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Happy New Year!

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As I sit here typing, it is difficult to believe that we are in 2014. Where did 2013 go? It seems as if the year went by at an alarming speed!

I realize that it has been quiet here for the past month, but the time between Thanksgiving and the end of the year tends to be my “reflective” time, when I look back on the year and think about all that has transpired– the beautiful, the tearful, the laughter, the pain, the learning, the disappointments.

I have also been sick since right after Christmas, so even though I have some new books I’m excited to read and review, I haven’t been doing much at all.

All that being said, I wanted to share with you some of the highlights from my 2013, and wish you all the very best in 2014!

2013 was a year of personal struggles and growth for me, and while I know my sanctification process will never be complete, I hope that I will carry what I learned and experienced this past year with me as I begin 2014.

I’m sure some of you are familiar with My One Word? I have found it to be a wonderful idea, where, rather than making a long list of resolutions for your new year (do those work for anyone?!) you instead choose one word you want to be in the coming year, and you work towards implementing it in your life.

My “word” for 2013 was joy. And while I wouldn’t win the World’s Most Joyful award, I certainly feel like God has been at work in my life, stretching me, asking me to find joy in the now, the here, the good, the painful. I believe one of the best things I did in 2013 to help me develop joy was writing down my gifts, the little everyday blessings that God pours out on my life. While I do have a physical journal, I found I used the 1,000 Gifts app more.

I also believe that every year is only as good as it’s soundtrack. While I listened to a wide variety of music this past year, there were two albums that stayed on repeat: RED by Taylor Swift, and Fortunate Fall by Audrey Assad. I listened to RED for two reasons, first, because it’s by Taylor Swift, my favorite artist (duh) and second, because I love the variety of sounds and emotions on RED. And while Fortunate Fall did not come out until August, I listened to it just as much. I have been a huge fan of Audrey’s music for several years now, but I think Fortunate Fall is her best album yet. The music is beautiful, and the words are so powerful, packed full of wonderful Biblical truths I need to hear.

I didn’t get to go to the theater in 2013 as much as I would have liked, but I did get to see two amazing films– Catching Fire and The Book Thief. They were both well-made, beautiful films, based on two books I also happened to fall in love with in 2013!

I want to thank you all for joining me here in this little nook of the blogosphere and reading my thoughts on a few of the many varied books I read in 2013. It was a joy and adventure, and I hope to join you all soon.

So what changed or influenced you in 2013? Was there a book, song, or film that really inspired you? I want to hear about it!

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May the Odds be Ever in Your Favor

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As we conclude our month-long look at The Hunger Games trilogy, I wanted to share a few articles that I found interesting and helpful.

The Hunger Games: An Allegory of Christian Love by Julie Clawson.

The Definitive Christian Review of The Hunger Games by Dr. Wes Bredenhof.

The Hunger Games Hightlights Godless World, or Glorifies Violence? by Katherine Weber.

I hope you have enjoyed this series on The Hunger Games, and may the odds be ever in your favor!

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Remember Who The Enemy Is

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Tomorrow Catching Fire will release to theaters. In case you haven’t seen the trailers yet, I am posting them below.

And if you have already seen them, you can always watch them again.

Don’t ask how many times I have watched them… I’ve lost count!

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A Special Announcement!

I am so excited that I can finally announce a new series that I will be launching to last the entire month of November!

Over the next month, expect to see about six posts relating to Suzanne Collins’ #1 New York Times Best-Selling series, The Hunger Games.

I will be posting reviews of all three books in the series, as well as reviews on the first film, The Hunger Games, and the second one, which hits theaters this month, Catching Fire.

May the odds be ever in your favor!

 

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October Update

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And hello, friends! It has been so long since I posted a review, so I wanted to just let you know a little of what is going on in my life.

Fall is finally beginning to slip into South Mississippi– the temps are in the 80’s and are supposed to begin dipping into the 70’s in the next few days. Can you say bliss?!

Life is busy these days, with an abundance of little joys. As much as I love sharing reviews here at The Nerdy Bookworm, I never want to get stressed over them, I want to have the freedom to take a few weeks off every now and then, and just enjoy the moments that are passing far too fast. I think you understand?

My life right now is busy with cake decorating classes, learning to crochet with my 89-year-old great-great aunt from Belgium, being my grandfather’s chauffeur, grocery shopping, chiropractor visits, church, and, well, I think you get the idea… life.

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As the leaves change, fall to the ground, and crunch under shoes, my mind always begins to think forward to the coming holiday season and new year, and I tend to get a bit contemplative. I like to think of it as my built-in life realignment! Where am I going in life? Am I in the middle of God’s Will? Am I using my gifts fully for His Glory? Am I living each moment full, to the hilt?

As I realign, I am also going to be busy trying to plot out how I want things at The Nerdy Bookworm to grow and change in 2014. I am excited, and I hope you are, too!

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Before I skip off to the basket of laundry and the decorator tips to clean and the boiled peanuts to bag and the cats to cuddle and the stacks of books to read and the library returns and notes to mail and all the little things filling every moment to bursting, I just wanted to leave you with a few books you might consider for those crisp afternoons curled up:

 

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A Million Little Ways, Emily Freeman’s new book, released just this month. I haven’t bought or read it yet, but it is definitely on my to-read-this-fall list!

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Kisses From Katie, Katie Davis’ amazing story of love, life, and the Grace of God. A page-turner that will make you laugh, cry, and want to move to the mission field!

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Who doesn’t like to curl up with Anne of Green Gables on a fall day? It’s time to be captured by the magical world of Anne all over again!

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Right now we are in between Canadian Thanksgiving and American Thanksgiving, but it is never too early to start giving thanks for our blessings. Read One Thousand Gifts, and start living fully in the now.

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Be prepared to laugh, cry, and learn as you read this wonderful, down-to-earth book by Catherine Marshall. Meeting God at Every Turn has convinced me that Marshall must have been a kindred spirit!

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Speak Now!

Before I start back to reviewing books in September, I thought it might be helpful (and fun) to ask all of you a question:

What book(s) would you like to see reviewed here at The Nerdy Bookworm?

I look forward to hearing from you!

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My Stack of Books

Although I won’t be returning to full-time book review until September, I thought I would share with you what I am reading right now!

Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine by Max Lucado. One of my all-time favorite Christian authors! Always inspiring. His style of writing is absolutely captivating!

Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live. by David Platt. This is the first of Platt’s books that I am reading, definitely an interesting read so far.

My Heart in His Hands: Ann Judson of Burma by Sharon James. Since some friends were taking a Hazardous Journey , an “expedition to Burma” I decided to pull out a book I have had on Ann Judson, the wife of Adoniram Judson, missionaries to Burma, which I had never gotten around to reading. So far, so good!

I also just finished a wonderful book by Brad Voeller, Accelerated Distance Learning: The New Way to Earn Your College Degree in the Twenty-First Century. Wow. I am stilling ruminating on this one!

So, what are all of you reading these days?

 

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