtlanticThe Paris Review, and other publications.
SELECTED BOOKS BY ALICE MUNRO







Walking With Mary by Edward Sri







Book review:    

Walking with Mary: A Biblical Journey from Nazareth to the Cross


by Edward Sri

Format: Hardcover
Price: $21.00

Various ebook forms  found here.


Publisher's blurb:           
Mary appears only a few times in the Bible, but those few passages come at crucial moments. Catholics believe that Mary is the ever-virgin Mother of God, the Queen of Heaven and Earth. But she also was a human being--a woman who made a journey of faith through various trials and uncertainties and endured her share of suffering. Even with her unique graces and vocation, Mary remains a woman we can relate to and from whom we have much to learn. In Walking with Mary, Edward Sri looks at the crucial passages in the Bible concerning Mary and offers insight about the Blessed Mother's faith and devotion that we can apply in our daily lives. We follow her step-by-step through the New Testament account of her life, reflecting on what the Scriptures tell us about how she responded to the dramatic events unfolding around her. “This book is the fruit of my personal journey of studying Mary through the Scriptures, from her initial calling in Nazareth to her painful experience at the cross,” writes Edward Sri “It is intended to be a highly readable, accessible work that draws on wisdom from the Catholic tradition, recent popes, and biblical scholars of a variety of perspectives and traditions. With the riches of these insights, we will ponder what her journey of faith may have been like in order to draw out spiritual lessons for our own walk with God.” He add, “It is my hope, therefore, that whether you are of a Catholic, Protestant, or other faith background, this book may help you to know, understand, and love Mary more, and that it may inspire you to walk in her footsteps as a faithful disciple of the Lord in your own pilgrimage of faith.”     Publisher's source


My review:

I heard Edward Sri speak a year or so ago, at a near by church, and I was really affected by his honest and heart felt words, but more importantly, I loved that with all of his education and his degrees, that he was just a regular guy!  He spoke to us as if we were all his friends and that made his message so easy to understand!  He was so down to earth and so darn funny!  He related to us all, with his bits about his kids and family life,  so that as he educated us in the teachings of the Bible, we learned without realizing it!  So when I first heard that he was writing a book about Mary??   I was so excited!! I knew this man speaks from his heart and Dr. Sri did not let us down!

What he does in his lectures and talks is exactly what he does in his new book, WALKING WITH MARY. Starting on the first page, he makes Mary an approachable young woman, he helps you to see her as a person, a human being and a young woman in an extraordinary position!  She said "yes" to God.  And will now raise the Savior of the world. 

Mary is only mentioned in the Bible a handful of times, but they are very important times! Because I'm fascinated by the way the New Testament fulfills the prophesies of the Old Testament, I am thrilled that Dr. Sri has tied so many readings together with Mary! Of course my favorite event reported in the New Testament is the wedding at Cana!  And Dr. Sri has given us so much to think about, what events took place there and why.

I highly recommend WALKING WITH MARY, Catholic or not, I think people will be interested in reading about her journey!  It's well written, structured perfectly and very, very readable for any reader. I hope that after people have read it, that it will make them too, ponder Mary and her choices, who her child is and what her life was like. 

Amazing. 

**This book was provided to me by the publisher, Image Books through Bloggingforbooks.com in exchange for an honest review. 

More info.






About the author:


Dr. Edward Sri is a nationally known Catholic speaker who appears regularly on EWTN and is the author of several well-loved Catholic books. He is a founding leader, with Curtis Martin, of FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students), and he currently serves as vice president of mission and outreach and professor of theology and scripture at the Augustine Institute master's program in Denver, Colorado. Sri holds a doctorate from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. He resides with his wife, Elizabeth, and their six children in Littleton, Colorado.

**This book was provided to me by the publisher, Image Books through Bloggingforbooks.com in exchange for an honest review. 












Tom Clancy has died




Tom Clancy



Awwww  geez. Last month we lost author Elizabeth Peters, aka Barbara Mertz, and now it's Tom Clancy, dead at 66. That's way too young.


Sigh...you will be sadly missed Mr. Clancy.
I found you, and your Jack Ryan character when I read THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER and I was hooked from that day on.    Totally.  

God speed, and rest in peace Mr. Clancy, you surely made a lot of imaginations soar.


From Mr. Clancy's official webpage:


Tom Clancy has written seventeen #1 New York Times bestselling novels, all published by G. P. Putnam's Sons and Berkley Books in the U.S.: The Hunt for Red October (Berkley only, 1985), Red Storm Rising (1986), Patriot Games (1987), The Cardinal of the Kremlin (1988), Clear and Present Danger (1989), The Sum of All Fears (1991), Without Remorse (1993), Debt of Honor (1994), Executive Orders(1996), Rainbow Six (1998), The Bear and the Dragon (2000), Red Rabbit (2002),The Teeth of the Tiger (2003), Dead or Alive (2010), Against All Enemies (2011) andLocked On (2011).
Clancy's New York Times bestselling nonfiction books include Into the Storm: A Study in Command (written with General Fred Franks, Jr., Ret., and Tony Koltz),Every Man a Tiger (written with General Charles Horner, Ret., and Tony Koltz),Shadow Warriors: Inside the Special Forces (written with General Carl Stiner, Ret., and Tony Koltz) and Battle Ready (written with General Tony Zinni, Ret., and Tony Koltz).












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