Summer Secrets... A Sneak Peek

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Welcome to Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List! 

Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List  a glimpse into what I am reading currently

Current book:

Summer Secrets
by Jane Green

Summer Secrets by Jane Green   A Saturday Sneak Peak feature on Reading List

Sneak Peek:

"Or at least, he loved who he thought she was, who she had turned herself into in order to be the wife she thought he wanted. He told her how beautiful she was, how lucky he was to have her."   p 25

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Oh and here are some rules if you decide to join in:
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
 BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


If you want to just leave your two sentences, book title, and author just here, please do so in the comments.  I'd love to get a sneak peek of the book you're reading!

Marissa at Reading List

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Cozy Reading Spot #104

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Welcome to Cozy Reading Spot! This is your chance to share your posts, and then grab your favorite drink to curl up with and read other's posts.  You are welcome to share posts that tell us what has been on your heart, mind and bookshelves - yes that means just about anything goes.  As book lovers, we love to read, so share something for us to read today!

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Bible study

I Saw the Lord... A Group Bible Study

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Christians all agree that a basic step in growing a strong relationship with The Lord is to commit to regular reading and study of the Bible.  Ann Voskamp said, "Daily discipline is the door to full freedom." And yet I've heard from many Christians that they don't really know where to begin when it comes to studying the Bible in a way to grow a relationship, not just read it.

And for that reason I'm sharing a Bible study that can give an option when it comes to taking a step past just reading the Bible:  I Saw the Lord a group study by Anne Graham Lotz.

I Saw the Lord a group study book review on Reading List

Story Overview 

This study is set up for a six week group study. It has daily homework for five days a week where the participants take a few verses and read them closely, pray, meditate on them and journal through them.  There is a weekly video that features Anne having spiritual conversations with a couple of Godly men. The three share their experiences in life where they Saw the Lord.  

Personal Likes

I found the videos interesting, as I love to hear other's stories, and in video form meant it was quick.  Also, Lotz' technique in Bible study is very practical and any one could do it, no matter their spiritual maturity.

Many of the women who did the study with me found this technique very inspiring, and they learned a lot.  Most of our discussion time in the study allowed for the other participants to share their findings of God in their lives.  And that is always inspiring.

Daily discipline... I Saw the Lord a Group Study that helps participants find a way to study the Bible better

Personal Dislikes

Overall the videos and the workbook barely were related.  It felt like I was doing homework for one class and watching a video for another.  I wish there had been more connection between them.

Also, the technique, while easy and for many, helpful, I found it very boring. There was also not many ways for the group to discuss the homework since so much of the homework was personal journaling and reflection that isn't meant to be shared.

Reasons to Read

If you are looking for a new study for your Bible group, and your group is looking to deepen their personal discipline in Bible study, this could be a great choice.  I'm not sure you would need to use the videos if you don't want to.

Also, the original book that this study was based on, is supposed to be really good, so maybe getting the book instead of the videos would be a good option.

Since the workbook and technique is mostly self study and reflection, along with prayer and meditation, this could be a good self study to undertake.

Reading List Rating

Two heart rating

I can only give this study a two heart rating, mostly because it fell short of my expectations of a group study with video.  There wasn't enough connection between the workbook and the videos for me.

My Suggested Audience

I would suggest for those who are looking for some practical first steps into scripture study and meditation and journaling.  Otherwise this study might seem repetitive and not as inspirational as some others.

As I said earlier, this could be a good group study, or an individual study. 

Do you feel Christians should spend time daily reading and studying the Bible?  Do you have a favorite technique for studying the Bible?

I'd love to hear from you, please leave me a little note!

Marissa @ Reading List

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Book review

Beyond the Fortuneteller's Tent... A Children's Corner Feature

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Children's Corner

Children's Corner Featuring Beyond the Fortuneteller's Tent by Kristy Tate  on Reading List

Beyond the Fortuneteller's Tent

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About the Book

Petra Baron is at her high school Renaissance fair when her life takes an unexpected twist.  She goes into the fortuneteller's tent in hopes of finding her prom date, but finds herself in Elizabethan England in a strange discovering of her fortune.

Petra has to find a way to blend into an era she barely remembers from history class without attracting too much attention.  She does attract the attention of Emory Ravenswood, whose life is surprisingly mysterious, to say the least.  She quickly becomes tangled in his life mission, and as a result starts to feel attracted.

The story is full of twists and turns, mystery and action.

Beyond the Fortuneteller's Tent    A Book Review on Reading List

Why We Like It

I'm on the fence on how much I like this one.  I had high expectations, that were not met, but that doesn't mean this isn't a good book for preteens and teens.

There are some great setting development scenes that help bring history to life. This is huge as often historical fiction doesn't bring the world to life, especially in children's literature.

The issues for me seemed to flow from the pace of the attraction between Petra and Emory.  They are so different... age doesn't even seem like an adequate description of their difference as there isn't that much of a difference... or is there?

I guess I wish the author would have put more into each character, develop them separately a little more before focusing on their love interest.

If you are homeschooling, this could be a fun fiction to add in to help add to history lessons.  Great chance to see where the author got it correct, where she dropped the ball.  It's a fun fantasy if your kid is into historical fiction and fantasy or mystery.

However, there are some scenes that are a little on the risky side... definitely for 13 and up, in my opinion. 

Title: Beyond the Fortuneteller's Tent
Author: Kristy Tate
Publisher:  Amazon Digital Services
Publication Date: December 2013
For ages: 13-17 (personal opinion)
Type: Teen Historical Romance/Sci-Fi

If you homeschool, do you try to add in books to bring history to life?  Do your teen enjoy historical fiction?  What is their favorite?

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