Friday, March 26, 2010

Pride and Prejudice Book Club Questions Week 1

Pride and Prejudice Book Club
Week 1


First I would like to thank everyone who is participating. While doing research on Jane Austin and Pride and Prejudice I have found some awesome stuff I'd like to share with you.
First of all there is a delightful quiz "Which Austen Heroine Are You?" quiz on  Emma Adaptation 
It turns out I am most like Marrianne Dashwood. Which character are you most like? 
Next I want share with you Jane Austen's World. This blog is a wealth of information for anything and everything related to Jane Austen. I am especially excited about the podcast. I can listen to Pand P when I go to the gym.  Who Hoo! 
 Finally I want to share about the Bronte Along. At this blog they are reading all the Bronte sisters and doing fun things to go along with them. I have picked up up some great ideas. Thanks for sharing about them Casey. 

Here are my questions for this week. I will come back and post my answers on Sunday.Post your answers on your page and link back to this page. You don't have just post answers to the questions you can post anything Jane Austen or Pride and Prejudice related.  Be sure to click on the Create a Link button at the bottom of this post. Enjoy! :)

Week 1 Questions
1. Would you like to live in England during the time that Pride and Prejudice took place? Why or Why not? 

2. Do any of the characters remind you of anyone you know? 


3.  Charlotte Lucas says "Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance."  What does this statement say about her? Do you agree or this statement? why or why not? 


4. Why do you think Darcy is attracted to Elizabeth?

5.  What is your favorite part of the story so far?

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Prayer

Prayer
Prayer has been coming up in my mind a lot this week. There are so many things going on these days. From the changing American society, health concerns of loved ones and friends, uncertainties about the future and so much more. I think we often forget the power of prayer. We get so wrapped up in our lives that we forget who is the source of life. There are so many passages in the Bible that talk about prayer. One verse in particular that keeps coming to my mind is I Thessalonians 5:16-18. “16 -18 Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.” From the Message. I will be the first to admit that this passage can be a challenge-especially for me. I am a natural born pessimist. It is much easier for me to assume the worse than to be cheerful.-let a lone thank God-no matter what. Thankfully God has placed me with an optimistic husband and friends. Slowly but surely God is teaching me to thankful despite circumstances. Now does this verse mean to literally stay on bended knee 24-7? I think not. I believe it means to stay in a state of prayer all the time. Keep the line of communication open with the Father. I find it easiest to communicate with Him by short simple phrase. Just whatever is on your heart-tell God about it. You will find Him listening.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The New Living Translation Break Through to Clarity Bible Contest and Giveaway

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Top 2 Tuesday-Things I can't live without

I am linking up with the Undomestic Momma to do Top Two Tuesday
This week She's doing the Top Two Things we can't do without. I had a hard time narrowing it down with just two! But here goes....





1. My Phone


I have to have my phone with me at all times. It's crazy I know. But I feel "connected to the world" when it's with me.I mean- I can stay connected with family and friends, take care of business and  not to mention surf the web. All with one wonderful device.   I can't function when I don't have it on me.  My hubby calls it my "security blanket."


2. My mini-notebook 
I am always writing something down. From my grocery list, to blog ideas, to my do list-you name it-I've probably written it. I have to write things down to remember them. I keep a note pad in my purse and car so I always have a place to write my ideas down.

What are your top two things you can't live without?

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

You might have to Push a little to Read PUSH

Push by Sapphire


Random House Publishing


Precious Jones is sixteen years old and feels that her life is at its end. She's suffered through abuse by her mother, rape by her father and has been abandoned by the rest of society. Her life begins to change because of a teacher. This teacher opens her eyes to life and joy of learning. She helps Precious to realize that she can overcome her difficulties. 
 I decided to read this book after hearing about the movie it's based on, Precious. I have yet to see the movie but I've heard great things about it. I had a hunch that if people liked the movie so much that the book must be even better. At first I was taken aback by the language and the disturbing images used to describe Precious' life. But when I got to where her teacher opened her eyes to knowledge and writing I was hooked. Being an educator you know I love that part! :) The book made me feel sad at first about the difficult childhood had but as Precious learned about knowledge I began to feel more optimistic. The writer does an excellent job using story elements to portray Precious life in Harlem and how she fought to make her life her own. At only a 180 pages it is an easy read. The author, Sapphire reminds me of Zora Neale Hurston. However, I would also warn people about it's use of language and the graphic description of incest. I love the theme of the book that when life gets rough you have to push. I would definitely recommend this book because of it's life lesson.





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