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Fall in Love
Fall in Love
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's not by genre, but still really great!, November 16, 2015
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Not my usual genre, but I like the urban coolness of some of these songs. I especially enjoyed the violin work on "Fall in Love (Opera Piece." It blended nicely with the voices and yet spoke for itself.

Sterling Silver and Amethyst Flower Earrings
Sterling Silver and Amethyst Flower Earrings
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very pretty!, May 9, 2014
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These earrings are very dainty and pretty, and small enough that I can wear them to work. (No dangly earrings are allowed where I work.) Goes well with both work and casual nights out.

Jessica Howard Women's Plus-Size Cap Sleeve Belted Dress, Hot Pink, 22W
Jessica Howard Women's Plus-Size Cap Sleeve Belted Dress, Hot Pink, 22W

5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice Easter dress!, May 9, 2014
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This dress looked even brighter in person than in the pictures! It fit well, and did not need to be unzipped to fit over my head--very important when my husband is not around to zip me up! It was dry-clean only, which I did not realize until I went to clean it, but that is something I can deal with.

Black Silver Silicone Gel Ceramic Style Band Crystal Bezel Watch
Black Silver Silicone Gel Ceramic Style Band Crystal Bezel Watch
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1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't work., February 4, 2014
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Maybe I missed something, but it came and it doesn't work. I'd send it back, but for only $5.63. it's not worth it.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fit so well!, August 2, 2013
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I had never bought from the Ashley Stewart brand before, but I went ahead and got these and another pair of their capris on sale, and I love them. The waist fits perfectly and they don't sit low on my hips. Will get more from this brand.

America's First Dynasty : The Adamses, 1735-1918
America's First Dynasty : The Adamses, 1735-1918
by Richard Brookhiser
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Shallow, but interesting, February 4, 2012
In this book, Brookhiser presents a concise history of four generations of the presidential Adams family. Most people have heard about John Adams and John Quincy Adams, but then there are JQA's third son, Charles Francis Adams, and his third son, Henry Adams. The line of "great" Adamses ends here, which in itself is a little disappointing. True, most of JQA's and Charles Francis's siblings died young and as failures, but Henry Adams' three brothers were successful in their own right, just not in politics. So the first thing I would have liked is an overview of where the line went after Henry Adams's death. (He died childless.)

Besides a concise biography of each man, which leaves many questions unanswered, Brookhiser spends several chapters talking about their legacies in writing, in politics, and so on. As others have noted, it does not appear Brookhiser is a fan of the Adamses. He seems to relish pointing out that of the first seven president, only the Adams men failed to get re-elected. He glosses over the fact that after the seventh president, Andrew Jackson, getting re-elected was about as common as a do-do bird, at least until Abraham Lincoln. Unlike some reviewers, though, I am not as put off by the biases, because I expect historical writers to be biased about their subjects. People who write about historical figures love them for one reason or another, even if it is to pick at their subjects' flaws, so why not let the world know what they see in them?

I would have liked more detail on the family, partiuclarly in what happened to the various siblings and other children, as well as their wives. John's and Henry's wives get some play, but the wives of JQA and Charles Francis are barely mentioned. We have to go to a footnote to get a clue as to why Henry and Marian had no children, and little is said about what might have caused Marian to apparently commit suicide. He even glosses over the fact that Henry felt the loss so keenly he failed to write about the years of his marriage in his book "The Education of Henry." The book gives some detail about their political and professional doings, but Brookhiser could have given us more on the personal side. The text itself runs to only 219 pages; he could have easily expanded and kept the book under 300-350 pages.

God's Secretaries: The Making of the King James Bible
God's Secretaries: The Making of the King James Bible
by Adam Nicolson
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what expecte, but still interesting, January 31, 2012
When I first bought this book, I thought it would be about the actual writing of the King James Bible--the arguments, the word choices, what Greek and Hebrew manuscripts were used, and so on. Instead, this is about the men who worked on the translation, the times in which they were written, and how the history of the men and the times are reflected in the lyricism of the final product. As it turns out, very few notes and letters exist that explain what discussions went on between the translators, or drafts to show how the translators got from raw material to the translation we have today.

So what we have in the book are mini-biographies of the men (and they were all men) who worked on the King James translation: their backgrounds, educations, stance on the Church of England versus Puritan debate, and so on. These were not usually good men, as we would define "good men" today, but the author is careful to point out the times were different, and the values were different.

In addition, the book points out how the debates of the times came to be reflected in the word choices we see in the King James Version. The author is clearly in love with the lyricism and majesty of this translation, though he does point out that, particularly when based on current scholarship, some of what is in there is not accurate, or at least not the best translation. I am personally not a fan of the KJV because of its inaccuracies and the difficulty in reading language that was archaic when it was written, let alone 400 years later. But let's face it, how do we pray the Lord's Prayer or quote the 23rd Psalm? What translation do documentaries use when they are quoting the Bible? Even if I use other translations in my reading, Bible study, and preaching, the King James Version is never far from my mind, and this book does a good job at explaining why.

