Scrapbook of Christmas quotes from teaching magazines

These were taken from various education magazines published between 1895 and 1920

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Free Kindle Books: Books are lighthonses erected in the great sea of time.—

Quote in title from F. Whipple
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  • Unless otherwise noted, books are free but this can change without notice. Doublecheck.
  • If you click a link and it doesn’t finish loading, just hit refresh. Sometimes the page just kind of hangs for some reason, I am not sure why.
  • If I don’t say, “I loved this book” or “I read this,” Or something along those lines, I haven’t read the book. I haven’t read most of these. I’m just your book bird-dog, sniffing up potential good reads.
  • I use various search methods to come up with titles. Then I read the blurbs, a couple of the best and worst of the reviews, and sometimes scan the free pages. Every post like this took me anywhere from 2 to six hours, depending on my interest and, here in the Philippines, the reliability of my Wi-Fi connection (today I am refreshing every page up to five times before it will completely load for me)
  • I screen out so many this way that I end up *not* posting more books I’ve looked over than I post. However hard I try, though, I cannot promise that I will never let some duds slip through.

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Travels in Syria and the Holy Land, by Burckhardt
vintage travel, but timely reading for today as well.
Reader Review: Travels in Syria and the Holy Land gives you a great historical view of what Syria was. Now putting Syria in modern context and seeing what has happened to this once great nation can only make you sad and possible hopeful on what it will once again be.
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FREE! Murder at the Courthouse, Christian fiction, cozy mystery
Amazon Blurb: After a few years as a police officer in Columbus, Michael Keane has no trouble relaxing into the far less stressful job of deputy sheriff in his small hometown. After all, nothing ever happens in Hidden Springs, Kentucky. Nothing, that is, until a dead body is discovered on the courthouse steps. Everyone in town is a little uneasy. Still, no one is terribly worried–after all the man was a stranger–until one of their own is murdered right on Main Street.

As Michael works to solve the case it seems that every nosy resident in town has a theory. When the sheriff insists Michael check out one of these harebrained theories, his surprising discovery sends him on a bewildering search for a mysterious killer that has him questioning everything he has ever believed about life in Hidden Springs.

Bringing with her a knack for creating settings you want to visit and an uncanny ability to bring characters to life, A. H. Gabhart pens a whodunit that will keep readers guessing.

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FREE! Indebted, a Suspense Novel
About the author: Braxton DeGarmo spent over 30 years in Emergency and Family Medicine, both in and out of the military, before retiring to focus on writing in 2014. Many of the incidents in his books are based on real occurrences, people, and experiences in his own life, such as learning to escape a water crash in a helicopter. And the technologies described in his books are all current… and possible.

Fortunately, he did not pull the events of the main plots from his personal life, although they are issues that affect us all. Human trafficking, medical kidnapping, the insanity of Washington, DC, and other injustices have become the premises used for his stories. 

He writes from a Judeo-Christian worldview, but he writes his stories to reach and entertain people of all backgrounds. Now, he just needs to find a way to fit his experience with the incredible shrinking woman of Ft. Campbell,KY into a story. Hmmm…

I think the story sounds great and I downloaded it. Some of the reviews say there is language and so they won’t finish the book. although the story is good,so be forewarned about that. I try to be respectful and understanding of the fact that we all struggle differently, work out our faith and practice differently, are traveling along the same road but at different places, and I realize the fact that in general what people call ‘language’ washes off my back like water on a duck may not be a compliment to myself. I realize that. But sometimes some of those reviews sound so priggish and self-righteous that I want to lash out at them. For instance, when they say things like, “This “Christian” book had language….”

Here’s a review that didn’t get my hackles up:
“Favorite Scene:

Alexia looked off toward the mountains and then back to Myra. “Christianity is my key to living. I grew up with two alcoholic parents and my mom died of liver cancer when I was in my early teens. That’s what I meant when I said I was no stranger to liver failure. My dad abandoned me and without any other family, I went into the foster system. The parents who just recently passed away were actually my adoptive parents. They saw something in me I never saw in myself and with a life centered on Christ, they offered me a home, gave me my education. Personally, I wasn’t sure about all that religion stuff. I withdrew, looking for answers in books. In college, I had a course that required reading the Bible as a literary source. I found more than that there. I saw the source of my new parents’ love. Something in Christ’s teachings just clicked for me and I found a vibrant church with a young pastor who showed us that living for God was not the stuffy, “Thou shall not” kind of lifestyle portrayed by so many. After that, the bond between my parents and me just grew and grew. That’s why their deaths this past year hit me so hard.”

