Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Code of the Woosters(book).

I received this book for Christmas and it was very interesting
and it has a great plot.

I suggest you should read it it you have not already.                                       
It does use some bad words in it, but not many.
the synopsis is below.

TO a man who would barter his butler for an Jl oviform chocolate pot on three scroll feet, it would be but a short step to trade his chef— supreme artist though he be—for an eighteenth-century cow-creamer. That at least was Aunt Dahlia's view when she heard that her husband was proposing to cede Anatole to Sir Watkyn Bassett in exchange for the coveted cow-creamer. The only thing for it was to leg it hot-foot for Totleigh Towers, the Bassett residence, and pinch it from off the sideboard. Anatole must be saved at all costs ! When she arrived Bertie Wooster was already at Totleigh, pouring oil on the troubled waters of a lovers' breach between Madeline Bassett and Gussie Fink-Noitle. And all might have been well but for the presence of a small leather notebook and for the absence of a large policeman's helmet. As it was, Bertram became involved in an imbroglio that tested the Wooster soul as it had seldom been tested before, and even Jeeves, his head as ever bulging with brains, was put to it to find an adequate solution.

 It is also a book that will keep you laughing and also keep you in suspense.                                                                                                                                                            

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Good and Evil Are Not Equals

Good and Evil Are not Equals is a post written by David Mathis, a writer for the Desiring God Blog and this is where is got the post from.
It's a great post about Tolkien's Hobbit and the Lord of the Ring.
If you don't follow or read the Desiring God Blog, then i suggest that you follow it.
It's has a lot of great posts and resources.


 Don’t give Peter Jackson all the credit. He wasn’t the first to desire an adult version of J.R.R. Tolkien’s children’s story The Hobbit. According to author and scholar Colin Duriez, it was actually Tolkien himself who initially had the vision.
 Tolkien wrote The Hobbit for children in the early 1930s. It wasn’t until the mid 1950s that he published its trilogy sequel for adults, The Lord of the Rings. Adults were so drawn to Tolkien’s work that late in life, he dreamed of re-writing The Hobbit for adults, drawing in the darker tone from his later stories. Yet he died in 1973 with the dream yet unfulfilled.
Now enter Peter Jackson, who is doing for the big screen what Tolkien never was able to do in writing.

Great Themes Deep Within Tolkien

Whether you’ve already battled the crowds to see The Desolation of Smaug, or are waiting till the theaters thin out, or are simply a fan of Tolkien’s books, we want to enhance your Christian experience of the story. We solicited help from Duriez and author Devin Brown to point us to the Christian themes deep within Tolkien.
Which is precisely what Tolkien would have us do. As much as any writer, he carefully crafted his tales for the profound spiritual effect they would have on the reader. He means for us to be deeply affected. He means for his story, set in a “secondary world” called Middle Earth, to give us a certain experience, a kind of deep joy and satisfaction, that draws from the “primary world” in which we live.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The King's Shadow(book).

This king's shadow is a book written by Elizabeth Alder.
It is set in the time of the battle of Hastings, and it is appropriate for all ages.
It's a great book.

Evyn, a young Welsh serf, has dreamed all his life of becoming
a storyteller. Blessed with a beautiful voice, he loves holding
an audience captive with his words, reciting verses that
have been passed down from generation to generation.
But in a cruel twist of fate, Evyn
and his father suffer a brutal attack
by a group of murderous ruffians.
Evyn's tongue is cut off, and his
father is killed. Because his is
orphaned and unable to speak, most assume Evyn is
destined to a life of slavery. But Evyn is resilient and
teaches himself to read and write.
Having mastered these skills, he is
 appointed  the personal companion
to Earl Harold of Wessex, who later
becomes the King of England.
The two travel the countryside together, forming a close father-son bond.
Evyn chronicles  all their exiting journeys, which culminate at the Battle of Hastings,
where the future of the country is decided.

