Friday, March 23, 2018

Peek Inside a Book - The Great Alone

Book Beginnings on Friday from Rose City Reader
and The Friday 56 with Freda's Voice.

This week I'm reading: The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

The Great Alone

It Begins: 
That spring, rain fell in great sweeping gusts that rattled the rooftops.

On Page 56:
Salvation Army. So he had planned ahead, thought of her the other day when they were in Homer. It made the ugly clothes almost beautiful.

I've only read the 1st chapter as the time of this posting. Normally I hold off on reading really popular books because I don't want to be swayed by reviews. Like this book, all the great reviews make me think I'm going to read something amazing, I don't want to be let down if I don't enjoy it, that being said, 1 chapter in and I think I really am going to enjoy this book.

Monday, March 19, 2018

It's Monday! What are you reading? March 19

So my plan is each Monday to update anyone who reads this on what I'm currently reading and what I may have finished in the last week.

Currently Reading:

Title: Not Perfect
Author: Elizabeth LaBan
Date Started: March 15
Note: Amazon First Read selection
Date Started: January 1

Currently Listening:

Author: Ayn Rand
Narrator: Christopher Hurt
Date Started: August 23, 2017
Note: On part 5 of 7

Finished Reading:

Title: My Dear You
Author: Rachel Khong
Narrator: LeVar Burton
Date Finished: March 15
Stars: 5
Note: Episode 21 of LeVar Burton Reads

Title: Dearest Ivie (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #15.5)
Author: J.R. Ward
Date Finished: March 15
Stars: 5

Title: Dark in Death (In Death #46)
Author: J.D. Robb
Date Finished: March 14
Stars: 5

Title: Hemingway Didn't Say That: The Truth Behind Familiar Quotations
Author: Garson O'Toole
Date Finished: March 14
Stars: 4
Note: Amazon First Reads 

Title: Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpse
Author: Joe Biden
Date Finished: March 13
Stars: 5

Sunday, March 18, 2018

#2018BibleRBR - Numbers


I ended up catching with my readings by listening to Numbers through a podcast.  It was boring and I'm pretty sure I fell asleep at one point.

So now that we have the laws, we can get back to the story of the Israelites and their journey to the promised land. 

Preparation for the Departure from Sinai - Chapters 1-10,10
The big part of the preparation is taking a census. Moses gets assistants from all the tribes to gather this information from their tribes. These censuses were really to find out how many men were of age/ability to serve in the military. This information was gathered from all the tribes except for the Levites.  They were omitted because God had decided this tribe would be in charge of the Dwelling.  Since they would be in charge of it, they would camp near it.  From here God then decreed where all the other tribes would encamp around the Dwelling. Since the Levites were a special tribe, there is more information about their duties and how it is all broken up by the clans.
Now that the camp was arranged, God had to clean house.  The unclean are expelled. We get rules for theft and for dealing with Adulteress (cause we hate on women).  More this is a rehashing of the laws discussed in the previous bible book.

From Sinai to the Plains of Moab - Chapters 10,11-22,1
Now that they know what role they play and have gone over the rules again, they are ready to move.  However, these people are thick headed and still haven't learned to trust in God. They start breaking rules/laws/commandments so God tells them that no one who left Egypt will be allowed in the promise land.  So everyone wanders the desert for almost 40 years until that generation dies off.

On the Plains of Moab - Chapters 22,2-36
So now that the old generation are no longer around, the new generation is faithful so they are ready to stop wandering and head to the promised land. It isn't an easy path, they face some resistance from the people already inhabiting the lands they are passing through. Because they are faithful and believe in God's power they are successful in their overcoming their struggles.