Into the Light

13 Oct

After 69 days in the darkness, the operation to save 33 miners began last night.  Though it takes nearly one hour to retrieve each miner with the rescue capsule, as I watched coverage this morning, there was an electricity in the air.  A renewed hope.  A new freedom.
I can't imagine the thoughts going through the minds of these miners, as they individually climb into the small capsule.  Once inside, as the capsule is being pulled up slowly, imagine the fear, the hope.  The sense of being on the edge of light.
Mario Sepulveda, the second miner to be pulled from the darkness, is quoted as saying, "I have been with God and with the devil. I fought between the two. I seized the hand of God, it was the best hand. I always knew God would get us out of there."
In all things, light overcomes the darkness.
We have hope.  We have freedom.
Image of Mario Sepulveda appears courtesy of the New York Daily News

Multitude Monday: Cliffs Notes Version

11 Oct

What I’m thankful for today:

61. That God has a plan when I don’t.

holy experience

Book Review: Bending Toward the Sun

11 Oct

I recently had the pleasure of reading Bending Toward the Sun, a powerful memoir composed by former NBC executive Leslie Gilbert-Lurie and her mother, Rita Lurie.

The story begins with the voice of Rita Lurie, who reveals that she was forced to leave her home in Poland to hide from the Nazis.  From 1942 to 1944, her family hid in the dark attic of a sympathetic neighbor.  Barely surviving on scraps of food, Rita endured the loss of her loving mother and younger brother, as they died before her very eyes within the confines of the cramped attic.  Miraculously, Rita, her father, and her sister survived the horror of World War II, and began to look for a country that would accept them within their borders.

Years later, Rita is married to a man who gives her the security she’s always longed for, and never found with her father, his new wife Clara, and her sister Sandra.  Now a mother herself to daughters Leslie and Gwyn, and son David, Rita sees that her feelings of fear and guilt have been passed down to her children.  When the book turns to Leslie’s point of view, we find a daughter who desperately wanted to take care of her mother, for fear that any pain would remind Rita of her horrible childhood and the suffering she endured.  And while Leslie makes a name for herself as a lawyer, executive and philanthropist, she finds that her mother’s past still influences her outlook on life, as well as that of her own daughter, Mikaela.

This memoir serves as a powerful reminder of the devastation caused by the Holocaust, and similar tragedies that have a lasting impact.  By conducting interviews with those who knew young Rita best, Leslie and Rita begin to understand how those tragic two years (and the years of recovery that followed) affected Rita, and the generations to follow.   

A copy of this book was provided to me by FSB Associates.  I received no compensation in exchange for this review.  All opinions expressed here are my own.

Friday Finds

8 Oct

This few things have caught my eye this week…

A Relevant 10 ticket is up for grabs.  Check it out here.

I’m loving this necklace

and this camera strap

can’t wait to read this book

and go here

Happy Friday everyone!

Thinking about it…

7 Oct

I'm thinking about transitioning to WordPress.  Anyone out there have any pros and cons that they'd mind sharing?
My one con is that I'd probably have to change my web address (which I've been thinking about anyway), but that's really the only thing holding me back.

I miss…

6 Oct

…a time when writing was a passion.
…when words flowed effortlessly from my heart to the page.
…when I truly believed that I could make a living doing the thing I love most.
How do I return to that place?
Image courtesy of TESL Malaysia

Book Review and Tour: A Memory Between Us

6 Oct

I am so excited to be a part of Sarah Sundin’s Book Tour for her new release, A Memory Between Us.  This is the second book of her Wings of Glory series, but it can easily be read by those who have never read the first book, A Distant Melody.

Major Jack Novak earns himself a bed in a military hospital after a plane crash.  When he meets army nurse Lieutenant Ruth Doherty, he decides that he must have her.  Ruth, however, is committed to her work, and sending nearly all of her money to her orphaned siblings back home.  She isn’t interested in love.

But things between Ruth and Jack quickly begin to change, as Jack recovers and he begins to show her just how special he thinks she is.  Ruth begins to open her heart, but a terrible secret from her past paralyzes her.  Will she have the strength to reveal her past to him?  And if she does, will he ever be able to accept her?

Sundin’s work proves to be an excellent examination into the power of forgiveness.  This novel also serves as a fantastic representation of the turmoil of World War II.  Jack and Ruth are continually placed in situations where they are torn apart by war, as Jack goes back into combat and Ruth becomes involved in a flight nurse program.  Will they come back together?  Or will tragedy tear them apart forever?

Sarah Sundin is hosting a great giveaway in conjunction with her new release.  Here are the details:

Sarah Sundin presents The Movies and Memories Giveaway in honor of
book 2 in the Wings of Glory series. A Memory Between Us is available for purchase wherever fine books are sold.

From the English countryside to the perilous skies over France, A Memory
Between Us takes you on a journey through love, forgiveness, and sacrifice.


To celebrate Sarah is giving one lucky winner A Movie and Memory Prize
Package! One grand prize winner will receive:

* Make-your-own-photo book from (Capture your own

* Netflix Subscription (New or Nostalgic Movies delivered right to your house)

* Starbucks gift card (To keep your engine revvin’)

*Gourmet chocolate (A favorite in the 1940’s and now)

* British specialty teas in carved wooden box (Timeless tradition)

* Miniature model of a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber & C-47 cargo plane
(Everyone needs a few toy planes)

*Big Band music CD (Break out your dancing shoes)

* WWII authentic poster playing cards (Cards – a perfect game for two)

* Keep Calm and Carry On (Uplifting sayings WWII, a boost for troubled times)

To enter simple click on the icons below (contest runs 9/27 – 10/17!)

A copy of this book was sent to me by LitFuse Publicity Group. I received no monetary or other compensation in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed here are my own.