One drawback: The author, when he does quote primary sources and the King James Version, uses spelling and punctuations that were in use at the time the sources were written. U's become V's and vice versa (or, should I say, uice uersa), and spellings follow no discernable pattern. This does make "God's Secretaries" hard going at times.

A Feminist Introduction to Paul
A Feminist Introduction to Paul
by Sandra Hack Polaski
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Uncovering Paul in a feminist perspective, January 22, 2012
Paul's letters and the letters in the Pauline tradition are hard for feminists to read. How are modern women supposed to take injunctions for women to not speak in church, to not teach or have authority over men, and to be subject to their husbands, while at the same time, and sometimes in the same letters, figure out what Paul means when he discusses how women should pray and prophesy, acknowledges without comment female workers in Christ (including a deacon and at least one apostle), and states in the Galations baptismal formula that we are neither male and female, but all are one in Christ Jesus?

Often, the solutions either are to privilege the verses that demean women, and "put them in their place," or to read them so much in their context that we fail to see any use for them in today's society. In truth, if all scripture is "inspired," then we have to wrestle with these texts, reading them both in context and in what they might mean today. Sandra Polaski manages to balance that line. For example, while she suggests Paul was a creature of his day, she points out that Paul the man was more complicated than many scholars are willing to recognize--he was both Jewish and at home with Greek rhetoric. Further, the roles of women in Jewish and Roman societies were more complicated than often given credit, that women did indeed sometimes have at least limited leadership roles.

Overall, Polawski makes two points that I was able to take away from this work, and for which I can recommend the book. First, througout Paul's rhetoric is the idea of "new creation." Whatever that looks like, we are all part of it, and as we are one in Christ, we are one body, with many diverse parts. And "birthing" this new creation requires an understanding of the feminine as well as the masculine of God, and of us. Second, we can extrapolate that, if Paul's main concernw was equality between Jew and Greet, that both can be equally saved in God's new kin-dom, we too can work to bring about equality in our spheres of concern and calling: racial equality, gender equality, sexual orientation equality, etc.

Polawski comes out and says not everyone will agree with her conclusions, and that's okay. I like that she says her way of reading Paul is not the only way. But, particularly for those who struggle with where Paul stands on female equality, this is a good place to start to draw one's own conclusions.

The Genesee Diary
The Genesee Diary
by Henri J. M. Nouwen
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Who was this book written for?, January 21, 2012
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What makes this book a little hard to follow sometimes is that "The Genesee Diary" is just that, a diary. I'm sure Henri Nouwen cleaned it up for publication, putting in his sources for various quotations and so forth, but overall, it reads just like a journal. An insightful, journal, to be sure, but a journal, nonetheless. He does have witty and self-deprecating observations, like when he gets irritated over washing raisins for the monk bread, but he also is amazed that the whole production would stop just to find one little stone amongst all those raisins. I also enjoyed his finding irony in the capitalist structure taken on in the pricing of the bread the abbey sells. It is a gentle criticism, but one we can learn from.

As professional reviewers noted, the journal lacks coherency in theme, but one theme I got out of it was that Henri Nouwen was trying to strengthen his prayer life, his meditation, his time with God. Based on other books by him and about him, I gather this was a life-long struggle. One would think someone as spiritual as Nouwen would "just know" how to be with God, but he was busy like the rest of us, and struggled like the rest of us to find the time and the mindset to "be still, and know that I am God."

This book encourages me to spend more time in prayer, and also to be more creative in how I approach prayer. I have come to the conclusion that private prayer for me is largely done in the context of my journaling, when I not only go over my day, but how I feel about it and what I've learned from these events. This is not Nouwen's best book, but it is a good one, and is an easy and quick read.

by Chuck Palahniuk
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Still with me after all these years, January 21, 2012
This review is from: Snuff (Paperback)
I originally read this book several years ago, and the story and the ending have stuck with me since. For one thing, if you are reading this book to get turned on, forget it. Early on, I read a lot of erotica, and I've since given up that habit. I love Chuck's work, but I know he is macabre and graphic, and I suspected that any sexual content in this book would be written in such a way as to be a major turn-off. In that, he did not disappoint. But then, I think this was a deliberate decision. He does an excellent job of capturing how degrading and demeaning the making of pornography really is. I don't know if this book would cure anyone of a pornography addiction, but the behind-the-scenes descriptions and the back stories of the characters may make people who watch that sort of thing think twice about what they are getting involved in.

As for the story itself, there really isn't much of it. A lot of the story is flashback, and the action is not there to a great extent. That said, I didn't quite see the major plot twist until about three-fourths of the novel, and I was impressed with it. In true Chuck fashion, none of the characters have any redeeming values, yet I found myself cheering for them, anyway. Overall, it is an okay book, but a lot of it is just sickening.

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