Category: Sunday Meme

Standalone Sunday: The Farm

 

Standalone Sunday was started by Megan over at Bookslayer Reads.

What is Standalone Sunday?

Each Sunday bloggers feature a standalone book (one that is not part of a series) that they loved or would recommend. The standalone can also be one you want to read. There is so much focus on books that are part of a series that standalone books seem to be forgotten. They can be just as great as book series!

Here is my selection for this week:

The Farm

If you refuse to believe me, I will no longer consider you my son.

Daniel believed that his parents were enjoying a peaceful retirement on a remote farm in Sweden. But with a single phone call, everything changes.

Your mother…she’s not well, his father tells him. She’s been imagining things – terrible, terrible things. She’s had a psychotic breakdown, and been committed to a mental hospital.

Before Daniel can board a plane to Sweden, his mother calls: Everything that man has told you is a lie. I’m not mad… I need the police… Meet me at Heathrow.

Caught between his parents, and unsure of who to believe or trust, Daniel becomes his mother’s unwilling judge and jury as she tells him an urgent tale of secrets, of lies, of a crime and a conspiracy that implicates his own father.


I loved Tom Rob Smith’s Child 44 series.  I was sad to say goodbye to Leo at the end of that series. Leo really grew on me, but why wouldn’t he? The series was three books and decades of Leo’s flawed life. I think that is why the character grew on me, he was flawed!  When I found out Tom Rob Smith wrote another book, I became excited. I can’t wait to read this one as it sounds really good!

Standalone Sunday: Thunder Dog

Standalone Sunday was started by Megan over at Bookslayer Reads.

What is Standalone Sunday?

Each Sunday bloggers feature a standalone book (one that is not part of a series) that they loved or would recommend. The standalone can also be one you want to read. There is so much focus on books that are part of a series that standalone books seem to be forgotten. They can be just as great as book series!

Since 9/11 is tomorrow, I was very selective with my choice for Standalone Sunday this week.  This is one I really need to read.  Here is my choice for this week:

Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust

Book Description from Amazon:

Faith. Trust. Triumph.

“I’m sorry,” the doctor said. “He is permanently and totally blind. There is nothing we can do for him.”

George and Sarah Hingson looked at each other, devastated. Their six-month-old son, Michael was a happy, strawberry blond baby boy, healthy and normal in every way except one. When the Hingsons switched on a light or made silly faces, Michael did not react. Ever. “My best suggestion is that you send him to a home for the blind,” the doctor continued. “He will never be able to do anything for himself.”

Forty-seven years later, a yellow Labrador retriever puppy was born in the whelping unit of Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael, California. The puppy’s name was Roselle. On September 11, 2001, she saved Michael’s life. This is Roselle’s story too.
―From the Introduction

Every moment in Michael Hingson’s and Roselle’s lives seemed to lead up to this day. When one of four hijacked planes flew into the World Trade Center’s north tower on September 11, 2001, Michael Hingson, a district sales manager for a data protection and network security systems company, was sitting down for a meeting. His guide dog, Roselle, was at his feet. Paired for twenty-one months, man and dog spent that time forging a bond of trust, much like police partners who trust their lives to each other.

Michael couldn’t see a thing, but he could hear the sounds of shattering glass, falling debris, and terrified people flooding around him and Roselle. However, Roselle sat calmly beside him. In that moment, Michael chose to trust Roselle’s judgment and not to panic. They were a team.

Thunder Dog is a story that will forever change your spirit and your perspective. It illuminates Hingson’s lifelong determination to achieve parity in a sighted world and how the rare trust between a man and his guide dog can inspire an unshakable faith in each one of us.

 

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Standalone Sunday: A Busy Woman’s Guide to Prayer

Standalone Sunday was started by Megan over at Bookslayer Reads.

What is Standalone Sunday?

Each Sunday bloggers feature a standalone book (one that is not part of a series) that they loved or would recommend. The standalone can also be one you want to read. There is so much focus on books that are part of a series that standalone books seem to be forgotten. They can be just as great as book series!

Here is my selection for this week:

A Busy Woman’s Guide to Prayer

Does the Apostle Paul’s command to “pray without ceasing” make you think, Easy for him to say! He didn’t have my schedule?  Certainly Paul never corralled a houseful of energetic kids on a school day or taught children’s church to three-year-olds.  Never worked full-time, cared for aging parents and juggled multiple responsibilities. So where on earth are women supposed to find the time to fit in a continuous prayer life that is also joyful?

“We can’t make more hours in the day, but we can become more skilled in finding ways to connect with God,” encourages this busy woman.  What does it start with? A clearer vision- of the gift of prayer,the invitation to prayer, the longevity of prayer, and the all-out power of coming to God in the tornado of everyday life.

It is possible to pray more without changing your job description, says author Cheri Fuller. In her personable, transparent way, she shows you hoe to creatively weave prayer through the fabric of your day, even when the busyness distracts you from the need- and joy- of close companionship with your heavenly Father.  With this book, you wont have to wait one more day to lay hold of the vibrant prayer life that is within your reach!


This was a different choice for Standalone Sunday for me.  This is something I am personally working on and I am sure many of us need to as well.  Especially when times get tough, prayer and a relationship with God is very important. This I am also learning.

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