Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father We get to call God "Father" for the first time in History

Who art in Heaven Where He dwells, which defines Heaven, not places God

Hallowed be Thy name Praise Him simply because He is worthy

Thy Kingdom come We aren't asking for it, we're simply agreeing that it will happen

Thy Will be done Again, we aren't making a suggestion, just acknowledging a fact

On Earth as it is in Heaven and asserting that His will is as valid on Earth as in Heaven

Give us this day NOW we petition

Our daily bread for what we need, not want

And forgive us our trespasses and we certainly need forgiveness, received from the outstretched arms on the cross

As we forgive those who trespass against us a reminder that we need to dispense what we receive

Lead us not into temptation God doesn't tempt, but we can ask Him to keep our feet from paths where there is temptation

But deliver us from evil You better ask for this, since evil is looking for you - a spiritual war rages!

For Thine is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory Acknowledgement of His authority and worthiness

Forever and ever which means eternally, because they didn't have a bigger number than this

The Lord's Prayer is actually a misnomer. It is the prayer that the Lord Jesus taught His followers when they asked Him to teach them to pray. (They knew prayer was a big part of His life, after all.)

Monday, April 28, 2014

MY book on the CNN page!

Look at that Amazon ad in the upper right corner!
"Fuzzed" out the page, but otherwise I didn't edit it.

I checked the news on CNN and realized that the advertisement in the upper right of the page is MY book!

Organize Your Kindle Book Title in Excel! Right on the front page! How cool is that?

So I captured it for this post.

Okay, I realize that CNN is targeting me and nobody else will see the ad, but ...
My book on CNN - makes me smile, even if it is just an illusion.

It is a great book. Just the few tricks on using Excel to Transform data are worth the price.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Lions of Al-Rassan (a book review)

The Lions of Al-Rassan by G.G. Kay is a complicated tale. It doesn't have the sweeping scope of the popular Game of Thrones series but the world of Al-Rassan is comfortably familiar, based as it is on the Iberian peninsula of our own world (well, at least somewhat). The story is as compelling as Martin's series, though, and Mr. Kay's characters are as fully developed as any in the genre.

That doesn't answer your main question, though. Should you buy this book?

Tough question, and probably a bit hard to answer.

Do you like compelling characters? This book has them. Not all the characters were three-dimensional, but the ones who should be were. By the end of the story I actually had tears in my eyes; that might have been allergies, but I don't think so.

Do you like heroes? Villains? Heretics? Zealots? Oh, yeah. You can find them here and you won't be disappointed in them.

How about intrigue? This book has subtle plots within plots, and explained to the reader just as subtly (which made me happy, so I didn't feel too stupid that I didn't get some of them).

Action? Well, of course! War? Sweeping panoramas of it, yet never is it trivialized. Swordfights? Oh, yes, and I have to say I think the author writes action scenes well - they certainly captured my attention, and I could see the swordplay in my mind's eye as I read. (That doesn't always happen for me with some writing styles.)

Romance? Yes, in a myriad of interplays that made me ponder how it would all work out.

I'd go into details, but there's too much. Let me sum up.

This book captivated me and held me through the end, kept me wondering what would happen next (and that isn't usual for me, either), and eventually wrapped it all up in a package that was - well, I won't spoil it, but I was a bit melancholy when I finished.

Buy it? Absolutely. Right now.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

My new book: Organize Your Kindle Book Titles in Excel

I just published my latest book: Organize Your Kindle Book Titles in Excel. It is a how-to book to load your Amazon titles in your Library into a spreadsheet. The techniques are simplified Extract and Transform methods, and there are some nice Excel tricks included.

Yeah, I don't know about everyone else, but I really like my spreadsheets. I also really like my e-books, now that I've moved into the twenty-first century. (Okay, I still like IRL books. They have a nice feel and my study is full of them, piled high and double-shelved.)

Amazon is my major provider of e-books, and I like how they give me the Library to manage my e-book titles. I can even add my own. I even send the books I buy in other places (like Humble Bundle) to my Amazon Library.

Now I can keep track of all of them in my spreadsheet. You can too. Go take a look at the book!