Lion of Judah, Lion of Babylon

I finished reading Davis Bunn’s book, Lion of Babylon, in the large print edition, copyrighted in 2011, published by Center Point Publishing in 2011 by an arrangement with Bethany House Publishers, who are a division of Baker Publishing Group.

I really enjoy reading books by Davis Bunn. He started writing as T. Davis Bunn and then dropped the “T” for some reason. Anyway, he writes page turners, as an eighty-some year old lady calls a book a reader finds hard to put down.

He’s been to a lot of places around the world, and since I don’t travel much, I like to learn of other countries with a good plot and characters I care about. He delivers those qualities. He wrote about a financial scare in one of his stories that could have come from the newspaper. It taught me about bankers investing in high risk ventures which scared me for the stability of economies around the world. I often pray for situations he writes about.

Being called a Lion in some cultures means the person is held in high regard. Jesus, The Lion of the Tribe of Judah stands high above all others.

Rev_5:5  And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”

I hope you’re having a great week. May God bless you!

Falconer’s Quest

I’m reading Falconer’s Quest, written by T. Davis Bunn and Isabella Bunn, copyrighted in 2007. The book is published by Bethany House Publishers, Minneapolis, MN. I really like this book because I like historical fiction and I’ve been a fan of T. Davis Bunn for years. The time frame in this particular novel is beginning in 1836. He writes action scenes with believable results. His characters become real to me and I’ve read some of his books that alerted me to dangers in our world, which made me want to act.

Falconer’s Quest is book five in the “Heirs of Acadia” series. I’d recommend every one of the tomes.

In the real world I read John 8, John 9 and John 10. I kept finding references to the Jews trying to stone Jesus for blasphemy because He said God was His Father and Jesus accepted worship. At one point He told the people that “before Abraham was, I AM,” in John 8: (KJV), Joh 8:53 Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself?
Joh 8:54 Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God:
Joh 8:55 Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying.
Joh 8:56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.
Joh 8:57 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?
Joh 8:58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

God told Moses His name was I AM. That’s why they considered Jesus as a blasphemer.

Later on, I worked on a short story today and realized the word count needs to be between 650 and 1,000 words. I finished the article tonight at 1,511 words. So I began cutting. I should have made a copy of the longest version, because I really liked some of what I cut. Oh, well. Anyway, after a full day my brain felt a little fried, so I plan on cutting close to 300 more words tomorrow. The deadline is looming.

I hope you are well. God bless.

War and Peace Anyone?

I downloaded a copy of Tolstoy’s War and Peace with bonus material, Give War and Peace a Chance by Andrew D. Kaufman on my Kindle months ago.

 

I read pages and pages of introductory material. Near the end, one of the readers, “a Chicago heiress, Miss Mary Landon Baker, …said, ‘I should like to live my life over again, in order to have once again the pleasure of reading War and Peace for the first time!'”

 

The translator, Aylmer Maude wrote a preface and he quoted Miss Baker.

 

That got me thinking that I did not want to begin that epic tale at the end of a busy day when my energy level was not at it’s peak.

 

With my lifestyle, it won’t be a continuous read anyway.

 

What classics are your favorites?

 

God bless.

Read a Book or Watch a Game

To Darkness Fled

I finished reading the second book in The Blood of Kings trilogy by Jill Williamson entitled To Darkness Fled. Enclave Publishing, Phoenix, AZ published it in 2010, and Jill Williamson copyrighted it in 2010.

 

Our family got together for Memorial Day Weekend, so I really didn’t get started until Monday night.

 

The twists and turns in that book kept my interest to the very end. Now I’m awaiting Book Three, From Darkness Won.

From Darkness Won

I’ve been doing dishes, getting rid of unimportant papers, doing laundry and making meals.

 

I’m working on a short story for the fiction writing contest “The Christian Communicator” is providing. The June 15 deadline approaches and two stories missed the mark so far. So I brainstormed as I waited for an appointment this morning.

 

Kind of hard to do with the television blaring. America was quieter when I was a kid. In my early years, all television shows were black & white. Offices provided magazines and sometimes a Bible, but never a television set.

 

In eighth grade I went to baseball games with a friend and her family often. Other than the announcer giving facts about the teams and the game, and an occasional organ music song, we sat and listened to the players chatter or a fan may have had the radio tuned to the sports channel and we heard snippets of the same game played out before us.

 

I got so bored sometimes, waiting for some action. We looked at the scoreboard and bought peanuts from the vendor. Sometimes we climbed high up in the bleachers or went to the concession stands. That was the only place televisions showed the game, away from the actual grassy diamond.

 

In recent times I attended a ball game. If there stood any chance of a lull in the game, songs blared from the sound system. Advertisements flashed from the huge digital screens.

 

I don’t remember any stretches of quiet. Not any. It’s almost as if people are afraid to be quiet and to think.

 

Sitting in the midst of all that stimulation rattled me. Maybe because I wasn’t expecting it or maybe it’s because I’m no longer a teenager.

 

Anyway, I’d rather read a book than sit in a crowd of people with all my senses on overload, hoping the decibels aren’t ruining my hearing.

 

Some changes bring joy and convenience. Other changes promise benefits but fail to deliver; it turns into empty noise. I want to be a person that embraces new things and ideas, but discerns the wrong changes for change sake that erodes the quality of life.

 

God bless.

Keeping On

Do you keep on when times get tough? Do you keep on when maybe it’s time to make a u-turn? How do you know the difference? What processes do you use to make decisions?

I thought of these questions because sometimes I look at all the time I spend on writing and reading and sticking to people when occasionally I’d rather end the relationship and wonder what makes me keep on? With the writing, I get a lot of joy out of it even if it’s hard work sometimes and even when others say it needs work. I don’t think I’m as thin-skinned as in the past.

Reading is important for intellectual reasons and for entertainment and to learn through others’ experiences for my emotional well-being. I also read to get an idea of what works in the craft of writing. I can’t imagine not reading. I don’t read indiscriminately though. Books impact and I guard my heart when possible.

Relationships are a different story. Because of God in my life, I really do love people more than before choosing to follow Him. Rarely, I’ve ended a friendship or an acquaintanceship, (is that a word?) because it was causing pain and it was out of my control.

After praying, the ability to stay in touch ended. The pain of miscommunication and wrong behaviors got put behind me and I had to forgive them and/or myself and move along with life. With God’s help, I made other friends and hopefully learned from the uncomfortable interactions. Now I may say, “Hurting people hurt others.”

I don’t avoid people in pain, but I’m aware that they may lash out from their deep wounds. I prepare myself and keep healthier boundaries.

Decision-making comes from past experiences, asking my husband or experts in a field, weighing the options and trying to pick the right one, praying for God’s guidance, researching, and asking friends and family. Once a decision is made, I try to accept the consequences – especially when it turns out bad – and figure at the time it made the most sense. What else can a person do?

I hope these questions stimulate your thinking. I like the fact that we’re all unique and see the world in our own way. That adds depth to life.