 Hope you all enjoy.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Tora! Tora! Tora!(movie)

In remembrance of the attack on pearl harbor last Saturday, i want to share
a movie with you all.
It's a movie that describes the attack on pearl harbor.
It's a good movie, and I suggest you watch it if you have not already.
Here is the trailer.


Thursday, December 5, 2013

Carol of the Bells.

Since it's the Christmas season, i decided to post a Christmas song.
This is Carol of the Bells, and it is done by a boys singing group called libera.
They are an amazing group who have done some really beautiful pieces, and I want to show you this one.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Around the World in Eighty Days(book).

 This is a really neat story written by Jules Verne.
It's a great read, and I recommend that you read it if you have not already.

The story starts in London on Tuesday, October 1, 1872. Fogg is a rich English gentleman living in solitude. Despite his wealth, Fogg lives a modest life with habits carried out with mathematical precision. Very little can be said about his social life other than that he is a member of the Reform Club. Having dismissed his former valet, James Foster, for bringing him shaving water at 84 °F (29 °C) instead of 86 °F (30 °C), Fogg hires a Frenchman by the name of Jean Passepartout as a replacement.
At the Reform Club, Fogg gets involved in an argument over an article in The Daily Telegraph stating that with the opening of a new railway section in India, it is now possible to travel around the world in 80 days. He accepts a wager for £20,000 from his fellow club members, which he will receive if he makes it around the world in 80 days. Accompanied by Passepartout, he leaves London by train at 8:45 P.M. on Wednesday, October 2, 1872, and is due back at the Reform Club at the same time 80 days later, Saturday, December 21, 1872.
The itinerary
London, United Kingdom to Suez, Egypt rail and steamer across the Mediterranean Sea 7 days
Suez to Bombay, India steamer across the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean 13 days
Bombay to Calcutta, India rail 3 days
Calcutta to Victoria, Hong Kong steamer across the South China Sea 13 days
Hong Kong to Yokohama, Japan steamer across the South China Sea, East China Sea, and the Pacific Ocean 6 days
Yokohama to San Francisco, United States steamer across the Pacific Ocean 22 days
San Francisco to New York City, United States rail 7 days
New York to London steamer across the Atlantic Ocean and rail 9 days
Total 80 days
Map of the trip
Map of the trip

