Not By Sight... A Sneak Peek

Saturday, September 19, 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:

Not By Sight

By Kate Bresling

Not By Sight by Kate Breslin  a Saturday Sneak peek on Reading List

Sneak Peek:

"When she looked back to the balcony the man was gone.  Had she seen someone...or did the moonlight play tricks on her imagination?"   p 39

Thank you to A Daily Rhythm for inspiring Reading List's Saturday Sneak Peek link up!

Here are some rules if you decide to join in:

• 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 we can all add your book to our To-Be-Read lists!

This particular link up will be open for a month, so stop by often to share a new sneak peek, and grow your own TBR list!

Sneak Peek Saturday

Marissa at Reading List

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Cozy Reading Spot #110

Thursday, September 17, 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!

Please link up all you've got!  

This is an open link up, not just a book link up...

There are just a few small requests I have. 
  • Please link to a direct post, and not just your home page (I will use my discretion on leaving links up that do not follow this as the idea is to link to your blog posts...).
  • I wish I didn't have to say this, but please keep it clean. I know books can range the gamut on adult content, but please keep your review and images clean for this one. This does apply for all types of posts, this is an open link up, so you do not have to leave a book review, or book related post - just link up something that share what you've been writing on your blog... only keep it clean
  • Please include a link back to the hop in your post - the button codes are part of the flair page, but a text hyperlink is just as good! This simply allows others to join in the fun, and isn't that the whole point?                                         
  • Also, since I'm not doing features right now, I'm trying to give shout outs on Facebook,  and pinterest, so follow along and get to know the community more. 

Of course, this is a Hop - so hop around and check out the rest of the book lovers and writers and get to know someone!  Building community is the joy of blogging, right?

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Running Lean: A Book Review

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Running Lean

Diana L Sharples

The teenage years have a bad rap.  Yes they are hard, compared to childhood, but that could be because parents are allowing their kids to get a taste of the real world outside of the boundaries of a safe home.  Or they are hard, because some are dealt harder cards to live through.  Either way, the teenage years have been given a bad name because of all the issues that seem to appear out of no where.

It seems that too many of the horrible events of teens come from scenarios where the teen does not have an adult in his or her life to communicate with.  An adult that has earned his or her confidence, someone to share with as adult issues seep into their lives.

If you have been here for any length of time, you know that I am an advocate for allowing literature to be a bridge that allows adults to relate to teens on a level playing field. Teens want to be seen as adults, and this option is a great tool to get the ball rolling when it comes to discussing issues that adults want to parent through, while teens desperately want to be treated like equals.

One such topic is eating disorders.

Might I suggest this next book for those parents who are looking for ways to connect with the teens in their lives that might be suffering from an eating disorder?

Running Lean by Diana L Sharples  A Book Review on Reading List

Story Overview 

Running Lean** follows Calvin Greenlee as he searches for closure following his brother's death, which happens before the book opens. Stacey, a passionate artist, steps in to Calvin's life just as he is looking for someone to help fill the space his brother Michael, left.  She quickly becomes his girlfriend, a girl he always wanted.  However, he soon discovers Stacey as a few issues of her own, and how she decides to deal with them quickly becomes unhealthy.

Calvin has to decide how he will support Stacey as she looks to him to be her everything, in a very unhealthy way.

Personal Likes

Diana L Sharples did an amazing job of creating a male character that seemed like the average teenager.  He had some personal issues that could have destroyed him and his family, but with a lot of love and prayer, his family was able to pull through.  He had a good group of friends to support him, a hobby to keep him busy and a girlfriend who loved him in the hard times.  And for that I wanted to love this book.  

This book always took an extremely difficult subject, eating disorders, specifically anorexia, and made it real.  So many teenagers, and young girls for that matter, feel ugly for one reason or another (Stacey's was horrific, at least the root) and often turn to crazy diets that spiral out of control.  This leaves family, friends and others lost and confused as they desperately try to help.  This book does an amazing job of showcasing this. 

Personal Dislikes

The overall speed of this book, for me, was slow.  I mean, like a soap opera that appears to be on repeat, expect for the outfits the characters are wearing.  Yes, I know the author was trying to show how the issues slowly creep in and that spiral can sneak in before you even realize how far down you are, but this was a little too much.

