Thursday, December 22, 2011

Writing your own

   I keep coming back to this subject. Inside most of us is that urge to write and get published. Sometimes we look around and know that we can write better than what we are presently reading. Or maybe if we just got a chance to get that manuscript out before the public. Now you can.. Feel free to explore and see if it is possible.
  Or maybe you wish to write a book for children. Now You can do that also.
   The internet has opened up so much opportunity. It just needs you to help it along.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Love,Sex, And Happily Ever After by Craig Groeschel

Love, Sex, and Happily Ever After - Craig Groeschel   Pastor?. Are you looking for a short book to hand to the couple who comes to your office seeking premarital counseling? A book that is written in an easy to read and understand manner?  
   This book, "Love, Sex, and Happily Ever After"; subtitled "Preparing for a Marriage That Goes The Distance" may just be that book.
    Groeschel in fifteen chapters details what to expect in the dating, attraction, courting, and commitment stages. In the fourth chapter he lists what he calls gears or steps that a person should go through in developing your relationship.
    This is also a book for married people. It will help them open a dioscussion.. There is a study guide following the chapters so a person could use this in a small group.
     I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multinomah Publishing Group for this review

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Still a Good Series

   You don't hear much about her anymore. She seems not to have kept her blog up. I have no idea if she is writing another book. I am speaking about Rochelle Krich Her last one I am aware of is Now you See Me which was quite a few years ago.
      I sued to be book review editor for the Santa Monica Daily Press until it was decided that there was no need for a book reviewer column in that paper. Book Reviews seem to be the first thing to go when there is a need to cut back in the cost. Not that I was being paid for the reviews. They were carried without reimbursement. I got to keep the books I reviewed and/or picked up for review from the newspaper site here in the city of Santa Monica..
     Anyway, I haven't heard from her. I think she was thinking of allowing me to review her next book. I do do on- line reviews. I do both Booksneeze which is Thomas Nelson's and am starting Multinomah book publisher.
     Krich is a good writer of the mystery genre and unless she is dead should continue.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

How to Read

   I found a good book in my library. I tend to read for information. I like to read these types of books to clear out my mind between fiction. This book How to Read and Why by Harold Bloom is refreshing. It was published in 2000-- the turn of the century (I have always wanted to say that and now I have)
   He points out that books should be read for the purest of reasons,which is to discover and augment the self.
                           "Information is endlessly available to us; where shall wisdom be found?"
    He discusses the works of some writers whom he admires. You will find Shakespeare, Ernest Hemingway, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, William Faulkner used.
    You can also look at my web page for further help. It, of course,. is a book web site full of information and help.
     Stay with me. Enjoy my love for books and reading.
     What have you been reading lately? Comment and let us talk.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

A New Site

      I just want the readers of this blog to know  that I have a web page concerning information on books and things pertaining to books. It is
      This is a blog.
      That is my information page.
       I am currently reading a J.D. Robb book, her latest in the Death series. It is called New York To Dallas.
      It is known that the authors real name is Nora Roberts, a fair writer in the romance genre. Authors do things like this-- write in other genrbooks es under pen names. I enjoy her romance but even more her mystery series. She mixes romance with mystery in this series. It is set, all the series, in the future, around 2060. The main character ,Eve Dallas, is married and horny as all get out. But the job as detective Lieutenant comes first
      In this book she runs into a character from her past. He seeks revenge for her putting him in prison. She must put hiom back in before he kills and rapes more women.
     Maybe not your type of mystery fiction. that's okay.
     Keep reading my posts and I will keep on reviewing and letting you see what I am reeading. Deal?