Fogg and Passepartout reach Suez in time. While disembarking in Egypt, they are watched by a Scotland Yard detective named Fix, who has been dispatched from London in search of a bank robber. Because Fogg matches the description of the robber, Fix mistakes Fogg for the criminal. Since he cannot secure a warrant in time, Fix boards the steamer conveying the travellers to Bombay. Fix becomes acquainted with Passepartout without revealing his purpose. Fogg promises the steamer engineer a large reward if he gets them to Bombay early. They dock two days ahead of schedule.
After reaching India they take a train from Bombay (now Mumbai) to Calcutta (Kolkata). Fogg learns that the Daily Telegraph article was wrong—the railroad ends at Kholby and starts again 50 miles further on at Allahabad. Fogg buys an elephant, hires a guide, and starts toward Allahabad.
They come across a procession in which a young Indian woman, Aouda, is led to a sanctuary to be sacrificed by suttee the next day by Brahmins. Since the young woman is drugged with opium and hemp and is obviously not going voluntarily, the travellers decide to rescue her. They follow the procession to the site, where Passepartout takes the place of Aouda's deceased husband on the funeral pyre on which she is to be burned. During the ceremony he rises from the pyre, scaring off the priests, and carries the young woman away. The two days gained earlier are lost, but Fogg shows no regret.
The travellers hasten to catch the train at the next railway station, taking Aouda with them. At Calcutta, they board a steamer going to Hong Kong. Fix has Fogg and Passepartout arrested. They jump bail and Fix follows them to Hong Kong. He shows himself to Passepartout, who is delighted to again meet his travelling companion from the earlier voyage.
In Hong Kong, it turns out that Aouda's distant relative, in whose care they had been planning to leave her, has moved, probably to Holland, so they decide to take her with them to Europe. Still without a warrant, Fix sees Hong Kong as his last chance to arrest Fogg on British soil. Passepartout becomes convinced that Fix is a spy from the Reform Club. Fix confides in Passepartout, who does not believe a word and remains convinced that his master is not a bank robber. To prevent Passepartout from informing his master about the premature departure of their next vessel, Fix gets Passepartout drunk and drugs him in an opium den. Passepartout still manages to catch the steamer to Yokohama, but neglects to inform Fogg.
Fogg discovers that he missed his connection. He searches for a vessel that will take him to Yokohama, finding a pilot boat that takes him and Aouda to Shanghai, where they catch a steamer to Yokohama. In Yokohama, they search for Passepartout, believing that he may have arrived there on the original boat. They find him in a circus, trying to earn the fare for his homeward journey. Reunited, the four board a steamer taking them across the Pacific to San Francisco. Fix promises Passepartout that now, having left British soil, he will no longer try to delay Fogg's journey, but support him in getting back to Britain to minimize the amount of his share of the stolen money that Fogg can spend.
In San Francisco they board a transcontinental train to New York, encountering a number of obstacles along the way: a massive herd of bison crossing the tracks, a failing suspension bridge, and the train being attacked by Sioux warriors. After uncoupling the locomotive from the carriages, Passepartout is kidnapped by the Indians, but Fogg rescues him after American soldiers volunteer to help. They continue by a wind powered sledge to Omaha, where they get a train to New York.
In New York, having missed the sailing of their ship, Fogg starts looking for an alternative to cross the Atlantic Ocean. He finds a steamboat destined for Bordeaux, France. The captain of the boat refuses to take the company to Liverpool, whereupon Fogg consents to be taken to Bordeaux for $2000 (roughly $39,167 today) per passenger. He then bribes the crew to mutiny and make course for Liverpool. Against hurricane winds and going on full steam, the boat runs out of fuel after a few days. Fogg buys the boat from the captain and has the crew burn all the wooden parts to keep up the steam.
The companions arrive at Queenstown (Cobh), Ireland, in time to reach London before the deadline. Once on British soil, Fix produces a warrant and arrests Fogg. A short time later, the misunderstanding is cleared up—the actual robber was caught three days earlier in Edinburgh. However, Fogg has missed the train and returns to London five minutes late, certain he lost the wager.
Fogg apologises to Aouda for bringing her with him, since he now has to live in poverty and cannot support her. Aouda confesses that she loves him and asks him to marry her. He calls for Passepartout to notify the minister. At the minister's, Passepartout learns that he is mistaken in the date, which he takes to be Saturday, December 21, but which is actually Friday, December 20, because the party travelled eastward, gaining a day.

Passepartout hurries to inform Fogg, who reaches the Reform Club just in time to win the wager. Fogg marries Aouda and the journey around the world is complete.

My Hope with Billy Graham

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I recently saw a documentary produced on Billy Graham's 95th birthday. Before I explain the documentary I will say a little bit about Billy Graham.

     William Franklin "Billy" Graham Jr. Is a Christian evangelist and pastor. Billy Graham traveled around preaching the news of Jesus Christ. He did this for many years. Which brings us to now. This documentary was produced on Billy Graham's 95th birthday. It was called My Hope.

     My Hope showed the testimonies of Lecrae Moore and Lacey Sterum. It also included short messages by Franklin Graham (Billy Graham's son) and Billy Graham himself.
     You might have recognized the name Lecrae Moore because he is a well known Christian rapper. I found his testimony encouraging. It showed that God can change bad people into Jesus fanatics. I also like Lecrae's music, which shows him going through hardships and overcoming them.

 Here is Lecrae's testimony.

Lacey Sterum's testimony was helpful in seeing someone using they're talents to evangelize and spread God's glory. In the documentary Lacey Sterum sang Mercy Tree. It was something I saw before My Hope. It intrigued me to watch the documentary and see the full testimony. To watch Mercy Tree click here.
I thought the documentary encouraging and think you should watch it too.