Book #5: Defending Jacob (Goal 50)

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Defending Jacob

By: William Landy

One of my coworkers has a list of her top favorite books and this was one of them that was on the list she had sent to me. When I saw it at my local library I figured I would check it out and read it on my way to 50 books. In the end this was a good book. I really enjoyed the way that it was written. When I first started reading the book I thought it was going to be a bit more fast paced then it ended up being. The author really reveals different aspects of the story in a very thought out manner. If you like trying to figure out a crime, this would be a great book for you to read.

Amazon Summary:

Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney for two decades. He is respected. Admired in the courtroom. Happy at home with the loves of his life: his wife, Laurie, and their teenage son, Jacob.

Then Andy’s quiet suburb is stunned by a shocking crime: a young boy stabbed to death in a leafy park. And an even greater shock: The accused is Andy’s own son—shy, awkward, mysterious Jacob.

Andy believes in Jacob’s innocence. Any parent would. But the pressure mounts. Damning evidence. Doubt. A faltering marriage. The neighbors’ contempt. A murder trial that threatens to obliterate Andy’s family.

It is the ultimate test for any parent: How far would you go to protect your child? It is a test of devotion. A test of how well a parent can know a child. For Andy Barber, a man with an iron will and a dark secret, it is a test of guilt and innocence in the deepest sense.

How far would you go?

Love and Peace

One Word, One Prayer #12

Well life has been crazy! Not that life has stopped me from thinking about a word for the past two weeks. I have started attending a woman’s bible study at another church and I am LOVING it. I feel like God has placed me at just the spot I need to be at this point in my life. I have grown up in a Christian house hold and have always loved the Lord but feel at times that I lack a personal relationship with him. For the month of April I have been waking up daily during the weekday and reading a short devotional. This has really helped me stay on track and keep the Lord center in my life. With that being said as I have been going though this wonderful bible study the topic of prayer is a recurring theme. Now throughout life I prayed when people were hurting or needing something but to just be still and quiet while talking with the Lord has been amazing. I have felt this calm come over me in the past two weeks. So for the last two weeks I have really been thinking about the word PRAYER. I have made time in my life to pray even if I have nothing to say just to be still and quiet has been interesting. Hearing God takes work I am not 100% there yet but I am working on hearing and following what God has to tell me. I have been blessed with a few GREAT Christian women in my life that really make me hunger for more of the Lord. One of my close friends has a daughter that was having AWEFUL nightmares. Just by playing the word of God saying that He is keeping her safe and surrounding her she has had less scary dreams. God is amazing and through him all things are possible. I am so excited to continue my walk with him and with the GREAT women HE has placed in my life!

Book #4: Where’d You Go Bernadette? (Goal 50)

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By: Maria Semple

I picked up this book because I saw that a few people I was following on Instagram were reading this book and saying nothing but good things about it. I finished this book in record time. This book was in and out of my hands in a weeks time. I always read before I go to bed and I was finding that I was spending more time reading and reading later and later at night because I was so curious about what happens. This book had me laughing 30 pages in! I really enjoyed this book and would recommend this book to anyone that is looking for a fun easy read. It is written in a way that it is like a diary, emails, and the story about what happened. There were several funny scenes throughout the book. I really liked the characters that were created in the book their personalities truly came through in the situations and problems they were placed in.

Summary (Amazon):

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she’s a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette’s intensifying allergy to Seattle–and people in general–has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic.

To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence–creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter’s role in an absurd world.

Peace and Love

One Word, One Prayer #11

I waited so long to  post my word from last week. I had my word on Monday but just was struggling with the right way to write a post about the word. Well over the weekend it came to me and I feel like this will show the respect it deserves for the word I thought and prayed over last week. The word I had that was constantly on my mind was FRIENDS/FRIENDSHIP. I was never one in high school to have a good group of friend that I was around ALL the time but I have in the last few years had some AMAZING women come into my life whom I now consider my good group of friends. When I am down I know I can call one of them and they will lift me up or talk me through a situation and give advice and suggestions. So here goes nothing……….I have decided to write my friends short letters in this blog post. There will be no names posted but they should know who they are. Thank you for lifting me up and excepting me for who I am.

 

Dear Friend,

As I sit and write this letter to you I have tears in my eyes. You have become in such a short time one of the greatest friends I have. You are such a great mother and woman of God. I respect and look up to you as you pour your heart and soul into your job. I am so thankful that our paths crossed in such an unexpected way. I don’t know how to thank you enough for appreciating and excepting me and the gifts and talents I bring to our team. You have become such a light in my day to day life. I look forward to catching up with you about your day to day exciting life. Your children are such great kids and I can’t wait to see who they become as they grow.  I hope that our friendship will never end.

Dear Friend,

Oh where do I start………You and I became instant friends! I gave you advice (which you didn’t take ;)) and you were there for me when I needed you most. You have become a wonderful mother and mentor. You have such wonderful and creative ideas to move your business forward and better your life for your family. I am so excited that I am on this journey with you and know that you will help many people in time. Sometimes it just takes patience and persistence before your whole life changes and your business booms and you have to hire on help. Your friendship means the world to me. Please dont ever change!!!!

Dear Friend,

You came into my house as a guest and now you are ALWAYS welcome as my friend. Even though it has been a short while I still feel like when we meet or chat we just pick up where we left off. Where have you been ALL my life!? I know that if I have an issue I can always call and lean on you. I LOVE the way you parent and only hope I am half as good and patient as you are. Your little one is so sweet and gentle. I get so excited when I get to spend time with you and the little even if just for a short while. Your family makes it and I hope one day I can do what your doing and MAKE IT!

Dear Friend,

My OLDEST and DEAREST friend! What would I have done without you throughout my childhood. You are such a strong woman of God and I love and respect that about you. You are such a great mommy to your children and I can’t wait for the day when our children can play together. I look up to you in so many ways! I cherish the time that we do get to spend together and am always looking forward to the next time I get to see you and your sweet children!

These were HARD to write! I have so much more to say about each of these friends but for now I will leave it at that. I tried to tie in enough information that the person that it is about would know that it is about them. I truly LOVE each one of you and cant wait to enjoy this journey God calls life with each of you in my life.

Peace and Love