Fathered by God: Learning What Your Dad Could Never Teach YouFathered by God: Learning What Your Dad Could Never Teach You by John Eldredge
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Great ideas…and big ones. Initiating our biys into young men, our young men into warriors, our warriors into kings and our kings into our sages. Which one are you? You’ll find yourself somewhere along this continuim, and you may recognize you have had at least one of these steps excised from your story…yet each step is important in becoming the full man God intend. Eldredge is helping us put those forgotten peocs back into our stories.

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Doctor Sleep (The Shining, #2)Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What ever happened to Danny Torrance? For the 36 years since The Shining was first published, the answer has been left to our imaginations. Finally we catch up with Dan as his creator envisions him: a flawed middle-aged man with a tragic past -- his special gift, "shining," dulled with age and alcohol. He's "Doctor Sleep" now, a hospice worker who eases the end of patients' lives. He also happens to be the only one who can help a little girl with her own special gift. This is not simply The Shining II. Not only does this story stand on its own, it manages to magnify the supernatural quality that first drew us to young Danny, expanding its mystery and its intensity in a way that might even reach beyond this book into the rest of the King-iverse... and beyond.

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The Good DreamThe Good Dream by Donna VanLiere
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am loving this book. It feels like Flanerry O'connor. I give only it only 4 stars cuz I wasn't done. Now that I am I think 4 and a half would be the rating I'd give it. I felt as if I entered into this story with the characters. And, as they are so close to my locale in real life, the settings and characters rang as true as old friends. The redemptive arc of the story, seemed to me, to hit just the right tone without getting too smarmy. In fact in some places it was down right gritty. A tough feat, as I know Miss Van Liere's audience target and they don't like real...they like sweet. This is both. But it is very carefully and lovingly written. Get this book. In fact get 2 and give one to a friend and tell them that this is what a believers art ought to look like.

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Dracula ….Misunderstood Impaler!

Posted: November 15, 2013 in Book Review

17737226A Prince to be FearedA Prince to be Feared by Mary Lancaster
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Good vehicle through which to tell the tale of Vlad Dracula, but more so the history of Wallachia, Hungary, Bavaria and the Ottoman Empire. Worth the read for the history lesson.

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Watch an Extended Trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug :: Movies :: News :: Paste.

The Bracket for the 2013 DivII AA Football Playoffs was released this weekend. With BA’s 36-10 drubbing of Ensworth in week 10, the hunt for the Blue Cross Bowl Trophy is wide open. What do you think?

2013 Division I BlueCross Bowl Division II Class AA Football Playoff Bracket.


The Best Fall Festival Ideas and the Meaning of Halloween | Espresso Minute | iMOM.

We love the nip in the air that comes with October, and the seasonal celebrations, too! If your kids are like ours, they can’t wait to pick out a fun costume and head out for a night of trick-or-treat fun. If trick-or-treating isn’t your style, we have 12 Easy Fall Festival Ideas. We’ll show you the cutest invitations, recipes, games and more to help you celebrate with neighbors and friends!

And in case you’re wondering, we checked into the Real Meaning of Halloween. Some of it surprised us, and may surprise you too.

The Captain Returns!

Posted: October 24, 2013 in Notices

Top 10 Huddle Up Questions for Your Kids | All Pro Dad Blog.

We’ve learned that having intentional interaction with your kids is a great way to grow your relationships. Our schedules may prevent us from having a long block of time together, but we can squeeze out a few minutes on a daily basis.

The All Pro Dad Huddle Up questions are great way to facilitate the conversations during these small bits of you time you’ve made available. We’ve put together a list of 10 great huddle up questions, statements, and discussion points.

We encourage you to use these over the next month to explore conversation with your kids. Be sure to check out our Top 10 Huddle Up Questions for Your Wife, too!

Huddle up with your kids tonight and say: “One of the biggest failures of my life was ____. I learned ____.”

Huddle up with your kids tonight and say: “I think the most important thing I can do for you is ____. I say that because ____.”

Huddle up with your kids tonight and say: “I will never give up on you because ____.”

Huddle up with your kids tonight and say: “I am going to stop ____ and instead, do ____ with you.”

Huddle up with your kids tonight and say: “Honesty is always the best policy because ____.”

Huddle up with your kids tonight and say: “My biggest concern with you having a cell phone is ___. I say that because ____.”

Huddle up with your kids tonight and say: “Let’s go have some fun and ____ next month.”

Huddle up with your kids tonight and say: “One of the most creative things I have ever seen you do was ___. I say that because ____.”

Huddle up with your kids tonight and say: “I would like us to spend more time together by ____.”

Huddle up with your kids tonight and say: “The first time I saw you, I ____.”