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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Book Review: How to Write a Book Proposal

How to Write a Book Proposal by Michael Larsen is a guide to the entire process of writing a nonfiction book proposal. The book is orderly and evidently taken from experience. Larsen covers subjects such as Your Subject Hook, Your Title, Your Promotion Plan, Your Bio, and Your Competition. He also provides tips on marketing and research, as well as sample proposals and information on what editors and agents want.

I found How to Write a Book Proposal to be very systematic, easy-to-understand, and helpful. Larsen devotes a chapter to each section of a proposal, discussing needed information and common pitfalls. Though I have never written a proposal for a nonfiction book, I will definitely use his advice if I do so. I can see why over 100,000 copies of the book have been sold. I'm not sure how it compares with other proposal writing books, but I think it would do well.

Disclaimer: This book was sent to me as a complimentary copy for review by BookSneeze. My feedback is purely honest however, and if I did not think the book helpful, I would say so.

~John

Monday, April 11, 2011

Book Review of The Final Summit

The Final Summit by Andy Andrews


Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this book by BookSneeze for reviewing purposes.


The Final Summit follows David Ponder, a 74-year-old millionaire who is inexplicably transported by the archangel Gabriel into a meeting with dozens of historic figures, called “Travelers.”


I wasn't quite sure what to expect from The Final Summit, but I wasn't pleasantly surprised. I don't like the idea of fictionalizing angels, and even if I did, I still wouldn't like the way that Mr. Andrews did so. While I'm not necessarily against the idea of fictional time travel, if handled properly, I dislike combining men and women from many centuries into one semi-heavenly place. This book does not have a biblically sound foundation.


The dialogue was interesting, but Mr. Andrews' use of excessive backstory in the beginning was annoying. I'm sorry to say that I wouldn't recommend this book.


~John

Thursday, November 18, 2010

She Shall Be Called Woman

Listening to the new CD set by Victoria Botkin, my thoughts traveled back in time. As Victoria shared about the pleasure of reading books with her children and also the advantage of reading scripture with her young ones, I couldn’t help but remember doing the same. I started to feel a bit “homesick” for my firstborn son now married with a new baby on the way. Suddenly I missed his sharing during our Bible reading time as I recalled his love for discussion and the many insights he would share.

My cell phone rang and it was Tim! Calling to ask me a question, I took the opportunity to tell him I was reminiscing about our Bible reading times long ago. He told me we sure had done a lot of them and we both were glad. Now I cannot help but be so grateful that I had made reading God’s Word a priority during our “school time.” What precious memories are mine to savor and reflect upon.

Just thought I would share my appreciation for the CD set by Victoria Botkin, entitled She Shall Be Called Woman. Truly, it is just like having a conversation with Victoria. Her calm and articulate way of talking makes these messages from a Titus 2 older woman such a blessing. Her desire to be true to scripture and share honestly with wisdom makes this set an encouragement for wives and mothers of all ages. Vision Forum is carrying this set and there is a great sale going on until the end of Thursday, November 18, 2010.

If you want to make the purchase through our website our affiliates commission will go into my “grandmother fund!”

~DL

Monday, October 18, 2010

New Christian Adventure Movie in the Works!

Scions of Danger Teaser from NDFilmmaker on Vimeo.

Here's the trailer to an exciting new Christian adventure movie that is in the works. Visit the website to learn more!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Book Review of "Anne Bradstreet" by D. B. Kellogg

Thomas Nelson Publishers recently sent me this book as a free review copy; my thoughts are below.

Anne Bradstreet’s life is a remarkable legacy of Christian devotion, perseverance, and Biblical womanhood. Often in her life she experienced times of great physical illness, but she never gave in to the temptation of playing the invalid and not involving herself in the affairs of her family. With a busy brood of eight children the Bradstreet home never lacked work, especially in the early New England wilderness in which they settled. Anne faithfully devoted herself to family duties, educating her children, showing hospitality to friend and stranger alike, and spending time meditating upon her God.

Somehow amid this busy life of sickness and toil she managed to write whole books of poetry, dealing with profound ideas of life, family, and religion, as well as historical epics which demonstrated her comprehensive grasp of past events. The name of Anne Bradstreet became respected throughout both Old and New England, with men and women alike enthusiastically complimenting her literary works.

D. B. Kellogg’s biography, while informative, is not very well written, and does not give as good an understanding of Bradstreet’s life as I would wish. It is somewhat unorganized, and seems more like a collection of essays, tied together by some chronological threads.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


Check out the incredible 48 hour sale Vision Forum is having with free shipping! Excellent products to consider! Read my reviews of the Children's Classical Composers Curriculum and Curriculum Advice for Mothers.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Ode to My Friend

Always I am cheered by her voice on the phone. She is my dearest of friends. In years gone past, my children could always tell her call by my smile and voice when on the phone. From our first of meetings, our hearts connected. Her indomitable cheerfulness and my melancholy spirit blended to make a friendship beyond compare. Now so many miles apart, my heart does ache to not be closer during this season of challenge she faces.

“My whole life has changed in these past 24 hours,” were her words to me when the news of her beloved husband’s brain cancer was shared. My mind was flooded with memories of this awesome friendship shared by our families. This strong, strapping husband of hers had walked many a mile with us. From buzzing Tim’s hair each summer to building the addition on our home for Jeff’s dad, his life blessed ours in so many ways.

Now, my friend faced challenges she never expected. Mother to seven and grandmother to three, with friends beyond count, life will need to be lived in a totally new context. Yet, she is still trusting in God‘s sovereignty, seeking to care and minister to her husband with love and cheerfulness. Still asking me questions about my own life, still remembering my birthday with her faithful call.

I have learned so much from you over the years, dear friend. I am not the same person because of all you have taught me. If not in flesh, I am with you in spirit. Praying for strength, mercies and the will of God to enfold these your days of trial. May God pour out blessings beyond on compare.

Please pray for Henry and Kim. For healing for Henry, for funds to be provided for the many medical bills and for both to be vessels of God’s grace during this time.

~DL