I wasn't able to finish this particular book because Stacey's character just didn't compel me to keep reading.  I got fed up with Calvin and his choices when it came to Stacey and how he needed to walk away from this girl.

Reasons to Read

While this book wasn't my cup of tea, I do see how this could be an incredible book for so many teenagers.  The characters were real, the setting extremely believable, and the message very timely. For teenagers, boys and girls, who are dealing with this horrific disease in one way or another, this is a must read.  For parents whose teens are struggling with eating disorders, this book could be a priceless tool, full of insight and perspective.

Reading List Rating

Two heart rating on Reading List

Personally, I can only give this book a two heart rating, because for me, it wasn't a good read.  But please do not allow this to sway you if this sounds like a book you'd be interested.  The quality of writing was good, and the development thought out.  

My Suggested Audience

I would suggest a mature audience for this book, as the subject matter is deep.  I don't want to put an age on this though (probably at least 13) because I know many girls that started down the anorexia spiral at a young age.  Just know that this book is full of serious subject matter, which can be hard to read and fully grasp without maturity.  For adults looking for some insight into teens who are dealing with this topic, this could be a great read.  

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For parents with young teens, would you read a book with your teen if it might open up the door to meaningful conversation? How would you go about discussing eating disorders and mental illness with your kids? 

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

Marissa @ Reading List

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Children's Corner flashback... You Are Special

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Children's Corner

With school now if full swing for two of my kids, I find myself focusing often on telling them just how much mommy and daddy love them.  I know that school is their first step into the world that can sometimes hit harder than any person can bare.  I want my kids to know that home is a safe place for them.  But then again, I realize that the world is where they will have to complete their journey, and this home isn't really Home.  They need to know their worth in something more than just the world.

So I went digging through the archives of posts, and that bookshelves in my house, and came up with this awesome favorite.  I'll even add in a few activities you can do at the end to help sink in these truths!

You Are Special

You are Special  By Max Lucado

I didn't need to read the parenting books to know that one of my main jobs as a mom is to make sure my children know they are special because that feeling allows for a feeling of belonging. I think it is fair to say that when we feel like we belong, we don't go searching for acceptance in other places - many of those places being the wrong places.

With this in mind, I have enjoyed reading Max Lucado's You Are Special to my little guys. This book is part of Lucado's The Wemmicks - are you familiar?

Well the Wemmicks are wooden people who spend their days putting dots and starts on other Wemmicks - as you can guess, the stars are for impressive and beautiful Wemmicks, while dots are to show disappointments or ugly Wemmicks. (Sound familiar at all?)

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Punchinello is one of the Wemmicks who isn't really great at anything spectacular, and his paint is chipped and he's not very coordinated. Which means he gets lots and lots of dots from other Wemmicks. He starts to feel alone, and sad all the time.

Then one day he finds a Wemmick with no dots or stars... and he wants to know how she keeps the dots and stars from sticking to her. He finds out that she spends time with Eli, the woodcarver.

So Punchinello finds his way to see Eli for the first time - although he is scared at first Eli quickly reassures Punchinello that the dots don't mean anything to him. You see Eli created Punchinello, and therefore, Punchinello is special to him, as his own creation.

You are Special by Max Lucado  A Children's Corner feature flashback.

Eli tells Punchinello that if they spend time together, Eli will continue to remind him who he is, and in time the dots and stars won't stick anymore.

This story is just wonderful as a way to illustrate to kids why they are special to God. He created them, and everything He creates is special. The reminder that the more time we spend listening to God's promises, the less the hurtful words of the world will resonate with us. As these two points are still something I am working on, I hope that this story will allow me to discuss God's love for my kids more clearly while they are young.

Title: You Are Special (Max Lucado's Wemmicks) **
Author: Max Lucado
Illustrator: Sergio Martinez
Publisher: Crossway
Publication Date: June 1997
For ages: preschool (4 and up)

Some activities to add to this book:

  1. The "I Can" jar - great concept from Entirely Elementary that could easily be used at home
  2. Great bookmark with the Truth from Technology Rocks that kids can carry in their bookbags
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Have you read any of the Wemmick stories to your kids? What did you think? How do you open up discussions with your kids about their place in God's kingdom? In your home?

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