Understanding World Religions -Review

In Understanding World Religions in 15 Minutes a Day, cross-cultural expert and professor Garry Morgan explains the key beliefs, histories, and practices of more than twenty religions, including the familiar–Christianity, Judaism, Mormonism–and some of the lesser known–Baha’i, Sikhism, and New Age religions. Broken into forty short readings, each chapter is engaging and easy to understand. In just minutes a day you’ll soon have a better understanding of the world’s beliefs.

** I was able to read this book for free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for a review**

 

When I saw that this book was one I could read and review I was kinda excited. I wanted a book like this; one I could research other religions in bite size pieces and come away with some knowledge. I was pleased yet a little disappointed with this book.

This book has very short chapters -roughly 4 pages each topic. So if you wanted to get a rough idea of a certain religion you could do so. In some cases I wanted to learn more and this created the perfect diving board to get  started. I learned a few tidbits that I didn’t know before:

  • Ch. 3  “All other religious systems believe the main responsibility for solving life’s problems rest upon people. Christianity reveals and demonstrates that we cannot set things right by our own efforts”
  • Ch. 9  “Native peoples highly value living in balance with the natural environment.”
  • Ch. 13 “One universal human problem all religions seek to handle is the presence of both good and evil in the world. Dualism is the philosopgical term for this perpetual struggle and religion wrestle with it in so many ways.”
  • Ch. 14 “Islam is an Arabic word meaning “submission” and the religion’s central theme is submission to the will of God.”
  • Ch. 28 “Lamas meaning “superior ones””

These are some of sentences that made this book worth while.

However, there were some issues that I had. Religion is so broad, and it’s hard to narrow it down to a few. Then try to cram those few religions into a few paragraphs. The Author, it seems, had a hard time doing this too. One whole chapter -Shinto- was not very descriptive. I read that chapter and didn’t have a clue what it was. The author talked about how it is Japan’s national religion then went on to talk about China’s religions. It was mostly a chapter about the history not the religion itself.

Also, the Author devoted several chapters to certain religions like Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism. As I said because of how vast each religion is instead of giving a complete description on each one, he wrote maybe a paragraph or two on what it was. Then went on and wrote more of the chapter or chapters on the founder, history, and geology of the religion. Which isn’t bad because that is always useful but I wanted to know about the religion and how it works and how they worship.

One last problem I had with this book was the underlying Christian tone. Instead of being a completely biased religion book. I felt it was entirely too Christian. Sometimes it would be a simple comparing of the two religions or sometimes it would be “well we know the Bible says” type tone set in there. That really put me off. It’s not that I don’t appreciate what the Author is trying to remind me but I came reading this book to find out what a particular religion believes not how it compares to Christianity.

All in all ,even with my complaints, this is a useful book to have. Especially if you are doing some research into a particular religion.

 

 

 

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Revamp -Review

RevampRevamp by Beck Sherman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was able to read this for free from the group “Read-It-and-Reap” in exchange for an honest review.

I really like this book. I found though that it didn’t really have a set story (well it kinda did) but had a very good story and easy to follow nevertheless.

Emma-Rose wakes up on a plane only to find she was a soul survivor in the vampire Apocalypse. Then the only person she meets tries to kills her. She eventually meets up with a cool little dog and a great guy.

Her takes her to a secluded place and there the group fills her in on the blanks and teaches her to fight.

I love vampires and these are the dark ones -sunlight kills, steaks through the heart kills, and they like blood!

I found the Author veers from the main story to tell about some background of the various characters. Normally I don’t like that as I want to get on with the story 🙂 However the author kept me glued to the story.

Great book!

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Broken -Review

This is the sixth book in the Kelley Armstrong series: Women of the Otherworld. We are back with Clay and Elena, and Elena is pregnant!!

So we start off with a pregnant and very worried Elena, plus her mate Clay.There has never been a recording of a female werewolf getting pregnant. She is so nervous and having nightmares. So to get her mind off the pregnancy, she takes a quick easy job. Clay and Jeremy go with her. A quick break and enter, then home to rest and relaxation (as much as her mind will let her)

Only something goes wrong (as they are wont to do in books 😉 ) The item they stole had a spell cast on it , and they triggered the spell which triggered a porthole from the past. They call up they rest of the pack plus Jamie the necromancer. I do so hope Jeremy and Jamie get together. 🙂 Anywho we now have Jack-the-Ripper, zombies(yes, there are zombies in this book!). a pregnant werewolf and all sorts of wonderful, witty dialog that only Kelley Armstrong can deliver.

All in all they figure out the whos and whys (I don’t want to give away any spoilers) and back to normalcy everyone goes. At the very, very end we are treated to a great surprise when Elena gets to deliver!!

