WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. The purpose is to share what we’ve been reading lately. The three W’s stand for:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

This was first brought to my attention by SusanLovesBooks. You should check out her blog– we simply love it! : ) Her posts are always so interesting, and love reading her articles that we can relate so well to!

What I recently Finished Reading:

My Thoughts:

5 ***** stars!

I did enjoy this book very much! Worlds of fantasy, stepping through unseen doors and crossing magical bridges and encountering fantastical creatures– it was a tale that as a child I would have adored and read again and again.
Mool lives in Vancouver, but her father has been dead since she was small and she has never had really any friends except for an imaginary green lion named Inbrel and two talking mice names Robert and Pierre. Her mother has received word that she must go to help take care of her ailing brother, Mool’s Uncle Matthew. Mool does not want to leave the only home she has ever known, but upon arriving at their destination, can’t quite believe where she is. Nothing is as it is supposed to be and her mother informs her that this “other” world is actually where she and Mool’s father are from. The land of Terrapin and her “imaginary” friends Inbrel, Pierre, and Robert actually live here. Danger abounds– children are disappearing, Inbrel is illegally arrested, there is a war going on and no one can be trusted. Mool reluctantly makes “friends” with Olga her cousin and they have many adventures together trying to find Inbrel and avoid capture themselves. Mool doesn’t think much of herself until she discovers her destiny, which is something she would have never guessed. I received this book from the author for an honest review, and it was a delight to read!

My Thoughts:

3 *** stars

Parable Poems is a book of poetry for children based on the parables of Jesus. They were good– clever and even humorous, but there were a few that it seemed the poet either was trying too hard or was rushed as a few verses in a few poems didn’t rhyme or were out of meter or pattern. I did like the concept of the book and do think children would enjoy it, but would like to see those few corrected and maybe some illustrations for children added. If only those few were amended, I would give it a higher rating.
I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review- thank you!

My Thoughts:

5 ***** stars!

I thought that this was a great little book about a prayer that little known Jabez (from 1 Chronicles in the Old Testament) had spoken. For those not aware, that particular Chapter is a litany of begats– literally the genealogy of the various tribes of Israel, then the narrator stops during the list to focus on Jabez. Jabez was one of the least of his tribe, and according to the custom, had been named what according to what his parents wished for his destiny, and they obviously did not expect much out of him. Jabez meant “birthed in pain”, or “he causes or will cause pain”… that’s love for you right? Imagine growing up burdened with a name like that! So his little prayer moved the heart of God, that Jabez would reach out and believe that a God would love him and want more for him and believe in him more than anyone in the world did– it was truly a statement of faith, and was so worthy of mention that the narrator had to stop midflow and record it for posterity sake.
The challenge is, since God is no respecter of persons, and if we come to him with a heart, like Jabez, to see him work in our lives for His purposes– pray the prayer everyday for a month and see how God may move in our own lives. I say, what has anyone got to lose? Prayer can’t hurt anyone. It is not about giving God a laundry list of our “wants” and expecting Him to fulfill it like our up-in-the-sky genie, but more about thinking outside of the box and allowing God to do what He wants in our lives and see where He wants to take us. I like to keep this little book on my nightstand with my Bible and devotional and remind myself of how good God is. : )

My Thoughts:

5 ***** stars!

I enjoyed this book. It should be on every believer’s shelf. Expounds on our authority in the spiritual realm as Christians and packed full of scriptures. I am certainly going to keep it handy to refer to often. I would like to read more by this pastor. I received this copy in a giveaway. Thank you!

My Thoughts:

5 ***** stars!

I found the story of the story as fascinating as the story itself.
The little article was written (the author explains in the forward “Apologia”), after a conversation between his young sons about who the ‘real’ hero of the Spanish-American War was. One son asserted that is was actually Col. Andrew Summers Rowan, whom had been summoned by Pres. McKinley to deliver a message secretly to the leader of the insurgents, General Garcia, in Cuba. The problem was that no one quite knew for sure where Garcia was. Rowan (only a Lt. at the time) was sent to find him and deliver the message as quickly as possible, alone and unguarded. He managed to find him in the (then) jungles on Cuba after only 4 days, and the later victory that happened was surely as a result of this. Rowan ended up being decorated for deed, and Pres. McKinley said “I regard this achievement as one of the most hazardous and heroic deeds in military warfare.”
Upon reflecting on the conversation between his sons, the author realized that the one son was accurate, and wrote the article in the space of an hour for his magazines. He enlarged the meaning of the heroics Rowan did to apply to other areas of life– labor, politics, family, etc. asking why are there not more Rowans in this world who are willing to go the extra mile and give something their all. He didn’t highly regard it– didn’t even title it, but looked at it as more filler between the other stuff. When record numbers started pouring in for copies of reprints, he figured out it was for this one article. It ended up in a visiting Prince from Russia’s hands who took it back, had it translated and distributed to every soldier then serving in the Russian Army during the Russo-Japanese War. Upon taking Russian soldiers prisoners-of-war and finding a copy of this on each of them, the Japanese Government decided it must be very important and had it translated, and on order of the Mikado, had a copy distributed to every government employee– soldier or civilian. By 1913, more copies had been printed world-wide than “any other literary venture has ever attained during the lifetime of its author, in all history– thanks to a series of lucky accidents.” (1913 figures)
The author, Elbert Hubbard, was well known at the time, not only for publishing his magazines “The Philistine” and “The Fra”, but also printing fine editions of books out of his publishing firm, The Roycroft Shop. He perished on board the Lusitania when it was sank by a German torpedo in 1915.
 

