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Thursday, June 09, 2011

Miscellany

A random post for today...




The Duggars have a new book out: A Love That Multiplies: An Up-Close View of How They Make it Work. I want to read it.

After having read The Duggars: 20 and Counting (and especially grinning over some of the comments received) I would love to follow up by reading their new book. Because I still like them (and yes, I am aware of ATI.) I still admire and respect this family and I'm very curious to read what they have to share in their new book.

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Coming soon to a Christian bookstore near you, all bright-eyed and bushy tailed:



(Not linked on purpose - but be forewarned that it comes out Sept. 2011.)

Whenever I can work up the nerve, I walk into our local Christian book store and check out the "women's section." Every single time I'm greeted with titles that promise me peace, joy, happiness and a conflict and stress-free existence. I'm told to eat the cookies, buy the shoes, that I'll stay thin, be happy and will never have a problem. I can live my best live now, be happy always and never, under any circumstances, will I have to think about every day life with toddlers.

The promises that they promise are quite amazing. If only I believed and/or I could persuade the scale in the bathroom that the titles of the books are true. If only my toddler believed.

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Let's play a game. I'll send you over to this review and you can come back here and tell me if you notice anything interesting about this particular book. It's kind of like the "That's Silly" game in the Highlights magazine for toddlers. A hem.

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On a truly happy note - a friend of mine gifted me with a copy of Our Island Story which is about Prince Edward Island. I can't find an image or a link on line to lead you to it, but I was very excited to receive it and even more excited to read it. I can't decide whether or not to save it for the next Lucy Maud Montgomery Reading Challenge or just go ahead and dive on in.

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We went to Narnia . . .



More on that in the very near future!

18 comments:

Bluerose said...

I saw your post of the other Duggar book, but I never saw all the comments coming through. Wow! :)

Eva {The Writer} said...

I've never even read the first Duggars novel, but I'd sure love to. Seems to be a worthwhile read. :)
Thanks for the interesting post! Nice to know what other readers are up to! :)

stephanie @ Simple Things said...

I have the Duggars new book on my Kindle and can't wait to dive in. :)

Jennifer, Snapshot said...

I have to say that my respect (esteem?) for Joel Osteen went up tenfold when I attended a dinner for this Christian homeless shelter here, and one of the men who had been reformed and redeemed came to Houston from FL or CA or somewhere, because he was sitting in a drug den and God "told" him to leave. He said he used to watch Joel on TV and he'd say, "If you're ever in Houston, stop by and see me," so with no other plan, he went to Lakewood Church in Houston, and someone there told him about this shelter. Pretty cool story, but I do agree with your thoughts about him in general.

Narnia_girl said...

Very skeptical about Osteen; just as skeptical about Heaven is for Real.
I couldn't tell from the review you linked--does the First 7 days in Heaven guy claim to have gone there also? Or is he just having fun?
~Also hoping Narnia exhibit comes a little closer to my home.

Carrie said...

Narnia-girl - I thought the review was generally ridiculous and uninformative (and horrendously bad.) I think if he had actually been there he wouldn't have written the book. Because there's no way he could have.

Bluerose - haha. I know. They still come in randomly. I'm amused. I confess it.

Stephanie @ Simple Things - I gave in and ordered it yesterday.

Because I have no self control that way!

Melissa @ Breath of Life said...

I'm speechless over the whole Osteen thing. As I was telling my college ladies last night in Bible study, the world promises us happiness, but it's not the cross-bearing life Jesus calls us to. If life here is so "heavenly", will we crave Heaven? Oh, wait...maybe that's the purpose of books like Heaven is For Real...

*shaking my head in amazement*

Shonya said...

Tee, hee, I ordered the new Duggar book last week and can't wait to receive it!

Amanda said...

I'm really interested in the new Duggar book as well- it keeps popping up in my Amazon recommendations and I've been resisting the temptation thus far. Hopefully my library will pick up a copy. :)

Sherry said...

Wow! I looked at the comments on your other post, and everybody has an opinion on the Duggars. I go to a church full of large families (with a few small families also), and we sometimes get branded as a cult, even though we're a part of a mainstream evangelical denomination. Some people are very afraid of the idea of large families, even if no one preaches that this is the way for everyone or that having a big family makes you a better Christian.

Anyway, I haven't read the Duggars' first book, but I'd like to, I think.

Annette W. said...

When I saw Olsteen's face as I scrolled down I knew I'd be amused by what you had to say.

I'm sure that heaven will be enjoyable...but fun just sounds weird. By calling it fun, it sure sounds like WE get to decide what will be happening there...

Ami said...

Wow, I just went back and read some of the old comments to see what people were talking about. I'd like to point out two things - one, the Duggars never say the way they do things is the right way. In fact, they go out of their way to say it isn't. They have nothing against the public education system, for example, they just feel home schooling is right for their family.


Second, they do a lot of good things they don't brag about. I was mentioning their laundry soap recipe to another mom when she mentioned offhand, "I stayed in one of their houses once." I was floored - turned out she needed a place to stay with her kids while waiting for twins she was adopting to come out of the hospital, and was looking for a house to rent. The Duggars offered up a house they had bought to resell - and wouldn't take a penny from her.

As for older kids helping with younger ones - I should hope so! In the past couple generations we have somehow got into the mindset that taking out the trash and doing the dishes occasionally is all we should expect a teen to contribute to the household. Hogwash! You don't exactly see Michelle running off to play Bingo or watch soaps while the older kids do all the work, do you?

Taia said...

For a better book on death and heaven, I recommend Richard Neuhaus's book (devotional?) _As I Lay Dying_

Barbara H. said...

I'm not sure what ATI is?

I appreciate all I've heard about the Duggars though I've never read about them or watched their show. We had a family in our former church who strongly believed every Christian family should have as many kids as possible and that's why Christianity wasn't the influence it should be, because Christians weren't having as many kids as they could (insert rolling eyes smiley). From everything I've heard, the Duggars do not believe that.

It's sad when authors write books based on Biblical topics based on their own logic and views rather than on what the Bible says.

Can't wait to hear about the Narnia exhibit! That sounds so cool.

Lauren said...

Although I won't be having 19 children, I so respect the Duggars. If we could all raise our children to be like theirs, our society would be full of respectful people wanting to serve others. I didn't realize they had a new book out, but I clicked through and ordered it right away! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I was blessed to meet the Duggars in Jan. of 2009. First time they were havin dinner in a mall. I recognized Michelles voice from only seeing vidoes on the computer. She was the sweetest most beautiful lady! So kind to talk to me after ordering her food! :-) Got to talk with Mr. Duggar and some of the girls later. All so genuine and kind. I so enjoyed meeting them and would love to have them to my house (yes all of them) for grilled burgers!!!!!! tammy

Kate {The Parchment Girl} said...

Personally I have mixed feelings about the Duggars (or rather, I should say, I have negative feelings about the Vision Forumites they rub shoulders with, and so I wonder about the Duggars themselves). Admittedly though I don't know a whole the family themselves and I would like to read one of their books to learn more about their personal convictions and beliefs. Michelle must be one tough woman to handle 19 kids!

Shonya said...

I finished A Love that Multiplies! :) And a couple of the other books you listed. . .(insert raised eyebrow face)

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