Content from this blog has moved to www.michellerayburn.com.

5.23.2012

Free Kindle Book - May 23

Free for Kindle today:

I reviewed this book a while ago and enjoyed it, so I recommend the free download. Just be sure to get it before it goes back to full price. Michelle was the winner of Biggest Loser a couple of seasons ago. Now, she tours with the Revolve Tour (Women of Faith for teens).


5.21.2012

Crafty Fun with Adhesive Vinyl

I was working on a project the other day making sign lettering for my church and got a little carried away with the adhesive vinyl. I've always wanted to decorated the top of my laptop (back side of the screen), so I took the plunge. I thought I'd show you the results and catch up a little on the "life" and "creativity" part of the blog.

Here's what it looked like before I messed with it:
And after...
I have a Silhouette SD machine. It's the older model and it was much cheaper than the new model, but I love it! The new model Silhouette is even better, so imagine the possibilities! Using the software, I can design any shape cutout on my laptop without needing cartridges like other machines need. I know it's difficult to tell in the photo, but I used a metallic silver vinyl, since it matched the other silver accents on my computer.

Since I had it out, I made some house numbers for the front door and put new letters and numbers on the mailbox. And then I forced myself to put it away so I could work on other things.

Can you see how addicting this hobby might be?

5.19.2012

Free Kindle Books - May 19

Free Kindle Books from Christian publisher Revell: (free at the time of this posting)
Where Wildflowers Bloom by Ann Shorey (Revell)
Summer of Promise by Amanda Cabot (Revell)

5.14.2012

Book Review: Culture Shift


Morality in America is changing, and I wanted ideas for what to do about it. When I had the opportunity to review Culture Shift: The Battle for the Moral Heart of America by R. Albert Mohler Jr., I saw it as an opportunity to explore solutions. In the book, Mohler covers the topics of morality and law, public schools, science, abortion, Islam, atheism, and much more.
My Review

R. Albert Mohler Jr. has clearly researched well and he includes footnoted documentation frequently. He's also clearly established his expertise as he's been on many news shows and in mainstream publications. He's president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. I'm confident that he knows what he's talking about. But, I had a difficult time getting into the book until I was about halfway though.

Part of it is because the style in some parts of the book is a little more academic rather than conversational. But I also think it's because so much of the content is focused on the problem, and only a paragraph in most chapters is devoted to any sort of a solution. I had hoped for a book of solutions, as the problem is quite evident just observing the culture around me. In some cases, the only solution the author offers is an "exit strategy." For example, this is his solution to the crisis in public education. He suggests all Christians have an exit strategy that includes Christian school or home education. I had hoped for another strategy that included how to make public schools better.

In the second half of the book, Mohler included some chapters on a Christian response, or a Christian challenge. Here he explored what a Christian ought to do in light of the culture shift. In these chapters, I really felt a connection with the content. The second half was also more conversational in style, so I encourage readers to keep reading, and don't quit in the beginning.

I felt as though the book had great content, but I had to mine for it. My biggest impression of the book is that it lacks organization. Some chapters cover the same topic as the previous ones, some cover the problem, and others cover the solution or the response to the problem. I wish it had been organized into sections of "the problem", "the Christian response" and "the challenge." This would have made some of the content make more sense. Is as though what I was looking for is all here, but it's just put on paper in a draft and it needs organizing.

In the introduction, Mohler refers to "these essays" when talking about how he hopes they will help the reader as a concerned and intelligent Christian. I wonder if these are a collection of other essays he has written and they have been gathered into the book? That might explain my difficulty in seeing the connection and organization?

Either way, the book is a good introduction for those seeking to explore what's happening in our current culture. It will at least spur the reader to think and possible to continue researching and seeking ways to take action.

I received a copy of this book for review purposes from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Free Christian Fiction and Nonfiction for Kindle - May 14

Free Kindle Books (free at the time of posting):
FICTION
The Messenger by Siri Mitchell (Bethany House)
The Search Committee by Tim Owens (Tyndale House)
Reclaiming Lily by Patti Lacy (Bethany House)
Crossfire by Jeannette Windle (Kregel)
NONFICTION
The God Who Sees You: Look to Him When You Feel Discouraged, Forgotten, Invisible by Tammy Maltby and Ann Christian Buchanen (David C. Cook)

5.10.2012

More Free Kindle Fiction from Christian Publishers

Free Kindle Books Today:
Words Spoken True by Ann H. Gabhart (Revell)
Rally Round Green by Judy Pace Christie (Abingdon Press)
Deadly Aim (Angel Delaney Mysteries) by Patricia H. Rushford (Revell)

5.08.2012

Free Kindle Books - Fiction from Christian Publishers

Kindle freebies (Temporarily free at the time of this posting):
Angel Sister by Ann H. Gabhart (Revell)
Pearl in the Sand by Tessa Afshar (Moody Publishers)
Sixty Acres and a Bride by Regina Jennings (Bethany House)
Her Restless Heart: Stitches in Time by Barbara Cameron (Abingdon)

Back for a brief visit as a freebie again:
The Narrow Path by Gail Sattler (Abingdon)
Surrender the Wind by Rita Gerlach (Abingdon)
Shrouded in Silence by Robert L Wise (Abingdon)
Diagnosis Death by Richard Mabry (Abingdon)

5.04.2012

Free Kindle Books (Christian Fiction) - May 4

Christian Fiction - Free for Kindle at the time of this posting

Refuge on Crescent Hill by Melanie Dobson (Kregel)
Griselda Takes Flight by Joyce Magnin (Abingdon)
Blue Moon Bay by Lisa Wingate (Bethany House)

5.03.2012

Book Review of Unleash the Writer Within



While there may be many books on the market about writing, few address the voice of the writer. This book is a tool for any writer wanting to discover more about himself or herself. It's a look at why you write more than at what you write.

What does your writing tell the reader about you? What motivates you to write? What is your "voice"? In Unleash the Writer Within, Cecil Murphey helps the reader, who is most likely also a writer, discover the inner writer. Murphey isn't afraid to put on paper what most people won't admit aloud. He's willing to admit that part of the motivation to write is his own conceit in thinking he has something to say that someone else is willing to read.

In this book, he also addresses silencing the inner critic, getting over fear, discovering your dreams, writing your passion, and much more. At 148 pages, it isn't terribly long and Murphey's conversational style engages readers. Just be sure to read it with pen in hand, ready to underline the parts that really speak to you. My copy is full of writing and notes. 

Want to order your own copy? 

5.02.2012

Free Kindle Books - May 2

Two Kindle Freebies (free at the time of posting)

Freefall by Kristen Heitzmann (Bethany House)
Heaven is Now by Andrew Farley (Baker books)

LinkWithin

Related Posts with Thumbnails