She paused and Myra caught her watching, waiting for Myra’s reaction, which was one of subtle resistance outwardly while inside she wondered what she had done to Samuel to make him inflict this girl on her. Never mind. She knew what she had done, repeatedly. Still, something in Alexia’s story touched her. Alexia had been given something special. Few people, including Myra, ever experienced such love.

“Sorry, I know alot of people hate preachy Christians, so I’ll stop. I don’t want to overstep my bounds here, but I do want you to know I’m praying for you, for you to have peace and for God’s gift of healing for you. There, I’m done. What can I do for you?”

Myra, too, had read the Bible as a literary source but certainly had not come away from the experience with anything more than a collection of stories and allegorical phrases that all writers needed to connect with Western culture. Nevertheless, Alexia’s statement filled her with hope that God, if He existed as described by Judeo-Christian tradition, offered healing as a gift. Myra wanted to know more, but hesitated to ask in fear of being overwhelmed by zealotry.

“I’d like a little time to myself, please.”

Alexia nodded and returned inside. A few minutes later, Myra watched her new assistant walk toward the office. She remained outside until sunset and the nocturnal chill of the desert forced her inside to the kiva fireplace. She held a vague recollection of Alexsia returning, helping her to bed, tucking her in as a mother would a child, and kneeling silently at her bedside.

Synopsis:

Alice Cummings, a teenager living in the hills of western North Carolina in the 1960’s, had had nothing but a life of heartache. Her mother died when she was a child, her father was an alcoholic, her boyfriend, JT, was killed in Viet Nam one month after joining the service and the local “thug” was trying to take unwanted liberties. The only bright spot in Alice’s life was her son, Jimmy Bob, conceived out of wedlock. That is, until she wakes up to find him gone, stolen in the night and “sold” by her very own father. Alice knew she had to get away, had to escape the alcoholic rages of her father. The first thing on her agenda was to get to safety, the second, to find her son. Alice makes her escape but finding her son proves to be more difficult than even she had imagined. She again comes face to face with more tragedy in her life and soon after Alice disappears, falls of the radar to never be heard from again. But is there someone that knows the wherabouts of Alice Cummings? Who holds the key to the past that everyone has been looking for?

In present day, Myra Mitchell is a multi-million dollar, best-selling author of crime novels and her reputation precedes her. She loves the drinking and partying lifestyle she has come to know but soon discovers she has to change her ways when her doctor gives her a devastating diagnosis. With her publisher hounding her for her next novel, Myra knows of only one story she wants to write about. A mystery that was left untold and unsolved for decades. The story of her favorite comic strip creator Betsy Weston. It’s a race against time and an unwanted pursuer but with the help of her new assistant, Alexia Hamilton, Myra sets off on a journey of discovery. A journey of enlightenment. A journey that finally has an ending.

There are so many aspects of this book that I truly loved. The western North Carolina setting drew me in from the beginning as I have been a native my entire life, but that’s just the beginning. The hardships faced by Alice brought out such emotion in me that I found the tears falling freely throughout the story. The characters formed such close friendships brought about by their mutual hardships and I fell in love with several of them. The plot was so full of twists and turns that several times I thought I had it all figured out just to soon find myself second guessing my theory and rethinking all over again. I was sucked in from the very first page and remained in a vice-like grip until the very end, which was the proverbial “icing on the cake”. It was a story of tragedy and celebration, hate and love, loneliness and friendship.

From the attention to details it’s obvious alot of research went into the writing of this book. The author really did his homework and, from the caliber of the writing, it’s hard to believe it’s only his second book. Indebted thoroughly satisfies the reader without too many sexual overtones and heavy profanity. Braxton DeGarmo is a master storyteller and Indebted is storytelling at it’s BEST! I HIGLY recommend it!

**The book was provided by the publisher through Bookfun.org for my honest opinion.**”

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FREE: The Maze
REader Review: Jamie Burroughs is a man whose moral needle points to the yellow, “pretty good” region of the dial.

He’s never killed anyone, he would argue, or robbed a bank, and the things he’s done wrong don’t hurt anybody. Until a beautiful former girlfriend shows up, presenting a new vision for how his life could be, and puts his marriage and his son’s future in jeopardy.

The Maze is a sort of 21st-century Pilgrim’s Progress, and the labyrinth where Jamie wanders is a vision of Hell-as-therapy, a place where the distractions are stripped away and the choices James — and we — make are terrifyingly real.

This story has elements of horror, but it has hope in abundance — hope that is hard-won, painful, and searing, just like in real life. As in The Pilgrim’s Progress, the hope is explicitly Christian in its source. But as someone who gave up on “Christian” fiction a couple of decades ago when I found it poorly written and overly “magical,” I was pleased to find this book both supernatural and grittily realistic.

