Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Review by Cory Vernon


Tales of the Dragon's Bard, Book 1: Eventide

Hickman,Tracy/Hickman, Laura

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Tracy Hickman coauthored the Dragonlance books so if one likes the Dragonlance books chances are they will enjoy Eventide.
Eventide provides a nice change of pace compared to many other fantasy novels.
Although personally typical sword and magic fantasy is normally preferable, Eventide’s collection of short stories in a comical medieval/renaissance/magical town is entertaining. There are no twists or turns in the storyline but it remains interesting by adding many side characters and distracting side plots. Fairies and dragons and magical wells are mentioned numerously. Also, the Dragon’s Bard (arguably the storyteller/main character) brings in a little more excitement to everyday occurrences so the town will not be destroyed by a vicious dragon.
It is a great read for somebody who wants to sit down and read in five to fifteen minute intervals. Or great for someone who is busy because the short stories are quick reads while still connecting to the overall plotline.

Eventide would most likely be engaging for youth and young adults from ages fifteen to about twenty-five while remaining mildly entertaining for the younger and older alike.
Review by Cory Vernon.

When a traveling bard stumbles into a dragon's den, he is forced to tell stories to the fire-breathing menace or end up being eaten. Eventually running out of tales to share, he makes a deal with the dragon: for his freedom, he will return with new sagas of adventure, romance, and bravery.

Tales of the Dragon's Bard is the story of one man's quest to collect the most exciting stories he possibly can, and Eventide is the first town he encounters. With wish-women, gnomes, a centaur farmer, a resident Gossip Fairy, and a blacksmith dwarf, those living in Eventide have enough going o... (Read More)

Friday, June 8, 2012

Dean Hughes 99th book in a new series

Come to Zion, Volume 1: The Winds and the Waves
Dean Hughes

Come to Zion, Volume 1: The Winds and the WavesList Price $ 17.99  
The Winds and the Waves by Dean Hughes, the nationally acclaimed writer, is the first in a new series and the 99th book he has published during his 33-year career.
Will Lewis is stuck. the class system in England in the 1840s seems destined to keep him in his place as a poor tenant farmer who cannot improve his lot and will never be able to marry the woman he loves. But the "new religion" that is sweeping through congregations of the United Brethren, Will's church, may hold the key to the better life he longs for. As he listens to the preaching of Wilford Woodruff, he almost dares to hope for the Zion the young Apostle describes.
Will's struggles to believe and to face the rigors of immigrating to an unknown land are paralleled by the modern-day story of Jeff and Abby, a young married couple facing challenges of their own. When Jeff begins digging into his family history, he finds himself particularly drawn to "Grandpa Lewis," an ancestor whose life was more like his than he would have imagined.
The skillful interweaving of these two stories brings Church history to life while demonstrating how much we can learn from those who went before us. Anyone who has ever faced the winds and the waves, in some form, will love this novel.

other books by Dean Hughes

Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Forgotten Skills of Self-Sufficiency Used by the Mormon Pioneers
Caleb Warnock
Also available as a downloadable E-book
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Many people dream of becoming self-reliant during these times of fluctuating prices and uncertain job security. Using truly simple techniques, you can cultivate the pioneer's independence to provide safety against lost wages, harsh weather, economic recession, and commercial contamination and shortages. Strengthen your family's self-reliance as you discover a new the joy of homegrown food, thrift, and self-sufficient living.... (Read More)

Monday, May 7, 2012

I learned many things about the nature of the King James Bible.

The King James Bible and the Restoration

I found this book a very interesting read. I learned many things about the nature of the King James Bible.
I learned that the translators intentionally used archaic language, even for their time, to make the bible appear more scriptural, and that new words such as Atonement had to be coined to translate the Bible into English.  I also discovered that the phrase “original Greek” on the first page of the Bible referred to multiple incomplete manuscripts that left some passages in question. I also found that some phrases or verses may have been added to clarify the meaning of some concepts. One of those is the last verses of Revelations 22:16-21 that states in part ”if any man shall add unto these things… ” that was found in the Latin Vulgate but not in the Greek manuscripts. It is Ironic that someone would add these words prohibiting adding to the text that follow along the lines of Deuteronomy 4:2.

This book also, as the title suggests talks about how the King James Bible influenced Joseph Smith’s search for the truth and the language that he spoke and wrote. And it also reviews some of the newer translations and scholarship that has brought to light more information that was not available to the translators of the King James Version. It was interesting to learn how that English and other languages at one time did not have punctuation and how the Bible came to have punctuation, chapters and verses and also how the LDS Version of the King James Bible came to be.


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In 2011, the King James translation of the Bible celebrates its four-hundredth anniversary. This historic text, the product of many hands and many years, has had a greater impact on the world than any other book in the English language. It is still in print today, four centuries after it first came off the London presses. The King James Bible and the Restoration, however, is not solely about the history of the King James Bible and its contributions to the world; it also sheds light on the intersection of the King James translation and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It sho... (Read More)
Where can you get over 550 downloadable LDS e-books that are not all available from Deseret Books, Seagull, google books, or i-tunes, cheaper than Amazon, or Barnes & Nobel and work on your i-pad, Kindle, Nook, PC or Mac, and other e-readers?

And these won't disappear into the cloud if you upgrade your e-reader, or your license expires, because you will be sent a link within one business day to download them to your computer and transfer to your device.

Also many of these titles allow you to download the first chapter by clicking the "Click to look inside"

Adam-Ondi-Ahman and the Last Days
Randall Bird

Available as downloadable E-book $4.50
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Adam-Ondi-Ahman and the Last Days
Do you want to know where the Savior will appear during the Second Coming? Adam-ondi-Ahman in Missouri will be the first of three major appearances. Don't be left in the dark! This book takes a close... (Read More)

Sacred Symbols: Finding Meaning in Rites, Rituals and Ordinances
Alonzo L. Gaskill
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Sacred Symbols: Finding Meaning in Rites, Rituals and Ordinances
In order to truly understand Deity and how we can return to Him, we must first understand the meaning behind the sacred symbols found in religious ordinances, rituals, covenants, clothing, gestures a... (Read More)

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Breakfast in bed, hearts, chocolate, roses, romantic music and a good book

Guys, she needs a surprise.  Something different than every other year.

Give her chocolate, roses, hearts, romantic music, time, and a good book!
Start out with something first thing in the morning, carefully wake her with romantic music, breakfast in bed ( see below), a note on the bathroom mirror, flowers and a card on the breakfast table, candy for later, lunch together, or dinner out, time together to talk without the kids, and a good book to curl up with and remember who gave it to her.  Maybe you can’t do it all this year but do something different than last.

