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Recent Book Purchases

This past Friday I visited my parents. My trip home is not complete without a visit to Square Books and Off Square Books in Oxford, Ms. This trip was successful! I found these three books. Plus, I now have a coupon for $17.00 off my next book. I don't know what I want yet, but I am excited about my upcoming book purchase.


I am trying hard to achieve my goal of reading 15 books in 2014. What was your reading challenge this year? How many books did you read this year? 

Guest Post: Financial Book Review: The Bank On Yourself Revolution by Pamela Yellen By Teresa Kuhn

Financial Book Review: The Bank On Yourself Revolution by Pamela Yellen
By Teresa Kuhn 

"The Bank On Yourself strategy gives you a rare combination of guarantees, safety, liquidity, and control. Your money grows by a guaranteed and predictable amount every year, and that growth gets better every year you have it," Pamela Yellen- "The Bank on Yourself Revolution"

Several years have passed since the publication of "Bank On Yourself," Pamela Yellen's first attempt at articulating for a wide audience the benefits of using specially-designed whole life insurance in financial planning. Since that time, the ever-fluid, ever- chimerical world of personal finance has grown even more unfathomable and unpredictable.

As a Bank On Yourself authorized advisor, I believe that a sequel to the original Bank On Yourself book was long overdue. This is why I was so pleased to learn of the publication of this second, more comprehensive discussion of a truly unique cash m…

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! <3 Cassandra AKA Mississippi's Bookworm Diva :)

Nora Bonesteel's Christmas Past by Sharyn McCrumb

Nora Bonesteel's Christmas Past by Sharyn McCrumb offers a refresher course on the importance of the Christmas Spirit.  Not familiar with Sharon McCrumb's ballad series, I am now curious about them and will start reading them.  Containing two parallel stories, this book takes place on Christmas Eve.  McCrumb's talent as an author is evident in her ability to tie both unique stories together.

The first story involves Nora Bonesteeland her "sight ability." Possessing a peculiar gift, Nora is often the center of inquiry for mysterious events that take place.  A couple, who believes that their home is haunted, asks Nora for her expertise.  Nora is able to use her gift to contribute to the couple's enjoyment during Christmas.

The second story involves the local sheriff and the sheriff deputy.  Due to unlikely twists of the plot, the sheriff and deputy demonstrate exactly what the Christmas Spirit is all about.  Ironically, the lesson begins with the pursuit of a c…

Credara Flashback

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Am I the Only One?

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Upcoming Blogpost

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Boring: Finding an Extraordinary God in an Ordinary Life by Michael Kelley

Boring: Finding an Extraordinary God in an Ordinary Life by Michael Kelley is quite an interesting read.  Living in a society where boring is become taboo, I am amazed at Kelley's unique desire to force readers to appreciate the "boring" aspects of life and how God speaks to us through those things.  Often times, extraordinary things are desired and are correlated to being better than doing mediocre things.  Kelley's narrative of his own life within the text actually helps to paint a picture of how important it is to appreciate the mundane things, which occur in our lives.  Kelley achieves his aim of provoking the reader to question his/her thought pattern about their lives and how to live a fulfilling life.  Kelley speaks directly to people, who spend most of their lives struggling to achieve something extraordinary and who forget that they are living a fulfilling life now. I must point out that Kelley is not saying that something is wrong with extraordinary. In Bor…

Credara: Rise of the Kraylen by J. E. Henderson

Credara: Rise of the Kraylen forced me to devour it from the beginning to the end.  Written by J. E. Henderson, brother of Tempestt Bledsoe from The Cosby Show,  this book is the first of a fantasy series.  Even though I can't remember ever reading fantasy as an adult,  this book was EXCELLENT. Taking place after the Great War and the casting out of Lucifer and other angels, this book diminishes my initial bias against fantasy fiction.  The immaculate use of sensory details drew me into the plot.  I devoured this book in one day.  Even though my clock stated 3 a.m., I was hypnotized by J. E. Henderson's ability to have me enwrapped within the plot, as if I was viewing the action as it unfolded.  There is never a dull moment within this text.  He leaves you guessing until the very end.  Even the ending makes you want to finish the series to see what happens.  I highly recommend reading this book.  I am considering using this book in one of my classes to help students write desc…

Book Giveaway

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Where is your copy of Life and Struggles?

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Life and Struggles

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Purchase My Books

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Rabbi Ben Ezra BY ROBERT BROWNING Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, The last of life, for which the first was made: Our times are in His hand Who saith "A whole I planned, Youth shows but half; trust God: see all, nor be afraid!''
Not that, amassing flowers, Youth sighed "Which rose make ours, Which lily leave and then as best recall?" Not that, admiring stars, It yearned "Nor Jove, nor Mars; Mine be some figured flame which blends, transcends them all!"
Not for such hopes and fears Annulling youth's brief years, Do I remonstrate: folly wide the mark! Rather I prize the doubt Low kinds exist without, Finished and finite clods, untroubled by a spark.
Poor vaunt of life indeed, Were man but formed to feed On joy, to solely seek and find and feast: Such feasting ended, then As sure an end to men; Irks care the crop-full bird? Frets doubt the maw-crammed beast?
Rejoice we are allied To That which doth provide And not partake, effect and no…