Monday, September 19, 2016

Mailbox Monday - Sept 19

Mailbox Monday is a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued. Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It now has a permanent home at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists.

Happy Monday! Hope you all had a great weekend. It was a weekend of soccer, a birthday, and work.

Papou (Greek for grandfather) turned 86 on Friday. The family got together to celebrate. Earlier in the week my husband visited Fenway and got a tour of the stadium. He met former Boston Red Sox center fielder Fred Lynn. When he told Lynn that his father was a big fan, Lynn called Papou up and spoke to him for a bit. That's a pretty cool present.

Saturday and Sunday were both losses on the soccer field, but the Lil' Princess played well. Hope her tendinitis doesn't act up too much.

As for book arrivals, it was a great week. Three book review requests came in.

She's ghostwriting a book for a famous author--a recently deceased one. A struggling writer living in Manhattan, Jacy McMasters is the first to admit she's a terrific liar and a screw-up. Then the ghost of the famous novelist JD Balinger asks her to "channel" a follow-up to his classic coming of age book, The Watcher in the Sky. Along with her new boyfriend, a bear of a man who has no patience for mind games, the ghost in Jacy's head forces her to confront a lifetime of secrets—dark secrets. Secrets she's been keeping from herself.

This Advent book contains family devotions that focus on connecting Jesus and the symbols of Christmas. Each day includes a devotional, prayer, questions to discuss, the meaning of a Christmas symbol, and suggested activities to put the scriptures into action. Reproducibles are included to help with the symbol activities.

Emulating the format of Raising a Modern-Day Princess, authors Doreen Hanna and Karen Whiting seek to help parents and grandparents cultivate strong relationships and encourage the spiritual formation in their daughters using examples, Bible teaching on the fruit of the Spirit, and a variety of creative activities that are based on Galatians 5:22-23, the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control).

By implementing the ideas in this book, mothers (as well as fathers) will be equipped to understand and guide their daughters through each step of becoming His “princess.” This will include perceiving a daughter’s unique personality and gifts, refining her character through training and discipline, and modeling the attributes of a daughter of the King.

This book is a follow-up to both Raising a Modern-Day Knight (by Robert Lewis) and Raising a Modern-Day Princess by Pam Farrel and Doreen Hanna. While the latter book is aimed at parents of girls ages 12 and up, this book focuses on building the Christian character of younger girls.

Don't know about you, but I am thrilled to see the Christmas books coming out. The only thing that can make my favorite genres better is to have their stories set during Christmas time.

What was in your mailbox last week? Hope you'll share.


Yvonne@fiction-books said...

Hi Cheryl,

Right at the other end of the age scale, we have a one-year-old birthday party to attend this coming Saturday, for my great-nephew, Joshua. My brother and his family are very dear to us, so there is no way we could refuse, despite the fact that there will be over twenty other similarly aged babies there, together with their parents - I think that hubbie and I will feel a little like fish out of water!

You have a very eclectic mix of titles this week, the middle one of which I shall ignore, as I just can't bring myself to utter the 'C' word yet :)

I do like the sound of 'The Ghost Writer', although I hope that you enjoy all of your new finds :)


Mary (Bookfan) said...

How exciting for papou to get a call from the ballplayer! Fenway is a storied park, for sure. We saw a game there when our kids were young and we took a road trip. Fun memories. Have a great week.

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Birthday parties are fun! Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog. Enjoy your books....The Ghost Writer caught my eye.

Elizabeth said...

Happy Birthday to Papou.

I bet he was very excited about the phone call. How nice.

The Ghostwriters looks good to me.

ENJOY your reading week.

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Pat PostingForNow said...

Happy birthday to your Palouse! Enjoy your new books and have a great week.

Serena said...

86 years young. Happy birthday. Enjoy those new reads

Cheryl said...

Thanks for stopping by, ladies. Sorry I am just commenting now. What a ridiculous week I had.

Papou was very excited by the call. I think The Ghost Writer novel will be a great read. I'll let you know.

Hope you all had a nice week.