Thursday, October 12, 2017

Book of Mormon

Love this book

One by One

This was a nice read. Full of stories that helped show the point Elder Bednar was trying to make.
The tying in of the scriptures helped show the overall theme of God dealing with each of us one by one.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Power of Prayer

25047129  A good read.
The examples and thoughts were simple yet held a lot of meaning and power for me.
We all know the simple steps to prayer and the whys, hows and whats of it, but this book helped me make some of my ideas more solid.
It also helped me to reaffirm that I need to do better in this area of my life.
A must read in my opinion 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Accomplishing the Impossible


Not really about accomplishing the impossible but good advice all the same.
Pres Nelson has a easy reading style, partly due to this being some of his talks reprinted here.
Enjoyable easy read but I wanted more on the subject of the title.

Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks


Well, this was a bit of travel down memory lane.
Not a page turner but some of what he went through as he grew was familiar
Finding D&D wanting to escape all ring familiar.
I had hoped he would have covered more about gaming happening now.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Divine Signatures, The Confirming Hand of God

From Latter-day Saints, we know God exists, but sometimes we may wonder, "Heavenly Father, are you really there for me?"

When trials seem beyond our ability to bear, some people lose their spiritual bearings, while others are made even stronger. How can we strengthen our faith and deepen our testimony to the point that we can endure whatever life holds in store for us and emerge stronger than before?

In this unique book, Gerald N. Lund shows how having a correct idea of God's character, perfections, and attributes is essential to our ability to strengthen our faith and develop our testimony.

He also reminds us of how much God loves His children and that He "delights" to bless us, especially when we are striving to do His will. As and example, Elder Lund introduces the idea of a "divine signature": "Sometimes blessings come in such an unusual manner and with such precise timing that they accomplish something in addition to blessing us. They so clearly confirm the reality of God's existence that they buoy us up in times of trials."

Throughout the book, Elder Lund relates story after story - some from Church history, some from his own life, and some from acquaintances - that illustrate the inspiring and life-changing insights he shares.

This book is a powerful blend of personal reflection and deep doctrine that will help us identify the tender mercies and "divine signatures" that abound in our own lives and which will lead us closer to God

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Short Story From first draft to final product

18713473From STORY is not a typical "how to" guide. I spent time looking for a book which would show me how a "raw" story was developed through drafts, with comments received and the changes made. Struggling to find such a work, I decided to create my own, being transparent and honest in the details.

Using the story that gained me an offer of a place on a Master's in Creative Writing, SHORT STORY will take you through three drafts of the work.

The book details not only the major revisions, feedback given by a professional novelist and an academic, but also has a bunch of tips from my writers toolbox condensed between the drafts.

I hope that the process provides something useful for you, be it a tip from the writing toolbox, a look at the editing process, or motivation in knowing that you can do better than I did!

My Thoughts: It took a bit to get through but I enjoyed the items he brings up about writing. Nothing really new but good points just the same.