Distracted Reading: 5 Useful Ways to Remedy It

Have you caught yourself staring off into space while seemingly enjoying a good book? Or perhaps you’ve picked up your phone and started scrolling social media, worse even, you don’t even know it’s occurring until several minutes in. Many have been there, but few understand the sheer frustration of having it happen several times in a span of 10 minutes. This can have a variety of reasons behind it, some are medical, others are simple. Whatever your reasons behind the clouds that hover below your chin, here are some handy tips to help remedy this!

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Book Review: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

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All the Light We Cannot See is an award-winning novel about a blind French girl and a German boy who live on opposing sides during WWII as the Germans invade France. The fateful moment their paths cross impacts the rest of their lives. Marie-Laure lives with her father as he works at the Museum of Natural History. Werner Pfennig is an orphan living in an orphanage with his little sister. Marie-Laure becomes blind but grows in her aspirations of experiencing the world around her as much as possible.  Werner is limited in opportunities as he dreams of being a scientist. Werner soon becomes an expert in radio technology and earns himself a spot at Hitler Youth Academy. As the Germans close in on their city, Marie and her father escape from to Saint Malo, taking with them a mysterious jewel that may have life-altering powers. From the museum Marie-Laure’s father works, they take with them a jewel that possibly has life altering powers to it. Werner is taken through WWII and ends up in Saint Malo where they meet and quickly develop a bond.

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Recommended Reads While You’re Stuck at Home

While schools are closing their doors and businesses are taking measures to reduce the amount of contact with the public, many are wondering what in the world to do with their newfound free time. Before you grab the remote, perhaps take this opportunity to complete some reading goals! Do you have a list of books you’ve just wanted to read but haven’t had the time? Now is the time! Check out this list and see if there are any here that spark your interest! Add them on and happy reading!

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3 Reads on How to Improve Your Health

The Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has spread significantly into a full pandemic. It has infected and killed thousands in a short amount of time. While there isn’t reason to panic, there is plenty of reasons to be concerned and take precautions. With many deaths already documented and many more to be diagnosed, a lot of us are wracking our brains to figure just how we are to deal with it as it draws in closer.

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The Mirror or the Mask: Liberating the Gospels from Literary Devices by Lydia Mcgrew

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Did the Gospel writers deliberately alter or invent some of the events they report? Is such a practice acceptable, and can we still trust the Gospels if their authors modified history to support their theological agendas? If you are a New Testament scholar who has bought into the increasingly popular view that the Gospels follow Greco-Roman biographies in using “fictionalizing literary devices,” the answers to those questions are yes, yes, and yes. The rest of us, however, now have an excellent resource responding to these claims: Lydia McGrew’s newest book, The Mirror or the Mask.

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The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander

“We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself.”

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There’s an old saying, “Classics never die.” There are some stories that resonate with you more than others. You may recognize these stories as the memory that materializes when you experience a certain feeling or stand in a certain place. When they do visit, you may experience that same longing, heartache, and joy that you felt when you immersed yourself among the people and roads the story took you through.

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6 Ways You Can Do More Reading This Year

If you’re one of thousands of busy, working, tired humans then it’s no surprise you probably feel like you have no time to read. Thankfully, there is a way! There are handy tricks you can integrate into your world to find more time to read and feel normal again. To sit back and kick your feet up with a book is probably not something you ever thought you could do (and you probably won’t until you retire) but reading is definitely something you can put on your “new you, new year” list.

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The Green Meadow and Life’s Lost Innocence

“For you will certainly carry out God’s purpose, however you act, but it makes a difference to you whether you serve like Judas or like John.” – C.S Lewis

There was a space in my childhood that I used to play in. I called it the meadow because it was simply a circular space of clean, bright green, grass surrounded by a circle of trees. It was beautiful and magical to me as a little girl. I’ve often wondered if it would hold the same magic for me as an adult.

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