Sunday, October 24, 2010

Rankings of Book Babes Book Club Books

BOOK SCORES HIGHEST TO LOWEST
October 2000-2010
* Post-rankings in October 2010

9.00 – 10

The Hiding Place – 9.64
* To Kill a Mockingbird – 9.83 (8 people)
* Pride and Prejudice – 9.25 (6 people)
All Creatures Great and Small – 9

8.00 – 8.99

*Samurai’s Garden – 8.93 (7 people)
John Adams – 8.9
Blood Brothers – 8.9
 A Thousand Splendid Suns – 8.75
The River of Doubt – 8.7
Same Kind of Different as Me – 8.6 (9 people)
Christy – 8.57
* Song of Years – 8.5 (4 people)
Blink – 8.5
Peace like a River – 8.5
American Nightingale - 8.5
The Rim of the Prairie – 8.42
* A Christmas Carol – 8.4 (5 people)
* Anne of Green Gables – 8.3 (7 people)
Swimming  Across – 8.3
Sense and Sensibility – 8.3          
Emma – 8.25
The Last Lecture - 8.25
* Persuasion – 8.2 (7 people)
The Glass Castle – 8.2         
 Journey into Christmas “Stars on the Tracks” – 8.2
Outliers - 8.13
 Three Cups of Tea – 8.1
Tuesdays with Morrie – 8.1
Kite Runner – 8.1            
Cry, the Beloved Country – 8.04
The Count of Monte Cristo – 8
Escape from Slavery – 8
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan – 8
The Scapegoat – 8
The Story of the Other Wiseman – 8
First They Killed my Father – 8

7.0 – 7.99

* Princess: A True Story of Life behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia – 7.9 (7 people)
* The Hobbit – 7.9 (4 people)    
* Gone with the Wind – 7.9 (7 people)
The Chosen – 7.9
Kaffir Boy – 7.9
The Last Sin Eater – 7.9
* Rebecca – 7.8 (7 people)
* White Bird Flying – 7.8 (8 people)
Blue Like Jazz – 7.8
Mudhouse Sabbath – 7.78
*My Name is Asher Lev – 7.7 (8 people)
Winter Wheat – 7.7
Life and Death in Shanghai – 7.7                                                                                               The Good Earth – 7.65  
Sarah's Key - 7.61
A Town Like Alice – 7.6
Three Weeks with My Brother – 7.6
Wesley the Owl - 7.6
The Guernsey Literary – 7.6
The Translator – 7.6
* Endurance – 7.5 (6 people)
*The Wake of the Wind – 7.5 (3 people)
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – 7.5
Holy Rollers – 7.5
The Bounty:  The True Story of the Mutiny on the Bounty – 7.5
God and Ronald Reagan – 7.5    
The Syringa Tree –7.5
Atonement – 7.5             
A Land of Sheltered Promise – 7.5
Jane Eyre – 7.4
Agony & Ecstasy:  Biographical Novel of Michelangelo – 7.4
The Salt Garden – 7.4
Marley and Me – 7.4
My Own Two Feet – 7.4
Back When We Were Grown Ups – 7.3
Leota’s Garden – 7.3
The Road to Home – 7.3                               
Dreaming Water – 7.25
Cold Sassy Tree – 7.25
The Road – 7.2
* Winter Passing – 7.21 (7 people)
Ava’s Man – 7.1
The Blind Side - 7.1         
* A Voice in the Wind – 7 (5 people)
* Snow Falling on Cedars – 7 (7 people)
* The Broke Diaries – 7 (1 person, I think we all skipped it for picking party)
I Heard the Owl Call My Name – 7
Iron and Silk – 7
The Memory Keeper’s Daughter – 7
Light on Snow – 7
The Captain’s Dog: My Journey w/ the Lewis and Clark Tribe – 7            
Papa’s Wife – 7
* Dinner with a Perfect Stranger – 7 (8 people)

6.00 – 6.99

Skipping Christmas – 6.95
The Year of Fog – 6.8
* A Walk to Remember – 6.8 (6 people)
My Life in France – 6.75
The Five People You Meet in Heaven – 6.7
The Alchemist – 6.6
The Art of Racing in the Rain – 6.6
* A Painted House – 6.5 (6 people)
Color of Water – 6.5
My Sister’s Keeper – 6.5
Seabiscuit – 6.3
Life of Pi – 6.3
Breathing Lessons – 6.3
Falling Leaves – 6.2
* Hanna’s Daughters – 6 (2 people)
* Wait ‘Till Next Year – 6 (2 people)
* Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – 6 (7 people)
Founding Mothers:  The Women Who Raised Our Nation – 6
Selkirk's Island – 6

