A Must Read

 

 

“Bruchko” – This is one of my all-time, lifetime favorite books.  The true story of what happens when a sold-out-to-God teenage boy – a nerd – heads into the South American jungles to find an elusive and murderous indigenous tribe. 

 

Author:  Bruce Olson      Publisher: Creation House

 

You’re welcome.    (I know you’ll like it so I’m just sayin’…)

 

NOTE added Auguest 1 3, 2009:   I have never heard anything but raves about this book.    See Larry’s comment!  🙂 

 

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Good vs. Bad Education

 

 

 

A bad education will teach you what to think. 

 

A good education will teach you how to think. 

 

 

 

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Hello Kitty

 

This is too good not to share.  I recently received the following story in an email.  No writer’s name was included.  If anyone knows its origin, please let me know so I can give proper credit.  In the meantime…enjoy:

 

THE KOHL’S SHOPPING TRIP

 

Clutching their Kohl’s shopping bags, Ellen and Kay woefully gazed down at a dead cat in the mall parking lot – obviously a recent hit – no flies, no smell. 

 

“What business could that poor kitty have had here?” murmured Ellen.

 

“Come on, Ellen, let’s just go…”

 

But Ellen had already grabbed her shopping bag and was explaining, “I’ll just put my things in your bag, and then use this tissue…”

 

She dumped her purchases into Kay’s bag and then used the tissue paper to pick up, cradle, and lower the former feline into her own Kohl’s bag, and cover it.

 

They continued the short trek to the car in silence, stashing their goods in the trunk.  But it occurred to both of them that if they left Ellen’s burial bag in the trunk, warmed by the Texas sunshine while they ate, Kay’s Lumina would soon lose that new-car smell.

 

They decided to leave the bag on top of the trunk, and they headed over to K & W Cafeteria.

 

The two ladies went through the serving line and sat down at a window table.  From there, they had a view of Kay’s Chevy with the Kohl’s bag still on the trunk.

 

But, not for long!  As they ate, they noticed a woman in a red gingham shirt stroll by their car.  She looked quickly this way and that, and then took the Kohl’s bag without breaking stride.  She quickly walked out of their line of vision.  Kay and Ellen shot each other a wide-eyed look.

 

It all happened so fast that neither of them could think how to respond. 

 

“Can you imagine?” finally sputtered Ellen.  “The nerve of that woman!” 

 

Kay sympathized with Ellen, but inwardly a laugh was building as she thought about the grand surprise awaiting the female thief.  Just when she thought she’d have to giggle into her napkin, she noticed Ellen’s eyes freeze in the direction of the serving line.  Following her gaze, Kay recognized the woman in the red gingham shirt with the Kohl’s bag hanging from her arm.  The lady was brazenly pushing her tray toward the cashier.  Helplessly they watched the scene unfold. 

 

After leaving the register, the woman settled at a table across from theirs, put the bag on an empty chair and began to eat.  After a few bites of baked whitefish and green beans, she casually lifted the bag onto her lap to survey her treasure.

 

Looking from side to side, but not far enough to notice her rapt audience three tables over, she pulled out the tissue paper and peered into the bag.

 

Her eyes widened, and she began to make a sort of gasping noise.  The noise grew.  The bag slid from her lap as she sank to the floor, wheezing and clutching her upper chest.  The beverage cart attendant quickly recognized a customer in trouble and sent the busyboy to call 911, while she administered the Heimlich  maneuver.

 

A crowd quicly gathered that did not include Ellen and Kay, who remained rivited to their chairs for seven whole minutes until the ambulance arrived.  In a matter of minutes, the woman with the red gingham shirt emerged from the crowd, still gasping, and securely strapped on a gurney.

 

Two well-trained EMS volunteers steered her to the waiting ambulance, while a third scooped up her belongings. 

 

The last the ladies saw of the distressed cat-burglar was as she disappeared behind the ambulance doors…the Kohl’s bag perched on her stomach.