My only criticism is that the “good” guys weren’t drawn with the same larger-than-life clarity as the bad guys. That’s part of the point, I suppose — that good people seem boring — but in the short but crucial roles they play in the story, they seem to fade against the strong and and colorful evil characters.

Still, by the time that became apparent, I was already hooked in the story, and it was more a passing “hmm” than a real deterrent from finishing the book.

If you like your fiction happy-clappy with rainbows and butterflies, this book isn’t for you. If you like a thoughtful exploration of how our decisions tattoo our souls — and what it might take to get those tattoos removed — then you’ll find James’ trip through the labyrinth compelling and thought-provoking.

-Note that several reviewers who otherwise liked the book and felt it worth reading and thinking about also felt that at times the author seemed to veer a little close to earning your salvation theology

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FREE! Abortion: A Rational Look at an Emotional Issue by R.C. Sproul

Reader Review: R.C. Sproul is a theologian, not a sociologist or health professional. That fact is clearly stated on the outside and inside this book. So I was surprised to come across one of his books from the 1990s on this subject: “ABORTION (A Rational Look at an Emotional Issue).” Since most of R.C. Sproul’s books are on Theology, Church history and matters of ethic and logic, it seemed unusual for him to write a book on a social issue like abortion.

The book is divided into three parts:

Part I: Abortion: The Ethical Dilemma of Our Time.

Part II: An Analysis of Pro-Abortion and Pro-Choice Arguments.

Part III: A Compassionate Response and Strategy

In Part I, Sproul points out how emotionally divided America is over the abortion issue, with the potential of ripping apart the social fabric of one of history’s most successful nations. In doing this, he covers some of the core issues like “Is a fetus a living human person?” “When does life begin?” the sanctity of life from a biblical viewpoint, the sanctity of life in Natural Law and how abortion violates that sanctity. Sproul summarizes this as follows:

“A negative prohibition against actual and potential murder implicitly involves a positive mandate to work for the protection, sustenance, and respect for the sanctity of life. To oppose murder is to promote life. Whatever else abortion does, it does not promote the life of the unborn child. Although some people will argue that abortion promotes the quality of life of those who do not desire offspring, it does not promote the life of the subject in question, the developing unborn child.”

I found Sproul’s section on how abortion can be shown to violate Natural Law very interesting which included a brief history of abortion in both America and world history. He states that “Abortion–whatever else it may be–is an act against nature.” This is an intriguing and expanded viewpoint, especially for those who don’t view abortion beyond the boundaries of personal choice. Sproul really begins to get to the crux of the matter when he addresses the central point of “When does life begin?”, a question he covers from the medical, legal and biblical viewpoints. In addition, Sproul even focuses a chapter on the role of Government in abortion. I haven’t heard the issue of abortion presented from this vantage point before.

For Sproul, the following is the core issue of the abortion debate: “At the heart of the abortion issue rests one single, overarching question: Is abortion a form of murder? does abortion involve the willful destruction of a living human person? Though there are many who believe an abortion is justified on the grounds that the developing baby is ‘unwanted,’ few if any of these same people would be in favor of destroying the child after it is born. There are far fewer advocates of infanticide than there are of abortion. The reason for this is clear. In the minds of pro-abortionists, an unborn baby is not considered a living human person. Once birth occurs, however, a different set of rules apply.”

In Part II, Sproul provides an analysis of the Pro-Abortion and Pro-Choice (there is a difference) arguments. This part is where Sproul is at his finest, sifting through the often-heard clichés like “a woman alone has the moral right to her own body,” “women have a legal right to privacy on abortion” and “men have no right to address abortion because it is a women’s issue.” He carefully peals back these arguments, revealing the underlying arguments that cannot be honestly defended.

The Pro-Choice chapter is such a revealing study and asks questions every citizen in America needs to ask themselves and honestly answer. According to Sproul, there are relatively few in America who are Pro-Abortion and many more individuals who are Pro-Choice, or at least they think they are. Again, Sproul reveals just what is meant when we claim we are Pro-Choice. He wraps up Part II with a chapter on The Problem of Unwanted Pregnancies.

Part III covers the Pro-Life position and strategy. Sproul ends his book with a fascinating 33-page Appendix which includes a transcript of testimony provided by Jerome Lejeune, M.D., Ph.D, a Professor of Fundamental Genetics concerning when he medically concludes when life begins. Dr. Lejeune holds the Kennedy Prize for being first to discover a disease caused by chromosomal abnormality–Down’s Syndrome. Testimony was given during a court proceeding in August, 1989. If nothing else, this appendix should be considered, especially for those who think there is no empirical evidence for when life begins.

