breakfast book #1

Sacred Marriage, What If God Designed Marriage To Make Us Holy More Than To Make Us Happy by Gary L. Thomas; 2000; $16.99; 274 pages; ZondervanPublishingHouse, Grand Rapids, MI; 0-310-22796-8; 7/6/14-11/16/14

Once again I have learned much from Gary Thomas.  This is according to my list this is the 10th time I have read Sacred Marriage.  I am still learning stuff about marriage and dealing with other people.  This time reading the book was even more fun and exciting as I read through the book with a engaged and then newlywed man once a week and we discussed what we had read.  It was interesting to see what someone else pulled out of the book.  It was also interesting to note that we would talking about a particular chapter and the characters in the story would have different names in our different editions.  Pretty soon my entire copy will be highlighted and underlined.

Grade-A If this ever gets anything less than an A it will be because my head and my soul are not in the right place.

Did I learn from it? Yes I did and with the help of my breakfast partner I saw things that hadn’t hit me.

What is with the title of the review?  From July to November most Monday mornings you could find me having breakfast with another man and discussing this book and just sharing our lives.  We start another book tomorrow.

I want to kick some upper echelon ass

Black Hearts, One Platoon’s Descent Into Madness in Iraq’s Triangle of Death by Jim Frederick; 2010; $26.00; 439 pages; Harmony Books, New York, NY; 978-0-307-45075-3; 956.70443 F8524b; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Midland; 10/28/14-11/4/14

Mans inhumanity to man is highlighted in this story about how four soldiers executed and committed heinous crimes against a family in Iraq.  The backstory is almost as atrocious as the crime that was committed, 3 of the four had very negative family stories.  There time serving in Iraq was terrible as they lost comrade after comrade and were badmouthed, ignored and punished for the failings of those higher up in the chain of command.  This is very difficult to write as there are several people t, those hat I would like to blast for what appears to be their incompetence and stupidity but I don’t know what pressures they were under.  I don’t know how many times I stopped, it was many, put my head in my hands and said you can’t be serious.


Did I learn from it?  I learned several things about human nature and the ineptitude of the command structure those in command of this platoon ignored not just warning signs, but warning screams, they degraded the soldiers and ignored signs from the lowliest private to the company commander.

What is with the title of the review?  I feel like I ever meet up with some of the upper echelons from this book I would simply sneer at them stop whatever I was doing and walk away from them.  These are not leaders that you would follow to the gates of hell, you might lead them there and throw them in, lock the gate and throw away the key.


oh no, more good stuff

Dynamite Road by Andrew Klavan; 2003; 317 pages; $25.95; Forge, New York, NY; 0-765-30785-5; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Central; 10/27/14-10/28/14

A man kills a woman so that he can’t get thrown into prison so that he can find out the new identity of the woman he loves.  The Weiss Agency is hired by a pilot who believes that his co-owner is doing something crooked.  Weiss sends investigator Jim Bishop into the lions den to find out what is going on.  Klavan has a crafted a story with so many subplots that effortlessly come together to form an exciting thriller.


Did I enjoy it?  Dude, this was truly awesome.  I will be reading more of the Weiss and Bishop adventurees

What is with the title of the review?  As if I didn’t have enough books to read, now I have another series I would like to read.


lost and found

Blue Mind, The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected and Better at What You Do by Wallace J. Nichols; 2014; $27.00; 333 pages; Little, Brown and Company, New York, NY;978-0-316-252208-9; 155.91 N623b; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Kenton; 10/22/14-10/27/14

When I first posted this my friend Amanda said she could have told us that water is good without reading a book.  I could have too, but the book sounded interesting as I wanted to know what the science was that proved it.  I found much of the book to be anecdotal evidence and the some of the science was so esoteric that it didn’t make sense to me.  Between the looks of water, the sound of water and the color of water it sounds like the best place to live would be somewhere close near the water.


Did I like it?  Yes and No, some of it was very good and some of it was too out there and some was too scientific.

What is with the title of the review?  I found some to this to be very interesting and in other parts of it I was completely lost.


found makes me want more

Found by Harlan Coben; 2014; $18.99; 326 pages; G.P. Putnam’s Sons, New York, NY; 978-0-399-25652-3; YA Fiction; checked out from Multnomah County Library, North Portland; 10/20/14-10/22/14

Mickey and Myron Bolitar continue the adventure they began in shelter and continued in seconds away.  Mickey’s father is still dead (nudge, nudge, wink, wink), his tennis wunderkind Mom is in rehab, he’s not speaking to his uncle Myron, his best friend Spoon is paralyzed from the west down, he is being ostracized by the rest of the basketball team, his friend Rachel is made at him for telling her the truth about her Mom, he is falling for his friend Emma but she has an online boyfriend, a holocaust survivor is giving him cryptic messages and someone is trying to keep him from finding out a truth.  Harlan Coben manages to take a whole lot of disparate elements and crafts a cohesive and entertaining thriller.

Did I enjoy it?  If you don’t know by now how much I like Harlan Coben’s writing, you haven’t been reading these reviews for very long.


What is with the title of the review?  Harlan has crafted another series that I look forward to reading.  I want more Mickey Bolitar.

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