The View From Saturday…


Our family completed yet another Newbery Medal Award Winner in Karen Hesse’s The View from Saturday.      

I have updated my rankings accordingly.  Like I have mentioned several times before, the following list does not include the works that did not happen to make the list of award winners (but that we still enjoyed together) such as the seven books included in The Chronicles of NarniaHatchet (an honor recipient), and The Hobbit.
Here is the list to date (along with my respective reviews): 
  1. The One and Only Ivan (2013)
  2. The Giver (1994) 
  3. The Tale of Despereax (2004)
  4. Bridge to Terabithia (1978) 
  5. Dead End in Norvelt (2012)
  6. Out of the Dust (1998)
  7. Bud, Not Buddy (2000)
  8. Kira-Kira (2005)
  9. Shiloh (1992)
  10. Flora & Ulysses (2014)
  11. A Year Down Yonder (2001)
  12. Crispin: The Cross of Lead (2003)
  13. A Single Shard (2002) 
  14. When You Reach Me (2010)
  15. Holes (1999)
  16. A Wrinkle in Time (1963)
  17. The Higher Power of Lucky (2007)
  18. Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! (2008)
  19. The Graveyard Book (2009)
  20. The View From Saturday (1997)
  21. Moon Over Manifest (2011)
  22. Criss Cross (2006)
This was one of our least favorite reads to-date.  Granted, due to a busy holiday schedule, this book took far longer to read than it usually does, but the book just did not captive my children’s imagination (nor mine).  Along with that, there were glimmers of content that I had to skim over because I did not believe that the topic was age-appropriate.  
The format and premise of the book was so promising. The concept of how an unlikely team is compiled from unsuspecting characters is compelling . . . but the narrative never really gels (and the ending is a bit abrupt).   That being said, my favorite quote was when one character suggests, “The storm in our private lives had picked him up and put him out of place.  Me, too.  I, too, had been picked up from one place and set down in another.  I, too, had been stranded.  We both needed help resettling” (60).   
As far as our next selection, we will take a step back from Newbery Award winners to read through a series that was highly recommended from me by a trusted family member – Peter and the Starcatchers.  Have you read any of them?  If so, do you care to share your experience? 
The View From Saturday…

Timothy Keller’s “Prayer”…

I recently was given a book by Don Ross (Team Leader of the Northwest Ministry Network and Coach from Turnaround Church). The book was Timothy Keller’s Prayer.  Some of my favorite quotes can be found on Instagram.

To be completely honest with you, this resource could not have come at a better time.  While reading this work and having a few key conversations with some of my most trusted mentors, I have felt compelled to become far more intentional in my prayer life.  For example, I have recently approached a few close friends with the prospect of meeting on a regular basis . . . asking that they pray with me and for me as the Lead Pastor of Blue Bridge Church.

Why is it so humbling (and sometimes even feels somewhat humiliating) to ask others to pray for you?

Timothy Keller’s “Prayer”…


One of my goals is to read at least one biography on each and every U.S. President.  As mentioned before, I began this journey back in 2003 when I stumbled upon the fine works of David McCullough. 

I took another step towards completing this task by reading Amity Shlaes’ Coolidge.  A fine and complete work.  

Some of my favorite quotes from the book can be found here.  Anything in particular stand out to you?
Here is an update on my progress through the list of presidents…
2.    John Adams
30.  Coolidge
32.  FDR
33.  Truman
As of today, I have officially read biographies on 22 of the 43 presidents (Cleveland was in office twice).