Book Review: Peace Like a River by Leif Enger

A Steady but Riveting Story by a Top Shelf Author

I ordered Leif Enger’s Peace Like a River from Amazon’s Marketplace after reading a brief review by John Piper in his blog. I wasn’t sure how I would enjoy the story which seems to follow a rather methodically pace. What keeps the reader attached is the quality of the author’s writing.

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Book Review: iPhone Fully Loaded by Andy Ihnatko

Not your ordinary iPhone “How to” iPhone book

 I read the iPhone: The Missing Manual: Covers the iPhone 3G by David Pogue and it served as a “user guide” to most things iPhone. I recently bought Andy Ihnatko’s 2nd Edition of iPhone Fully Loaded expecting it to be a tool to fill in some missing holes but mostly a repeat of the information in Pogue’s book.

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Book review: The God Who Smokes by Timothy J. Stoner

An Attention Catching Title for a Captivating Book

Timothy J. Stoner is a conundrum for me. Having a some similarity in backgrounds, I found it easy in some respects to relate to his thoughts about how we worship and follow Christ. However, I would characterize this author as anything but typical. I found myself often curious at how he would surprise me by his responses or assessments.

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Book Review: WordPress for Dummies by Lisa Sabin-Wilson

A great starter manual for the new WordPress blogger.

When I made a decision last year to get serious about blogging, I had to make two first-step decisions:

1) What platform was I going to use?
2) What training tool would I enlist to make me more effective with decision #1?

When I did a book search for WordPress, there didn’t seem to be a lot of options.

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Book Review: Heaven by Randy Alcorn

Randy Alcorn’s book Heaven changed my thinking.

Like for many others, trying to imagine what Heaven will be like was difficult for me. The Bible tells us a great deal about Heaven, but I think we often miss most of it because we are too often plagued by the influence what Alcorn calls Christoplatonism. He stresses the reoccurring theme of the renewal of Creation and gives us pause to ponder the possibilities of what God has in store for us in Heaven.

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Book Review: Every Man’s Marriage: An Every Man’s Guide to Winning the Heart of a Woman

I recently finished reading Every Man’s Marriage: An Every Man’s Guide to Winning the Heart of a Woman (previously released as Every Woman’s Desire) and my synopsis is “Wow!” I have been married for almost 25 years and I thought I was a pretty good husband. Stephen Arterburn and Fred Stoeker “schooled” me on things that I had never considered or thought out.

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Book reviews now available!

image of stack of booksOne of the things that I enjoy doing on my blog and elsewhere is reading and writing reviews. I have done a few reviews on Quawkle, mainly hardware and software reviews, but I would also like to write some book reviews.

Recently, I changed my daily routine to allow me to wake up early in the morning so I could devote some time to reading.

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Web App Review: Jott

I am constantly in search of the “Holy Grail” of productivity tools and software. In fact, I probably waste a lot of productive time looking for the next best thing when it comes to managing my time and “to do’s”. About a year and a half ago, I stumbled upon Jott at I used the free app for most of that time and I really only used it occasionally even though I found it to be a very useful application. → Read the rest

Review: Logitech ClearChat Wireless USB Headphones

I recently purchased the Logitech ClearChat Wireless USB Headset to use mainly with my MacBook Pro while traveling for business. I enjoy using Skype with video to chat with my family back home. I was especially excited to find a wireless headset of good quality and I purchased this item to give it a try. The output sound was great and the range was more than adequate for my needs (I haven’t tested the range boundaries yet). → Read the rest

MobileMe – An affordable place to renew your subscription

mobile me box imageIf like me, you use MobileMe (formerly .Mac), you know that shelling out a $100 each year is really more than you want to pay, even though you may get a lot of mileage from the service. Fortunately, there are some places where you can buy an annual subscription for a significant discount. Last year and again, this year, I am using Amazon to help me save over 30% of the subscription cost. → Read the rest