I was impressed with the way Dr. Sproul handled this sensitive and emotionally-charged subject. The only drawback I found was the book is 20 years old and, though the arguments are timeless, some of the data is in need of a updating. It is a fast read, yet at the same time very thought-provoking, just like most of Sproul’s other books.

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Devotional and Marriage (FREE)

FREE: Open Your Hymnal, Again: More Christian Hymns and Spiritual Devotions That Harmonize Scripture With Song I downloaded this one because I foolishly did not pack a hymnal to bring with us to the Philippines. I thought I knew them all by heart, but I keep stumbling and mixing stanzas and coming to an abrupt halt. This is only 31, and it’s devotionals around the hymns rather than the stories behind them, but I am looking forward to using it in my private devotionals at home.
Free: The 30-Day Love Language Minute Devotional Volume 1 by Gary Chapman: The 30-Day Love Language Minute Devotional Volume 1 is your daily guide for a month to express heartfelt love to your mate in a way that he or she can appreciate it.

Reader Reviews, most loved it, but you should consider this one: This was free for a limited time; I’m glad I didn’t pay for it, as I would’ve been disappointed. Each day’s reading literally takes one minute or less. The idea of five love languages is excellent; and this book is no exception. My complaint is that it isn’t organized well. Instead of presenting each love language in order, there’s a bit of padding in between to stretch it to 30 days, and so it seems very disjointed. It’s a very brief summary of the original Love Languages book, but because it’s so brief I feel like some important explanation is lost. I wouldn’t recommend reading it if you haven’t read the original. It works well as a refresher for someone who read the book a while ago and is familiar with the terms. Even so, I think I’d rather re-read or skim the original book if I need a refresher.

I downloaded it anyway. Free is free, and I like fast, too. It’s only 68 pages.

War Room Strategies: Developing Effectual Prayers for God’s Glory by Michelle Stimpson, this has 40 reviews, 90% of which are 5 star, and the rest are four stars. I went ahead and downloaded it for me. It is intended as a workbook and the hardcopy has places to record your answers to the questions and to record your prayers and so on- so be prepared to use it with a notebook.
Or buy the hard copy for 7.99: here’s a reader review recommending that:
“This book has changed my prayer life, thus changed my life. It’s designed for those of us who may need a little more help when petitioning God. The strategies listed in this book will help to focus and streamline prayers. I sometimes forget what I’ve prayed for and what I’m standing in faith for. With the written strategies and pages to record prayers, it’s been effective in assisting me to remain in faith and only speak the word of God. His word is the foundation of my prayers. Although the book is in eBook format, I strongly recommend getting the printed version.”

That 8 dollar paperback would probably cost me over fifty dollars in shipping, so I’ll stick to the Kindle version. I am so thankful for Kindle!

Growing the Good Life: Lessons in Parenting, Gardening, Health, and Meaningful Living Kindle Edition
by Alison Buehler
Reader Review: Sometimes we can’t see the forest for the trees, as we are so bogged down in the details of our own lives that we forget to stop and smell the roses; but when we do pause, stepping back to look at the whole picture, we see some areas we’re neglected while hastening to fix this or get to that next appointment. Alison Buehler shares her reflections regarding her own personal and family’s journey by offering glimpses into her daily blogs at various points along her wellness pathway. She touches on some relevant issues while delving deeper into some pivotal AHA! moments as well as planning her work and working her plan to get closer to where she wants to be, the better and healthier in many aspects. So that you don’t need to recreate the wheel {who has the time? or energy? and really, why would you want to?}, she explains what has not and has worked for her and what is worth devoting your energy, time, and effort toward. She’s both honest about her own blunders and encouraging about her family’s successes; you’ll feel comfortable with her conversational delivery while appreciating the keen wit that will help you along with your own wellness too. Give “Growing the Good Life” a read and see what you take from it today.

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Crafts (FREE)

Beginner’s Guide to Crochet

Knitting for Beginners (Twelvish patterns for beginners) by Doris Barnes

Granny Square for Beginners, US version (170+ reviews, and it has a 4.5 average)

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NOT Free:

.99 A Patchwork Family, Reader Review: “I have become disgusted with literature that contains immoral scenes, ideas and concepts, but I have feared that clean literature might be dull or childish. I purchased this book for my Kindle, and began reading with not much hope that I would like it. However, imagine my surprise and delight when I was immediately entranced with the story, the characters, the setting and the plot. I don’t know anything about Charlotte Hubbard, but it is obvious that she shares my dislike of cheap, and often unnecessary, immoral plot additions. If she publishes again, I will be very interested to read the new book, and it wouldn’t surprise me, if it were a sequel to this one. I hated to let these characters go, when I turned the last page.”

