The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury

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Ray Bradbury’s book The Illustrated Man was published in 1951, and it is considered a classic.

The book is about a man whose body is covered in magical tattoos.  The tattoos move and  play out stores of various people living in the future.

Each chapter of the book contains a science-fiction story, in which technology has a massive impact on human behavior.  The characters for each story relatable, even if you end up hating them.

The stories often have surprise endings that may leave you feeling baffled or dejected.  Despite the dismal endings and the pessimistic feelings aroused by the stories, I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book.

Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit

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I borrowed the book Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit from a friend, because I wanted to learn more about the topic.  This is an excellent book and I found it to be enjoyable.

The book starts out with a little history and discusses how certain oils and herbs were used in ancient Oriental, Greek, and Roman civilizations.

There is also a basic explanation of Yin and Yang, as well as the five elements (Earth, Fire, Water, Wood, and Metal).  The book explains how those concepts are used in preparing and prescribing essential oils.

The book gives an overview of various types of plants, how they were used in the past, and how they can be beneficial to individuals today.

For Example:

  • Eucalyptus can be used to treat infections, enhances breathing, and increases oxygen in the red blood cells.
  • Frankincense promotes relaxation.
  • Ginger oil is a decongestant that improves confidence and morale.
  • Hyssop can boost the immune system and enhances courage.

 

Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

The book Ethan Frome is an interesting novel with a tragic ending.  The main character never finds the freedom he desires.

Toward the end of the story, there is an escape plan that goes horribly wrong.  The circumstances are flipped, but the suffering continues.

I know it sounds like a sad book, but I enjoy reading it.  I feel for Ethan Frome, but not for his wife.  She experiences a bit of poetic justice and that kind of made me smile.

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Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan

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After finishing The Zombie Survival Guide, I decided to read Pilgrim’s Progress.  What can I say?  I have strange reading habits.

John Bunyan wrote this book in the 1600’s.  The story is a classic, because the lessons found in this book are applicable even to this day.

The main character is Christian.  He felt convicted by the Word of God, so Christian leaves his hometown, family, friends, and everything he owns behind to find peace, forgiveness, and release from his burdens.  He begins his journey to the Celestial City on Mount Zion.

While traveling, Christian meets other pilgrims.  He finds some of them to be helpful and encouraging.  However, he also encounters people that try to discourage him from his journey.

Christian also faces various attacks, trials, and tribulations.  He struggles to pass through the Valley of the Shadow of Death and the Slough of Despond.

At times, Christian stumbles and wanders off of the path to the Celestial City.  In spite of all that happens to him and in spite of his own mistakes, Christian is determined.  He never surrenders.

In the end, Christian completes his journey and arrives at the Celestial City.

365 Blog Topic Ideas – Book Review

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At times, I feel like my mind is overflowing with ideas.  I can write for hours in a state of frenzy.  My brain is buzzing with blog topics.

There are also times when I can’t come up with a single blog topic.  I look inside myself and there is nothing, except for cobwebs and crickets.  During these phases, I feel compelled to look for inspiration.

I have purchased several books on developing blog post ideas.  My absolute favorite is 365 Blog Topic Ideas by Dana Fox.  The book is full of useful ideas that can be adapted to any niche.  As things change in your life, you can revisit this book and discover new ways of using the same topic.

The book is a great resource and it sits in a prominent place on my bookshelf.

 

The Life and Legend of Chris Kyle by Michael Mooney

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Chris Kyle has been a polarizing individual in popular and social media.  Some have glamorized and idealized him.  While others have reviled and vilified him.

I respect Chris Kyle, because he was willing to risk his own life in order to protect our country.  I respect him for being a Navy Seal.  I also respect his ability to compartmentalize his military job and his civilian life, which allowed him to function and succeed on the battlefield, in the civilian workforce, and as a family man.

We live in a world that requires people like Chris Kyle to protect us from those who want to do us harm.  I wish we could find another way, but it’s not always possible.  We live in a world that needs people like Chris Kyle and I respect him for filling that need.

I enjoyed reading the biography of Chris Kyle.  He was an American hero and his life story is inspirational.