Archives for January 2013
Author: Brian Jacques
Year Published: 2001
Genre: Children’s fantasy
Overall Rating: 3 stars
Target Audience: Middle schoolers
Setting: A 1620’s ship, then a late 1800’s English village
Characters: Ben, Ned (his dog), Winnie, Alex and Amy (siblings), and various other sailors and village people.
Plot: In the 1600’s, Ben was part of the original crew of the Flying Dutchman ship. Due to the ruthless nature of the captain and reprobate nature of the crew, an angel cursed the ship to roam the seas forever. Because Ben was a child with a pure heart, the angel allowed them to live forever, traveling around the world and helping people. In the late 1800’s, Ben and Ned happen across a small English village in need of their aid.
Thoughts: I’m not too sure about this book. I really like the Redwall series that Jacques writes. Those stores have fast-paced action, entertaining (if somewhat predictable) plotlines, and plenty of beautiful descriptions and a rich vocabulary that makes them fun to read. This book seems much simpler. Although there are some of the same hallmarks in the story, there seems to be fewer descriptions and the writing style appears simpler. I’m also not certain that I like the plot. I think I would have preferred the book if the setting had stayed in the 1600’s with pirates and high seas adventures and whatnot. Overall, this book reminds me of books that I really loved when I was in middle school myself, so I think it really is a good choice for that age group. I was just a little sad, reading it as an adult, that it lacked adventure.
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Although I am waiting any day for my new baby to show up (due last Monday), I have big plans for this blog! While I am on maternity leave, my plan is to beef up this website and give it a fun makeover. I’ve used this same design for about 3 years now, and it doesn’t really reflect what I want the blog to be anymore. So, I’m going to try to change it!
Hopefully, I won’t destroy anything in the process. I’ve never tried anything so ambitious before, so I’m kind of nervous.
My goals for the new design are:
- Larger text that is easier to read
- A brighter layout (but still with a cozier feel)
- Easier links to the various pagees, helpful information, sponsors, etc
- Consistent branding and a more graphic style overall
- Maybe some categories that make a little more sense
So, that’s it! Anything in particular you’d like to see in the new design?
Book: The Explicit Gospel
Author: Matt Chandler
Year Published: 2011
Genre: Christian theology, non-fiction
Overall Rating: 4 stars
Target Audience: People who want the real truth about the Bible
Romance/Sex: It’s non-fiction
Plot: No plot really. He breaks the story of the Bible into the “gospel on the ground” and the “gospel in the air,” giving a prospective both from the human side and the spiritual side.
Thoughts: The whole goal of this book is to remind new Christians, old Christians, and non-Christians what the ultimate goal of any church/Christian should be (which is the gospel). Chandler believes strongly that without a gospel-centered church/life/whatever, you might as well not even bother with Christianity. I summed up the book for my husband, and he said, “Isn’t that obvious?” But, clearly it isn’t, or there wouldn’t be a book about it. 🙂
This book gave me several, “oh yeah!” or “I’d forgotten about that” moments, so I thought it was well worth the read.
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