 

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Writing for the Soul

 

 

Okay, you have nearly a year now to budget for the next “Writing for the Soul” conference.  It’ll  be held at the Grand Hyatt in Denver next February 18-21, 2010.  Take a look at the keynote speakers.  No doubt you’ve heard of authors, Max Lucado and Philip Yancey; Phil Vischer created VeggieTales!  The conference is hosted by New York Times Best Selling author, Jerry B. Jenkins, owner of the Christian Writer’s Guild. 

 

Besides the conference, the Guild offers top notch courses designed for everyone from beginner (including teens) to seasoned author.  For anyone serious about writing for the soul, this may be your answer to prayer:  http://www.christianwritersguild.com/

 

After returning from the last “Writing for the Soul” conference, February 23rd, I posted a photo of my new mystery BFF.  So Much Adventure…So Little Sleep  I didn’t forget that I haven’t told you who she  is; I’ve just been a bit occupied being…um…sig.  (I’m still trying to shake the crud completely.)   But…okay…the mystery friend is none other than best-selling author, and keynote speaker, Karen Kingsbury!  http://www.karenkingsbury.com/  How this lady can raise six children and manage to have 13 million books in print is beyond me.  I found her to be a woman of humility, humor, warmth and amazing kindness.   

 

I also mentioned that I brought something back from the conference for a blog giveaway.  I haven’t forgotten about it either.  But that’ll be another post.  Right now, shouldn’t you be praying about whether or not the next “Writing for the Soul” conference is for you?  If you feel called to write, or wonder if you are; if you want to meet editors, agents, publishers, and other writers…

Watch and Pray

 

 

 

                George Gallop asserts, “The churches of America face no greater  challenge in this century

than overcoming Biblical illiteracy.”

 

Judges 17:6  “In those days…every man did that which was right in his own eyes.”

 

       

 

        Only three days after taking office, President Barack Obama struck down the Bush administration’s ban on giving federal money to international groups that perform abortions.  According to an AP report, the President did this, “…without coverage by the media…” and AP referred to it as “the quiet signing…”  

       

        In February, an AP story reported, “President Barack Obama plans to repeal a Bush administration rule that has become a flash point in the debate over a doctor’s right not to participate in abortions.”

 

        The First Commandment says, “I am the LORD your God…You shall have no other gods before me.”  Exodus 20:2-3

 

        We’re in trouble, beloved.  Because we do not know the Bible, we do not understand God’s precepts.  With only our personal opinions to guide us, we “did what was right” in our own eyes and elected leaders who are now doing what is right “in their own eyes.” 

 

Today in a ceremony at 11 a.m., the President of the United States plans to reverse the former President’s executive order limiting federal funding resulting in the destruction of human embryos.  “The reversal would permit the government to fund embryonic stem cell research, a practice that recent discoveries in the area of adult stem cell research has made less necessary…”   

http://www.thebulletin.us/articles/2009/03/09/top_stories/doc49b4d70b62d5b921386753.txt

 

        The tragedy is that, as they have throughout history, innocents will suffer when leaders defy God.  I cringe to think of what is coming our way after today’s ceremony.

 

        Pray.  Pray for our President.  Pray for our leaders.  Pray for our country.  Pray for your children.       

So Much Adventure…So Little Sleep

 

After traveling from North Carolina to Colorado in a week and a half, my adventure cup is full.   Just got back yesterday afternoon and I…am…tired.   But I’m not a bit sorry. 

 

Our visit with Handsome Son # 1 in Raleigh was fabulous.  We had a blast hanging out with his incredibly talented friends.  

 

And the “Writing for the Soul” conference in Colorado Springs was beyond my greatest expectations.   (Recognize my new BFF in the photo below? )   

 

 

 

 

I need sleep so I’m checking out for tonight.  But I couldn’t wait to say Hi and tell you that I thought of you while I was away.  In fact, I brought something back for a Blog Giveaway.  Hint.  It’s from here:  http://www.broadmoor.com/ 

 

   

There’s so much more I want to tell you, but I really need some sleep…so…G’night.

Happy Valentine’s Day