Thursday, September 08, 2016

My Side of the Mountain (Mountain, #1)My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read this book at age nine, and proceeded to write my first novel afterwards. It was basically my own version of the story, told with me as the protagonist. I was enthralled with the book, and enamored of the idea of running away and living successfully--without my family! Freedom from angst! forward a few decades and I really did become an author. More years pass, and now finally I have re-read the book that, for me, started my writing career.

Like many of my childhood favorites, the book is not as good to my adult sensibilities. I take issue with things that never bothered me as a youngster. What kind of parents allow a child to live alone on a mountain for a year? Some of Sam's activities are extremely doubtful. How does a young boy manage to make himself deerskin clothing? Tan hides with no prior experience? Kill and eat turtle and rabbit without having instruction on how to do so? Even dressing deer is not exactly intuitive. And recognize with certainty so many wild edibles-when he is a city boy?

Nevertheless, some of the charm remains, and I still recommend this for any youngster. Also, since I now write apocalyptic suspense (in addition to my first published books, which are historical romance) I marvel that in a way I've come full circle: Survival is the name of the game, for Sam, and for the characters in my PULSE EFFEX SERIES. I love the living- off-the-land details, whether Sam is too wise to be realistic or not. I have also just read the sequel, which is not as good, but also worthwhile.

View all my reviews

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Heroes, Heroines, and History: A Survival Miracle

I wanted to share this post by a fellow author.

As I said in my comment to her (Cindy K. Stewart), "This is the kind of story that most Americans can't even conceive of
enduring. Most of us probably wouldn't survive, unlike Danuta. We need
to remember these events because enemies and wars aren't kind--they're
brutal and harsh. National defense is not politically correct these
days, and many want to disarm the American people. Disarmament leads to
helplessness and easy takeover territory for a country's enemies! Thanks
for sharing this touching story."

Heroes, Heroines, and History: A Survival Miracle: by Cindy K. Stewart Last month I shared about the Soviet invasion of Poland on the seventeen day of WWII and the subsequent ruthless trea...

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Heroes, Heroines, and History: Got Summer Reading? (Get it right here, right now!...

Heroes, Heroines, and History: Got Summer Reading? (Get it right here, right now!...: Use today's post as a checklist--we've got summer reading covered! Whether your days are lazy and hazy or frantic and full, you&...

Friday, May 20, 2016

A Day in the Life of Regency High Society

Fortunate for posterity that when American traveler Louis Simond visited London in 1809 he left notes on what he saw and heard....
(Read the full article here) 

Regency Street, 1829 (Shortly after the regency)

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Novel Rocket: For Thereby Hangs a Tale (Using the Hook in Writin...

Novel Rocket: For Thereby Hangs a Tale (Using the Hook in Writin...: by Linore Rose Burkard Don't you love a television serial where every episode leaves you hanging? Each installment reveals something ...

Monday, March 21, 2016

Heroes, Heroines, and History: An Afternoon of Art (The Dayton Art Museum)

Heroes, Heroines, and History: An Afternoon of Art (The Dayton Art Museum): By Linore Rose Burkard Grab a cup of tea and enjoy some eye candy this month. (Pretend you've actually taken the time to drive down...

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Shedding the Weight of Bitterness

This short devo is from The Christian Pulse and such a great reminder that I wanted to share it with you. All too recently I've been here--allowing bitterness to take root without my truly acknowledging it--or repenting of it. It's always a good idea to keep short accounts with God--and others. Don't let things simmer...the pot always and only gets hotter.

Vacation Declaration

Posted: 18 Mar 2016 01:11 PM PDT

By Cindy Martin –
How much unforgiveness are you carrying? 
On a recent family vacation, during a time of casual conversation, our 13 year old daughter made the following spontaneous declaration, “I tried holding a grudge once, but it was too much work.” The manner in which she expressed herself caused us all to chuckle enthusiastically. Revealing her deep desire for meaningful relationships, she followed up by saying, “I just wanted to talk with my friend”.
While her little pronouncement has brought me much amusement, it has also challenged me to reflect on the high cost of unforgiveness. Hebrews 12:15 reads, “Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many” (NLT). We learn in this verse that by withholding forgiveness, we are depriving others and ourselves of God’s grace. It also reminds us that the choice not to forgive results in many unexpected and destructive happenings in our life. While forgiveness leads to peace, unforgiveness leads to misery and our misery poisons those around us. Many of us have experienced the harsh stinging words or attitude of someone else’s misery. Perhaps, we’ve been the ones extending misery instead of grace.

Forgiveness is not forgetting, denying, approving of or excusing another person’s actions. Rather it is an active choice to be a conduit of God’s grace. Refusing to forgive is choosing to stay tied to someone in a link that is sometimes stronger than steel. God’s work of grace in our hearts to extend forgiveness is the only pathway to release. When we choose to forgive, we are untying ourselves, freeing ourselves from an often suffocating weight in our lives.
Matthew 6:15 explains another way we feel the weight of unforgiveness in our lives, “But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins” (NLT). Whether it’s the weight of being tied to another person (or persons) or the heaviness of our own unforgiven sin, my daughter was right, “it is too much work.” The load is overwhelming and the loss of intimacy in our relationship with our heavenly Father stifles His work in and through us. God never intended it to be this way. He modelled ultimate mercy and pardon so that we could enjoy the life giving lightness and freedom that forgiveness brings.
Prayer: Lord, please show me if there is any unforgiveness in my life that is weighing me down. If there is, I ask You to do a work of grace in my heart. Help me to choose to follow Your example of mercy and forgiveness.
Verse: “Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others” (Colossians 3:13 NLT).

You can subscribe to the Christian Pulse for free here.

New, New, New!
The sequel to PULSE is here!

It takes faith to be resilient.

Now that an EMP has sent the United States into a seeming Dark Age, society has fallen apart at the seams. Andrea, Lexie and Sarah must survive despite the loss of technology, electricity, and worse, the threats of marauders and lawless opportunists. The appearance of FEMA camps might be reassuring except that the military seem determined to force civilians to enter them.

Is the US government also a threat?

And can the country recover from the loss of technology before everyone--and everything--is destroyed?