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.

Sorry Mom

Today is Mother’s Day, so I thought it would be a good time for me to apologize to my mom.

Mom, I am sorry for:

  • Hiding rubber snakes in the bed
  • Putting that fuzzy worm on your shoulder
  • Putting fish from the creek into our bathtub
  • All those times you had to visit the principle, because I got in trouble at school
  • Being extremely stubborn and ignoring everything you said
  • Putting a plastic spider in your hair
  • Hiding my brother in the shrunk
  • All those speeding tickets I go as a teenager
  • Being rebellious and obnoxious

It didn’t matter how much trouble I caused, how mischievous or reckless I behaved, you where always there.  You never abandoned me or gave up on me.  You are an awesome mom and I love you.

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It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be – Paul Arden

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I give this book mixed reviews.  At times, I was rolling my eyes and thinking this man is crazy.  However, I also nodded my head and thought I could benefit from what he is saying.

Here are a few ideas from the book that I liked:

  • To achieve your goals, to be great at something, takes ambition and sacrifice.
  • Don’t blame others.  Take responsibility for yourself.
  • Whatever you’re doing, do your best.
  • Don’t promise what you can’t deliver.
  • Failure is a precursor of success.
  • Don’t be afraid of silly ideas.
  • Seek your inspiration from unexpected sources.
  • Don’t follow fashion, be original.