Sunday, January 23, 2011
In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi, The Story Siren. This meme was began so we could all share what books we received the previous week ... whether it was in the mail, from the library or what we bought at a store.
Here's what I received:
The A-Men by John Trevillian: Jack is a man with no memory awakening in a dark and dangerous metropolis on the eve of its destruction. The only clue to his former life, a handwritten note in the pages of an ancient book of faerie tales entitled Forevermore.
Marked for death in a peace-keeping force sent into the riot-torn city, he finds sanctuary and survival with other renegades on the streets of the place now called Dead City. Battling to survive they form the infamous A-Men, misfits with a unifying dream to be special. That is until their paths cross with Dr. Nathaniel Glass and his mysterious experiment locked deep beneath the Phoenix Tower.
The End is Near by Harry Ramble: On his forty-fifth birthday, as his hostages dozed fitfully and state police prepared to take him by force, Nathan Huffnagle penned nine last words into a journal recounting a remarkable week's worth of events. Then he placed the cold steel circle of a shotgun barrel beneath his chin, gripped the trigger, and pulled. And his life began again.
Nathan had hoped to pay back one injustice with another, and tip the scales back to even. But so few of us have a real talent for havoc and vengeance and violence. And our cherished grievances and justifications rarely match up so neatly with the realities of our lives. Now, frustrated at every turn and pestered by a series of seemingly angelic visitors, Nathan makes a hospital-bed deal with Death - the Big Guy himself. Will he receive the release he desires? Or a new lease on life?
The end is always near, but it's never too late to live.
Serenity and Inner Peace by Dale R. Floody, Ph. D.: The book elaborates on the four inter-related factors that serenity encompasses, describing them and providing practical considerations. In addition, the book concludes with a discussion of the relationship between serenity and positive mental health, living a good life, the idea that inner peace precedes world peace, and some very practical advice from 12-Step Programs (whose members actively pursue serenity in their own lives one day at a time).
An Amish Love (Three Amish Novellas) by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller & Kelly Long