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Currently Reading – November 19, 2015

This week, I have literally curled up by a fireplace with a book and enjoyed every minute of it. We traveled to Colorado Springs this week for a business meeting for my dear husband. We drove into the Springs just before the blizzard hit the state of Colorado. Our kiddos, who live here in Colorado, received twenty inches of snow overnight. It basically just dumped right on top of them.

Let me tell you about the books I’ve been reading.

hidingplaces I’ve been taking my time with this one, and the only reason is because we have been gone so much. When we are gone on these business meetings, we are really busy every night. There are receptions and dinners, and then there are all the friends of ours that we only get to see at these meetings. So, reading seems to be put on the back burner.

But, I am liking this book a lot. I will be finished with it soon, and can’t wait to learn of all the secrets hidden in these chapters.

timebetweenI’m very excited about this book, and it isn’t because of the actual book.  Have you ever heard of a Traveling Book? Well, I hadn’t either until I joined in on this traveling book thing on goodreads.  Here’s how it works. First of all, you have to get a group of readers together that would be willing to read a book, journal about it, and then send it on to the next person on the list. I don’t know where all the book has gone, only because I don’t have the journal in front of me right now, but it is traveling around the United States.

I’m not far enough into this one to really make any comments on it. I will say that it is 626 pages! Wow! Books that are that long usually make me wonder if they can hold my interest that long. So, I will let you know.

Are you a member of goodreads? Be sure to check it out if you aren’t, and if you are, be sure to friend me.  It is a free website to keep track of all the books you have read, and want to read. You can rate the books that you’ve read, and see how all of your friends rate the books they read as well. This is a great way to communicate with your favorite authors, and even win titles that are on your want to read bookshelf. By the way, goodreads has no idea who I am and that I am writing this.

psalm91I told you a little about this book in my last Currently Reading post, and I feel horrible having to admit that I haven’t even opened this one since. I love the actual Psalm 91 in the bible, but I’m having a hard time getting into this book. I’m sure the right mood will hit me and I will finish it in one day.

whereyouleftmeHave I told you about the book club I joined?

Well, it is called Read, Eat and Be Yappy, and we have been meeting since January of 2014. We have a great group of ladies, and have read many good books. This book, Where You Left Me by Jennifer Gardner Trulson, is what we are currently reading. I have downloaded it, and am trying to wait to start it when it is closer to the time for us to meet. I read so many books that I have to make sure the book club reads are fresh in my mind when we discuss it.

If you’d like to join our little book club, virtually, let me know. I can add you to our group on Facebook, and you can discuss the books with us there.

Until next time,

Julie K. McComas

Confessions

Tap, Tap, Tap…Hello? Anyone Out There?

Hello?

Hi!

My name is Julie, and I am a bad blogger! 🙂

I've really neglected Another Chance Ranch for several months now, and I have got to get back to it. I've been missing all my friends, and fellow bloggers.

Let me catch you up on my little life.

The most exciting thing is that my nephew graduated from the USAF Basic Military Training. We spent the weekend with him in San Antonio, TX and had a great time! It was pretty much a family vacation, with the whole family. Well, except for McD, he had to stay home.

I've been sewing, reading, more sewing, and more reading.

I'll tell you all about the book club a few friends and I started, and what we are reading next, but that will be tomorrow.

I started taking Plexus, and guess what…it works! I have tried nearly everything, but this stuff gives me energy without making me shaky, curbs my appetitie, helps me sleep, and has stopped my weight gain.  Most everyone else will tell you that it is helping them lose weight, but my situation is a lot different.  I have to take Tamoxifen, which is an estrogen blocker – just another part of my battling cancer, but it makes you gain weight. And oh, have I gained the weight!  But Plexus has helped me stop the weight gain, AND I am actually burning fat! If you are interested let me know, or just go to My Plexus page.

I've been testing all kinds of pins on Pinterest, and will be posting those to my PinTest category soon.

Lastly, and most importantly, on May 17th I celebrated 3 years cancer free!!!

I better get off of here so I can finish our book for book club tomorrow. We are reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed right now, and I still have half the book to finish before tomorrow. Yikes!

Have you read Wild? What were your thoughts?

Gotta run! See you tomorrow!

 

Book Reviews

Women’s Guide to Reading the Bible in a Year – A Review

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Another one of my resolutions goals is to read the Bible, the whole Bible, in a year. So, I jumped at the chance to review this book. It fit right into my plan.

A woman's guide to reading the Bible in a year: a life-changing journey into the heart of God

by Diane Stortz

Book Description:

A Unique, Relational Way for Women to Read the Bible in a Year

Many women feel overwhelmed at the thought of reading the Bible in a year. Diane Stortz found that it is not only possible but life-changing. Her journey from initial reluctance to excitement about reading the Bible will inspire readers to try it for themselves.

Part of a women's group that read through the Bible each year for ten years, the author discovered the value of reading the Bible to get to know God better rather than viewing it only as a book to study. This guide will give women tools to read and discuss the Bible together, drawing them closer to God and each other.

Includes a week-by-week reading plan, discussion guide, lists of what to look for, and motivational quotes.

Review:

Maybe I am behind the times, but when I read this book my eyes were opened to a new way of reading through the Bible in a year. Have you ever been involved in a women's group reading the Bible in a year as a group? Wait, it gets better! Then they meet once a week to discuss what they read. Sounds like a great way to read through the Bible, doesn't it?

There is a chapter about how to use this book, which at first I thought would be kind of hokey because who really needs directions on how to read through the Bible. You just read, right? But, as usual, I was wrong. I was glad the author added that chapter. It answered several questions I had before I was going to start reading. Like, how much do you read in one day? Will it take fifteen minutes or an hour? What do I do if I fall behind? I typically do. And more.

Remember how I really liked the idea of the group reading? Think of it as a Bible book club! We have all kinds of other book clubs, why not one focused on only the most important book ever! Well, there is a chapter on guidelines for groups. Didn't she just think of everything?

But wait, it gets even better! 

You can start any time!

There are checklists for each weeks reading, as well as a whole checklist for the entire year in the back of the book. When you turn to page 30 for week one, you will first read the intro for the week. Turn the page, and you will see the checklist for the week and only that week. There are checkpoints for each day's reading, a quote, and then a place for you to write about something you learned, a verse or passage that you would like to remember, and a place for questions that arise while you are reading. 

After I read this book, something dawned on me. What a wonderful way to record how you have grown along your walk with Jesus. Get a cute box, and start placing your books in there every year. It would be fun to look back on, I am sure.

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.