Friday, December 2, 2011

Nearing Home By Billy Graham

Nearing Home

         The great author called unknown has penned this advice: "Plan for the golden years. You may get to experience them." The Bible says,"There is a time for everything under the sun" As age happens to all of us. There is no way we can escape it. Some people age gracefully and others not so gracefully. Dr. Graham has aged gracefully.
            In this book he provides us with an easy to understand exploration of what aging is and how to comfront it. Of course he provides biblical and pastoral guidance on the journey called aging.
            I found this to be a comforting book The information is presented in Graham's informative style. . It has inspired me to face my aging with hope. Dr. Graham doesn't offer an escape but a vision of hope. For those of us who are Christians the hope is a future with God with no pain or sickness or aging. For those of us who don't know God he offers steps you can take to be assured that you also can be with God when you move through death. 
        I recommend this book to the young to comfort them in the aging process. I recommend this book to the elder to assure them that they still have something to contribute.
      I received this book from the publisher through the book review blogger program.I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion I expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.

Alarming but true.

     Hi. I realize this isn't really about a book. Not at this moment. What I would like to do is tell you that I have set up a web page at It is an information site about books. It is neat. It is a love of mine--books and reading literacy. No doubt if you are following this blog you have figured that one out.
   In fact let me print out an article.

Literacy Rate -
How Many Are Illiterate

The literacy rate in the US has many educators in search of answers about this problem that has plagued our country for decades. Instead of decreasing, the numbers of literacy has steadily increased over the years. This raises a lot of questions about our education system, how it is ran, and why there is such a problem with illiterate people in our country.
The NAAL (National Assessment of Adult Literacy) administered tests which revealed that an estimated 14% of US residents would have extreme difficulty with reading and written comprehension. These people can legally be defined as illiterate. This could lead to numerous problems for these people now and in the future. When looking to apply for a job, there are forms that have to be filled out. Adults with literacy issues are unable to fill out these forms which decrease their chances of getting a job and raises unemployment issues.
According to international charts has a literacy rate of 21.8%. Education completion among males and females is drastically low. There are six years of primary level education and seven years of secondary level education offered. The United States requires six years of primary level education and seven years of secondary level education.
Greenland has fallen in the number one spot for literacy rates which is defined as anyone over the age of fifteen years old that can read and write. Both males and females have are at 100% literacy. In the US, adults with a high level of literacy are at 19%, a low level of literacy are at 49.6% and a moderate level of literacy at 31.4%. That difference in literacy rates are outstanding.
When compared with international figures, out of 205 rated countries, the US falls into the 27th slot of 205. While this isn't a dangerous place to be in, we need to research what it is countries such as Greenland, Luxembourg and Norway are doing differently. Perhaps there is something within our school system that we can alter to better accommodate students with literacy problems and prevent future issues.
Literacy issues affect daily life. Those who are illiterate face problems, not only in the workforce but at home as well. How can anyone with a low literacy rate complete daily tasks such as writing a letter, filling out forms, helping their child with homework and so on. The issue of literacy rates is a concerning one. With the proper research and adjustments we can better these rates from what they are now and educate our students further to prevent adult literacy problems.
If we fail to fix the literacy problems that we face today it may one day become a crisis issue. All one has to do is look at the facts and figures to figure out that there is a phenomenal difference internationally between countries and their literacy rates. Low levels of literacy result in people being uninformed or misinformed about certain issues. This can lead the way to crime, mis-education, and the failure to live life properly. For example, it has been stressed over the years that parents should read to their child. How can a parent do something like that if they are unable to read more than a few short sentences?
No matter what the circumstances behind the issues of literacy, we need to take a step back and analyze our options and move forward from there. Children of today are the future for tomorrow and we need to do all that we can to make sure that those children graduate from school able to read at a moderate to high literary level. Their comprehension is important and testing needs to be done in order to assure that they are where they need to be before moving ahead and graduation out of the school system. These are steps that will help our students not only avoid the disadvantage of being illiterate for the well being of their own future, but also that of our entire country and how competitive we can stay in the global economy.

    This shouldn't be. So I have a web site up.
    Enjoy it.
  Send me comments. How do you like what I am doing? Is there any other information I can impart on this subject that will help you?