My Thoughts:

4 **** stars

A book of poetry by K. Morris. The poems explore different themes, lamenting the passing years, questioning what is called “progress” among others, but there are some nonsensical funny ones too.
One poem that I liked:
The SeasonsLeaves swish like water
As I walk through
Them to reach the park. ‘Tis true
Autumn is still here.
Yet, I fear winter will give no quarter;
For each season does murder its daughter
Who dies not, but rather sleeps
And creeps
Forth to softly kill
Her father who will
Rise once more.As it was before
So it will remain. The perpetual cycle
Of the seasons, a vital order does bring
Spring
Follows winter stern
Buds return
And soon,
Come summer, flowers will bloom.Autumn imperceptibly doth replace
Summer’s flushed face.
While the fall’s slow decay
Whispers, “Winter is on his way.”And another:

Midnight Rose

No light, garish and red
Only night’s dead
hour
And the flower
Whose bloom
Was gone too soon.

The moon
Shone on
The rose picked
And stripped
By the wind that trifles,
Rifles,
And is gone.

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review– thank you.

 

What I am Currently Reading:

I am reading several right now, but a couple of them are:

 

 

 

Some of the reads I will be enjoying next are:

 

 

 

What Daisy Just Finished Reading:

Daisy”s Thoughts:

5 *****stars!

This is a nonfiction memoir-like account of how the author managed to turn a life full of mistaken priorities, stress, work overloads, and strained family relationships into a balanced, low-stress, thriving, family-centric life. He not only learned how to do this for himself, but he also wrote this book to show you how to implement some of the same strategies he used. What’s more is this book is very short, and a quick read that can easily fit into anybody’s busy schedule.

I liked this book very much. The author treats his strained relationship with his wife, his addiction problem, and other bad issues with complete candor and honesty that you can appreciate. While this book is more applicable to somebody who is being overworked by their job, it still has tips and strategies that anybody else can also apply to their lives to “Leave Chaos Behind, Find Balance, Thrive”! I’d give it five stars, and I highly recommend it.

Daisy’s Thoughts:

3 ***stars

This is a dystopian, possibly apocalyptic novel about what may happen in England in the not-too-far future. A cautionary tale, it depicts the importance of self-education and self-sufficiency, while seemingly scoffing at the ideas at the same time. Harold, an easygoing soldier turned ex-soldier, is made the natural leader of a small group of people who want only to survive the turbulence around them. Everywhere you see complete chaos. It’s civilians versus military, military versus civilians, and civilians versus civilians. Businesses (stores, breweries, gun clubs, etc.) are being looted and ransacked by desperate people. The criminal element runs roughshod over peaceful folks. In this mad world, will Harold and his group be able to escape the city unscathed?

The plot is good, and the depiction realistic. However, I found myself disliking the main character several times throughout the story. Even though he is portrayed as the tough-talking, good-willed “good guy”, he is in fact an atheist, a murderer, a philanderer, a liar, and a thief. None of the characters in the book were very likable, either, and everybody came off as needy idiots who needed to be led around and had no grasp of what it meant to really be self-sufficient. When the number one priority to forming a self-sufficient community was calling a brewer to join them, you know you have a problem.

The book has a lot of cursing in it which is not needed, and being written by a Brit, the book contains a whole lot of strange British slang (some vulgar) that was very confusing and hard to understand. I counted over 60 such words. I had to look up more than a few words, until I determined that there were just too many and stopped. But it really interfered with my enjoyment of it. I also did not like the fact that the story had no conclusive ending, and only asked you to read the sequel to find out what happens next. After making it through such a long book, I really wanted to see how it ended, so that was a disappointment. All things considered, I’d give the book three stars

 

Daisy’s Thoughts:

3-3.5 *** stars

This is a collection of 37 poems based on the parables of Jesus. They are presented in chronological order, and they each cite the Bible verses that they are gleaned from in case anybody cares to look them up, which I found useful.

Frankly, this book was not what I was expecting. I was expecting a book of serious poems written for a mature audience, poems that were intelligent and thought-provoking. Instead, this book reads like Dr. Seuss, and the language is clearly gauged more toward children.

Sometimes you could tell the author struggled to find rhyming words. So often, they don’t rhyme completely. About four out of five verses in some of the poems seem to rhyme, and then the next verse will not at all.

About half of the poems in this book were very cute, whimsical, and catchy. My favorites include: “Mustard Seed”, “Hidden Treasures & Valuable Pearl”, “Lost Sheep”, “The Good Samaritan”, “Workers in the Vineyard”, and “Two Sons – one is obedient, the other is not”.
I’ll give this book three stars, but I would give it three and a half if I could.

What Daisy is Currently Reading:

What Daisy is Planning on Reading Next: