Starlight Reviews – Sandra Brown’s Deadline & Dan Harris’ 10% Happier…



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In this edition of Starlight Reviews, I offer up two books focused on journalists facing the aftermath of covering news in war zones. First, I look at suspense novelist Sandra Brown’s Deadline. Then, I focus on Dan Harris’ 10% Happier… 

Deadline

Deadline: A Novel by Sandra Brown | Jorie’s Store @ Amazon

Deadline: A Novel 
by Sandra Brown
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: Sept 24, 2013
Genre: Romantic Suspense, Mystery
ISBN: 9781455551231
Source: eBranch Harris County Public Library

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 Description: 

Renowned print journalist Dawson Scott returns from reporting from the front lines of Afghanistan. Quietly suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), he learns from his source in the FBI of a potentially huge story. This story could define Dawson’s career!

Dawson begins investigating the Jeremy Wesson’s disappearance. Wesson, the biological son of Carl Wingert and Floral Stemal, stateside terrorists who have been on the run for forty years. His coverage leads to Savannah, Georgia and Amelia Nolan, Wesson’s ex-wife, and their two boys. Drawn to Amelia, Dawson learns she and her young sons are staying with a nanny on one of the Georgia Sea Islands. In an unexpected turn of events, Dawson becomes entangled in nasty allegations. Setting aside the PTSD, Dawson tries to find Wesson, Wingert and Stemal.

Review: 

In Deadline, Brown’s gifts of dialogue, setting, and local color brightly shown. A riveting and fast read, I wanted to know how it would end. While I wish Brown made the nanny more memorable, I felt Brown reestablished herself as one of my “go-to” authors.

   RR - OrangeRainbow Rating: Orange – Restricted from those under age 17 

10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story

10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story by Dan Harris | Jorie’s Store @ Amazon

10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works
by Dan Harris
Publisher: It Books
Publication date: March 11, 2014
Genre: Biography, Autobiography, Psychology
ISBN: 9780062265425
Source: Harris County Public Library

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Description: 

Broadcast journalist Dan Harris’ most embarrassing moment – a panic attack – took place as he attempted to read the news on “Good Morning America” in 2004. After reporting from Afghanistan, Harris became accustomed to adrenaline. When returning to the US, he took serious, illegal drugs to maintain the high. Always on edge, the need for a fix led to the panic attack. After seeking medical help, Harris quits drugs and life gets better.

Soon, Harris’ assignment to reporting on faith leads him to the “self-help subculture.” In turn, Harris discovers something which helps him calm down – meditation.

Review: 

I enjoyed Harris’ writing style – self-deprecatingly humorous. I liked reading about many of the journalists on ABC and so many celebrities. He even mentioned Rivers Cuomo of Weezer! I didn’t agree with everything Harris said and I wasn’t too keen about the narrow margins of the pages.

RR - Orange  Rainbow Rating: Orange – Restricted from those under age 17 

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St Augustine’s Confessions (Revisited Challenge)


Confessions (Oxford World's Classics)Title and Author(s):  Saint Augustine Confessions
Release Date: February 15, 2009
ISBN: 978-0199537822
Pages: 311
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Source: (Barnes & Noble Classics) 

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Reasons for Reading:  My first time with Augustine of Hippo happened in one of freshman courses at Baylor. While not exactly resonating with me, I sensed the impact of a work from the father of theologians. Along with The Prince, Augustine’s Confessions won in the Revisited Challenge. While the cover to the right comes from Jorie’s Store on Amazon, I downloaded a copy to my Nook.

Summary: Considered one of the earliest autobiographies, Augustine of Hippo penned these confessions of his youth. He tells of a sinful youth in the Fourth and Fifth Centuries A.D. in Northern Africa. As Augustine was in his early forties when writing Confessions, these don’t tell his entire life story. Still, he sheds insight into his life before conversion to Christianity. Augustine regrets his indiscretions prior to his Christian life. A classic example would be stealing pears.

While his father is a pagan, his mother, Monica, is a Christian. In Augustine’s early years, Monica prays for her son’s salvation. She goes as far as to ask God to send someone to intervene. God places St. Ambrose in Augustine’s path.

When Augustine accepts Christ, he goes on to become the Father of Theology. He influences people to this day. Also, he shows how Christians are not perfect but those who have accepted forgiveness and salvation offered by Jesus Christ.