I have to say I love, love,love Clay and Elena. Clay reminds me so much of my hubby. haha okay Clay is too feral and my hubby to tame to be compared but the Relationship is there. I see and feel the love and close relationship they have!  Even though they bicker and fight, kiss and make-up, love surrounds them! That is a beautiful thing -to see a couple with loads of problems come together.

Another great book from author Kelley Armstrong!!

Miss Locks – A Short Horror Review

 

A was able to review this short story from GoodReads.

***Miss Virginia Locks has a date tonight, but something is wrong. She finds herself standing outside her home without any knowledge of how she got there. But what waits for her once she is back inside, a crawling, gasping thing, is even more unsettling.***

This was such a great little story. It was well written and totally played on the emotions of the reader! You felt afraid, you wanted to run and scream with her. Now seeing as how this is only a 6 pg book, think campfire story. Next time you find yourself around a campfire with your best friends, and you got your kindle on ya, read them this book. Guaranteed to get a few to shiver.

Warning: don’t read alone in the dark!

Haunted – Review

Haunted (Women of the Otherworld, #5)Haunted by Kelley Armstrong
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Loved this book! This book stars Eve Levine, who is Savannah’s mother. One who also happens to be dead. I love the concept of this book. Eve is dead therefore we are treated to the underworld. Complete with Fates, angels, demons, half-demons, ghost, and necromancers.

In this book Eve gets to battle or rather hunt for a Nix; Someone or rather a spirit that thrives on chaos, murder, and other such dark emotions. This particular Nix had been captured but escaped an inescapable hell. So they send Eve to do this quest. If she finishes this quest she will ascend to Anglehood.

And what story wouldn’t be complete without a bit of romance in it. In Dime Store Magic we had met Savannah’s Father, Kristoff. Unfortunately he had died right away. Fortunately for Eve they met up in the afterworld. They now have a chance to rekindle that fire that never really died out.

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I have to say that out of all 5 that I have read so far this one is #2. I was gripped from the very beginning, okay maybe not gripped but fascinated. It’s not everyday that you read a well-written story about the afterlife. I also really like Eve and her literal kick-butt attitude!

One of the stipulations for Eve to become an angel is that she can never return to the ghost world. But of course that is where he sweetheart resides. I was on edge the first time Eve was faced with a situation that could of had her become an angel. I was on edge cause I wanted her to be able to overcome at her own strength and be able to stay with Kristoff. I was so thankful then when the situation got dire that she had a savior in the form of another angel come to rescue her.

Then it gets frustrating. Throughout the whole time she is hunting this Nix, Eve is accompanied by an angel assigned the task of killing or sending the Nix back to hell. He keeps messing up!! Then when it finally counts he is not there, again!So Eve is own her own fighting this Nix!! Only Eve is Paige’s body so she sacrifices herself and Kristoff’s future so that she may deal with the Nix. I was so sadden. But that dark cloud had a silver lining- the Fates saw the sacrifice and gave her a deal. 6 months with the angles and no contact, and 6 months with Kristoff. Such a happy ending!

Forbidden – Review

Forbidden (The Books of Mortals, #1)Forbidden by Ted Dekker
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Think of the movie “Equilibrium” .

There was a great war, so scientist devised a way to remove emotions from human DNA. And we all know humanity is not alive without emotions, and feelings. Only 1 feeling/emotion remains and that is fear. They left that so people would be afraid of authority and obey. Which I felt kinda dumb because there is so many many more emotions that they could of kept.

At the time of our story there is a man named Rom. He is intrusted with a vial of blood that makes him and 4 others living again. They now feel and are brought alive. They are instructed to find a boy who is the only child to be born “alive”. I should mention that in order to find the boy they must break the rules of the “Order” (authority) and find themselves in peril many times.

Overall I liked the story. I liked how it played out. I really didn’t like the fact that when they were finally brought alive they felt so much pain and sorrow alongside beauty and love. But that is life and when someone is not used to it, I guess it can be painful.

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Art Project Gone Awry

I saw a post the other day on Facebook and went to check it out. I found a really neat craft idea that Polly @ Helping Little Hands had done: http://helpinglittlehands.blogspot.ca/2011/09/melted-crayon-art-and-pointillism-books.html

She called it: Melted Crayon Art and Pointillism. So naturally I wanted to do it!

I went to our local dollaramia store and bought some craft boards. Then at home I gather candles crayons and some paper to put under to catch the drips

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then we got to work 🙂 We had troubles with the candles always going out. Plus it was kinda tedious to keep doing small circles all the time. But overall the children had fun! They enjoyed doing!

HoneyBear and mine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SuperHero and CaptainJr.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The result! 🙂