Blurb: A good wife who can find?She is far more precious than jewels…Meet Mercy Malloy. Whether she’s cooking up the best grub to be had all along the Holladay stagecoach line, working her husband’s horse farm or helping her neighbors, God’s love fills her life.She opens her hand to the poor,And reaches out her hands to the needy…So when two orphaned children appear on her doorstep, she hesitates only a moment before opening her heart and her home to them. Perhaps this is the Lord’s way of sending her and Judd the babies they’ve prayed for.Her children rise up and call her blessed;Her husband also, and he praises her…Out on the Kansas plains the years bring hardship and heartache—Indian attacks, a runaway daughter, an abandoned baby in a basket—but also precious new life and the unlooked for joy of a surprise love. Through it all, Mercy’s faith holds her family together, creating a patchwork of strength and beauty.
(there are sequels now)

2.99 for Square Foot Gardening with Kids: Learn Together: – Gardening basics – Science and math – Water conservation – Self-sufficiency – Healthy eating (All New Square Foot Gardening)

1.00 The Blood Guard, book 1, by Carter Roy- reviewers say even though it is part of a series, this one can stand alone.

Here’s one reader review (they are nearly all highly positive):
Ronan Truelove is a 13-year-old boy who spent his whole life taking martial arts and athletic classes on the orders of his mother. One day after school, those skills could very well come in handy. His mother loads him into the car and speeds away from evil-looking agents in suits and ties. After the mother and son manage to get away, Ronan is sent to the nearest train station to Washington, DC, to meet up with other people who are just as deadly with a sword as Mrs. Truelove. From that moment on, Ronan is accosted by other evil minions in suits without further explanation as to why all of this is happening. As the novel progresses, the mystery unravels and Ronan Truelove gets closer and closer to proving his worth to a world about to be thrown into chaos.

To say that this book is a little fast-paced would be like saying sumo wrestlers are just a little heavy. The action is hot and heavy. The breaks in said action are few and far between. It’s a nonstop sword slinging, laser beam shooting, acrobatic dive from one chapter to the next. The only idiom I can use to describe such a breakneck pace is, “No rest for the weary.” And it’s true: Ronan Truelove nor his companions can even tie their shoes before another group of suited minions tries to kill them. It all seems like random action at first, but that’s the nature of mysteries: all will be revealed in due time. Until then, kick back, buckle in, and hold on tightly. It’s a bumpy ride all the way to the end.

Book two of the series is also a dollar. Book 3 is 3.99

1.00 Celia and the Fairies, by Karen McQuestion- has warm reviews, seems to be written so as to appeal most to the 8-12 girls crowd. Writer is a fan of Edgar Eager, Wrinkle in Time, and Harriet the Spy.
Reader Review: When Celia Lovejoy’s grandmother moves in with her family, she tells her granddaughter magical stories of fairies living in the woods behind the Lovejoy home. Ten-year-old Celia believes they are just that-stories-until the day she receives an unexpected visit from Mira, a real, live fairy. Mira needs a favor in a matter of the utmost importance. It seems that Celia’s house and the adjoining woods are in danger of being demolished to make way for a new highway. The person behind this horrible plan? Vicky McClutchy, a spiteful woman who holds a childhood grudge against Celia’s dad. Fairy magic can counteract this evil, but it will only work with Celia’s help. Aided by neighborhood friend Paul, Celia begins a danger-filled quest that takes her out in the woods at night to face her greatest fears. This magical tale of a plucky girl combines an entertaining story with an underlying message about the power of ordinary kindness.

1.99 Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, book three); School Library Journal Review:Gr 10 Up—In the third book of the series, Celaena knows she cannot kill the king and crown prince of Wendlyn, the task given to her by the King of Adarlan, and she knows that the price will be the lives of those she loves. Her only hope is to find Maeve, queen of the Fae, and find out how to undo the power of Adarlan’s king. Forced by Maeve to prove her worth, Celaena must train with Rowan, a Fae prince, and learn to harness her magical powers if she has any hope of saving the world. Love, loss, and loyalty collide and Maas has created a believable world and flawed characters; the combination will leave listeners eager for more. Elizabeth Evans conveys Celaena’s temperament and mood perfectly and gives life to Maas’s large cast of characters. Fans of the past books in the series will not be disappointed with this installment and teen fans of George R.R. Martin’s “Song of Ice and Fire” and Robert Jordan’s “Wheel of Time” series will be captivated as well. VERDICT The latest entry in this engaging series is highly recommended.—Sarah Flood, Breckinridge County Public Library, Hardinsburg, KY

Amazon reader reviews are positive as well. You can buy the full five volume set at once, but this does not seem to me to be any savings over buying them one at a time, unless the prices go up later. Right now if there is any savings, it’s less than a dollar and probably less than fifty cents.