One Thing I Learned from this book: His mother is now known as Saint Monica. She is the patron saint of difficult marriages, disappointing children, victims of adultery or unfaithfulness, victims of (verbal) abuse, and conversion of relatives. One of her namesakes is Santa Monica, California.

What I Liked: Augustine’s writing style is straightforward and easy to follow. An easy outline helps readers comprehend his life story, Monica’s fervent hopes, and Augustine’s general call to action. He truly leads by example.

What I Disliked: I think Augustine does need to give himself a break. None of us are perfect. Besides, guilt does nobody any good.

RR - Yellow  Rainbow Rating: Yellow – Parental Guidance for Kids Under 13

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The Monday Post ~ sharing blog news and book haul ~ Jorie’s 58th Edition


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Improbable Cause by J.A. Jance Heist Society (Heist Society, #1)

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Improbable Cause by J.A. Jance Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption Heist Society (Heist Society, #1) Holy Bible: Archaeological Study Bible-NIV: An Illustrated Walk Through Biblical History and Culture Choose to Lose: The 7-Day Carb Cycle Solution War Ready: In My Father's Shadow The Dog Stars Sandstorm (Sigma Force, #1)

The Sunday Post ~ sharing blog news and book haul ~ Jorie’s 57th Edition


Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer: The Sunday Gazette

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(ICYMI) In Case You Missed It:

Hostage (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit, #14) Trial By Fury (J.P. Beaumont, #3) The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave  Joseph Stalin The Prince Confessions of Saint Augustine Breakfast at Tiffany's: A Short Novel and Three Stories  The Gods of Guilt (Mickey Haller, #5) Out of the Easy Desert Heat (Joanna Brady, #1) Black History In An Hour

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Improbable Cause by J.A. Jance Safe Haven

   My Book Haul: (Thank you, Goodreads, for these images!)

Improbable Cause by J.A. Jance Safe Haven Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption Holy Bible: Archaeological Study Bible-NIV: An Illustrated Walk Through Biblical History and Culture Choose to Lose: The 7-Day Carb Cycle Solution War Ready: In My Father's Shadow The Dog Stars Sandstorm (Sigma Force, #1)

The Monday Post ~ sharing blog news and book haul ~ Jorie’s 56th Edition


Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer: The Sunday Gazette

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Injustice For All (J.P. Beaumont, #2)

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  Holy Bible: Archaeological Study Bible-NIV: An Illustrated Walk Through Biblical History and CultureChoose to Lose: The 7-Day Carb Cycle SolutionThe Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave War Ready: In My Father's ShadowThe PrinceConfessions of Saint AugustineThe Dog StarsSandstorm (Sigma Force, #1)Breakfast at Tiffany's: A Short Novel and Three StoriesHostage (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit, #14)Trial By Fury (J.P. Beaumont, #3)Joseph Stalin

The Sunday Post ~ sharing blog news and book haul ~ Jorie’s 55th Edition


Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer: The Sunday Gazette

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  Holy Bible: Archaeological Study Bible-NIV: An Illustrated Walk Through Biblical History and CultureChoose to Lose: The 7-Day Carb Cycle SolutionThe Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave War Ready: In My Father's ShadowThe PrinceInjustice For All (J.P. Beaumont, #2)Confessions of Saint AugustineThe Dog StarsSandstorm (Sigma Force, #1)Breakfast at Tiffany's: A Short Novel and Three Stories

The Sunday Post ~ sharing blog news and book haul ~ Jorie’s 54th Edition


Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer: The Sunday Gazette

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. ~this meme was inspired in part by ~ In My Mailbox~

It’s a chance to share News.

A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

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The Selection (The Selection, #1)The FountainheadOn the RoadDeadlineThe Elite (The Selection, #2)The Prince (The Selection, #0.5)

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  Holy Bible: Archaeological Study Bible-NIV: An Illustrated Walk Through Biblical History and CultureChoose to Lose: The 7-Day Carb Cycle SolutionThe Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave War Ready: In My Father's ShadowThe PrinceInjustice For All (J.P. Beaumont, #2)Confessions of Saint AugustineBetween Shades of GrayThe Dog StarsSandstorm (Sigma Force, #1)Christmas Letters