The Hiding Place, by Corrie Ten Boom

Here is my post for the Book Club Discussion started by Marathon Bird.

I don’t know why I had never read The Hiding Place, but maybe it was partly because I did not want to visit the things that went on at the hands of the Germans in WWll. When I was a kid I went with my dad to see Mein Kampf, the documentary that showed the depravity of the Holocaust. Those pictures were deeply etched in my mind. I think that is why I did not want to see Schindler’s List.

As I read of the heroism of the Ten Boom family, I was horrified again at the treatment of those considered by the Nazis as inferior. But I was buoyed by the faith of the family, especially Corrie and Betsie as they were incarcerated and mistreated. I could identify with Corrie, as she wanted to honor God but who constantly had to deal with the emotions of anger and hate for her captors. I was truly inspired by Betsie, who was more Christ-like in her dealing with the deprivation and the persecution.

I am glad I read this book, because its message was not really about creating a hiding place for Jewish refugees and an underground network to get them to safety. Its message, at least to me was that all of us need a Hiding Place as described in Psalm 32:7 “Thou art my hiding place; Thou dost preserve from trouble

Planning a Trip to France?

Many years ago I married the most beautiful girl in the world. And she has so many qualities beyond beauty that have made her the perfect mate. Our income has been modest and we have lived within our means for the nearly forty two years. I would love now to show my lovely bride some of the luxuries of the world. I want to take her on a tour of France.

I have been reading about some places I think she would enjoy. First I would like to go to Morbihan, in Brittany, to soak up as much of the fascinating history of that area as we can. Next we will go to Bergerac, in Perigord Pourpre, to visit museums and do some shopping in the busy markets there.

Perhaps then we will wrap our stay with a quiet time in the region of Orne, walking the countryside, hand in hand as though she were Guinevere and I were Arthur. It does sound like a dream vacation for a beautiful lady!

Never Call Retreat, by Newt Gingrich

I just finished the third in the Civil War trilogy of novels written by Newt Gingrich and William Forstchen. The series is very entertaining. The historical work of these two authors is impressive. The depiction of the weight of command in the midst of war is intense and the horror of the carnage in our country’s struggle is gruesome. The strategies are illuminating.

The most fascinating element of the last book, Never Call Retreat, to me was that the Gingricgh and Forstchen brought the war to a close about a year and a half earlier than it happened in history. Their presentation suggested that if the war had ended in the way they depicted, the country would have healed in a much shorter time and the equality of all men would have been a reality at least a century earlier.

If you enjoy good writing and a look into some of the most important people and issues of our society, I would suggest you take the time to read the entire trilogy!


Having a daughter that lives in Singapore, but who spends all lot of time Shanghai, China makes it imperative that I have the best and cheapest to calling cards available in order to be able to stay in touch with her as often as I like. The web site at Richcom.com is the ultimate place to find just the right phone cardfor your needs, no matter in the world you want to call.

The efficiency of the process makes it easy for you to obtain the prepaid phone cards or International calling cards right online. The site is simple to navigate and the wide range of offerings make Richcom.com your one stop shopping center. They have short cuts to the most popular cards and the check out is painless, not only because it is easy but because the prices are so good! They cards have no connection fees and they even provide 3 per cent cash back bonuses on every purchase!

In reading on the site, I have discovered that the cards for calling Singapore can also be used to make calls to domestic locations as well as those overseas. If the web site does not have the answer you need, call one of the specialists at 1-800-422-1843!

Minor Prophets

At our session of church camp last week we had four hundred teens. I was the teacher for 43 sophomores. Our theme this year was "How Great Is Our God", and our focus was to help the kids wee the greatness of God more clearly. We used the texts of the Minor Prophets of the Old Testament to help them find the traits and qualities of God revealed there. It was an interesting week, in part because the material was completely new to most of the students. Only 2 of my class had read the text of those books befoire we got to camp. Now all have.

Have you ever read Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi! It would be worth your time to do so!

Optics Planet

It is time to make a decision about what you are going to give your dad on Father’s Day. I know it may be hard to buy for your dad; it is for mine, too. That is why going to Optics Planet.com is a good idea for anyone that wants to really please Dad. Optics Planet has a huge array of top quality products that can please just about any guy. If your father is a bird spotter, he may need a new pair of binoculars or some accessories for his current one. If he is a hunter he would probably love one of the new Leupold Riflescopes that can be found at Optics Planet.

Not only do they offer great items at a reasonable price, now you can get free shipping on most purchases of over twenty nine dollars and ninety five cents!

Watership Down

This post is part of the Book Club Challenge by Marathon Bird.

The book club assigned book for the month of May was Watership Down. I had never read it, I think in part because I had the idea that it was an innocuous children’s book that was too long. But I was completely wrong. I no longer think it is too long and I am not at all sure I would call it a children’s book. I kept wishing for a lapine dictionary, only to find a glossary at the end of the book. Too late, I had just finished the story.

Richard Adams did a great job of developing characters and making them appealing. I came to care about a great number of the players in the tale of the rabbits moving to establish a safe and pleasant home at Watership Down. I am not sure who I would call my favorite character, all of them had attributes that were compelling. I found myself identifying with Hazel, trusting Fiver, admiring Bigwig and fearing General Woundwort. As I read the book, I was especially entertained by Kehaar, the seagull that became an important ally in the battles of Efrafa. I think the reason I liked him is that I know some folks in the Caribbean that sound a lot like the feathered fellow from the “Beeg Vater”.

Adams was masterful in moving the story along and making me believe these rabbits have proverbs and prophecies, longings and loyalties. I am not sure what message Adams hoped to transmit to the readers, but the one that rang out loudest to me was that everyone in a community is an important element of the society, from the smallest and meekest to the wisest and strongest.

I was pleased with the book and am pleased that I spent the time to read it. The next selection for the group is The Hiding Place, by Corrie Ten Boom. If you would like to participate in the book club, read the book and post a review on June 25. Happy reading.

Sports Addict

For a sports nut like me, there is an insatiable interest in what is happening in the sports world. I seek information all the time, whether it be baseball talk, free football picks, NBA scouting reports or stats for a fantasy league. AddictSports.com is a place where I can get all that and a lot more.
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The Lonely Men, by Louis L'Amour

The saga of the Sackett clan, and of the opening of the American West, continues in this Louis L’Amour novel. The story used as the vehicle to present the history is a again focused on the moves of William Tell Sackett. He and three other lonely Western men undertake a dangerous trip into the Sierra Madre of Mexico to retrieve some white children who have been abducted by raiding Apache Indians.

The tale takes the reader into some wilderness country and deals with some character of the men of the West. It is another winner from L’Amour.

Read Rap Lyrics

Does your child like to listen to Rap Music? Does it make you want to know what he or she is actually hearing? If you would like to check out the Rap Lyrics your kids are listening to, you can go to Rap Artist.com.

On that website you can read the words to the songs by your child’s favorite artists. Even the latest songs are available for your perusal.