Oh, and don’t forget to do something unexpected for her like clean the house or complete that "honey do" list.
Ten  minute waffles ( or pancakes)
Save money on a healthy breakfast using inexpensive ingredients.  Cheaper than donuts, cold cereal, toast, hash browns. 
It only takes ten minutes to make waffles for two, a little longer for a larger family. This recipe serves one or two, double it for three to four, triple it for five to six depending on how many big eaters you have.   I call this my "one cup mix"  – One Cup each milk, one cup flour, one egg.
For every two people you will need :
Flour –  total one cup of white, whole wheat, oatmeal, barley or others like rice and corn.
1 Cup Milk – Fresh,  or 2 Table spoons Powdered instant or non-instant
One egg or 1 to 2 Table spoons whole egg powder
1 Teaspoon of baking powder
2/3 cup of sugar – white and or brown, or molasses
Optional- Fresh, frozen or freeze dried fruit, jam and whipped topping as desired.  For Valentines try something red like strawberries, raspberries, etc.
Start the clock
1.       Plug in and turn on the waffle iron, griddle, or fry pan.
2.       Lightly spread or spray some oil –( I like to use a  “Misto”  oil sprayer that I bought at Bed Bath and Beyond filled with a high heat expeller pressed  sunflower oil )
3.       While the waffle iron is heating, stir together one cup of water, and two tablespoons powdered milk – non-instant works fine - or you can just use one cup of milk.  Use a wire wisk or eat beater to blend the powder and water well.
4.       Add one to two tablespoons of powdered whole egg.   ( One if Shelf Reliance, two for most other brands).  Or you can beat in an egg.
5.       Now you need one cup of flour.  I like a mixture of 1/3 cup each of oatmeal ( thick, thin, instant it does not matter) ,  whole wheat flour, white flour and barley flour.  I grind my own wheat and barley about once every couple weeks and keep them in the fridge.  If you were counting you probably noticed that was 1 1/3 cup not one.   If using just white or wheat flour keep it to one cup.  You can try some various grains, corn, rice, etc .  I like to mix heavier whole grains with lighter grains like rice and barley to keep the waffles light and vary the nutrition.
6.       Add the flour to the liquid, top it with 1 to ½ teaspoons baking powder ( not baking soda).  I buy the kind with no aluminum in quantity at Sam’s club.
7.      Stir it up, it should be pourable, and by now your waffle iron should be ready.
8.    I use a 1/4 cup scoop to pour the batter into the waffle iron.
9.       While the first waffle is cooking let’s make the topping.  
10.     Take a small microwavable pan ( not metal), or a pint  jar and add 2/3 cup or sugar, and ¼ cup of water.  Stir it together.  I like to add a teaspoon or so of molasses to make it dark and add nutrition, or you can use 50% brown sugar.  Increase or decrease water to taste.
11.   Microwave it for one or two minutes till the sugar is dissolved.  Watch it, because if it gets too hot it will boil over.
12.   Stir in a drop of so of maple or another extract if you don’t have any fruit.
      13.   By now your first waffle is ready to eat depending on how hot dark you like them.
        14.   While you cook another waffle, you can prepare the fruit topping, thaw the frozen fruit in the microwave, or soak the freeze dried fruit in the warm syrup.
After about 10 minutes you should have four to six waffles ready to eat.  Continue to cook the rest.
If there is any syrup remaining just but on the lid and store in the fridge.
Leftover waffles can be reheated in the toaster or microwave.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Over Our Heads: An Analogy on Healthcare, Good Intentions, and Unforeseen Consequences

I just read this great book, it reads like fiction, but sadly it's not. It's an analogy, maybe you could call it a parable. Once I got started into the story I wanted to keep reading to find out how the character would solve his dilemma. It’s the story of the owner of a small family owned grocery store that is struggling to provide service to his customers in the face of well-intended but not well thought out city regulation.  Maybe I understood his dilemma more because we have a bookstore. Each new regulation makes his job harder and shifts the costs from a select few customers who need help buying groceries to the shrinking pool of those who can afford to pay. In Over Our Heads: An Analogy on Healthcare, Good Intentions, and Unforeseen Consequences the impacts of regulations on a fictitious grocery store are related to the impact on a real health care provider, from a small clinic to a large corporate hospital by noting in inserted notes the history of health care regulations from the Great Depression until today.  In reading the book, I could also see how my own health insurance choices have changed much like the food buying decisions of those in the story.

The author Rulon Stacy, is CEO Poudre Valley Health System, a resident of Fort Collins, a former bishop in our Stake, a customer, and a friend of ours. His leadership in his field has been nationally and locally recognized.   (Read More)

 "Every grocer, car dealer, car manufacturer, steel industrialist, software entrepreneur, restaurant owner, and hospital, resort, and airline CEO needs to read, take heed, and plead for change-if they don't want to hang out a 'going out of business' sign. Rulon Stacey's Over Our Heads isn't a fable; it's a serious reality check."  D.A. Benton, Author, CEO Material


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Costs continue to soar, and Americans already crippled by a sluggish economy struggle to pay escalating insurance premiums. Politicians, entertainers, and other public figures regularly demonize healthcare professionals as the ones who created this situat... (Read More)