An unlikely (at least from the cover) good book (Code Triage – Candace Calvert)

>I LOVE getting books in the mail (especially when they’re free! Thank you, Tyndale!). This book, in particular, was anxiously awaited – I practically ran to the mailbox after arriving home from work each day. I don’t know why I was so excited to get this book, Code Triage, by Candace Calvert, but I was stoked when it finally did come. Unfortunately, I was somewhat put off by the somewhat (I think) ridiculous cover photograph; but after reading the first two chapters, I was hooked!

Calvert’s writing draws the reader into the story quickly, and her descriptions are clear and concise. She weaves a somewhat predictable story; however, her characterization makes the reader thirst for more of what will happen. I appreciated the focus on truth and the faithfulness of God, and the oh-so-common human desire for space. I may be the only person to think so, but I did not like how evil Sam was made out to be. While I completely agree that her actions and desires were horrible, I wonder if maybe Calvert could have still made her out as the “bad guy” without the twirling of the mustache and “muah-ha-ha”-ing. Overall though, an enjoyable read! Thanks, Ms. Calvert!
I received this book free of charge from Tyndale. My review contains only my opinions!

Enjoyable read (Outlive Your Life – Max Lucado)

>I have to confess: I judged Max Lucado. I’ve never been a big fan of the (what I considered) Christian “self-help” books. They were usually filled with cliches, numbered lists about how to improve your life, etc. So, when I received an opportunity to review a copy of Max Lucado’s latest book, Outlive Your Life, I was hesitant to even request the book. I am thankful I did. I was pleasantly surprised, and almost feel like I should send an apology to Mr. Lucado (!). He has written a Scripture-based book that is a challenge to all Jesus lovers. I am passionate about social justice and I tend to be very compassionate. So, with that, his book spoke directly to my heart.

I sincerely hope his message penetrates the hearts of the church of America. When I read the title, I was sure the book was going to be lists of ways to get closer to God. I love that Lucado equated outliving life with loving people as they are Christ. I am looking forward to reading more of Lucado’s books, and I owe him a sincere apology!

I received a review copy of this book from Thomas Nelson’s BookSneeze program, thank you! My review is filled with my thoughts and opinions; I was asked to be honest about my experience with the book, and I was! 🙂


>i feel like i’ve been losing my mind lately. it’s true, school did just start a week ago, but my brain shouldn’t be gone this early in the game! i have a lot of writing to grade already (the pain of being an english teacher, ugh), but i have had absolutely NO motivation to do any of it. i know i need to: for the kids to get immediate feedback, for parents to know how their kids are doing, for my own sanity, but for some reason i just can’t handle it right now. i go home and all i want to do is read a book! i’ve been rereading books recently instead of grading simply because it’s what i’d prefer to do.

i feel like i need to have my mom standing above me checking my work, like she did when i was in sixth grade and didn’t do any of the math homework for a quarter and i had to make it all up in a week. ick. my goal is this: finish grading all of the first essays by Friday by the end of my prep period (6th). i’ll let you know how i did then…but for now, no books or blogging! let’s do this!