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A Review of I Was There by Chris Martin

cm_i_was_thereA few weeks ago, author Chris Martin  invited bloggers to review his book I Was There.  As an incentive to review his work, he was offering to give each reviewer a free e-book.  At the time, I thought, “Hey, this dude seems alright.  I want to give his book a try.”  So, I shot him an email wherein I went full Katniss (“I VOLUNTEER!!”) partly because I generally enjoy helping others, but mostly because FREE BOOK.  That same day, lo, his e-book was in my inbox.

To be perfectly honest, the book surprised me.  It was fresh and exciting, and it gave me a deeper understanding of the Bible.  Martin writes Biblical stories from the first person perspective.  So, you don’t watch as Abraham leads his son up the hill.  You are in Abraham’s head.  You are taking that walk with him.  You are privy to his thoughts and fears and prayers.  It is such a simple change, but it is so powerful!

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The Fault in Our Stars Movie Review

The Fault in Our Stars has been out for over a week now, so I feel confident in posting this now.  You’ve all had time to run out and see it, right?!

If not, you’ll want to just move along because this post is packed with spoilers! But do come back once you’ve seen the film and let me know what you thought.  🙂



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A Review of Content Rules by Ann Handley & C.C. Chapman

This book has reshaped the way that I think about blogging, SEO, and content generation.

Not only is the material easy to understand, but it is accompanied by practical examples and the information is helpful and informative.

I’ve read plenty of books and blog posts about blogging.  None of them compare to this book.

I feel like I may be complimenting it too much, so let me add that I’m in no way affiliated with this book or the authors.  I will get zilch if you buy this book.  I am only sharing something that I honestly believe to be helpful.

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Guest Post by Matthew Gibson: My Book, Dream Catalyst

I’m so excited to introduce our first guest blogger.  Please welcome Matthew Gibson.

Matthew and I went to the University of North Alabama together.  He’s a recent grad (in fact, he was sitting directly in front of me at graduation this December).  He’s fun to talk to and he’s a great writer.  He’s been published in Lights & Shadows, UNA’s literary magazine.  He majored in English with a concentration in professional writing, but has side interests in film and astronomy.

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Great Used Bookstore in the Florence Area!

I discovered a gem in Florence today!  There is a used bookstore on Darby Drive called Ariana’s Book Exchange.  It is an amazing little store with a buy/trade/sell program and decent rates.

I bought The Pact by Jodi Picoult for $8.00 and it is in great condition.  They have cheaper prices than that, though, with cardboard boxes marked $1 or $2 sitting in each aisle.  I didn’t have time to dig through those, but I will next time!

Every book is 50% off what it was brand new (whatever is marked on the book) plus $0.25.  If you read a book and want to bring it back, you get 25% of what you paid for the book in store credit.  They also buy or trade books if you have any you want to get rid of (I have a pile I will be taking the next time I go).

Do you have a used bookstore in your area?