Amazon description of volume 1: From Book 1: After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

Housekeeping:

Subject to change without notice: Free Titles were free at the time I copied and pasted the links. But they don’t always stay free. The older, public domain books should, because they are all in the public domain, but sometimes….

Shameless money grubbing: I thought this was common knowledge, but it turns out it’s not- these are affiliate links. If you click on a free title and download it, I get….. nothing. If you click on a free title and while you are at Amazon also buy something else, I get….. something. Depending on what you buy, it will probably be somewhere between 4% and 7.5% of what you spend (I don’t get a percentage on penny sales) but I don’t pretend to understand how all of that side works. People have tried to explain, but they start with numbers and my ears buzz and I can’t hear.

Also, Swagbucks remains my favorite source for free Amazon gift cards. And if you haven’t joined, please click on the link and join so that I can keep getting free Amazon gift cards because I am still shameless. Of course, if you regularly shop on line, you can also sign up for ebates, and then always check ebates first, before you do your regular shopping. You can get quite a tidy sum back on the purchases you were going to make anyway, which is not a bad deal. And then you can use the money for books- or for other things.=)

Don’t have a Kindle? : You don’t have to have a Kindle to take advantage of these offers. You can read them on various free reading apps. I often read mine on my laptop if they are short enough books. Or I will start there to see if I want to finish it later or remove it from my Kindle already. If you’re curious, this is the Kindle I have, and I have used others and mine remains my favorite. Mine has Keyboard 3G, Free 3G + Wi-Fi and I don’t have commercial screensavers. Personally, I don’t like Kindle Fires because I am a crank like that.

If you like these free listings, you should also like my Facebook page, because I list other free titles there several times each week.

Yes, my Kindle gets slow because I stuff it too full since I have no sense of proportion when it comes to owning books, both real and virtual.

You can left click on a title on your Kindle and delete it from your device, while still keeping it in your list of titles at Amazon in case you want to add it back to your Kindle later without paying for the title all over again. Don’t delete it from folder at Amazon unless you want to rid yourself of it permanently. Now that I have my tricksy little new phone, I have added it to my list of devices to which I can download devices. Woot!

commentary sources: Most of the blurbs and book descriptions above are not mine, but come from reviews on Amazon’s page.

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Free Kindle Books; A good book is the very essence of a good man.

— His virtues survive in it; while the foibles and faults of his actual life are for gotten. — T. L. Cuyler
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  • Unless otherwise noted, books are free but this can change without notice. Doublecheck.
  • If you click a link and it doesn’t finish loading, just hit refresh. Sometimes the page just kind of hangs for some reason, I am not sure why.
  • If I don’t say, “I loved this book” or “I read this,” Or something along those lines, I haven’t read the book. I haven’t read most of these. I’m just your book bird-dog, sniffing up potential good reads.
  • I use various search methods to come up with titles. Then I read the blurbs, a couple of the best and worst of the reviews, and sometimes scan the free pages.
  • I screen out so many this way that I end up *not* posting more books I’ve looked over than I post. And yet, still some duds slip through.

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Top Fifty Most Delicious Enchilada Recipes– FREE as of this posting.  Looks fun.  Who doesn’t love enchiladas?  (shush, one of my own kids)

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Contentiously Contending: A Word to Today’s Apologetics Emphasis by Anton Bosch- FREE as of this posting
Blurb: Are You Contending for the Faith in a Wrong Way?
Contentiously Contending is given as a clarion call to a growing empidemic of christians using social media, blogs and other online venues to create great harm to the testimony of Christ and of His servants. Though corrective words are needed to men publically Anton Bosch teaches us how to do this in the same way Christ and the Apostles did in love and humility. This book will help you to truly contend for the faith.

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Broken Things by Andrew Boesharr, Free as of this posting.  A novella, Christian fiction, the single 1 star review objected to the religious point of view being in the story.

A more favorable reader reviews: The description to this book was so skimpy I almost didn’t download it, but I remembered I had read Andrea Boeshaar before and liked her writing style. I’m so glad I did, because this was well worth reading. I loved the themes of redemption, forgiveness and second chances.

As a widow, a job comes up that takes Allison Drake Littenberg back to Chicago. She hopes she can mend fences with family members and friends, particularly Jack Callahan, the handsome cop she left back in 1969. Now, 30 years later, Jack is bitter from bad decisions and a nasty divorce. Even so, Allie prays God will use her own broken past to touch lives, as only He can.

All the main characters in the novel are wounded and carrying burdens and hurts. Yet, God weaves their lives in such a way they help each other, and healing takes place, even out of the bad.

