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Thursday, September 30, 2010

New Job!!

I have a new job.  I am so excited.  I start on October 13 which is a Wednesday which seems like a strange day to start a new job but I digress.  I will still be working in the legal field but no longer in personal injury.  I think this will be good for me because I will be making a difference working for a non-profit agency.  I also think it will be good for me and Princess Ivi because I won’t be such a grump all the time.

I’m so excited and I just can’t fight it….Alright, I’ll get back to work now.   

You Were Made to Make A Difference by Max Lucado and Jenna Lucado Bishop

This is an excellent book for teens. This book is full of examples, inspirational stories, biblical examples and the best part is that it is all in modern language for teens.  Not only does it effectively illustrate the problems in the world (poverty, AIDS/HIV, orphans, lack of health drinking water, etc.) but it gives ideas on how teens can help with these problems to make a difference both globally and locally.  It also frankly discusses the benefits teens receive when they open their life up to God.  This book also provides biblical reasons to help others but, more than that, it shows teens how sharing love with the “unloved” can really make a difference to everyone, including the teen.  This book has great, inspiring stories from teens who have made a difference on large and small scales. Throughout the book there are exercises that teens can do to help them make a difference and brainstorm problems in the world and solutions.  There are also interesting little trivia tidbits throughout the book, as well as quotes, and other language to really inspire teens.  I would definitely recommend this book for my teenage daughter as well as any teenager looking for a deeper relationship with God through public service. 

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Friday, September 10, 2010

Outlive Your Life by Max Lucado

This is an excellent book if you are searching for justification for doing good deeds.  The first few chapters are wonderful.  They talk about the huge problems in the world (poverty, illness, etc.)  Those first few chapters, psych you up to start thinking of helping in those areas.  But then the rest of the book is all the biblical reasons why you need to help other people.  “Jesus said this” or “Jesus did this” or “the Bible says this”.  There is no discussion about ways to help other people or ways to “outlive your life”.  The main content of the book are the reasons why you need to help.  I didn’t feel that this book was very helpful because many of us know why we need to do things to help others, otherwise, why would be reading a book like this?  Most of us, I feel, are looking for inspiration on how an ordinary person can make a difference in the world.  I had hoped this book would answer that question for me.  Sadly, it did not.  However, it was very well written (as most of the author’s books are) it just didn’t address what I had thought it would. 
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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

10 Things to Do Before the End of Summer

  1. Go to the beach.
  2. Get your feet wet.
  3. Go to a yard sale or the flea market. 
  4. Have a yard sale.
  5. Have a cookout.
  6. Eat a watermelon.
  7. Drive with your windows down and the music playing.
  8. Sleep outside.
  9. Watch the stars.
  10. Take a roadtrip.