Friday, February 25, 2011

Thoughts on a newspaper article

I'll admit, this is the first time in a long time I've actually been compelled to write a blog...mainly because what I have to say is far too long to post on my facebook status :) 
I was reading the newspaper this morning and came across an article in my local newspaper about some vandals who broke in to an art consignment gallery and vandalized $16,000 worth of irreplaceable art (Buley, 2011).
Now, this is incredibly unfortunate, and like the gallery owner, I also wonder who would get their kicks from vandalizing art, I had an "ah-ha!" moment when I read something she said.

*Controversial Issue Notice*

In the article, the owner "struggles to understand how someone could enjoy standing in front of another's creation, ruin it" (Buley, 2011, p. C8). Although I realize this has everything to do with art, do we NOT do that with abortion EVERY SINGLE DAY? How many of God's precious creations do we destroy? How many babies (read: irreplaceable works of art) are aborted every year? How many women (read: irreplaceable works of art) are damaged because of their abortion, either physically, mentally, or emotionally?

Somewhere around week 5, the baby's heart begins to beat...could YOU stop a beating heart?

Just some food for thought :) I thought it interesting that people get so outraged over $16,000 worth of vandalized art but don't bat an eye when we hear there are close to a million abortions every year. 

Buley, Bill. "Attack on artwork." Coeur d'Alene Press 24 Feb. 2011, sec. Local: C1, C8. Print.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Review: The Power Based Life

Recently, I was sent a copy of The Power Based Life by Mike Flynt (aka: the guy who inspired the Friday Night Lights TV show). Upon receipt of the book, I was excited and ready to dive in, ready to learn his strategies to understand what I was born to do. 

I anxiously tore open the package and started reading, and to my utter disappointment, it was strangely similar to Cure for the Common Life by Max Lucado :( Although this book is meant to be a tool for you to put his twelve "strategies" in to practice for your own life, it came across as more of a platform to discuss his personal achievements, so much so that I felt the message of the whole book had gotten lost. 

Now, the idea of the book is to present twelve strategies for a "power based" life. These 12 strategies include: 
Power Base: Play to your strengths; 
Basics: Master the Essentials
Mindscapes: Cultivate a Winning Attitude
Visualization: See What Can Be
Belief: Defy the Skeptics
Commitment: Move Forward Relentlessly
Team: Know Who You Play For
Identification: Fly Your Flag
Adversity: Turn Your Difficulties to Your Advantage
Compassion: Practice Radical Mercy
Time: Maximize Your Moments
Body: Sow in Health, Reap a Longer Life

As I said at the beginning of this review, the first chapter is uncannily similar to Cure for the Common Life and that really bothered me; the last thing I wanted to do was read *another* book that it seems I've already read before because the principles are so darn similar. Unfortunately for me, this book never turned around or caught my interest...all I kept thinking about was "I thought this was supposed to be a motivational book, not an autobiography". 

All in all, this was not a good book for me, but I do think my husband is enjoying it, perhaps because he can relate with the football/fitness thing better than I can. As a not-interested-in-sports femal, I give this book 2 stars.

If you would like to purchase this book it is for sale on Amazon

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