There are several minor editing errors, something I’ve never seen in Andrea’s works before. However, there’s not so many, and they’re minor enough that they shouldn’t slow anyone too much. The biggest flaw is the book ends “too be continued.” As far as I can see, there’s not an e-version of the follow-up, PRECIOUS THINGS, only a print one. I hate when authors do this to try to ensure you’ll buy the next one. However, with the way BROKEN THINGS ends and the prologue to PRECIOUS THINGS included, the reader still has closure. The book is so good I would still highly recommend it. This is contemporary Christian romance at its best.

vintage BOOK with owls lettering

.99 for Kindle: God’s Word in Our Hands: The Bible Preserved for Us
Blurb: In this follow-up book to the landmark From the Mind of God to the Mind of Man, the Text and Translation Committee discusses the historical preservation of the Word of God. The solid facts of the process by which the Bible has come to its present form are explained in detail. The book includes textual criticism of the existing manuscripts and autographs, including the Textus Receptus, the Majority, Eclectic, and Minority texts, and the Masoretic Text. It also provides needed answers to the arguments of those who adhere to extreme or exclusive positions. This book is excellent for pastors, teachers, and laypersons alike. It will prove that all conservative versions are, without a doubt, translations of the plenary verbally inspired Word of God.

4.00 for Kindle: The Answer to the Atheist’s Handbook by Richard Wurmbrand
Blurb: Rev. Wurmbrand languished for fourteen years in Communist prisons. Though beaten and starved, he never broke. Having passed through hell on earth, this courageous Romanian pastor emerged with a burning love for God and his fellow man.

In this remarkable book, conceived while he was in solitary confinement, Wurmbrand demolishes the arguments for atheism as presented by the Soviet Academy of Science in its Atheist’s Handbook.

Throughout the Communist world, people who wanted to get ahead had to master The Atheist’s Handbook. Its teachings were drilled into children at school. But Wurmbrand demonstrates that the atheist creed leaves more questions unanswered than it professes to settle. On the positive side, he marshals the testimony of artists, musicians, writers, philosophers, scientists, statesmen, and saints–all of whom bear eloquent witness to the reality of God.

With the sparkling sense of humor that helped sustain him through unspeakable sufferings, Wurmbrand tells the story of God’s love for us in language anyone can understand. Is there a God? Does He care about man? Can we trust what the Scriptures tell us about Him? Yes, says Rev. Richard Wurmbrand, in a ringing affirmation of faith that comes from the heart–and from the head.

9.99 for Kindle- one of the most inspiring books I ever read. Eternity in Their Hearts (by the author of The Peace Child).

Housekeeping:

Subject to change without notice: Free Titles were free at the time I copied and pasted the links. But they don’t always stay free. The older, public domain books should, because they are all in the public domain, but sometimes….

Shameless money grubbing: I thought this was common knowledge, but it turns out it’s not- these are affiliate links. If you click on a free title and download it, I get….. nothing. If you click on a free title and while you are at Amazon also buy something else, I get….. something. Depending on what you buy, it will probably be somewhere between 4% and 7.5% of what you spend (I don’t get a percentage on penny sales) but I don’t pretend to understand how all of that side works. People have tried to explain, but they start with numbers and my ears buzz and I can’t hear.

Also, Swagbucks remains my favorite source for free Amazon gift cards. And if you haven’t joined, please click on the link and join so that I can keep getting free Amazon gift cards because I am still shameless. Of course, if you regularly shop on line, you can also sign up for ebates, and then always check ebates first, before you do your regular shopping. You can get quite a tidy sum back on the purchases you were going to make anyway, which is not a bad deal. And then you can use the money for books- or for other things.=)

Don’t have a Kindle? : You don’t have to have a Kindle to take advantage of these offers. You can read them on various free reading apps. I often read mine on my laptop if they are short enough books. Or I will start there to see if I want to finish it later or remove it from my Kindle already. If you’re curious, this is the Kindle I have, and I have used others and mine remains my favorite. Mine has Keyboard 3G, Free 3G + Wi-Fi and I don’t have commercial screensavers. Personally, I don’t like Kindle Fires because I am a crank like that.

If you like these free listings, you should also like my Facebook page, because I list other free titles there several times each week.

Yes, my Kindle gets slow because I stuff it too full since I have no sense of proportion when it comes to owning books, both real and virtual.

You can left click on a title on your Kindle and delete it from your device, while still keeping it in your list of titles at Amazon in case you want to add it back to your Kindle later without paying for the title all over again. Don’t delete it from folder at Amazon unless you want to rid yourself of it permanently. Now that I have my tricksy little new phone, I have added it to my list of devices to which I can download devices. Woot!

commentary sources: Most of the blurbs and book descriptions above are not mine, but come from reviews on Amazon’s page.