0 – 5.99

* We’ll Meet Again – 5.63 (4 people)
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich – 5.6
Blackbird House – 5.4
A Prayer for Own Meany – 5.4
The Grapes of Wrath – 5.2
The Da Vinci Code – 4.95
Christmas in Plains – 3.71
* Gap Creek – 3.4 (5 people)

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Yummy Pretzel

August 25, 2009:

The LORD is my light and my salvation;

Whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the defense of my life;
Whom shall I dread? (Psalm 27:1)


"Yummy Pretzel" by Carol Weaver


Lord, I fear everybody
No wonder I am so stressed
I want everyone to like me
I don't want anyone to be disappointed in me


Pretzel twisting is my activity
You don't like this?
Let me flex a bit more

I like harmony
So, I'll do anything to flex:
My time, my family, my schedule, my sleep, my exercise


I want to have a relationship with you
I fear our friendship won't last
If I say, "This won't work."
When I do summons the courage to say,
"This won't work for me,"
And you try to make it work another way

But it is still YOUR way,
I won't stick to my original conviction.
I'll bend and twist like a 


PRETZEL


Because I am a soft pretzel, by golly!
Soft pretzels make yummy friends :)
But if you start to eat me . . . 
I disappear,
And I fear what you will do if I say,
"STOP eating me!"


Because you might not think
I am yummy anymore
And where will I be without that?
But if you eat me like a pretzel,
I will not be there anymore anyway.

So maybe I shouldn't be

a yummy pretzel after all


October 14, 2010 I changed that to:


So, I SHOULD not be
a yummy pretzel after all


God, you told me this in 2009, and you reminded me of it on my trip to the coast in September, but I didn't remember it again until my horrendous time at the coast wrestling with the demands of life! The enemy loves it when we forget!  

So, I am writing it here so I won't forget, and others can hold me accountable. 



I love You.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Come!

I am finishing up Revelation today. It has been a two year and ten month journey through the pages of Scripture. It is so rewarding to sit here and listen to God in these final moments of the BBC.

"Come! Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life" (Rev. 22:17).

Four more verses, and I am done. It is a holy moment, and I wanted to capture it.

Samira said to me that she thought I was a good writer. I asked if she has ever read anything that I have written, and she said, "No, but I can tell by the way that you talk that you are a good writer."  Then I told her about the BBC, and she had a big smile on her face.

I like Samira. She is my 5' 3" Iranian twin.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Sleep

I slept nine hours last night. It was lovely Only woke up one time to George's snoring. :)

The house is totally quiet with only Michael working on a paper downstairs. I must listen to His voice.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I Love a Happy Story!

The Chilean miners are coming up and up and up. They are at 17 right now with number 18 on the way. I love seeing the happy reunions with their loved ones and the tears. This is GREAT. Love, love, love it!

I am at the coast and working and praying and resting. I am not feeling sick anymore. YEAH!

:)

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Same Kind of Different as Me Book Review: Heartwarming and Lovely

What a lovely story! I have to admit that I did the 50 page test (from "The Art of Reading" lecture from The Teaching Company), and I wasn't really engrossed after 50 pages. I think it really grabbed me at 100, but that may have been because I was uber-busy and couldn't really stop long enough to really read. Getting a cold really helped me settle in and truly enjoy this wonderful gem of a book. 


This is the last quote of the book, but it is my favorite:


"The truth about it is, whether we is rich or poor or somethin in between, this earth ain't no final restin place. So, in a way, we is all homeless -- just workin our way toward home." Denver Moore 


AMEN!

Monday, October 04, 2010

You are my God and King
I will praise Your name forever and ever
Every day I will bless You
And I will praise Your name forever

You caused beautiful mountains
Covered with evergreens tall
To dot the landscape of our drive home

We marveled at the sunset over those mountains
And marveled at what You have done in our lives
We give thanks to You

Tuesday Ten Minute Freewrite

I am going to go great guns for 10 minutes on this freewrite. I am meeting with a person (not sure if she wants direction - she just wanted ...