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Davao Diary, Day Six

pipefish

Day 6: We took a cab down to the shore, and then we took a boat over to Paradise resort on Samal island for the afternoon.

ferry-to-paradise-islandOur ferry, to the left.

Paradise Resort is popular with Korean tourists, so much so that the signs are all in Korean as well as English and Visayan.
It has a world class restaurant on the beach, showers, bathrooms, overnight rooms, an apiary, a giant chess game, volleyball, gardens, and I don’t know what else.

cherub-on-beachBecause Filipinos (and Koreans) do not want darker skin (all the foundations and face creams I have seen promise to whiten your skin), the beach is essentially covered- the roof which I hope is pictured below covers the restaurant and most of the beach as well. There was perhaps 4 or 5 yards of unshaded beach, and nobody was laying out. It’s just not done. you swim (mostly in rash guard type clothes so you don’t get too brown) or you sit in the shade.

 

oceanIn the boat waiting to start for the island, I saw a pipefish and later I found a cowry shell and regretted leaving behind all my old ocean life field guides from when we lived in Okinawa.
( I asked my daughter to pick just one of the lighter ocean or coral reef field guides to put in the balikbayan box).  There wasn’t that much to find, because they rake the beach basically all day long, keeping it smooth and free of anything larger than the space between the teeth on the rake.

But the sea itself is gorgeous, and you can just make out the mountains of the main island of Mindanao (where Davao City is) in the clouds.  You could see them more clearly earlier in the day.

God made a stunning array of beautiful creations in this world. Don’t you wonder, if there is such beauty here, in this fallen world, just what’s coming in the next one?
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We had an incredible lunch, out of this world delicious. The Boy ordered a dish that said it would serve 3 people. He ate at least half, and said he was taking the rest home to marry it. I had breaded fish with watermelon salsa, more of a dressing than a salsa to me, but quite tasty. The fish was very fresh. The Headmaster had fried shrimp, which we dipped in calamansi and soy sauce, He also had some general baked seafood, and the Cherub had grilled octopus, which was sweet and tender and she ate it all.  I’d share pictures, but I’ve been trying to wrap this up for 9 hours, and every time I try to add a picture, the blog clocks out and refuses to work.

We met some very fun and friendly Filipino college students who shared the ferry with us on the way back. They were lively, fun, and adorable.
We had a long and frustrating taxi ride back- traffic was pretty tangled. The taxi driver taught me my new word for the day:
Sarap: delicious.

according to an online dictionary, it’s Tagalog for:
1. a good flavor, pleasant taste: linamnam, sarap, kasarapan
2. liking, appetite: gana, pagkakagana, gusto, pagkakagusto
3. something to add flavor to food: pampalasa, pampasarap

It’s also part of the advertising slogan for an ice-cream brand here, which is why I asked what sarap meant, because I kept seeing it on ice-cream ads along the road. 🙂

It’s a good word for the day, because that is the kind of day it was.

Day six continued: The Boy has been going to a night market of street food stalls in the evening. Tonight he brought home some for us. I have had pig intestine, y’all, grilled and barbied on a stick, and it was really yummy. I had some kind of bbq pork, flattened, on a stick, grilled to melt in your mouth perfection. Yum.
And I had this salad which I must learn how to make. I had no idea what the ingredients are, except, the boy tells me, the darker green is some kind of seaweed. I think at least one vegetable is some kind of cucumber. No idea of the sauce. But it’s really tasty (tonight’s was also spicy, but he says he’s had it before without the spiciness).- one of our new filipina friends form the island friended me on facebook and told me it’s this salad and the seaweed is guso, and I have since purchased some.

I posted this to my fb feed, and in short order one of the girl students we met at the island resort ferry identified the seaweed for me and recommended we have it with boiled eggs on the side.

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Taking Every Thought Captive

ex-libris-commonroomblog“The mind can only be conquered by regular meditation, by deciding beforehand what direction its activity ought to take, and insisting that its activity takes that direction ; also by never leaving it idle, undirected, masterless, to play at random like a child in the streets after dark. This is extremely difficult, but it can be done, and it is marvellously well worth doing. The fault of the epoch is the absence of meditativeness. A sagacious man will strive to correct in himself the faults of his epoch. In some deep ways the twelfth century had advantages over the twentieth. It practised meditation. The twentieth does Sandow exercises. Meditation (I speak only for myself) is the least dispensable of the day’s doings. What do I force my mind to meditate upon?”

 

The Reasonable Life, by Arnold Bennett

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